It may be April 1, but this bike giveaway’s no joke! On Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 10 a.m., 32 preselected children will receive refurbished bikes at the kick-off of Carpinteria’s first Open Streets. The giveaway will be at Carpinteria Children’s Project, 5201 8th Street. And you can be part of the SBBIKE/Bici crew that will ride to Carp and facilitate the distribution!
That’s right—32! Thanks to SBBIKE, COAST, and community volunteers from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria, 32 families will add polished shiny, refurbished bicycles to their toolbox for building present joy and future independence.
SBici, Santa Barbara High’s bike club has been working hard to refurbish youth bikes for A Bike for Open Streets giveaway. LAURA ALMENGOR
Two of SBBIKE’s shops—Santa Barbara High School’s bike club, SBici, and Bici Centro—refurbished the bikes. A bike club of third- to fifth-grade students from Carpinteria Family School and Canalino Elementary School (still working out the club name) cleaned and polished the fleet so they shined like new. COAST will provide helmets. The Carpinteria Children’s Project, the coordinating hub of the Thrive Carpinteria Partner Network, a formal partnership that serves families as a team, is pairing the bikes with children, ages four to nine, from the families the network serves.
The giveaway will be followed by a bilingual educational video and class; helmet fitting; and, of course, lessons on how to ride for the kids who are new to the joy of bicycling and safety skills practice for all.
“Bicycling’s one of those things that, if you don’t learn it when you’re young, you don’t ever really learn,” sayd Chris Sobell of the Children’s Project. “You don’t know how wonderful it is. There’s nothing, in my mind, like being a kid on a bike.”
She notes that lots of the fathers of families to be receiving bikes are in the agricultural field and use their bikes as transportation and is enthusiastic about the bicycles enabling a fun family activity. She envisions the kids going out on rides with their dads.
The fleet of bicycles to be given to 32 preselected families at Open Streets in Carpinteria on April 1. CHRISTINE BOURGEOIS
Open Streets in SB County started in 2013 and, since then, has been held in the City of Santa Barbara. Following Open Streets’ tradition of rotating from neighborhood to neighborhood, it will be celebrated in Carpinteria in 2017 for the first time. From 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on April 1, Linden Ave, 8th and 9th Streets will become a public park for the day. With a mile of car-free space and an array of healthy, fun activities for all, the area will transform into “a celebration of people-power to promote better health, flexibility and fun!” More details at sbopenstreets.org.
SBBIKE is thrilled to kick off Carpinteria Open Streets with this bike giveaway. To be part of the volunteer group and/or join the ride, contact Christine Bourgeois, [email protected] or 805-699-6301.