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Lompoc elementary students receive free bikes and helmets


The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition gave refurbished bicycles and new helmets to 30 elementary students from La Canada and La Honda elementary schools as part of the first Open Streets Lompoc, an event that provided a mile of motor-vehicle-free space in downtown Lompoc for play and exercise.

Open Streets Lompoc ran from 4 to 8 p.m. on July 21 as part of the usual Old Town Market, which is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau every Friday of the summer. Open Streets Lompoc is a joint effort between numerous local organizations, including the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, designed to boost the local economy, get people moving, and provide a way for community members to explore the city.

Used bikes and new helmets were given to 30 elementary school students by the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition at Lompoc’s first Open Streets Lompoc in an effort to get kids active outdoors.

Thirty students, chosen by the principals of each school, received their custom fitted bikes at 3 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the El Camino Community Center, where they were also fitted for and given new bike helmets, paid for by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The children had the opportunity to learn to ride a bike, and the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition will provide bicycle education to the physical education classes at La Canada and La Honda elementary schools.

The Lompoc event is one of several giveaways hosted by the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, according to Operations Manager Joey Juhasz-Lukomski, who said the coalition donates roughly 200 youth bikes a year. As the main bicycle advocacy group in Santa Barbara County, the coalition hopes to make the area a bike-friendly one by simply getting more locals onto bikes and out of cars, Juhasz-Lukomski said.

The bikes are all donated by community members, repaired by volunteers, and then stored at the coalition’s facilities in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria until they are re-donated, according to Juhasz-Lukomski.

“We’re just getting [the bikes] back into the community in a thrifty way,” he said. “It’s something we’ve done at open street events in the South County and we’ve got a lot of youth bikes being donated so we thought we’d take advantage and get these kids some bikes and let them enjoy the streets while they’re motor-vehicle-free.”

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