Tag archives: bikes

Santa Claus Lane Bikeway Opens 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 21, 2023

Last week marked the completion and ribbon cutting of the Santa Claus Lane Bikeway at a ceremony with bicyclists, pedestrians, and local business owners.  The new 0.6-mile, Class I bikeway and multipurpose path connects Santa Claus Lane to Carpinteria Avenue and is located on the beachside of Highway 101 between the freeway and the railroad […]

STSB Part 3: Why Strong Towns SB Supports a “Flat and Flexible” State St.
By Sully Israel   |   July 18, 2023

Let me say this upfront: Of the three State Street designs presented to the State Street Advisory Committee by MIG Design at their meeting on May 24, the members of our local nonprofit advocacy group, Strong Towns Santa Barbara (STSB), support the “Flat and Flexible” option – the one most focused on the comfort and […]

Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Giveaway 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 4, 2023

Last week, Mad Dogs & Englishmen hosted a simultaneous bike assembly session and giveaway of 75 bicycles to local Boys & Girls Club chapters at their locations in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Montecito, and for Trips for Kids in Mill Valley. The gesture was conceived after Jennifer Blevins, owner of Mad Dogs & Englishmen, was criticized on […]

The Great Allegheny Passage
By Hattie Beresford   |   November 15, 2022

An impressive fountain sprays high into the sky at the point where the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers converge to form the Ohio River. The waters from the fountain come from yet a third river that runs underground to add its own effluence to la belle rivière. Here, at this historic confluence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is […]

More Paths Planned for Montecito
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 11, 2022

At this week’s Montecito Association Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting, the Committee heard from Santa Barbara County’s Alternative Transportation Manager Mark Friedlander and Public Works Director Chris Sneddon, who presented plans for two conceptual projects in Montecito as part of the County’s Active Transportation Plan.  The Active Transportation Plan (ATP) is part of the […]

Highway 101 at MPC
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 30, 2022

In a six-hour meeting last week, the Montecito Planning Commission (MPC) completed their review of the 101 Highway project through Montecito, sending their recommendations and comments to the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission (SBPC). This was the final hearing in a series of three conceptual reviews at MPC. SBPC will consider the project at two […]

More Electric Bike Stations Slated for Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 12, 2021

In March, we reported on a plan to install electric bikes and docking stations on Coast Village Road by BCycle Santa Barbara, a private bike share company. Now, the company is seeking three additional docking stations in the area. “In order for us to be successful on Coast Village Road, we realized we needed more […]

Mad Dogs and Englishmen — Electric Trend: E-Bikes Boom in Montecito
By Lizzy Fallows   |   August 12, 2021

When Jennifer Blevins opened her first electric bike shop in 2018, she explained, “Everyone thought we were crazy, but they didn’t understand electric bikes yet.” Blevins is the owner, founder, and CEO of Montecito’s new all-electric bike shop, Mad Dogs and Englishmen.  The pandemic has driven dramatic growth in unexpected categories, including electric bicycles. According […]

My New Love
By Gwyn Lurie   |   March 11, 2021

Last week I walked into Mad Dogs & Englishmen, the new e-bike shop on Coast Village Road, and fell in love. There it was in the corner, its sleek lines and jewel-green shimmer beckoning me. I’ve long loved the idea of bikes and the concept of living in a bike-friendly town. I sent my daughter […]

Recycle, Upcycle, Bicycle
By Gwyn Lurie   |   September 17, 2020

As people flee crowded cities to more peaceful and less congested towns like ours, places like Santa Barbara become less peaceful and more congested themselves. The fact is, as urbanization and population reach unprecedented levels, and road congestion has become a daily tax of tedium. And it doesn’t just grind at our psyches. Heavy traffic […]

Leading From Within
By Zach Rosen   |   February 27, 2020

It is well known that the area hosts a plethora of nonprofits, covering many needs and missions. There tends to be a large focus on supporting the mission of the nonprofit and often times there is not as much consideration given to the leaders actually running the organization. Nonprofits are known to have a high […]

Santa Claus Lane Bike Project
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 26, 2019

Residents have until January 6, 2020 to comment on a proposed project to construct a bike path adjacent to southbound lanes of Highway 101 between Estero Street in Carpinteria and Sand Point Road in unincorporated Santa Barbara County. The project, which has been planned for several decades and is in both the City of Carpinteria […]

Autumn of 42: Cirque’s Ring Pay Tribute
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 11, 2018

Man and his machines form the basic elements of Cirque Mechanics, the modern company founded 14 years ago by former BMX bike champion Chris Lashua, who began by creating an innovative aerial apparatus. In his and his team’s vision, circus certainly has acrobatics and clowning around, but also is rooted in realism achieved by the […]