Bike to Nature is a collaborative effort between SBBIKE/Safe Routes to School and the Wilderness Youth Project (WYP) to offer an outdoor program to small groups of students who will use a bicycle as a mode of transportation to access and connect with nature. This healthy, educational and fun program will run for the entire school year alternating cohort A and cohort B each week. Students will bring their own helmet and a bike in working condition. Limited number of loaner bikes available.
Contact SBBIKE Education Director if you want to bring a biking program to your youth during or after school hours.
Check the Family Walk and Roll page for ideas of activities or neighborhood routes all over Santa Barbara County.
Santa Barbara County, Buellton, Solvang and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments are working together to study the potential Santa Ynez River Trail that would provide a safe connection between Buellton and Solvang for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.
“The goal is not to decide on a final route now,” said Lauren Bianchi Klemann, public information manager for SBCAG. “We’re just gathering information that will be used in future decisions.”
Currently, the only route between Buellton and Solvang for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians is along the shoulders of two-lane Highway 246, where traffic generally flows at 55 mph but at times can become severely congested. During peak afternoon periods, as many as 2,000 vehicles an hour can travel that stretch of highway where there are no sidewalks, improved trails nor barriers to protect walkers, cyclists and horseback riders.
See the routes, make a comment
Santa Ynez Valley residents and visitors can view potential routes for the Santa Ynez River Trail and provide their comments through the interactive website at http://arcg.is/0e8yGr.
Comments can also be emailed to Jared Carvalho, project manager, at [email protected]
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Number Three in the Country and Lots of Room for Improvement
On June 9, PeopleforBikes, and its subsidiary, PlacesForBikes, released their 2020 City Ratings. The City Ratings are a transparent and data-driven city rating system that ranks cities and towns in terms of their “bikeability” and identifies those that are improving the fastest. The City of Santa Barbara was number three in the United States and number four when Canadian cities are included.
The City will be posting signs in the promenade zone of State Street this weekend. Keep an eye out for those guidelines made to keep everyone safe and to keep bikes allowed on State Street. Also, here are our suggestions for a courteous experience for all.