Comments by edfrance

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Posted on April 9 at 9:06 a.m.

Ed France here. My exact comments on the American Community Survey (Census) data is that it is 'limited,' not flawed. Where Tom and I agree is that we need to compel the City of Santa Barbara and SBCAG to take collection of bicyclist and pedestrian data more seriously.

More people are choosing to bike for some of their transportation needs. Many more use our roadways for recreational trips also. How do we measure this? Right now the only standardized data we have is the ACS bike to work mode share data. This likely (in my belief) underestimates the total number of Santa Barbarans using bicycles for some of their trips.

Tom and I did have a constructive conversation after the last City Council meeting. I look forward to welcoming him and Scott Wentz as well as bicycle advocates to a broader conversation about what data sources we currently do have, what their limitations are, and what our City and Region can do to better count cyclists and pedestrians. Because Cyclists count, and we deserve to be safe when we ride a bike to complete a trip we need to take. Just like Boulder, Co, Davis, CA, Portland, Or, Seattle, CA and other leading bicycle friendly communities, have made bicycling more safe and accessible, so SB needs to step up too. Making bicycling safe and accessible is good for all users, and doesn't infringe on anyones right or ability to take a car. Improved data collection is an important step in improving our transportation system.

Let's methodically count more than just people moving in cars.

On Car Chasing the Dog

Posted on July 26 at 11 a.m.

Thank you to COAST's Safe Routes to Schools and Goleta Councilmember Paula Perotte for leading the charge on this summer session and 11th hour effort.

1- The alternative transportation planning of this section of roadway is what I meant to say was planned in a vaccum. While UCSB student trips are majority 'alternate', the current GTIP has been unable to respond to 'alternative' bike and ped infrastructure. This project is adjacent the bicycling 'Coast Route' and needs far better connections then are currently planned adjacent this Project. It is inappropriate to assume that all bicycling students will want to take a shoulder/bike lane on a now fully widened four lane road- including 'at speed' left hand turns

2. @HMARCUSE- was the Los Carneros Class 1 (separated) bikeway indeed NARROWED as part of the construction and Carneros Widening? That- coupled with the fact that the project did not include improved connections for the path where it terminates at Hollister would be a clear indication that Congestion mitigation funding handled by City of Goleta is 'dis'integrated- by not including bikeways as part of their congestion mitigation funding and planning.

On Storke Road Bike Path Saved

Posted on May 16 at 9:21 a.m.

Great Article Howard! A good bike fit is liberating! forget sore backs, butts, or knees. It's all about sore lungs and legs from miles of riding on a properly fit bike ;) And on the flip side my town bike is more comfortable then my car seat. I don't even need to take my wallet out of my back pocket...

Great point that fit isn't all about body measurements. Trial and error with stems & seats and adjustment makes a lot of sense, not just following rules of thumb.

In addition to all our great local bike shops(which have more options to choose from) , the volunteers at Bici Centro are eager to help Do-it-yourselfers make their bikes more comfortable with changing stems, handlebars, & seats.

On Pedaling Your Way

Posted on August 11 at 9:26 a.m.

There is a much more up to date description of the accident written up on Noozhawk: "UCSB Professor hurt in Bicycle Accident Expected to make a full recovery."

It is important to note that a majority of bicycling crashes do not involve cars, and these are also often preventable.

While wearing a helmet is great to protect our brain, what most bicyclists leave the house without is bike training of any kind.

We at the Bicycle Coalition have developed bicycling classes through the League of American Bicyclists for Adults and as after-school programs.

While most every bicyclist thinks that "I know how to RIDE A BIKE," there are essential bike handling and riding in traffic skills that most cyclists have not mastered. I wish Prof. Burbank a speedy and healthful recovery. I hope that his incident-which could easily happen to any of us- sparks more of us to think about how we can better learn to bicycle safely. I can't tell you how many 'rock dodge' drills we have coached cyclists through and just how common road hazards popping up at the last minute are. While a class can't guarantee your avoidance of such hazards, at least to have prepared with knowledgeable guidance can go a long way.

If I can help anyone get connected to bike education resources, please don't hesitate to contact me:
Ed France
Executive Director, SB Bicycle Coalition & Bici Centro
617-3255 or edfranceATbicicentroDOTorg

On Biker Takes Bad Spill

Posted on October 7 at 10:08 a.m.

This Voyage of Kiri really is an example of some of the great things to come out of Santa Barbara. Instead of being opposed to yet another thing, the Kiri team is actually doing something about it. I have had the pleasure to meet Kristian 'Captain' Beadle and his team as they plan out their classroom coursework and the significant five month schedule for their trip. Awareness of watersheds and planning for sustainability of local resource networks is of real importance for the youth of our fragile coastal towns streching down the California and Mexican coast.

It is inspiring to see an example of a bi-national educational effort between both the U.S. and Mexico. I know that Kiri voyage is operating on very limited resources and hope that the community rallys to support this project. I'm pledging $150 to support the five month trip. I hope that more of us who want to see positive change will do similarly.
Good Luck

On Sailing Adventure to Teach Climate Science

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