For the Workplace
Traffic Solutions can help
arrange a one or two hour bike safety training workshop at your workplace.
The full two hour class led by League Cycling Instructors (LCI's)
and taught to an office group costs $300, but if you need help
covering this cost, contact us and we'll let you know how to get the
class for FREE! Email
info@TrafficSolutions.info or call 963-SAVE.
Learn how to ride confidently, legally, and safely with local Street
Skills clinics offered through the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.
There are four mini-clinics offered every other month in which you
will learn commuter skills with the time-tested curriculum of the
League of American Bicyclists (LAB), taught by League Cycling
Instructors (LCI's). Visit
www.bicicentro.org/adultclass for the current schedules.
Classes are free thanks to a Measure A grant.
The California Bicycle Coalition now offers adult bicyclists an
online resource to learn to ride more safely and confidently.
Bike Safe California
explains the five essential skills of safe bicycling, based on the
"layers of safety" concept taught by most League of American
Bicyclists-certified bike safety instructors. Because safe riding is
best learned on a bike, we encourage you to also enroll in our local
Street Skills clinics
in Santa Barbara.
Free Santa Barbara County Bike
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, the map
features bike routes throughout the county, riding tips, rules of the road,
and helpful contact information. For your free hard copy of the map, visit
any bike shop in Santa Barbara County. If you would like the map in
Spanish, please email
To view the map
online or print portions on your own, check out the north and south county PDFs
For bike map info spanning the Counties of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey,
San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara, please visit
District 5, or download their
Great Reasons to Bike to Work!
Bicycling is excellent
exercise and can improve your health.
contributions to air pollution.
contributions to global warming.
and invigorated when you arrive at work.
It's quick: many people can
comfortably cycle five miles in twenty
It's cheap: no
Parking is a
If you bike downtown you
can store your bike and shower at the
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 or a
free bike map.
(Call (805) 963-SAVE or
- make sure to include your
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, a bike light, 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.
Rules of the Road from the League of American Bicyclists.
Tax Benefits for Bicycle
Finally, a bicycle
commuter tax provision! As of January 1, 2009, bicycle commuters are eligible for a
monthly $20 reimbursement from participating employers. This equates to $240 a year to be
applied toward the costs of commuting by bicycle - a new bike,
maintenance, accessories, the cost of a bike storage unit, etc.
However, unlike the current transportation fringe benefit offered to transit
and vanpool users [IRS Code section 132(f)], the funds can only come as a
cash reimbursement from employers, not as a pre-tax payroll deduction from
an employee's salary.
League of American Bicyclists for more details on the new bike
benefit and ask your employer about
Commuter Check for BicyclingTM
click here to learn about lowering your company's payroll taxes.
Register now -
Roll Out a Bike Benefit Web conference.
The Commuter Challenge and the Bike Challenge:
Traffic Solutions hosts the
Commuter Challenge and/or the Bike Challenge annually. Feel free to read
about our most recent
Commuter Challenge and
Bike Challenge. The next Commuter Challenge
will be in October 2011 and the next Bike Challenge in May of 2012 as part of
CycleMAYnia. The challenges bring a friendly, team-based competition in which teams of
5 individuals compete for fun, glory, and prizes. Points are earned by
making trips by bike (during the Bike Challenge) or by bike, bus, walking,
skating, carpool, vanpool, train, or telecommuting (during the Commuter
Challenge), instead of by car or driving alone. As in previous years, the Challenges even
feature competition amongst employers (contact us now to
sign-up your company). And remember, each team needs at least two converts -
newbies to biking, alternative transportation, or the challenges.
Registration for these events is posted on our homepage and emailed to our
Santa Barbara Bicycle
The SBBC maintains some wonderful bicycle resources on their website.
Please visit them for more on the following topics:
Santa Barbara's bike kitchen. Where
Mobility and Creativity Meet.
Part of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalitions, Bici Centro is a
low to no cost bike education program where community members learn
to work on bikes in a multi-lingual, comfortable and fun setting.
The folks at Bici help participants of all ages learn to rebuild
good, used bikes and they maintain an inventory of used
bike parts taken from otherwise broken bicycles. Bici Cento empowers
its members by teaching bicycle repair, craft and creativity, as
well as an appreciation of the independence and self-sufficiency the
bicycle provides them.
transportation into a reality
Bikestation Santa Barbara offers members secure bicycle parking, 24
hours a day, seven days a week. The facility boasts 78 bicycle
racks, a shower and unisex bathroom, lockers, tools, work stand, an
air compressor and vending machine with bicycle accessories for
purchase. Access is limited to members and users can choose
from a range of membership options ranging from daily to annual