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Relief for Bikers in Romero Canyon

County Plans to Fix Mossy Crossing


Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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By 2016, bicyclists should be saying sayonara to the slippery spots of roadway on Bella Vista Lane near the Romero Canyon trailhead in Montecito, as the County of Santa Barbara — which already erected signs warning cyclists of the dangers posed by algae — is moving toward fixing the notoriously dicey turn as part of a settlement with a biker who sued the county after breaking her hip there in 2010. Starting this summer, when the water stops flowing, the county Public Works Department will be improving the crossing’s drainage, but the real work will commence in 2015, when a $2.9 million grant will pay for a complete replacement. That project is in the design phase now.

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Considering the amount of crash related injuries to bicyclists and motorcyclists, this is way past due. If an equal number of crashes and injuries happened to people driving 4 wheel vehicles then action to fix this hazard would have been taken long ago.

mars (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 9:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This case was settled not won... big difference. They settle because their insurance company says its cheaper to settle than to fight... but the reality is that this woman is 100% at fault.

I for one am sick to death of people like this plaintiff.

iamsomeguyinsb (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 12:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've had to dismount here, and Matt's correct the County "already erected signs warning cyclists of the dangers posed by algae " -- gotta go with iamsomeguy and assert people have to read posted signs and take thoughtful action to preserve themselves. I can think of several other areas just like this [e.g. where Davy Brown Creek crosses the road near Nira] -- will we spend $2.9 mill. on all of these??
even I'm worried about Nanny State on this one!

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 1:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Perhaps the county should sue her for being a silly goose(putting it way too nicely) and not getting off her bike and walking it across? Sad part is, it is people, and lawyers like this that take these cases pro bono..that will have all of these really cool places shut down because of the expense of the liability just to keep them open.

In the words of Clint: A man(or woman in this case) has got to know his limitations.

It should end there rather than go on with: or I am going to sue the #$%@#$ out of all of you.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 2:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So now we can sue the government over the natural environment?
It must be Obama's fault that tornadoes are sometimes fatal.
The case should be dismissed as frivolous. Nobody forced her to bike up there.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 2:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, I think her fall happened prior to the signs. My perspective is, the County only fixed it because she sued.

A road is not a `natural environment'. It is a man made convenience. If that convenience is blatantly and wantonly unsafe, well, that is not good.

And, like it or not, medical work costs money. If the County was at fault (and our system insists blame be assigned) then they get to pay her medical bills.

And fix the problem.

snugspout (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 7:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've got tons of miles on my mountain bike riding in areas where creeks runoff onto roads/pavement. I can assure all those who don't have the experience ... if nobody has told you how slick such crossings can be, you will be totally surprised the first time it happens to you!

But after that first time, you will never again approach a potentially slimy crossing with (often) invisible algae without slowing way down.

For most riders, I daresay it's not common knowledge until you get out there and fall, or somebody tells you (or now, you see a sign).

DrDan ... good call! That crossing on the way to Nira is exactly where I went down on my motorcycle years ago. I was actually going too slow and with a lean. That was enough - whoop!

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 10:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And ... whatever you do, once you're crossing and you realize it's slick with algae, don't hit your brakes. That will almost guarantee a fall.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 10:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Funny how readily a liberal like Ken can become a libertarian when it's not his ox being gored (to invert phrase).

JayB (anonymous profile)
February 28, 2013 at 1:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And who is paying for this special bicyclist-benefitting re-do? The bikers themselves? Uh...no. They don't pay a penny in registrations or road usage fees, they just consume the resources, hand the rest of us the bill, then complain when things aren't to their liking.

No, the road shouldn't be slimy.
Yes, people should be careful.
Yes, that lawsuit was another get-rich-quick scam, a variation of a slip-and-fall.
And yes, it's long past time to start requiring registration fees and clearly visible license plates on bicycles.

Holly (anonymous profile)
February 28, 2013 at 11:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Holey Moley Holly, do you think bicyclists don't pay Measure A sales taxes in this County? Do you think bicyclists don't have cars and pay gas taxes? Don't you know that many bicyclists pay for california bike licenses?

The damage done to roads by bicyclists is negligible compared to that done by cars and trucks, BTW.

And cyclists don't pollute... pollution causes huge societal costs for lung cancer, asthma, etc...

snugspout (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 5:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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