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Posted on August 29 at 1:02 p.m.

Did you ever do the count, AutoCoalition? **I DID**, Van Hengel never showed up at the 8 intersections I counted.

All traffic counts are inherently difficult. That is why when automated car counting is done they are left out for several days, at different weeks.

I'm not saying the bike count is *wrong*, just that its natural variation is 50%. That is pretty good, actually.

On The Bicycle Alternative

Posted on August 29 at 11:52 a.m.

I've actually been a counter several times during the bike count. Its one defect is that lots of volunteers do it. It is easy to miss bikes, particularly because cyclists do extremely safety-conscious stuff at big intersections.

About 1/2 of cyclists who make a left turn at a big intersection are so frightened of cars that they actually get off on the *right* of the road to the sidewalk, walk their bike through two `walk' signals, and then get back on their bike in the direction they want to go. How do you count that? They are pedestrians not cyclists when they go through the intersection. And when you watch them frequently a second or third cyclist goes by making a true right turn, quickly, who is easy to miss.

CalTrans and other serious traffic analysts know that the statistical significance of traffic numbers is very hard to assess. That is why many, many Wednesdays usually are averaged to get reliable car counts.

But the bike count is usually just one day, done by volunteers. Mine were not Wednesdays. Wednesdays have the smallest `weekend' effects. The standard deviation of the bike count numbers is huge.

In my opinion neither the 4% (this year compared to average) or the 15% (this year compared to 97-98) reductions are statistically significant. I think the margin of error is 50% due to all the effects I mention above.

And there is a very definite effect that cyclists have become increasingly afraid of cycling, because of the terrible and dangerous driving habits of car drivers, who killed Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Eric Okerblom, Kendra Payne, and Jim Hamlin. Now in a few of those cases the kcar drivers were put on probation and paid a small fine.

Clearly deterrence had not worked. Much stiffer penalties will be necessary, like mandatory state penitentiary time.

On The Bicycle Alternative

Posted on August 28 at 4:50 p.m.

Whoops, I meant it must be the perception that car drivers through distracted and careless driving are increasingly killing law-abiding cyclists, like they killed Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Eric Okerblom, Kendra Payne, and Jim Hamlin.

On The Bicycle Alternative

Posted on August 28 at 4:35 p.m.

Must be the perception that car drivers through distracted and careless driving are increasingly killing law-abiding cyclists, like they killed Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Eric Okerblom, and Kendra Payne.

Need more Class-1 bike paths.

On The Bicycle Alternative

Posted on August 28 at 2:42 p.m.

An increase in bike commuters has been well documented by the US Census.

The slight decrease in overall bike use in the bike count is likely due to:

1)The perception that car drivers through distracted and careless driving are increasingly killing law-abiding cyclists, like they killed Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Eric Okerblom, and Kendra Payne.

2)Very poor maintenance of the bicycle infrastructure… the Class 1 paths often have terrible potholes and bumps due to tree root intrusion; they are never swept, and in some cases get buried under leaves and bird droppings so you can hardly tell they are there. The painting for Class 2 paths is not refreshed. The signage for the various bike routes has deteriorated immensely since 1997.

Both problems are easily addressed; much stiffer penalties for killing law-abiding cyclists would act as a deterrent and reasonable maintenance for the bike infrastructure should be made a priority.

On The Bicycle Alternative

Posted on August 26 at 6:20 p.m.

What nonsense from AutoCoalition. Nobody says a helmet protects you from every possible source of death. If a car driver were to take out their gun and shoot a cyclist through the heart, a helmet wouldn't save the cyclist's life either.

Or, if a car driver swerves into the bike lane while speeding like Ernesto Botello did, which resulted in the death of Jake Boysel, the cyclist has no chance.

Helmets help reduce or alleviate certain head injuries. Sometimes they enhance other types of injuries, but on net, they reduce injuries.

In the Netherlands, few commuters/shoppers/families on cycles wear helmets. Cycling is in general slower and car drivers *extremely* careful and thoughtful there, in my experience. The spandex crowd still wears helmets there, but they cycle at >10 mph.

On Pedaling with a Helmet

Posted on August 22 at 10:40 p.m.

Dadof3, any screeching you perceive is in your mind alone.

On Investigation into Bicyclist's Death Continues

Posted on August 20 at 1:41 p.m.

Same rules? That is rich. Katelin Edwards, whose careless driving led to the death of Eric Okerblom, got the same sentence that the UCSB professor who stole a sign with a giant bloody fetus on it at UCSB got.

Careless drivers can kill with impunity in Santa Barbara County. The District Attorney and our Law Enforcements don't prosecute careless drivers who kill cyclists. The one form of killing that is for all intents and purposes sanctioned by the law enforcement hierarchy is killing cyclists with a car.

On Investigation into Bicyclist's Death Continues

Posted on August 20 at 11:54 a.m.

Blowing through stop signs might cover sex.

On Investigation into Bicyclist's Death Continues

Posted on August 20 at 11:09 a.m.

Botany - Are you serious? 9 out of every 10 auto drivers blow right through top signs, exceed the speed limit, don't signal before changing lanes or turning, eat/smoke/apply makeup while driving, text while driving, phone while driving, change a CD while driving, adjust the radio while driving, drive angry...

On Investigation into Bicyclist's Death Continues

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