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.
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 and
available as a phone app, the map
features bike routes throughout the county, riding tips, rules of the road,
and helpful contact information.
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 email
include the "Bike Map SBC" app, available for iPhone and Android phones, and
PDFs by city. Links are on our bike map page.
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
Bike Registration for Santa Barbara County:
link to register your bike and help get it back if it's ever stolen.
There are few things worse than the sick feeling that comes from discovering your bike is missing.
Sadly, it happens to bike riders every day. But registering your bike with
our form from BikeIndex.org provides your best hope of getting it back if
itís ever stolen. This free, community-driven service ensures that your
bikeís identifying information will always be available anytime you need it.
And once itís listed, it can be identified in just seconds by any bike shop,
pawn shop, police department or private buyer using the Bike Index database.
If the worst ever happens, you can report the theft using the alternate form
here and it will be entered into a local database of stolen bikes.
It only takes a few minutes and it doesnít cost a dime.
Please note: this registry is purely a community effort, and not
affiliated with law enforcement. If your bike is stolen, you should always
report it to the local police first.
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 1.132-9.
See Publication 15-B.], 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
click here to learn about lowering your company's payroll taxes.
The Commuter Challenge and the Bike Challenge:
Traffic Solutions hosts the
Commuter Challenge and/or the Bike Challenge annually. The
Bike Challenge was a stand along
event up until 2015, when we joined forces with the
National Bike Challenge. The next Bike Challenge
will be in May of 2016 as part of
and possiblt the National Bike Challenge again. The challenges bring a friendly, team-based competition in which teams 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). Registration for these events is posted on our homepage and emailed to our
Santa Barbara Bicycle
SBBIKE maintains some wonderful bicycle resources on their website.
Please visit SBBIKE.org for more on the following topics:
Guide to Bicycle Commuting
Bike Safety Classes
Santa Barbara County
Bike Shops, Clubs, and Rides
Local, State, and
National Bicycle Resource List
Santa Barbara's bike kitchen. Where
Mobility and Creativity Meet.
Part of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, 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