Biking rules

Bicyclists must:

  • ride only on bike paths (most of the streets have the bike lane in the US)
  • walk bikes on all sidewalk
  • obey vehicle law
  • stop at stop signs
  • not carry passengers on parts of a bicycle not designed for riding (e.g., handlebars)
  • not ride on any four lane divided highway or roadway
  • use hand signals when turning
  • travel at safe speeds
  • use a bike light at night
  • park only in bicycle parking lots and lock bikes only in bike rack
  • never block emergency or handicapped access areas with a bike
  • never ride a bike while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs

In Santa Barbara

There are a lot of bike lane in Santa Barbara and Goleta. It’s very convenient to go to near place. So, many students use bikes to go to school. You can buy a bicycle easily or can get used bike in a store. When you buy a bike, you should have a lock because there are so many bike thefts in Santa Barbara. U-Locks ($15-$30) are usually the most reliable. Do ask the shop keeper for choices.

Bike shops

BICYCLE BOB’S - Located at the Kmart Shopping center, next to Chevron Gas Station, Phone: (805) 685-6799
Price Range: Beach Cruisers starts at $180 to $400 for high performance bikes. All are new bikes. Full service tune-ups are available.
ISLA VISTA BICYCLE BOUTIQUE - 882 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista, CA 93117, Phone: (805) 968-3338
Price Range: $75 to $120 for used bikes, $150 and up for new bikes. They will buy your bike when you leave for about 30% of the price you paid if you sell it back within 45days of the date that you bought it.
KMART - 6865 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA93117, Phone: (805) 968-4462
Price Range: $80 to $170 for all new bikes. There are no used bikes for sale. There is a 30 days warrantee for all bikes. Pre-tune-ups for new bikes are also available during the warrantee period.
VARSITY BIKE SHOP - 6578 Pardall Road, Isla Vista, CA 93117, Phone: (805) 968-4914
Price Range: $80 and up (new and used). New and used bikes with a full-service shop available. Also, they advertise the fact that they accept “trade-ins.” If you have a bike that you don’t like, you can take it there and they will give you credit towards another bike. Basically, they will buy your old bike of you buy another from them.
VELO PRO - 5880 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117, Phone: (805) 964-8355
Price Range: $150.00 and up (mostly new). This is a full service bike shop that offers all types of bikes at a wide range of prices.
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