Santa Barbara Bike to School Day

By Dyan Bomer on May 08, 2015 at 11:22 AM in Roots and Shoots

On May 6th 2015, the Dons Net Café will be hosted National Bike to School Day 2015. This event prompts students to get active by biking to school. The Dons Net Café hopes that National Bike to School Day will motivate Santa Barbara adults to slow down and make safer pathways for children who walk, bike, skate, or even scooter to get to school. A long term goal is to reduce our environmental footprint while encouraging a healthy lifestyle choice.  So, get on your bike and ride!  Bike to School Day is one of 34 local CycleMAYnia (South Coast’s Bike Month) events happening in May (visit CycleMAYnia.org for a full calendar of events).

SBici, the Dons Net Café’s student-run bike venture, showed fellow students how to be safe on the roads while biking. In addition, they were helping with bike repairs and tune ups which were learned through their partnership with BiciCentro. SBici is available to all Santa Barbara High School students every Thursday on Nopal Street at the Old ROP Auto Body Shop.

The major sponsors of this event are Dons Net Café’s business mentors, Montecito Bank & Trust with $1000 and the City of Santa Barbara with $400.  These generous donors provided the funding needed to bring LA-based Team Soil to the event.  Team Soil thrilled the students at this lunch time performance while bringing a positive anti-drug message. Team Soil has professional BMX riders who perform together as a team with intense high flying action. The show includes backflips, Superman seatgrabs, and even 360’s.  The Dons Net Café even got Principal Becchio to do the honor of being involved in one of these tricks.

Other partners include SBBike, Traffic Solutions, COAST, Community Environmental Council, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, and the City of Santa Barbara.

The Dons Net Café, a Regional Occupational Program of the County Education Office, is a student-run business that represents a twenty-two-year commitment to inspire students to create positive social and environmental change through ethical commerce and service-learning. These efforts are represented through participation in Junior Achievement, Virtual Enterprise, Voluntary Income Taxes Assistance (VITA), Roots and Shoots and Service Learning. All profits benefit students and associated projects one hundred percent, because they believe in “Doin’ Some Good in the World.”