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Fiesta Cruiser Ride attracts hundreds of cyclists

Fiesta Cruiser Ride

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Fiesta Cruiser ride drew hundreds of cyclists to downtown Santa Barbara on Sunday.

The annual unsanctioned cycling event unofficially caps off Old Spanish Days celebrations.

An estimated 750 to 1,000 people participated, riding bikes from Stearns Wharf, up State Street to Goleta State Beach with a pit stop at the parking lot at Talevi's Wine & Spirits. Many riders returned to the waterfront on State Street later in the afternoon.

Sixteen Santa Barbara Police officers were deployed to keep the bikers and the public safe, especially in intersections.

Officials said this year's Fiesta celebrations and Cruiser Ride were relatively tame.

"All in all, Fiesta in general was quite safe," said police public engagement manager Anthony Wagner. "No major incidents and everybody enjoyed it. We are glad to have been a part of a wonderful 2017 Fiesta."

Wagner said officers observed most Fiesta Cruiser riders following the laws. Only a handful of citations were given out and no one was arrested.


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