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New velo drome in Santa Barbara? Need your help...(8 posts)

New velo drome in Santa Barbara? Need your help...big fred
Dec 16, 2003 7:39 AM
This an email I recieved from a Santa Barbara bicycle advocate. Please take a second and sign the petition.

Helo Everyone!

A special thanks to everyone that signed the Velo Drome Petition! We need more, 1300 in fact. If you haven't signed please do. If you have others to forward this to, please do it asap. We have everything in place to make this happen - the builder, the materials, the probable site, we just need signatures!

Help support all types of cycling! Its easy - takes 2 minute at most, simple and needs to be done. Sign up at:

mixed feelings on thisDougSloan
Dec 16, 2003 8:03 AM
Normally, I'd be all in favor of every single velodrome that can be built. However, my impression of the Santa Barbara area is that few "normal" people, at least in economic terms, live there. It's extremely expensive.

Also, state and local budgets in California are in the red by billions of dollars. I just can't see this kind of project being very wise at this point, either economically or for PR.

The website says it will be "cost effective," with no further explanation. Now, if it could be proven to be self-sufficient, I might well be for it, but then why not have private enterprise do it? Why risk public money that is in extremely short supply for a recreational project that claims to be "cost effective" (whatever that means)?

I hate to be a bummer, but this just doesn't sound very timely. Of course, more information might change my mind.

mixed feelings on thisbig fred
Dec 16, 2003 8:17 AM
Although, I am not the advocate pitching this, I will say that there are a few gaps that perhaps I can help fill in.

First off, Santa Barbara is a fairly wealthy community, but it is also a college town and you need a good quantity of folks to run a town of the size of SB.

With that said, the petition document clearly states SB County, which includes much open space, ranches and a bunch of "less wealthy" communities.

Also, the facility is being proposed as multi use, "Will provide a safe off street location to educate the area's youth on bicycle safety.
Would be multi-use, with facilities for basketball, volleyball, tennis, in line skating, and remote control cars."

Text of document follows:

To: Santa Barbara County and Cities within
To: County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors, as well as the Mayors and City Council Members of the City of Goleta, City of Santa Barbara, City of Carpinteria, City of Buellton, City of Solvang, City of Guadalupe, and the City of Santa Maria.

We, the undersigned, residents of the County of Santa Barbara, and the named cities urge you all to begin the process of acquiring land, the partial funding, and the construction of a bicycle racing track facility, a Velodrome, in Santa Barbara County. If suitable County or City owned land is not available for such use, the County, or City Councils should establish a requirement on land slated to be developed, that besides open space or park land being set aside, so to should land be set aside to locate this area's only bicycling specific venue, a Velodrome.

Establishing this venue will provide the County of Santa Barbara and it's cities with many benefits including:

The area's only off road bicycle track racing and training facility.
Will provide much needed family recreation.
Will provide a safe off street location to educate the area's youth on bicycle safety.
Would be multi-use, with facilities for basketball, volleyball, tennis, in line skating, and remote control cars.
Located in the right place, the Velodrome could be used as a bicycle commuter hub complete with a Bike Shop that aids residents in obtaining bicycles for transportation, bike lockers, showers, and an athletic club.
The facility would be built with enough office and conference space so as to be used for meetings and a daily source of revenue.
Would host events on all levels.
Will provide a way for the County of Santa Barbara and Cities within to give something back to an industry, which contributes tremendously to the local economy.

This facility will benefit all County residents while also being very cost effective.

Please, let's work together and begin the process of building this long sought after sports facility.

The Undersigned
SB is cool, some parts are expensive but this is a good ideaclimbo
Dec 16, 2003 9:13 AM
hell, CA should save money somewhere else, velodromes are needed !!

I signed.
I wonder why this memo wasn't sent to the City of Lompoc...GeoCyclist
Dec 17, 2003 4:01 PM
I guess Lompoc was too far off the 101 freeway to bring in the numbers??? Or possibly because SB county prefers to build all their low income projects in the Lompoc area?

Just a thought!
Santa Barbaraspincircles
Dec 16, 2003 10:56 AM
As a new transplant to SB I will say SB does not possess a "normal" socio-economic distribution. That said, there are many active cycling clubs and plenty of regular folk outside of SB and Montecito. I'd love to have a velodrome down the road, and being less than 100 miles from LA it would also service the LA metro cycling community. There are literally millions of people within a couple hours drive of SB and most aren't millionaires.
LA has a brand spanking new velodromeTJeanloz
Dec 16, 2003 11:10 AM
Hosting Junior Worlds next spring, I believe.
And an old velodrome to boot!fracisco
Dec 16, 2003 11:23 AM
The old velodrome is here:

The new one should be very fast. It will be interesting to see how access to the facility works compared to the old Olympic Velodrome that was on the site.