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Posted on October 7 at 12:28 p.m.

Road rage and/or bicyclists disobeying the law was not an issue in the deaths of those Santa Barbara County cyclists killed by careless auto driver behavior… Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Erik Okerblom, Kendra Payne, James Hamlin, or Matthew O'Neill.

What would have saved their lives was due care and attention on the part of the drivers of the cars.

On Failing to Share the Road

Posted on October 7 at 11:08 a.m.

So, at_large, drivers are so careless and irresponsible that we must enact new, strict requirements on…. **BICYCLISTS!!**.

On Failing to Share the Road

Posted on October 7 at 7:09 a.m.

As I'm sure comments that follow will illustrate, auto drivers feel an enormous entitlement to carelessly drive and to break all sorts of laws when they drive.

Santa Barbara County cyclists killed by careless auto behavior include Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Erik Okerblom, Kendra Payne, and James Hamlin. Quite likely Matthew O'Neill too.

This list is too long and the counterargument that it is really cyclists who break the law is unconvincing. Yes, cyclists run stop signs, and ride on the sidewalk.

But they don't kill people by doing those things. Cyclists should obey the law too, but the consequences of their infractions are minor compared to the consequences of our local epidemic of fatally careless driving.

Cyclists pay a lot of the taxes, through the sales tax increment in Measure A, through costs added to merchandise to pay the gas tax, and through federal taxes that are shared for local infrastructure, of the road costs. The great majority of cyclists drive too and pay vehicle registration and gas taxes.

All the counterarguments against cyclists are bogus. The heart of the matter is auto drivers are lethal and need to shape up. Getting auto drivers to stop killing cyclists is the central issue.

On Failing to Share the Road

Posted on September 25 at 10:05 a.m.

Recumbent bikes are only hard to see if you are texting, fiddling with the radio, or gabbing with your brother, and if you are not focusing on the road as you should be by all state laws. O'Neill was `lit up like a Christmas Tree' according to the riders with him; it was around dusk.

Being anywhere on the road is dangerous because auto drivers are so incredibly careless. The real action needs to be taken by auto drivers to obey the law.

Recumbent bikes hold all the speed records in cycling. They were banned from standard racing by the UCI by a weird decision in 1934. But the simple fact is: they are better, more efficient bikes than the `bend-over' bikes.

On Truck-Bicycle Death Charges Filed

Posted on September 25 at 8:57 a.m.

atomic_state… ``Obviously, I don't know whether this common cyclists' perversity…''

1)It is not common, the great majority of cyclists stay to the right of the fog line.

2)It is not a perversity. There are often parked cars, dumped car parts, trash, bottles, etc at the side if the road, usually left there by auto drivers. Sometimes it is necessary for cyclists to swerve around that trash.

3)Indeed in the picture of O'Neill riding, there might well have been a parked car or trash just ahead of the field of view portrayed in the photo.

4)There is no law requiring cyclists stay to the right of the fog line.

atomic_state said: ``But why the mania of so many spandex-clads to claim the auto lane? Get over yourselves before you get killed! Let your superhero outfits be your vain statement, and don't test your invulnerability. Needlessly annoying motorists is no way to inspire careful driving by them. How would you like it if motorists pulled to the right and drove 5 mph, causing YOU to hit the brakes?''

1)There is no mania, that is just exaggeration on your part, and all sorts of anxiety and prejudice is revealed by your screed.

2)Cars pull over in front of cyclists *all the time*. The most frequent case is to turn into driveways on the right of the roadway, and quite frequently I slow down and wait for them. Both cyclists and cars must make adjustments to get along.

On Truck-Bicycle Death Charges Filed

Posted on September 24 at 12:24 p.m.

Foxen Canyon road is not narrow. I've ridden and driven it many times, plenty of room, much more than the 154, although not 4 lanes like the 101.

AutoCoalition makes up facts and statistics, it is as simple as that. I doubt AutoCoalition favors the proposition that auto drivers should obey the law.

On Truck-Bicycle Death Charges Filed

Posted on September 23 at 1:33 p.m.

Fewer than 1% of the words AutoCoalition writes are accurate, and 0% our our policy should be based on his viewpoints.

It is time for a statewide initiative that taxes all vehicles based on a combination of their pollution and road damage contributions, using modern GPS tracking.

On Pedaling Safely in Our Communities

Posted on September 2 at 6:55 p.m.

I have no knowledge or opinion about supposed Marxists that some of the commentators are hysterically shrieking about. But your panic and hyperventilating sure convinces me you are not the kind of steady minds that are needed to do oil extraction right in Santa Barbara County.

I wasn't talking about water rights. Most people (although by no means all) in our County get their water & sanitation & electricity from public utilities. Not that public utilities are perfect, but they sure don't go hysterical and imagine Marxists under every bed if someone disagrees with them.

Sure, I'd prefer that gas & oil exploration & production be in the private sector. It just so happens that the gas & oil private sector behaved deplorably in Santa Barbara County. That was there free choice.

Don't ever hear an apology or acceptance of responsibility from the private gas & oil sector for the 1969 blowout. Even though the workers on Platform A said they were told to cut corners.

All we here is, `that was a long time ago, forget it.' Well, even Tex Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel, criminals from 1969, try to apologize and accept responsibility, but want everyone to forget their crime. Thank goodness they are kept in jail.

The 1969 blowout dwarfs the Watson/Krenwinkel crimes. I'm not forgetting.

On Students for Measure P

Posted on September 2 at 1:53 p.m.

I've been certainly impacted by Platform Holly, and spent a fair amount of time cleaning the shores in 1969.

Of course oil is crucial, almost as important as drinking water and sanitation. The agencies that supply drinking water and sanitation don't accuse me of being a Marxist though. That kind of crazy rhetoric is confined to the rabid oil folk, who, BTW, make a lot more money than those who run the sanitation & drinking water systems.

Nobody like the Saudis or the Kochs or the Rockefellers have profited from sewage and water system. Sure, one could argue that the water & sanitation district workers get generous salaries and pension benefits. But nothing compared to how water was run in Santa Barbara 110 years ago when my ancestors had to buy it. Thank goodness water is no longer privatized.

Don't know why oil attracts rabid crazies. We'd have a lot more oil production in this County if the crazies STFU, and focused on boring, reliable, safe, thoughtful production, and not whomping on everyone who points out their sorry record.

As for 1969: man up, nuffalready. Say directly: the oil industry did it, the oil industry is shoddy and careless. Until you do you you are just whistling in the breeze.

On Students for Measure P

Posted on September 2 at 9:52 a.m.

You'd think Marxist ninjas secretly caused the giant oil spill from Platform A in 1969, or the numerous hydrogen sulfide gas leaks at Platform Holly, or the even more numerous Greka oil leaks.

In reality it is the carelessness of the oil extraction industry that has ruined their reputation in Santa Barbara County. And it is conservatives here who have turned against the oil industry because the oil industry has been careless and duplicitous.

All the random spam posted here counts for nothing compared to what observant long term Santa Barbara County residents know: the oil industry cannot be trusted. And it is their own behavior, and lack of ability to man up and acknowledge that they have made huge mistakes here, that has hurt local energy production the most.

On Students for Measure P

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