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Posted on June 29 at 4:52 p.m.

What's with the aggressive reactions by those first few commenters? Why don't you at least look at the book first before shooting from the hip.

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Posted on April 15 at 2:20 p.m.

Nice one, Richard_S. One might also suggest that teens learn the basics of safe text, like not doing it while driving, and encasing it in a prophylactic rubber sheath to keep stray light pixels from escaping in public spaces, like the ones that annoyed Starshine at the theater. I do like dad's suggestion of abstinence in the presence of other human beings though.

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Posted on March 2 at 3:19 p.m.

Beautifully written reminiscence!

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Posted on February 16 at 11:09 a.m.

edhat has pictures of this one (UCSB) and the one at Trinity episcopal:

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?...
http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?...

On Labyrinth of Inspiration

Posted on January 24 at 12:46 a.m.

Finally!!! It boils my blood when I see one of those carefree yackers blithely swerving on Goleta and IV streets, never mind the highway.

On Police Cite 74 for Driving While on Cell Phone

Posted on September 17 at 3:31 p.m.

Another cyclist chiming in about drivers who complain about bikes not stopping at stop signs, red lights, etc. Check out what Randy "the ethicist" Cohen says about it in this 4 min. clip:
http://www.streetfilms.org/biking-aro...
The part about the ethics of stopping is at about 3:20 into it, but it comes after a piece about riding the wrong way at 2:55.

Beyond that ethical argument that cyclists only need to stop when they would endanger themselves or others, just ride a bit and you'll see how our infrastructure is designed ONLY for cars--like the timing of sequential lights, or the magnetic triggers that let a traffic light know someone is waiting. The stop signs, lights etc. are almost always utterly unnecessary for slower-moving, non-cocooned 2-ft wide cyclists. We don't kill and maim people, you car drivers do. Massively.

On Cyclists Just Want to Have Fun

Posted on August 11 at 3:23 p.m.

I'm glad to hear he'll be ok. I have to say that our bike paths ought to be better maintained--and designed. Has anyone noticed the horrific "improvements" they've made along El Colegio? They increased the car space to 6, yes SIX, lanes through this residential area, with on street bike paths that are ridiculous because there are long uncoordinated traffic lights every block. But they also NARROWED the existing separate bike path (designated California coastal route!) AND ADDED SHARP CURVES at every driveway. What a way to downgrade a nice bike route and make it unsafe.

On Biker Takes Bad Spill

Posted on March 26 at 10:31 a.m.

I don't see that such a tax would affect consumers much. A vast majority of the oil we use in the US comes from abroad, as well as from other domestic producers (Texas, Alaska, Gulf coast), not California.
And who pays for the clean-up when those oil companies screw up? Taxpayers of course. Let them put their share into the till, instead of into their executives & shareholders' pockets.

On Nava Says No More ‘Free Ride’

Posted on January 24 at 11:45 p.m.

Great article, names most of the major annoyances I as a cyclist & pedestrian experience. I'd add one more: the huge disaster that UCSB did in redesigning El Collegio from Los Carneros into the campus. Not only did they WIDEN the road to 8 lanes (!!) for cars, but they NARROWED and PUT CROSSINGS and SHARP CURVES into the previously straight and crossing-free bike path. Oh they did add a bike lane to the road, but with 4 (I think) long, new, uncoordinated traffic lights, I have never seen a bicyclist using those. What absolute lack of intelligent planning prevailed there! In spite of all those lanes, it's not even car-friendly. Kudos to the car-heads.

On Dead Pedestrians Make Poor Shoppers

Posted on January 4 at 10:03 a.m.

I live near Devereux slough, and in years past after the first rain the sound of "spring peepers" in the low-lying areas would be deafening. This year nothing, zilch, zip. A friend thought she heard a single frog one evening, whereas we used to be inundated by the critters after a rain--on the sidewalks, under flowerpots, in watering cans, everywhere.
It sounds like this fungus is at work here in Goleta as well.

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