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Discover the Santa Barbara Car Free experience! It’s about enjoying the fresh air and taking the time to savor the experience for a healthier planet - and a healthier you.
Whether you’re a Santa Barbara local, or a visitor arriving by train, plane, or car, Santa Barbara offers a menu of special car free opportunities. Walk out on the wharf, around the harbor, or up State Street to shop and dine – and hop on the 25-cent electric shuttle anywhere along the way. Rent a bike and ride it along the waterfront on a beautiful off-road bike path. Or try for a more ambitious ride on another scenic bike path. Rent a kayak and paddle it around the harbor. Take a boat trip out to see whales in the Santa Barbara Channel – or try a sunset cruise along the coast. Charter a fishing boat. Take a water taxi. Tour and taste in wine country as you relax and let someone else do the driving.
To inspire your car free experience, more than 100 partners in the community have come together through Santa Barbara Car Free, a cooperative eco-tourism project founded and led by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District for cleaner air and a healthier planet. The Santa Barbara Car Free Project was honored with a national 2009 Clean Air Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project was one of only 15 initiatives recognized in the U.S., and one of only 2 recognized in California.
Visit our website, www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org to find out about special savings offers on hotels and activities from our Car Free partners. See information on a 20% Santa Barbara Car Free discount offer on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner™ and San Joaquin™ train services. If you take the train to Santa Barbara, you’ll arrive at a beautifully restored historic station in the downtown area, an easy walk from the beach and downtown shopping and dining. Check our website for suggested car free itineraries, and find out about bike rentals, and bike routes. Download self-guided walking tours, and access information about bus schedules and special tours and expeditions.
We look forward to welcoming you to Santa Barbara car free and carefree! www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org.