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Bicycling in Santa BarbaraPublic Works

Santa Barbara strives for equality among all modes of transportation, including driving and increasing opportunities for walking, bicycling and transit. There are many resources available to help people that want to get on a bike, get around town and securely park your bike.

 Bicycle Map

The City of Santa Barbara official bike map shows the existing routes within the city by type of Class (I, II, III) in 2016.

  • Class I paths, like the Beachway that connects East and West Beach, are separated from the roadway;
  • Class II lanes are the most common type, where a bike lane is painted with a white stripe adjacent to an automobile travel lane.
  • Class III paths are either signed or designated routes but do not create separate space for people on bikes.           

The Bicycle Hitching Post:

The City provides public bicycle parking on City streets to provide a place to securely lock your bike near commercial buildings for shopping cyclists. City staff is always open to taking requests for bicycle parking in public areas and offering guidance and options for providing on-site bicycle parking.

To request a “Bicycle Hitching Post” in front of your favorite shop, restaurant, or other places you frequent, please email

Watch the video on how to park your bike right here: Park Your Bike Right (Links to External Site)

Secure Bike Parking Facilities:

The City of Santa Barbara currently has two fully enclosed and secure bicycle parking facilities. The larger facility is located in the Granada Garage parking structure on Anacapa near Figueroa. The facility is for paying members only and offers secure bike parking 24/7, with showers, restroom, day-use lockers, a vending machine with bicycle and commuting related items for member convenience, as well as a work stand and tools. A smaller second location is located at the Downtown Transit Center.

To learn more, visit the Bicycle parking page linked here: Bicycle Parking 

Bicycle Education:

The City of Santa Barbara has strong partnerships in the community to promote education of the rules of the road and basic bicycle handling skills to empower adults and youth with the confidence to ride safely on City streets.  Always remember to stay safe! Learn more, visit SBBike linked here: SBBike (Links to external site)

Bicycle Share Pilot Program:

On January 28, 2021, the City launched the Bike Share Pilot Program. Santa Barbara is exploring the potential for a public bike share system to reduce traffic congestion and parking demand, and to support our City’s sustainability efforts. The Bike Share Pilot Program provides a citywide fleet of electric-assist bikes available for rent in the public right of way.

To learn more, visit the Bike Share Pilot Program page linked here: Bike Share Pilot Program

Adult and Youth Classes, Clinics and Camps

The City has partnered with the SBBike who offers classes taught to adults and youth through their Bici Centro Project. Their educational offerings are supported by the County, the Cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria and were recently awarded a grant from Measure A to continue to bring educational services at a low cost to the community. They offer ongoing adult Street Skills clinics, after school Pedal Power course and Summer Cycling Camps . Also courses tailored for the workplace are offered such as “Lunch and Learn sessions, contact the Bicycle Education Coordinator for more information.


Jessica Grant, Supervising Transportation Planner

(805) 897-2542

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