Can Every Kid Learn to Ride a Bike?



Can every kid learn to ride a bike?


Do you remember learning to ride a bike? You'd be surprised to know that many kids in Santa Barbara haven't had that opportunity. Whereas learning to ride, and riding to school used to be a rite of passage, learning to bicycle has become for many like swiming, an important skill that families would like their kids to be able to learn, but haven't had the opportunity.

Santa Barbara School PE teacher Julie Churchman (of Adams School- Go Tigers) and our SBBIIKE Education Director Christine Bourgeois are currently in Washington D.C. where they are learning from a D.C. program that teaches EVERY 2nd grader how to ride a bicycle- in school, in PE.  Santa Barbara has been pioneering bicycle safety education, with 1-5th grade bike education at Adams school, Safe Routes to School operated by COAST, and various SBBIKE education programs such as the collaboration SBici- the student run Bicycle Club at Santa Barbara High School. In fact, both Julie and Christine presented this week at the National Bike Summit. Cross Pollinating with the best bicycle education programs in the country is part of how we can achieve our vision of universal access to bicycle education in Santa Barbara County.

With the support of outside funding, Santa Barbara School District will be piloting 2nd grade bicycle education in PE at three Schools. Four parochial schools in the county will also be providing this opportunity to all of their 2nd grade students. With help from SBBIKE and COAST staff, PE teachers will get up to date with the best methods to teach how to ride, and safely. Tune in for updates on this program as we all work together to share the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike with public and private school students throughout Santa Barbara County! 
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Historic Achievement Means Helping Others to Acclimate


February 23rd was a historic night in the City of Santa Barbara government. It is reported that attendance at the Bicycle Master Plan hearing was more than any City Council hearing of recent memory. The outdoor balcony, the overflow room, and even the City Council offices were all full to capacity, and many of our members had to wait outside, temporarily locked out from the hearing due to fire code. But in the End, City Council passed the Bicycle Master Plan, and Green Lanes on Micheltorena, pending some legal hurdles that may be small. 

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From Ed France, Executive Director

The 2016 Bicycle Master Plan is a major step forward for this community in building a functional and complete bikeway network that will increase safety, stimulate more bicycling, and reduce demand on constrained downtown parking and congested intersections.


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SBBIKE Facilitates Bike Education in Ventura

Recently, SBBIKE hosted a group from Ventura County to help them on their way to their League Cycling Instructor certification. 




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Sbici is Fundraising for Youth Bike Summit!

Santa Barbara High School's bike repair club, Sbici, is fundraising to send delegates to the Youth Bike Summit in Minneapolis!

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10 Great Projects in the Draft Santa Barbara Bike Master Plan!

Read below for 10 awesome projects in the draft bike plan and join SBBIKE on February 23rd when City Council votes on whether to adopt it. Join us in saying Yes! To passing the full Bike Plan! The meeting starts at 6:00 PM and is at 735 Anacapa St. (City Hall, 2nd Floor).

Ten reasons

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Bike the Vote! Get to know your new Councilmembers!

On Tuesday, Santa Barbara elected three new City Council Members. Cathy Murrillo (Westside) and Randy Rowse (Mesa) were re-elected to serve an additional four years on City Council. Jason Dominguez, on the Eastside, won his first seat on City Council. SBBIKE congratulates our new Councilmembers and looks forward to working with each of them to make Santa Barbara an even better place to ride a bike.

Get to know the new Council Members: Cathy Murrillo, Jason Dominguez, and Randy Rowse, by reviewing our interviews with them (conducted in September) on topics such as bike parking, bike lanes, and how to improve biking in Santa Barbara.

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