TWO-WHEELIN', FREE AND EASY: It's getting to the point nowadays where it is almost surprising to see a pretty thoroughfare that's actually open to autos on a weekend day, what with all of the mondo cycling events rolling into California. Oh, we jest, of course; cars and streets are still pretty much like ham and cheese. But bicycles are claiming major avenues more often, and many cities are following the CicLAvia model and venturing into the world of the Huge Weekend Day Closed Street Roll (cue dramatic music). Next up is Santa Barbara, a town that's done rather well with the whole "everyone on their bikes and trikes" thing; Santa Barbara Car Free is the go-to org for bike-loving train-riding discounts and money-saving stay-overs and such. The city is taking that cycling 'n sunshine spirit and stepping it up nine or ten notches, or spokes, rather, with Santa Barbara Open Streets, which pedals into the city on Saturday, Nov. 2.
SPINNING DOWN CABRILLO: The main stretch for this closed-to-cars spectacular is Cabrillo Boulevard, which is, yes indeed, very close to the water. So will your riding day be pretty, well, pretty? You bet. Over two and a half miles of Cabrillo will be closed to vehicle traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 2, as well as "adjacent Funk Zone streets." Yeah, you're pedaling the Funk Zone, for sure. Don't say you're not. Workshops and activities dot the day, but you're welcome to just come stroll, jog, roller skate, or, yep, bike it. No engine? No problem. The day is about people power. The get more on cycling down a little slice of beachfront gorgeousness, sans autos, read on and get your gettin' to Santa Barbara info.