SBici goes to New York City!

By Vladimir Claudio on Feb 28, 2014 at 11:31 AM in Press Releases
SBici goes to New York City!
SBici goes to New York City!

SBici's president Sergio Garcia and bike enthusiast Dylan Carmody were selected to attend the National Youth Bike Summit in New York city with BiciCentro mentor Mike Vergeer.  During the annual three-day conference, participants interacted with fellow advocates, educators, and policy makers who shared their objective of using the bicylcle as a catalyst for social change.   

Both high school students came away inspired by the widespread international enthusiasm for cycling that they experienced at the Summit. Both Carmody and Garcia returned home eager to start a Mountain Biking Club at Santa Barbara High School.  As well, Carmody shared, "I want to be part of the advocacy team that helps get green cycling lanes between Milpas and SBJHS and SBHS. I hope this will encourage more kids to ride their bikes to school."

This was Garcia's first trip to New York City and his first time to see snow!  "We rented bikes in the snow and rode through the streets of New York and Central Park.  I learned a lot and had a great time.  I was so impressed and want to be a part of the plan to create a bike trail that will go from New York to California."

SBici goes to New York City!

The Dons Net Cafe's bike advocacy video, "We Ride Differently," was shown at this event to bring attention to the Dons Net Cafe bike program and raise awareness for needed improvements in the biking community.  This video was a joint venture with Traffic Solutions and can be viewed on http://vimeo.com/24054757.

SBici, Santa Barbara High School's bike club , is a partnership between the Dons Net Cafe and local bike shop and community advocacy organization, BiciCentro.  The two share a joint mission to teach younger children safe bike riding around town.  The main goal for both organizations is to promote bike safety and the use of the the bicycle as a viable means of transportation to and from school or work.  While teaching young children, SBici also learns to repair bikes that are used for local programs and events and has donated to many members in the program as well.

SBici helps make a big change in the community by volunteering at Open Streets, SOL Food Festival, Earth Day, and for the second year has teamed up with the kid-planned-and-organized Sports Drive to rehabilitate bikes and instruct new bike owners on safety tips.  This annual event benefits the members of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara every spring.  Attending these events helps SBici promote their goals and teaches their members the importance of community and volunteering. 

Garcia and other club members were at BiciCentro for "Bikes for Christmas," an event where children of low-income families received a bike repaired by the SBici crew for Christmas.  When the recipients were gifted their new bikes, many cried tears of joy.

The Dons Net Cafe, a Regional Occupational CTE Program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office, is a student-run business that represents a 20-year commitment to inspire students to create positive social and environmental change through ethical and service-learning ventures. The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition and Dons Net Cafe would like to thank the Fund for Santa Barbara for their financial support to travel to New York and attend the Youth Bike Summit.  In addition, they would like thank the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Santa Narbara County Water Agency provided $2000 Care for Our Earth Grant which will purchase a new bike pump and provide for activities.

Sbici meets Thursday afternoons from 3pm - 4:30pm on Nopal in the old ROP Auto Shop area.  All students welcome to attend. Donations of bikes and repair for donation is available.

Further information is available by contacting the DNC at 963-8597 or [email protected] 

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