Bici Centro to Host Community Bicycling Celebration

Outreach lighting up many an “invisible” night cyclist; education putting safe riders on our bikeways; advocacy improving those routes; and volunteerism gifting to many the joy of riding, by way of equipment and bikes—these are among the many reasons Santa Barbara’s diverse cycling community has to celebrate.

And the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SB Bike) plans to do just that. SB Bike invites all community members to a gala on Saturday, April 6, 2013, to mark both the fifth year and new home of its shop arm, Bici Centro. From 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the shop will be filled with refreshments and revelry.

SB Bike’s vision is, in part, to create “a culture where the majority of trips include a bicycle.” The coalition envisions a healthier community and “balanced living within our resources.”

Bici Centro’s past five years have been full, cycling our community toward that vision with well over 1,300 events—bike repair days, bike valet at community events, classes, and workshops—and 3,700 people making repairs. Today, the DIY repair shop/community education center is stronger than ever. Bici Centro’s new home offers three days a week of open shop (Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:00 and Saturdays from 2:00 to 5:00), classes on safe riding and bike maintenance and repair, great bikes and parts at affordable prices, opportunities to enjoy SB’s cycling community and be involved in making the vision a reality, and much more.

Bici Centro is located at 434 Olive Street (just around the corner from its storefront address of 506 East Haley). Saturday’s celebration is free and open to everyone.

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