Our Team

Christine Bourgeois
Christine Bourgeois, Education Director

Christine Bourgeois was born and raised in France. She started using a bicycle for everyday transportation more than 20 years ago when she moved to Washington D.C. With a degree in education and a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Christine taught all levels of French at Santa Margarita High School, CA. In 2000, she relocated to Santa Barbara with her husband Dave and they both became avid cyclists and world travelers. For the last 10 years, she has been leading the development and implementation of a countywide education campaign to promote safe bicycling for transportation and recreation. She has been expanding successful after-school youth Earn-A-Bike programs (Pedal Power) and offering bilingual adult bike clinics for workplaces. In 2016, she spearheaded the idea of offering bike education during Physical Education in elementary schools in Santa Barbara County. With several fleets of bikes and the help of a dedicated team of LCIs, PE teachers are being trained and many young kids are learning to ride safely while having a lot of fun. Interested in offering a bike program at your school, organization or business? Contact her at edu@sbbike.org (LCI #2255)

Diana La Riva
Diana La Riva: Bike Valet, Volunteer, Membership & Events Coordinator

Diana was born in Southern California, she's travelled to many parts of the world, spending time studying and living in Indiana and Italy, then had to decide where she wanted to live next. With her older sister in Santa Barbara and much family nearby in L.A., the decision was easy. Diana was already involved with alternative transportation, volunteering with Traffic Solutions and CycleMAYnia events even before living here so she began her first year in town car-free – commuting around SB, to Carpinteria and even Ventura by bike and bus. She started at SBBIKE in 2016 as a Bike Valet Coordinator and her roles have since expanded into outreach, education, event organization, and memberships. She still commutes by bike to get to all four of her jobs and her home on the tip-top of the Mesa. You might see her out in nature with children as part of the Wilderness Youth Project or teaching lessons in the garden at the Salvation Army in Goleta. Reach out to Diana for anything from bike parking to volunteering or plant identification to kid-friendly recipes at diana@sbbike.org (LCI #5555).

Ken Dahmen
Ken Dahmen, Santa Maria Program Manager

Ken's been involved in the Santa Maria bicycling community for 7 years and commuting by bike for a decade. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Northridge. He believes bicycling can reduce the amount of stress people deal with on an everyday basis whether it's financial, physical, or mental. He wants to spread the benefits of cycling to anyone and everyone he can. He's honored to be a part of the SBBIKE team and see the future of cycling expand in Santa Maria. He can be reached at ken@sbbike.org. (LCI #5128)

Michael Velasquez
Michael Velasquez, Santa Barbara Bici Centro Manager

Central Coast native, Michael, has a unique passion to equip bicycle enthusiasts through education and coaching to improve their confidence and safety both on the road and with a wrench in their hands. Over the past decade, Michael himself has been a volunteer, mechanic, bike safety educator, and shop manager, and is stoked to bring his expertise to the Santa Barbara County community. If you have had an interest in riding your bike or being the mechanic for your own bike, reach out to Michael at michaelv@sbbike.org, or come on into the shop and say hi! (LCI #5471)

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia, Santa Barbara Bici Centro Assistant Manager

Sergio grew up in Santa Barbara, and has been working on bikes with Bici Centro for the last 4 years. He was president of the SBici club at Santa Barbara High School and attended the Youth Bike Summit in New York City in 2013. Catch him at Bici Centro, or at the shop on the City College campus. He can be reached at sergio@sbbike.org (LCI #5125)