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Santa Barbara Family Day & Health Fair: Bici Familia Event Success!

Family Bicycle Safety


At the second annual Santa Barbara Family Day & Health Fair, on Saturday, September 14, 2013, the City of Santa Barbara hosted Bici Familia, a free bicycle safety event for families alongside community partners.  Bici Familia offered bilingual bicycle safety presentation and a skills course for parents and their children coordinated with City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), and the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST) Safe Routes to School Program

A total of 97 residents participated in two class offerings where they learned how to be safer, more predictable and visible riders. The safety presentations offered an introduction to the rights and responsibilities as a driver of a bicycle on the road and how to make safer decisions while riding a bicycle. The adults and children then practiced bicycle handling skills and drills with SBBIKE and COAST’s League Certified Instructors from the League of American Bicyclists.

A total of 56 sets of bicycle lights and 75 helmets donated by the City were fitted and given away to participants that completed the class. The helmets were fitted by COAST volunteers who provided bilingual assistance to describe to parents how to properly fit and adjust a helmet. Many of the volunteers are active with COAST’s Eastside Walks program. Eight youth bicycles were donated by SBBIKE and Salud Carbajal, recycled and refurbished by SBBIKE volunteers that were raffled off during the Family Day & Health Fair Event.

The Santa Barbara Middle School Bike Monkeys gave seasoned SBBIKE mechanics a hand with free bicycle safety check ups for those that rode to the event, while SBBIKE parked the bikes as a valet service for attendees. 

A special thanks to all of Bici Familia’s 35 volunteers from SBBIKE and COAST, Adams Elementary for loaning 21 youth bikes and to the City for loaning 8 adult bicycles from their fleet and Santa Barbara Junior High for their facilities to make this first time event a huge success.  A big thank you to the organizers of the Family Day And Health Fair from the County Education Office for having us as a part of the big event. 

Enjoy the Bici Familia event photos.  In case your family missed the Fair, go to SBBIKE for a list of upcoming adult and youth educational programs and the COAST Safe Routes to School calendarWatch this quick video from the League of American Bicyclists.  Happy and safe biking!


Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015
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