SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - More employees are now riding their bikes to work in Santa Barbara County and across the nation.
Many areas of the country, have seen a spike of 60 % in the last decade according to a U.S. Census study.
Bike riders still account for fewer than 1% of all commuters, however, but some cities like Santa Barbara, Portland have high commuting rates.
Santa Barbara is celebrating what is called CycleMAYnia all month. Next week there will be many bike to work events.
Ed France with Bici Centro and the Bike Coalition says he has seen the number of riders in Santa Barbara double in the last ten years. He and the staff have seen many new riders coming in for parts, repairs, and to take part in bike events.
They also teach "fix it" classes. "If they are on the way to work, and they get a flat tire, it is not the end of the world," said France.
Bike Coalition Advocate, Sam Franklin had an 19-foot map out for Earth Day where riders could mark their routes and discuss their road concerns ranging from potholes, to dangerous drivers.
"And that's where you would have conversations with people, and they would say 'last week I was cycling there and I almost got hit, and it happens every so often. Or I really like this particular bike path I wish we had more of those,'" said Franklin.
Many businesses are becoming more and more bike friendly. "Linda.com, Deckers, Sonos and all of these companies are embracing making biking a normal accessible thing for their employees, because they want Santa Barbara to be a bikeable place. People will move here if they can bike, walk and enjoy the outdoors," said France.