Santa Barbara Car Free

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Initiated and led by Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Santa Barbara Car Free is an award-winning cooperative partnership of more than 100 local businesses, organizations, agencies and individuals — all committed to encouraging car free transportation for cleaner air.


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The District received a national Clean Air Excellence Award for the Santa Barbara Car Free Project from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. See news release.

Santa Barbara Car Free Project partners were recognized on June 17, 2010, by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District’s Board of Directors and the Governor’s Office.  At its June Board meeting, the District’s Board thanked the Project partners with a special resolution, and Karen Kukurin, Deputy Director and Community Liaison with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Office, read a congratulatory letter from the Governor that stated, “To the district members, and all those who have had a hand in the Santa Barbara Car Free project, I thank you for your exemplary accomplishments. Your outstanding efforts help cement California as a world leader in going green.” A celebratory reception followed the Board meeting at the Inn of the Spanish Garden, a partner in the Project.

Santa Barbara Car Free Partners Recognized 6-17-10

Pictured from left to right. Back row: Kiki Ander, Shannon Brooks (Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau); Laura Kath (Mariah Marketing, Project Promotions Coordinator); Cynthia Boche (Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District); Lori Casillas (The Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle); Carol Crego (Amtrak); Kent Epperson (Traffic Solutions); Kate Schwab (Santa Barbara MTD): Greg Gorga (Santa Barbara Maritime Museum); Wilson Hubbell, Ralph Fertig (Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition); Michael Chiacos (Community Environmental Council); Matt Dobberteen (County of Santa Barbara Public Works); Mary Harris (Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association); Sarah Grant (City of Santa Barbara Transportation); Millie Matz (Santa Barbara Hotel Group); Gary Coombs (South Coast Railroad Museum). Front row: Connie Casebier (Cheshire Cat Inn); Rebecca Johnson (Inn of the Spanish Garden); Jayne Brechwald (Coalition for Community Wellness); Lee Moldaver (Coalition for Sustainable Transportation); Drew Wakefield (Ramada Limited Hotel); Annmarie Rogers with bike helmet (Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center); Mary Byrd (Santa Barbara Car Free Project Manager with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District); Karen Kukurin, (Deputy Director with Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Office); Kathy Janega-Dykes (Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau); Brian Hart (Amtrak).  

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Santa Barbara Car Free is also the recipient of the 2004 Environmental Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 and the 2004 Marketing Excellence Award for Eco-Tourism from California Travel & Tourism Commission. The District recognized Car Free partners for the outstanding contributions to the project that were a factor in these awards in 2004.

Partners present for the APCD ceremony included (from left): Front row: Millie Matz–Santa Barbara Hotel Group; Olivia Rodriguez, David Damiano and Sherrie Fisher–Santa Barbara MTD: Tracy Farhad–Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission; Jayne Brechwald–American Lung Association of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, Antara Blasius–Community Environmental Council/Earth Day. Second row: Brian Hart–Amtrak; Nadine Turner–Hotel Santa Barbara; Megan Miley (project website)–Megan Miley Graphic Design; Ralph Fertig–Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition; Lynda Lang–Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce; Tim Bridwell–Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort; Laura Kath (project promotions coordinator)–Mariah Marketing; Mary Byrd (project manager)–APCD. Top row: Nancy Johnson–Botanic Garden; Randy Reetz–Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center; Lee Moldaver; Bobbie Bratz (community programs supervisor)–APCD; Lin Graf–Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce.  

See more information on the project see the Santa Barbara Car Free website, or contact Mary Byrd at 805-961-8833 or [email protected]. To request mailed information, including free maps, and promotions with area businesses, register on the car free website, all the Car Free message line at 805-696-1100, or mail a request to Santa Barbara Car Free, P.O. Box 60436, Santa Barbara, CA 93160.


Here are some additional links to help you take a vacation from your car – to and from, and around, Santa Barbara County.