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Public Meetings


Join us for our free COAST Public Meetings (formerly ‘General Meetings’), where local elected officials, city planners, traffic engineers, and sustainable transportation advocates & professionals present timely local and regional transportation news and updates.

Until COVID-19 gathering restrictions are lifted, our Public Meetings have gone ‘virtual’ via online video/phone conferencing.

We will return to our meeting venue when public health guidelines allow.

WHEN:  2nd Wednesday, every other month — Noon – 1:00
WHERE:  Historic Hill-Carrillo Adobe Building, 11 E Carrillo Street Santa Barbara

If you have any additional questions about our Public Meetings, would like to present or have ideas for presenters and topics, please contact us at


September 9th, 2020 12:00 – 1:00
via Video (Click HERE) &
Dial-In Conference

To Join by Phone, dial (669) 900-9128,
Then enter Meeting ID
867 5165 5319 (no password required)

“Cycle September Overview + Town Hall Discussion:  We’re ALL on State Together!”
Spend lunchtime with us as we welcome SBCAG Traffic Solution’s Kent Epperson & Lori La Riva to share the buzz about ‘Cycle September:’  The Global Bike Challenge.  We’ll then launch into a lively discussion of walking and cycling along the State Street Promenade and thoughts on how to keep State Street Open to ALL.  Bring your ideas!


August 12th, 2020 5:00 – 6:00
via Video Conference

COAST’s Annual Membership Meeting – Open to All!
Join us for our annual membership meeting, open to all members and non-members, where we’ll review this past 2019-2020 fiscal year and open up discussion to what the future holds for COAST’s advocacy and educational mission!

Missed the meeting?  Watch the recorded replay here!

July 8th, 2020 12:00- 1:00
via Video Conference

Transit Today: Contingencies, Flexibility and Getting Back to Work
For our July Public Meeting we welcome Hillary Blackerby, Planning & Marketing Manager at Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (SB MTD).  As we know, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on public transit ridership and like all of us, SB MTD has had its share of adaptation and adjustment.  Hillary will discuss the current transit climate and what further changes lay ahead for SB MTD’s services, and how they are looking to the community for its feedback.  Transit is an essential element of any well-planned community, so join us for this important discussion!

Missed the meeting?  Watch the recorded replay here!

June 10th, 2020
via Video Conference

Sustaining Innovative Solutions for the Future
This month we’re excited to be joined by Michael Schneider of L.A. transportation advocacy organization Streets For All, the City of S.B.’s new Economic Development Manager Jason Harris and Summer Solstice Celebration Executive Director & new Downtown Santa Barbara Interim Executive Director Robin Elander for a lively ‘virtual’ panel discussion.  Robin, Michael and Jason will share their vision and insight on the revitalization of Downtown S.B., State Street and our local economic recovery, with updates and inspiration from the exciting recent developments with ‘Slow Streets’ in L.A.

Missed the meeting?  Watch the recorded replay here!

MAY, 2020 – No Meeting this month

March 11th, 2020

“Celebrate State & Santa Maria Open Streets” with SBCAG Traffic Solutions’ Kent Epperson and Robin Elander of Global Good Impact.  Join us as Kent and Robin share the exciting details of the 2nd Santa Maria Open Streets in March, and CycleMAYnia’s four-day event ‘Celebrate State’.  You’ll want to find out more!

JANUARY 8th, 2020

“San Ysidro Road Roundabout Project Update” with County of S.B. Public Works team (Walter Rubalcava & Chris Sneddon, with Kirsten Ayars of Ayars & Associates).


DECEMBER, 2019 – No Meeting this month

NOVEMBER, 2019 – No Meeting this month

OCTOBER, 2019 – No Meeting this month

SEPTEMBER, 2019 – No Meeting this month

AUGUST, 2019 – No Meeting this month
Viva La Fiesta!

JULY 10 – @Impact Hub State Street
(Atrium Conference Room, upstairs)

  • “City of Santa Barbara Vision Zero Road Safety Projects” with Public Works Principal Transportation Engineer Derrick Bailey.

JUNE 12 – @Santa Barbara Foundation
1111 Chapala St. Suite 200

  • “CycleMAYnia / SM Open Streets WrapUp” with Kent Epperson, Director, SBCAG Traffic Solutions
  • “Another Mission Corridor Perspective” with Lanny Ebenstein and Paulina Conn of the Coalition to Preserve Mission Canyon

MAY 8 – @Impact Hub State Street
(Atrium Conference Room, upstairs)

“COAST’s Annual General Membership Meeting”

Join us as we review our organizational program accomplishments from 2018.  We’ll also open the table for discussion and suggestions for what COAST should focus on in 2019 and beyond.

APRIL 10 – @Impact Hub State Street
(Tech Conference Room, Downstairs)

  • “MTD Proposed Service Changes” with Hillary Blackerby, Interim Planning & Marketing Manager, SB MTD
  • “Mission Corridor Update” with Mission Heritage Trail Association Chair, Fred Sweeney

MARCH 13 – @Impact Hub State Street
(Tech Conference Room, Downstairs)

“City of S.B. Multimodal Transportation Roundup” with Rob Dayton, Transportation & Parking Manager, Jessica Grant, Supervising Transportation Planner and Sam Furtner, Mobility Coordinator

FEBRUARY 13 – @Impact Hub State Street
(State Street Conference Room)

“Measure A Active Transportation Program Grant Cycle 4 Update” with Sarkes Khacheck, Director of Programming, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments

“Measuring Progress Towards Safe, Sustainable Transportation: What Data Should We Collect And Who Should Collect It?”
with Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Epidemiologist and area Data Master
Presentation Powerpoint Slides Can be Found Here

JANUARY 9 – @Impact Hub State Street

“Missing Links in the CA Coastal Trail,” Matt Dobberteen, County of Santa Barbara, Alternative Transportation Manager

“HOPR Bikeshare Update,” Tania Reyes, HOPR, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator



Emerging Transportation Technologies,” Michael Becker, Planning Division Manager, SBCAG


Mission Heritage Trails Association Update,” Tom Jacobs, AIA

Carfree Zones,” Eva Inbar, COAST, Board President


3 Revolutions Conference Recap

Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Change on State Street,” Hal Conklin, former Mayor of Santa Barbara and first Co-Director of the Community Environmental Council


Retimed Pacific Surfliner Train Update“, Scott Spaulding, Rail/Transit Manager, SBCAG

MTD Proposed Service Change Updates,” Hillary Blackerby, Marketing and Community Relations Manager, MTD


Limebike Overview“, Sam Dreiman, Director of Strategic Development , Limebike

Discussion: Opportunities and barriers to shared mobility in the South Coast


COAST Annual General Meeting


“People for Bikes Conference Overview”, Ed France, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition

“Places for Bikes Rating System” Dr. Daniel Fishbein, local epidemiologist


“Electric Vehicle Infrastructure & Opportunities in the Santa Barbara Region”, Cameron Gray, Transportation & Climate Specialist, Community Environmental Council

“The Fight to Save SB1,” Joanna Kaufman, Program Director, COAST




“SB1 Projects in the Santa Barbara Region”, Marjie Kirn, Executive Director, SBCAG

HOPR Bike Share,” Ed France, Executive Director, SBBIKE


“Shared Mobility Overview,” Michael Becker, Planning Division Manager, SBCAG

Scooters… What, How, and Why,” Eve Sanford, Government and Community Relations Manager, Spin


“MicroMobility Roundtable”
Let’s talk bikeshare, e-scooters ‘n such


NOTE: Meeting videos for June, 2017 and later can be found on the COAST Blog “Word on the Street.”


Promoting active Transportation in Lompoc,” with Ashley Costa and Emily Casarez, Healthy Lompoc Coalition

Designing a multi modal transportation hub at the Amtrak stop in Goleta,” with Mark Linehan (Wynmark Company)


Shared Economy & Self Driving Cars: Revolution You Can Count On” with Peter Brown, Transportation Planner, City of Santa Barbara Link to Presentation PDF

News from Santa Barbara Car Free,” Krista Nightingale and Lyz Hoffman, Air Pollution Control District and SB Car Free


COAST Membership Open House — COAST’s 2016 accomplishments, board member introductions and discussion for 2017. Link to presentation PDF.

Video of March General Meeting:


Overview and Priorities of SBCAG,” with Marjie Kirn, Executive Director, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG)

Pacific Surfliner and Peak Hour Service, and Commuter Bus Updates,” Scott Spaulding, Principal Transportation Planner, SBCAG

Fast Forward 2040 (Regional Transportation Plan) Update & Upcoming Year Planning Focus” Michael Becker, Senior Transportation Planner, SBCAG

MAY 10

County Roundabout Updates & Santa Claus Lane Streetscape Project,” with Matt Dobberteen, Transportation Planner, County of Santa Barbara

What’s new with MTD?,” Hillary Blackerby, Marketing & Community Relations Manager, Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transportation District


“County Jurisdiction Hollister Project,” Thomas Park, Walter Rubalcava, Gary Smart, Matt Dobberteen, Allen Bell, County of Santa Barbara link to presentation

Link to meeting video:


Carbon Fees,” with Dennis Allen, Allen Construction and John Kelley, AIA.

For more information about the carbon fee and dividend proposal, visit Citizen’s Climate lobby:

Parking In-Lieu Fees,” with Eve Sanford, Planning and Policy Coordinator, Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition

No General Meeting in August

“Notes from Portland,” travel stories with Eva Inbar
“From Bend to Boulder: The Evolution of a Bicycle Advocate,” with Frank Peters

Hollister Complete Streets,” Teresa Lopes, Project Engineer, City of Goleta

Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan,” James Winslow, Project Engineer, City of Goleta


Vision Zero Update,” Sara Farrell, Mobility Coordinator, City of Santa Barbara

State Street Update Part II,” Cass Ensberg, FAIA