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Biking in Santa Barbara County

Commuting by Bike

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Biking to work fights pollution, keeps you fit, avoids traffic delays, saves money, and above all, makes your commute enjoyable!
Tips to Get Started
  • If you’ve never ridden a bike to work, determine the best route and do a “trial run” to familiarize yourself with the route, as well as check timing issues.
    Contact us for route planning assistance and check out our Santa Barbara County Bike Map (805) 963-SAVE and info@trafficsolutions.info.
  • Make sure you have the right equipment. Your bike doesn’t have to be “top of the line” but it should be tuned up and in good working order. You should also have a helmet, reflectors, bike lights, and a basket or pannier. Don’t forget a bike lock!
    Low cost bike helmets ($9) are available through the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. Call (805) 681-5432 for more information.
  • Read these awesome basics on bike commuting from The League of American Bicyclists.

Recreational Cycling

SB_RidgeRider_0289Santa Barbara County is home to some of the most desirable and diverse cycling destinations in the world.

From the beachside paths and historically rich bike routes of Santa Barbara proper (often referred to as the American Riviera), to the world class road climbs and rugged trails in the Los Padres mountains – beyond into the rolling hills of our famous wine country and on to the scenic backroads of the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria and coastal North County – there’s no shortage of places to ride in Santa Barbara County and plenty of resources to connect you to the best option for your cycling desires.

Resources
  • For a comprehensive guide to all kinds of great cycling opportunities, visit: Bike Santa Barbara County.
  • The Santa Barbara Independent news source put together a great list of road rides – from cruisers to grunts.
  • Wheel Fun Bike Rentals offers a large selection of surreys, specialty cycles, bicycles, Taga Bikes, and more – fun for the whole family! You can ride along the coastline path, explore the Santa Barbara harbor and explore this great city on wheels!

Bike Map

The Santa Barbara County Bike Map is one of the most popular items produced by Traffic Solutions. Compact enough to carry on all of your bike trips and available as a phone app, the map features bike routes throughout the county, riding tips, rules of the road, and helpful contact information.

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Free options include downloadable PDFs (by city) for both North and South Counties – as well as the “Bike Map SBC” app, available for iPhone and Android phones. You can also download the entire map for North Santa Barbara County
or South Santa Barbara County.

(Each full map file is 12.3 MB and is formatted in multiple print-friendly 8.5X11 pages. We suggest right-click/”Save Linked File As” to download to your desktop.)

For a $2.95 printed copy of the map, visit any bike shop in Santa Barbara County or the Downtown Santa Barbara Visitor Center. If you would like the printed map in Spanish, please visit Bici Centro or email info@trafficsolutions.info.

For bike map info spanning the Counties of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara,
please visit Caltrans District 5, or download their bike guide.

CycleMAYnia

Something for everyone…

The month of May is CycleMAYnia on Santa Barbara’s South Coast. Traffic Solutions and other community organizations lead more than 30 events including riders, classes and clinics, social gatherings, family outings, workplace competitions, and more.
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In 1994 we launched ‘Bike to Work Day’ in Santa Barbara and Goleta. It then became a week, and now it’s a month, reaching thousands of cyclists and community members. Led by Traffic Solutions, CycleMAYnia is a collaboration of organizations, agencies, businesses and community volunteers, working together to host a broad month of activities. This model enables us to host select anchor events with core staff and experienced volunteers, which are then complemented by dozens of smaller profile events. With the excitement generated by this month of great bicycling-centric events, we aim to reach not only those commuters and recreational riders, but beyond – to the community at large curious about this two-wheeled renaissance. Check out last year’s schedule of events by downloading the 2016 calendar.

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To get ready for CycleMAYnia in 2017 and stay update with current events as they are added – visit cycleMAYnia.org

Community Partners and Events

Whether you’re looking for a bike shop or clinic, a fun ride or event, or your workplace commuter benefits program – we’ll connect you!

Traffic Solutions collaborates with numerous organizations and agencies to help make cycling accessible as not only an enjoyable form of exercise – but a viable form of transportation as well. We work alongside non-profits and public agencies to help improve bike infrastructure and market bicycling as a fun and beneficial addition to any lifestyle as a means to offset single occupant vehicle (SOV) miles traveled and contribute to a healthier community.

SB-Bike_6608The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE)

Our friends and close collaborators at SBBIKE have been working to make Santa Barbara a great place to ride a bike for over 25 years. By working with City Administrators, Educators, and Planners, they’re putting Santa Barbara on track so that bicycling is safe, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone.

SBBIKE is also the headquarters for Bici Centro – a community bicycle workshop and thrift store. For repairs, it’s a DIY (do-it-yourself) deal. You fix it, and you learn it – they help. The fee of $5 per hour includes use of our tools, materials, space, and of course, our expertise. Knowledgeable, bilingual staff and volunteers are always around to guide you through repairs. Their shop also sells refurbished bikes, used parts, and accessories. The odds are they’ll have something you need for much less than new.

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COAST provides advocacy, education and outreach to improve transportation options in the Santa Barbara and Ventura Regions, promoting rail, bus, bike and pedestrian access. They promote convenient transportation alternatives for everyone including the one-third of the population who, by choice or necessity, does not drive. COAST surveys community members about their transportation needs and they communicate with government officials and planners to ensure the needs are addressed in the transportation funding process. They represent farm workers in North County; children in our local schools and commuters desperate for alternatives to driving and traffic congestion.

Santa Barbara County Bike Shops

Santa Barbara County is indeed a great place to ride your bike for fun exercise and transportation and we’re lucky to have great bike shops to support all our cycling needs no matter what kind of rider you are. Visit and support our local shops and let them help to keep you rolling!

Bici Centro – 434 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Phone 617-3255.
Bicycle Bob’s – 320 S. Kellog Ave, Goleta, CA 93117. Phone 682-4699
Bikesmiths – The Original, 5441-B Carpinteria Ave. Carpinteria, CA 93013. Phone 684-3150.
Central Coast Cyclery – 1108 E. Clark Avenue #180, Santa Maria, CA 93455. Phone 934-2003.
Commuter Bicycles – PO Box 300, Santa Barbara, CA 93102. Phone 569-5381.
Cycle Star – 560 E. Betteravia, Suite G, Santa Maria, CA 93454. Phone 347-1950.
Dr. J’s – 1693 Mission Drive, Solvang, Ca 93463. Phone 688-6263.
Fastrack – 118 W. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Phone 884-0210.
Hazard’s Cyclesport – 110 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Phone 966-3787.
Isla Vista Bicycles – 880 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista, CA 93117. Phone 968-3338.
MainStreet Cycles – 311 E. Main, Santa Maria, Ca 93454. Phone 922-5577.
Open Air Bicycles – 1303 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Phone 962-7000.
Play It Again Sports – 4850B Hollister Avenue (@Turnpike), Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Phone 967-9889.
Rincon Cycles – 5100 Carpinteria Ave #A, Carpinteria, CA 93013. Phone 684-9466.
Varsity Bike Shop – 6547 Pardall Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117. Phone 968-4914.
Velo Pro – 5887 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117. Phone 964-8355.
Velo Pro – 15 Hitchcock Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 805-963-7775
We Bike Electric – 511 Olive St, Santa Barbara 93101. Phone 963-9966
Pedego Santa Barbara – 436 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Phone 963-8885

Bike Apps: Route Finding and Tracking

With the advent of mobile technology and GPS – it’s easier than ever to plan a bike trip and find your way en route.

Check out the apps listed below as tools to help you navigate, log your miles travelled, monitor vehicle miles saved, see your carbon offset and check fitness stats.

BikeMapSBCBike Map SBC – The Santa Barbara County Bike Map App shows you bike paths, bike lanes and bike routes in Santa Barbara County.  You can also track your bike trips including your route, distance, time and average speed of your trip.
Available for iPhone and Android

Strava – Track your runs and rides with GPS, join Challenges and see how your running and riding compares with friends.
Follow routes you’ve created or found and view your activity map as you record. Get key stats like distance, pace, speed, elevation gained and calories burned.  Available for iPhone and Android

Map My Ride – Track and map every ride with MapMyRide. For every mile you go, you’ll get feedback and stats to help you improve your performance. Discover new workout routes and save or share your favorites, and get inspired to reach new cycling goals with a 40 million member strong community of athletes. Whether you’re a beginner on your first climb. Available for iPhone and Android

Google Maps – Google Maps makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best places in town and the information you need to get there.   Available for iPhone and Android