The Quest to Secure $7.7 Million

Traveling 150 miles to the California Transportation Commission to secure $7.7 million for better bicycle infrastructure  as a representative of the Westside of Santa Barbara was something of a quest.

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Speaking in front of the CTC

 

 

I carpooled with SBBIKE advocacy staff to Riverside, CA. We traveled a total of 300 miles in four and half hours to only speak 3 minutes at the CTC. It might seem like a big hassle, but it’s pivotal moments like these that determine the safety a community and thousands of people for decades to come.

Speaking among lawyers, state representatives, engineers and government officials made me feel like I was in the right place. Yes it was nerve wracking.  It always is when it comes to public speaking and especially in government spaces, but I knew I had the privilege of being a stakeholder, a real community representative, someone who commutes via bicycle from the Westside to all of Santa Barbara.

“As a Santa Barbareño, community organizer and a resident of the Westside,  I’m here today to share my voice,” I said as my introduction to the eleven voting members and two non-voting ex-officio members. My speech focused on how it's my duty to invest in the safety of our community.

After speaking, I felt that my voice was heard and within a hour of leaving the building  (to avoid LA traffic) we got the word that we secured $7.7 million!

I’m looking forward to 2020 so I can ride down the bicycle boulevard on Chino Street!

Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
Phone: 805.845.8955
Mail: PO Box 92047, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
Location: 506 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103