After a weekend of intense training, 14 cyclists have earned the prestigious certification of League Cycling Instructor (LCI) from the League of American Bicyclists, a 125-year-old national bicycling organization.
LCI seminar participants learn how to teach bicycle safety and skills to all levels of riders. They receive the LCI designation only after qualifying for the seminar and demonstrating excellence in these skills and the ability to teach them.
Last week-end seminar was a collaboration between the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) and the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition (Bike SLO). Of the 14 new LCIs, two are from Santa Barbara, three from Santa Maria, one from Lompoc and eight from San Luis Obispo.
For the first time since SBBIKE has hosted instructor trainings for local cyclists, a waiting list of prospective instructors was generated. Education Director, Christine Bourgeois, is excited about what that means for the community. “Cycling is booming all over Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo Counties,” she says. “People want to educate themselves, but they also want to educate others.” The group’s diversity, she notes—the new instructors range from PE teacher to fire fighter to bike mechanics—ensures education on safe cycling will reach a wide audience, including students, city officials, public health workers, businesses, and commuters.
The role model aspect is an important factor in spreading the message. “All of these new instructors are ambassadors for cycling,” Bourgeois explains, “examples riding around the community and showing how to do so safely.” Safe cycling is a leading way to reduce bicycle-involved accidents. A fleet of new instructors and more to follow adds up to an ever-growing wave of safe, confident cyclists sharing the roads. Both modeling and direct instruction mean fewer cyclists endangering themselves and others by making inappropriate riding choices, such as cycling on sidewalks or running red lights.
The 2 new LCIs from Santa Barbara are Christy Lozano, PE teacher at McKinley Elementary School and Diana La Riva, SBBIKE volunteer coordinator. Ian Sadecki, a firefighter in Lompoc will use his bike teaching expertise at the Lompoc Open Streets. Angela Ojeda, Robert Hatch & Jeff Spalinger who have been volunteering at the new Bici Centro Santa Maria are looking forward to expanding bike education in Santa Barbara North County.
Thank you to Bike SLO County for partnering with SBBIKE and for hosting the seminar in San Luis Obispo.
To learn more about becoming an LCI, contact Bourgeois at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-699-6301.
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!
Over the course of two days, SBBIKE parks over 1000 bicycles in our new corner of Alameda Park. It takes many volunteers to make it successful and fun. You'll get to see all sorts of sweet bikes, get fed, and you'll get an SBBIKE T-shirt. Lend us a hand!
Bici Centro is a program of SBBIKE that works toward our mission of making bicycling safe and accessible for all in Santa Barbara in many ways. We recycle donated bikes and get them to people that need a way to get around. We teach people how to fix their own bikes themselves, so that a broken bike isn't a deterrent from riding anymore. We refurbish bikes for our youth education programs, so the next generation is not only learning to ride bikes, but getting one to ride as well. Bici Centro wouldn't be 10 Years strong if it weren't for our volunteers.
SBBIKE’s “Cycling to the Movies” was a two-part program for high school teens: a bicycle workshop for safety and mechanics, and then a bike field trip via bicycle to the movies! We went to the 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, to see the acclaimed social justice documentary I Am Not Your Negro.
As a ‘Bike Boom’ sweeps through the California Coast these last few years, a major challenge has come up. Many new bicyclists and would-be cyclists lack the ‘street skills’ to safely and effectively ride with traffic. Heading against traffic, riding on the sidewalks, and unpredictable behavior at intersections not only frustrate motorists, but also often counter-intuitively put the cyclist right into harm’s way. Cyclists share the same rules and responsibilities as motorists, but traveling at different speeds than cars, and often being less visible on the road requires know-how and strong bike handling skills.
This Saturday (Jan. 28) at 10 a.m., join national cycling champion Sonia Ross for a lesson in how to ride better, smarter, and more fearlessly. The class/ride is geared toward safe recreational riding and will focus on things like cycling in a group, riding fast, maneuvering, and overcoming fears—individualized depending on participants’ desires. All are welcome. Just sign up here.