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Posted on January 30 at 8:37 a.m.
Bon Voyage Barry - May your kind spirit and poetry live on through all who knew you
On Poet Barry Spacks Dies
Posted on August 8 at 12:12 p.m.
Bravo ! ! !
May civility and sharing the road prevail
I am both a bicycle commuter and car driver and I appreciate when each vehicle operator takes the other vehicle type into account and follows the rules that make sharing the road safer, for the highest good of all concerned.
One of my current pet peeves is car drivers who block both the pedestrian-sidewalk an the bicycle-lane on upper state street as they attempt to merge into southbound traffic in the afternoon.
On Three Little Words
Posted on May 6 at 10:30 a.m.
I thought this was going to be a story about how the Schiffer family rebuilt their family home and lives after the Jesusita Fire.
A wildfire reportedly started by a spark from a power tool being used to maintain the nearby Jesusita hiking trail.
Fuel + Oxygen/Wind + Ignition = Combustion/Fire/Conflagration. In the vicinity of homes and lives the fire was a disaster.
The article makes no reference to the conditions of abundant fuel + abundant wind...
Instead the author hijacks a story about wildfire and turns it into a story about Climate Change and Green House Gas Emissions.
Sam Kornell should call his work FICTION if he is going to interview scientists about science and then spin a yarn linking Global Warming/Climate Change with the the Jesusita Fire. He also gives short shrift to what, if anything, can done locally or worldwide to reduce the possible human impacts on GLOBAL warming... Shop the Farmer's Market, Eat a Vegetarian Diet, Take Shorter Showers, Drive Less, Fly Less, Bicycle More, Turn off the Lights and Computers and Televisions and sprinklers, Use less heating and air conditioning, Install Solar Panels --> Bottom Line: BUY LESS STUFF and use less energy !!!
Even with these changes do you actually believe that the we are going to get back to the 350ppm CO2 that the http://www.350.org/en/about/science folks suggest returning to in this century?
Native Americans, in what we now called California, intentionally caused fires in order to increase favored game species, protect themselves from predators (the favored habitat of the California grizzly bear was chaparral), and as a tool of warfare.
Americans constitute 5% of the world's population but consume 24% of the world's energy. On average, one American consumes as much energy as 2 Japanese, 6 Mexicans, 13 Chinese, 31 Indians, 128 Bangladeshis, 307 Tanzanians, or 370 Ethiopians.
Wake up and smell the Coffee Americano...You obviously have no idea how big a change it would take to get the average Santa Barbarian to consume as little energy as someone in the developing world.
On Mission Canyon Dreaming
Posted on March 14 at 8:58 a.m.
Thank you for writing this visionary piece and how Measure A funding could be used now to alleviate traffic woes caused in part by commuter during peak-travel times.
Over 18,000 (or 72% of ) UCSB-commuters typically commute by UCSB-vanpools or MTD-buses or Carpool or Bike or Walk or Scoot or Skate or use one of the excellent Measure A-subsidized Long-Distance Bus Services such as the Coastal Express (Ventura/Oxnard) or Clean Air Express (Santa Maria/Lompoc) or MTD Valley Express (Solvang/Buellton).
We at UCSB provide a FREE taxi-shuttle to UCSB's Amtrak train-commuters in need of a lift between the Goleta Amtrak station and the UCSB campus. Hundreds of commuters and visitors from the north and south who work or shop or visit our community, eagerly await affordable commuter rail service that reliably delivers commuters to our County, on-time, during typical commute hours.
James WagnerProgram ManagerUCSB Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)http://tap.ucsb.edu
On The Third Lane Is a Train
Posted on September 2 at 11:52 a.m.
Ralph Fertig and the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition in collaboration with UCSB, the County of Santa Barbara and Cities of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria continue to make regular strides to improve the lives of bicyclists and those who share the road with bicyclists throughout the County. Kudos to these un-sung heroes ! ! !
On Be the Bike
Posted on February 12 at 12:18 p.m.
Thank you for the insightful recap Nick. I fully support a reworking of the State & De la Vina intersection to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety... The current design is very scary for bicyclist heading downtown on State Street.
Posted on August 1 at 11:41 a.m.
90% of a bicycle's stopping power is in the front wheel during an emergency stop.
If folks want to be zen-like with brakes fine by me and no brakes and no helmets is against the law and a recipe for disaster.
On Fixed-Gear Bike Craze and Its Santa Barbara Acolytes
Posted on February 27 at 8:50 a.m.
Of course many bicyclist also have cars they use for longer trips and in this way bicyclists pay fuel tax and Measure D sales tax to support bicycle infrastructure improvements added to the roadways we all get to share.
Each pedestrian step taken and each bicyclist turn of a pedal for transportation increases heath and reduces traffic, greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on foreign oil.
I typically bicycle-commute over 8 miles one-way each day between my home and work. I often see some wildlife on the way and get to work enlivened and ready for the day.
Some motorists get the idea that we all share the road. These drivers are polite and show they know how to drive alongside bicyclists.
Other drivers need to wake up am smell the coffee and realize that a thoughtless fast right turn into a fast food restaurant or other driveway may permanently injure a fellow human riding a bicycle near the gutter.
Recently bicyclist Kendra Payne was crushed and killed by a large truck going up Gibraltar and bicyclist Jake Boysel was killed on his way to school by a speeding motorist. In both cases the drivers reported not seeing the bicyclist and neither was successfully convicted of any criminal act because neither intentionally killed the bicyclist.
Pedro Nava has endeavoured to shore up state laws to support police in enforcing adequate distance be provided between motorists and bicyclists and that the interaction between motor vehicles and bicyclist get more attention in the drivers manuals and tests given by the DMV.
On Anarchy on the Streets