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Bike Santa Barbara County has what you need for great bicycling adventures.

We've put together eight rides that you can print out and follow any time, or use Ride with GPS. Two take you to locations of Sideways that was filmed in the Solvang area. One is in Goleta, three in Montecito, and two around Santa Barbara. 

All the rides assume that you are comfortable riding with traffic. They are not for beginners or young children on their own bikes. Most of the travel is on quiet streets and roads, on streets with bikelanes, or on bikepaths separate from traffic. Obey traffic laws and exercise common sense and caution when bicycling.

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photo of Mission

Santa Barbara Bicycle Ride. 10.8 miles long. This ride takes you through the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara. It passes the magnificent County Courthouse, city parks, and the old Santa Barbara Mission. You'll ride in bikelanes most of the way, and cross Highway 101 on a bike bridge. The ride ends with a three-mile downhill ride with sweeping views of the mountains, ocean and harbor. Route Sheets: Download PDF  or Ride with GPS . 

On the left: the old Santa Barbara Mission, still an active Catholic church.

photo of Mountain Drive

Mountain Drive Bicycle Ride. 15.9 miles long. Not for flatlanders, this ride takes you up 800 feet above Santa Barbara for spectacular views from winding Mountain Drive. Watch for the very special mailbox at 1550 Mountain Drive. Descent passes through upscale Montecito with gated estates, historic hotels, and dining opportunities. You return to the start past Santa Barbara Cemetery, the Bird Refuge, and East Beach. Route Sheets: Download PDF or Ride with GPS:  

On the left: way above the city and ocean, the views are spectacular. On clear days you can see the Channel Islands 25 miles off shore.

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Goleta Bicycle Ride. 21.2 miles long. This fairly flat ride starts at Goleta Beach County Park, east of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). You'll pass through the University, quiet residential areas, lemon and avocado orchards, La Cumbre shopping center, and return to your starting point by riding for miles on the Obern Trail bikepath. Route Sheets: Download PDF or Ride with GPS 

On the left: the Goleta tour leads you through the University of California Santa Barbara campus where over half the undergrads use bikes to travel each school day.

photo of Natural Cafe

Santa Barbara Streets & Paths Bicycle Ride. 22.4 miles long. This ride takes you through Downtown Santa Barbara, passing historical buildings. You will ride on different bike-laned streets and enjoy several mles of bikepath. You'll ride through the exclusive Hope Ranch area. Be sure to pull off for the commanding view of the Ocean and Channel Islands from 200 feet above the surf just outside Hope Ranch. Watch speed on downhills. End the ride with a swooping downhill on Shoreline Drive back to the Dolphin Fountain. Download PDF or Ride with GPS: 

On the left: the Natural Cafe is just one of dozens of outdoor dining locations along State Street. Park your bike in view and watch the passing parade of people.

photo of Santa Rosa Road

Summerland Ride. 11.8 miles long. This ride starts at the bottom of Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, travels along the beach, into Montecito, over a new bikepath above Highway 101, and ends up in Summerland before returning through a different part of affluent Montecito. Summerland is a quiet beachside town with antique shops, inns, restaurants, and a spooky history. Download PDF or Ride with GPS:  

On the left: this is a section of Channel Drive descending from a bikepath on bluffs overlooking the Pacific, and about to pass the world-class Biltmore Santa Barbara hotel.

photo of Foxen Canyon

Montecito Village Ride. 9.6 miles long. This ride starts at the bottom of Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, travels along the beach, then climbs up to Montecito Village, one of Montecito's two shopping areas. On the way, you will pass Casa del Herrera, an historic 1925 estate that is preserved by a nonprofit with its original structure, gardens and furnishings. It is worthwhile taking their tour, however you have to reserve ahead. In Montecito, you'll pass many upscale homes, and your choice of restaurants in the Village. Download PDF  or Ride with GPS:  

On the left: this is the Casa del Herrera, meaning "House of the Metalworker," named after the hobby of the original owner, George Steedman. It is a superb example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

photo of Santa Rosa Road

Sideways Film Location Ride I. 50.0 miles long. This ride starts and ends in central Solvang. You will travel west along Highway 246 to Lompoc, then return along Santa Rosa Road. The 18 miles on Santa Rosa Road offer you what many consider the best bike ride in Santa Barbara County. You will pass three restaurants, a bar, golf course, motel, winery and of course Ostrich Land—all film locations. Download PDF here.

On the left: this is one of several vineyards along Santa Rosa Road, in this early spring photo the vines are still dormant.

photo of Foxen Canyon

Sideways Film Location Ride II. 52.3 miles long. This ride starts and ends in central Solvang. You will travel north through quiet Los Olivos, then through the Foxen Canyon Wine Country. There are four wineries along the way, plus the Los Olivos Cafe, all film locations. This is not an easy ride because of the climbing—look carefully at the altitude graph on the ride sheet. Be sure to compliment Firestone Winery for supplying a bike rack for visitors. Download PDF here.

On the left: this is a view from Foxen Canyon Road overlooking ranchland, native oaks, and farmed fields.


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