Ten years ago Ed met the social entrepreneurs behind the Bici Centro Community Bike Repair Shop & Education Center – the rest is history. Today in his free time Ed goes on out of the way routes on his bike and splashes around doing ocean sports. He's serving his second 4-year term on the City's Transportation and Circulation Committee (TCC), and is an advisor to the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation. If you'd like to go on a ride and talk bikes, don't hesitate to call or email him. (805) 203-6940 (LCI #1931)
Christine Bourgeois, Education Director
Christine Bourgeois was born and raised in France. She started using a bicycle for everyday transportation more than 20 years ago when she moved to Washington D.C. With a degree in education and a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Christine taught all levels of French at Santa Margarita High School, CA. In 2000, she relocated to Santa Barbara with her husband Dave and they both became avid cyclists and world travelers. For the last 10 years, she has been leading the development and implementation of a countywide education campaign to promote safe bicycling for transportation and recreation. She has been expanding successful after-school youth Earn-A-Bike programs (Pedal Power) and offering bilingual adult bike clinics for workplaces. In 2016, she spearheaded the idea of offering bike education during Physical Education in elementary schools in Santa Barbara County. With several fleets of bikes and the help of a dedicated team of LCIs, PE teachers are being trained and many young kids are learning to ride safely while having a lot of fun. Interested in offering a bike program at your school, organization or business? Give her a call or email her, (805) 699-6301 (LCI #2255)
Diana La Riva: Bike Valet, Volunteer, Membership & Events Coordinator
Diana was born in Southern California, she's travelled to many parts of the world, spending time studying and living in Indiana and Italy, then had to decide where she wanted to live next. With her older sister in Santa Barbara and much family nearby in L.A., the decision was easy. Diana was already involved with alternative transportation, volunteering with Traffic Solutions and CycleMAYnia events even before living here so she began her first year in town car-free – commuting around SB, to Carpinteria and even Ventura by bike and bus. She started at SBBIKE in 2016 as a Bike Valet Coordinator and her roles have since expanded into outreach, education, event organization, and memberships. She still commutes by bike to get to all four of her jobs and her home on the tip-top of the Mesa. You might see her out in nature with children as part of the Wilderness Youth Project or teaching lessons in the garden at the Salvation Army in Goleta. Reach out to Diana for anything from bike parking to volunteering or plant identification to kid-friendly recipes at email@example.com (LCI #5555).
Sergio Garcia, Shop Leader
Sergio grew up in Santa Barbara, and has been working on bikes with Bici Centro for the last 4 years. He was president of the SBici club at Santa Barbara High School and attended the Youth Bike Summit in New York City in 2013. Catch him at Bici Centro, or at the shop on the City College campus. (LCI #5125)
Ken Dahmen, Santa Maria Program Manager
Ken's been involved in the Santa Maria bicycling community for 7 years and commuting by bike for a decade. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Northridge. He believes bicycling can reduce the amount of stress people deal with on an everyday basis whether it's financial, physical, or mental. He wants to spread the benefits of cycling to anyone and everyone he can. He's honored to be a part of the SBBIKE team and see the future of cycling expand in Santa Maria. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. (LCI #5128)
Dominic Clark, Bici Centro Program Manager
It’s safe to say that two passions—all things cycling and new challenges—make Dominic the perfect fit for Bici Santa Barbara. Plus, there’s his profound respect for SBBIKE/Bici and the community bike shop model. Clark was first exposed to that model while at UCSB in the ’90s through the Associated Students Bike Shop. It was one that that supported and encouraged all types of bicyclists, providing them the resources to keep riding. We have Dominic to thank for Lightspeed, a new point-of-sale system that will allow the shop to better track inventory and streamline the ordering process. A couple words from Dominic, “We're alchemists. We take junk and make it a bicycle.” Contact him at email@example.com.