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Posted on August 20 at 10:45 a.m.

Jake Boysel was legally riding in the bike lane. Ernesto Botello was driving way beyond the speed limit and swerved into the bike lane and killed Jake Boysel. The incident is 100% Ernesto Botello's fault.

We all pay for the roads and we all have the right to use them, subject to our laws. When drivers kill cyclists who are obeying the laws, the fault in every way is on the part of the auto drivers, not the cyclists.

Advising cyclists to stay off the roads they pay for and are legally using is simply intimidation.

AutoCoalition, you always blame the victim, and take no responsibility for the frequent law breaking activity of car drivers. They are a protected class of people allowed to kill in your opinion.

On Investigation into Bicyclist's Death Continues

Posted on August 20 at 10:18 a.m.

Not one word from AutoCoalition ignoring the enormous frequency with which auto drivers text, talk on their phone, drive drunk, smoke cigarettes, eat hamburgers. Bicyclists are not kamikazes, auto drivers are careless and sloppy killers.

Just remember Antonio Guerca, Martin Luna, Jake Boysel, Kendra Payne, and Eric Okerblom all killed by careless auto drivers, with not a peep of acceptance of responsibility by AutoCoalition for trying to get car drivers to behave legally and safely.

The satellite images of Foxen Canyon road east of Dominion show a beautiful straight road with ample shoulders. That is exactly the experience I've had when I bike it and drive it. It is not a crowded road, and remember, it is the responsibility of ***CAR DRIVERS*** who *decide* to pass (there is no *requirement* that they pass) anything in front of them to do so safely, whether that is another car, truck, horse, bicycle, or pedestrian.

Since the traffic is so light, it is completely simple (and there is ample space) to lightly drift to the left when passing a cyclist on Foxen Canyon. It is also what the law requires. But compliance with the law is not a concern of AutoCoalition: they want car drivers to be able to violate the law with impunity. I guess they think complying with the law is for others, but not for them.

Amazing how groups like AutoCoalition take no responsibility for safe driving and blame legally conforming cyclists. Indicates a bit of entitlement on their part: in their world there is no responsibility for their actions; responsibility is a duty exclusively for *others*.

Remember, Matthew O'Neill was following a strict safety protocol required by the Randonneuring group he was riding with. Of course the investigation might find he was doing something wrong. But there is a pretty strong case that he was doing everything right.

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Posted on August 20 at 9:27 a.m.

I have both driven and ridden my bike on the section of Foxen Canyon Road (just east of Dominion) on numerous occasions. The traffic lanes are not unusually narrow, and the road is straight for 1 mile.

The principal danger is from careless auto drivers who are texting, talking on their phone, smoking cigarettes, applying makeup, eating a hamburger, adjusting the radio, etc, or are who are drunk, when they should be focusing on the road and doing their driving safely and soberly.

Any person who takes the time to consider the overwhelming carelessness of many auto drivers knows that they are the killers on our roads, and they kill with impunity and the support of other killers in cars.

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Posted on August 20 at 8:51 a.m.

And I have observed cars breaking the law far, far more often than bicyclists do. Almost every car I ever see doesn't come to a full stop, for example, at stop signs. Almost every car I see exceeds the speed limit on the 101. I see texting and phoning while driving a car much more frequently than I see cyclists at all. I see cars change lanes without signaling and turn without signaling more than I see cyclists at all.

Auto drivers are enormously careless and unlawful. They kill cyclists as a consequence of their poor driving. It is not he cyclists' fault.

And once every few months a driver gets on the 101 going the wrong direction entirely, often with catastrophic results for themselves and others.

Auto drivers are a menace and a danger to Santa Barbara County. Much more severe punishment is warranted for their crimes as a deterrent.

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Posted on August 20 at 8:38 a.m.

Autocoalition said ``RIP to the bicyclist, but neither he or the other bicyclists considered how dangerous it was to ride bikes on that very narrow road, a road heavily used by large agricultural trucks and equipment.'

And how do you know what `he or the other bicyclists considered'? Did you read the safety requirements for the ride?

The fact is you jumped to an unwarranted conclusion. Cyclists are intensely aware of the fact that most Santa Barbara County auto drivers are terrible drivers who ignore safety regulations and kill cyclists as a consequence.

Autocoalition said: ``I just re-read the very first comment by sevendolphins and got a good laugh. He said " The sun was to the rear of the car, I think, so the sun was not in the drivers' eyes". According to the Indy article the collision happened ay 7:30 P.M. The cyclist was traveling westbound when he was clipped by the truck.''

Yes, I was wrong. What set me in the wrong direction was the Indy report that the ride was a `250-mile San Jose-to-Solvang trip.'. When riding from San Jose to Solvang, one would not ride westbound on Foxen Canyon.

In reality they were riding a loop from SLO to Gaviota and back. The Indy got that wrong. They were on the return to SLO. Maybe the setting sun did influence the accident.

As to the possibility that the Maldonado sons were carrying a note, it will be interesting to find out whether they were, and whether the note is notarized with a time and date in the notary's log to prove it was not forged after the event.

The simple fact, however, is that the past killings of Antonio Guerca, Martin Luna, Jake Boysel, Kendra Payne, and Eric Okerblom prove that car drivers are immensely careless when they drive in Santa Barbara County.

Our law enforcement hierarchy doesn't care that cyclists are dying regularly due to the carelessness of auto drivers.

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Posted on August 19 at 5:59 p.m.

Add to the list of cyclists killed by careless car drivers: Martin Luna in Old Town in August, 2007, and Antonio Guerca in Old Town in September, 2001.

But I forgot: Marcos Almaguer plead guilty to `trespass with a motor vehicle' and spent 45 days in jail, and got 3 years probation, and had to pay $11,600 to the Kendra Payne Memorial Fund. Clearly not a sufficient deterrent.

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Posted on August 19 at 5:51 p.m.

Let's see: Ernesto Botello drove his car into legally riding 12-year old Jake Boysel, who died; Katelin Edwards did the same to Eric Okerblom; Marcos Almaguer did the same to Kendra Payne. All in Santa Barbara County. None of the car drivers suffered a significant penalty for their actions.

Seems like we have an epidemic of car drivers killing cyclists in Santa Barbara County. Seems like law enforcement and the district attorney aren't doing anything to maintain a legal deterrent on careless, lethal driving by car drivers.

Now a new case of a cyclist death related to car operation.

Naively, it looks like the 16-year old in this case was transporting an 18-year old passenger, and there was nobody 25 years or older in the car. Can that ever be legal?

Good that this article points out that the cyclists were “lit up like a Christmas tree” and riding at the far right of the road. The sun was to the rear of the car, I think, so the sun was not in the drivers' eyes.

We should withhold judgement on this specific case until the reports are complete. But the killing of cyclists by car drivers is way, way, out of hand in Santa Barbara County.

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Posted on August 18 at 2:04 p.m.

Groceries are easy with baskets and trailers. Most people people aren't able to move furniture with there cars; I rent a truck when I move.

It is straightforward to ride a bike away from a fire, don't see the problem there.

Trips… well, there is a train, bus, and plane system. I often rent a car when on a trip anyway.

Darn few cyclists are car free. Being car free is a limiting case. But the 20% of car drivers who both cycle and drive are far more careful in their driving around cyclists on the road, that is for sure.

The only problem with cycling are the careless drivers, like Ernesto Botello, who killed 12-year old Jake Boysel. We need much more reliable penalties for drivers who kill cyclists when the cyclists were doing everything legally. Like a $50,000 fine (or seizure of assets) and a mandatory 10 year sentence in the penitentiary. Killing people is way more serious than selling cocaine, or 3-strikes offenses, which have mandatory sentences. Botello got off scot-free; there is no deterrent for killing cyclists right now.

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Posted on August 14 at 7:48 p.m.

Hotchkiss' numbers are just random and picked out of a body cavity. All serious data shows biking is increasing… think, did Bici Centro just appear out of nowhere in a *declining* biking environment? Where do the 1,000's who do the Fiesta ride come from? Sadly, our City doesn't do even a single bike event for regular people (well, there is being an Amgen host city, which costs something like $50K in taxpayer $, I think, but regular people are neglected).

Serious data like the census shows about 6% commute, and many more kids ride to school every day. Most surveys show 20% of the population bikes.

An obvious goal is to connect the Class 1 bike path the intersects Modoc through a negotiation with Hope Ranch up to Las Cumbres. Better, negotiate with the railroad to continue Class 1 all the way into town. Our city is so Neandertalistic we don't do the obvious.

On Bikes and Cars

Posted on August 7 at 8:35 a.m.

Sufferin' succotash, a shape-shifting succubus. Isn't his full name David Lee Lack?

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