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Posted on March 2 at 10:28 a.m.
“Santa Barbara is full of destinations in close proximity but not close enough to walk,” and "given the elevation changes" and people's tight time schedules, another option is required.
That option is scooters. Bicycles are a nice idea and can fill some needs. The transportation solution is always presented a cars or bicycles which entirely overlooks the middle ground of Vespa type Scooters or motorcycles. They are the missing link.
People know intuitively that bicycles are not the total solution so they shut down to more bike lanes and surly bicyclists. Scooters fit right in without modification to roadways.
Anyone who can ride a bicycle can ride a scooter. They can go further in less time with less fatigue while still providing fresh air exhilaration.
Many job offers today seek the attribute of "attention to detail" or "detail oriented." If you are going to ride a bike or a scooter you need to be detail oriented to survive.
Scooters are actually safer than bicycles as they more closely follow the characteristics of cars, speed, acceleration and so forth.
This is the voice of experience speaking people. I have been riding bicycles, scooters, motorcycles and driving cars and commercial trucks for 45 years without mishap. Not only in Santa Barbra but Los Angeles surface streets and freeways as well. Pay attention to the details, never stop learning how to drive until you hang up the keys for good...
On Bike Sharing is Caring
Posted on December 11 at 12:01 p.m.
If I am not mistaken the muni course is watered with reclaimed water. There is a pipe and pump system that leads from the El Estero sanitation facility on East Yanonali Street over to muni.
On Drawing a Line in the Sand Trap
Posted on October 6 at 11:26 p.m.
I am calling out AutoCoalition as a bully much in need of anger management.
All of the other commenters made their points perfectly without stooping to your level of vile personal attack.
Santa Barbara has an "embarrassment of riches" when it comes to great psychotherapists. Please seek one out.
On Hidden Motivations
Posted on September 24 at 12:51 a.m.
Look up the word *moratorium* on any real estate development projects which require new water meters.
On Water Solutions Sought
Posted on August 31 at 1:01 p.m.
Driving is a career, one must continue to learn. Hone skills or die. Please believe me, just when you think that you have seen it all...
Just say no to complacency behind the wheel or at the handle bars.
I have been driving, all manner of vehicles, for 45 years without incident. Started driving in the San Marcos parking lot with Driver Training/Education.
Those courses and the mentoring provided by already well known and trusted faculty members provided a basis of common knowledge and reason for all.
The situation on the freeways began to deteriorate in the 70s with the mass influx of drivers from New York and New Jersey and coincidental termination of Driver Education in schools. Homogeneity lost, a free for all. Situation continues to worsen.
Back then parents had some time left over to actually raise their children. It's the economy. Lack of parental supervision.
Insurance companies, automobile manufacturers, liquor distributors are all heavy lobbyists. Don't touch my business. The laws must change.
Tougher skills/attitude testing at DMV. They are the gatekeepers. Additionally, Zero tolerance for DUI.
On Teen Killed on 101
Posted on July 31 at 7:05 a.m.
I am surprised that there is no further mention of TELACU.
Back in the day I worked in East Los Angeles near a TELACU site. They are survivors.
From their web-site, "each and every business TELACU owns and operates has a double bottom line: profitability that is inseparable from social impact." www.telacu.com
On Schools See Lots of Construction
Posted on July 9 at 9:45 a.m.
As a Tea Fire survivor I feel for the neighbors of this facility. Construction on this scale really does disturb the peace. Breaking up that concrete foundation will require weeks of work by a bone-shaking, tooth-rattling, hydraulic "breaker". It's a continuous mini earthquake for eight hours a day until completion.
On UCSB Housing Project Destroyed by Fire
Posted on June 5 at 7:58 a.m.
Kudos to Daniel for his performance, his teachers for their interest and to the Indy for publishing this. When I was young I had a neighbor who served as my science mentor. In fact he was one of the individuals who built the Foucault pendulum at the Natural History Museum. I watched it go from his workbench to the display that is there today. The first astronauts were orbiting the globe, interest in science at school and at home was a given.
Today everybody uses advanced technologies in their daily lives but thanks to the highly successful Nixon/Regan dumb down the youth initiatives very few actually understand how they work.
It you know it, teach it. Pry a kid from their video game long enough to teach them the basics of coding. They are extremely receptive, it's simply that no one ever introduced them. Please see: http://scratch.mit.edu/
On A Comet in Santa Barbara's Astronomical World
Posted on June 3 at 5:42 a.m.
This is a great start. From the bicycles they can easily transition to scooters or reasonably sized motorcycles. Nothing sexist here, most people have motorcycles that are too large, often far too large, for them. Spritely is good.
I have ridden them all for decades and can attest that, in traffic. you are worlds and away safer on a motorcycle. More visible and capable of locomotion similar to the deadly enemy of us all, cars. They don't see you and they care less than that. Where is my iPhone, coke, mascara, pet, kids sit down...?
A cadre of healthy women on scooters/motorcycles opens the door for others to try their hand. In our sunny climate leave the cars at home. Let the motorized two wheelers take their rightful place in our transportation mix.
On Pedaling with Wings
Posted on May 31 at 8 a.m.
What "Goleta boosters would like to see most: people who come to explore the Good Land itself."
Exactly what/who is a "Goleta Booster"? Could that possibly be synonymous with Real Estate Developer?
The operative word in Goleta The Good Land is "land", not beach. The only remaining vestige of Goleta The Good Land is the Bishop Ranch. Without a firm plan in place for preservation of the ranch in it's entirety, Goleta The Good Land is lost forever.
We are out of water, have been for decades, stop the developers.
On Goleta Getting “The Goodland” Hotel