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Posted on September 11 at 8:40 a.m.
Great article! Bike touring is a lot of fun, and doing it with your family is the best. A quick overnight campout at Carp State Beach is a great way to introduce kids or anyone to bicycle touring, and the best part of all: no reservations required... so you can do it on a whim.
On Bike Touring
Posted on August 2 at 10:28 a.m.
@laxer: regarding riding a bike on De La Vina... what if your start or end destination is on DLV? Or if you have to ride DLV above Mission St, in the Oak Park and/or Samarkand neighborhoods?
I ride my bike on all sections of DLV frequently, I take a safe lane position that will keep me from getting killed by someone accidentally opening a car door or poking their hood out into the road so they can see. This does mean that I'm "taking the lane" and that cars have to pass me... but generally speaking this does not seem to inconvenience the car drivers much at all, as they rarely honk or yell, nor have trouble getting around me (I should note that since it's downhill I'm frequently riding at the posted speed limit anyways).
Below Mission St, the bike lane on Castillo is two blocks over but you'll have to ride on non-bike-laned Mission St to get to it, or else continue on DLV and cut over at Pedregosa or one of the other side streets.
The summary is that sometimes a cyclist has to ride on a non-bike-laned street to get where he or she is going. By taking a safe lane position and holding a steady course, the vast majority of cars will "get" what you're doing and will work with you.
On Crackdown on Fiesta Cruiser Run
Posted on July 29 at 9:50 a.m.
Having lived in Santa Barbara 20 years now, it wasn't until I started riding for my primary transportation that I felt I really started to get true value for the money it costs to live here.
Upper State and Old Town Goleta should really consider taking the Lower State model to heart.... those green bicycle parking bollards really do make these types of trips convenient, and combined with abundant bicycle lanes, serve to create an environment conducive to a less car-dependent lifestyle. The quality of life enhancement that brings is significant.
On Life by Bike Is Full (of Stops)
Posted on July 10 at 10:02 a.m.
At night, the only thing that shows on your bike for cars are your lights (if you've got them) and reflectors / reflective clothing (if the car is at the right angle to hit them).
Assuming your clothing is not reflective, its color is irrelevant at night... it is not picked up by car headlights as they are aimed downwards (to prevent blinding other drivers).
Wearing reflective bands around your feet, and/or having reflectors on your pedals, are helpful, as it having a good strong taillight.
Very sorry to read about this, as a daily cyclist for the past 5 years I find most car drivers are quite cautious and respectful (as am I, for that matter). This is very sad and my condolences to both parties.
On City Worker Killed in Vehicle-Bicycle Accident
Posted on July 5 at 10:10 a.m.
I grew up skating in the 80s and 90s and the world was a totally different place then. Skateboarding was outlawed everywhere and myself and my friends - despite the fact that we were drug and alcohol free and just looking to have a good time riding our boards - were routinely hassled by cops, security guards and other representatives of authority. One Friday evening, I was sat on a curb and lectured by a cop for being out skateboarding, instead of at a party like a "normal" kid... seriously.
Anyways, the world today is totally different and now, as the father of two young boys who have avidly taken up skateboarding down at Skater's Point, I'm blown away by how much the skateboarding scene has changed. Sure, there are still young kids acting out - like the water balloon thing here - but in general, the overall scene at Skater's Point is incredible. EVERYONE there looks out for one another, the little kids cheer each other up when one of them falls, and the older guys set a very positive tone. It's nothing like skating was growing up, and far far better.
I agree with the sentiment that the solution here is more skateparks, not less. Skateboarding is huge and isn't going through boom/bust phases any more... it's here to stay. The facilities require little maintenance and obviously the skateboarders themselves care very much about them. Let's stop demonizing these people, there are many generations in the park these days and you're a fool if you think it's just a bunch of punk kids.
On City Beats Strategic Retreat in Struggle over Skater's Point
Posted on March 8 at 8:21 a.m.
Thank you so much Louise Hanson!!
I agree, a map would be most helpful. But just hearing the news is really great, thanks Indy :)
On 14,000 Gaviota Acres Permanently Preserved
Posted on January 9 at 6:59 a.m.
Wow, as an R/C hobbyist who went out of my way to support this shop, it's pretty insulting to be thrown under the bus by this guy as a big part of the reason for his shop closing. I guess I should have just gone ahead and ordered everything on the internet, since obviously my business was not only not valued, but is now blamed for the failure of this shop. Wow.
Myself and plenty of other R/C hobbyists made it a special point to patronize the shop, almost always paying a higher price than we could get elsewhere (online or at other hobby shops), specifically to support a local downtown business. And this despite the fact that we were frequently stymied by a lack of selection and lack of availability.
On Dave's Hobby Central Going out of Businesses
Posted on October 11 at 9:02 a.m.
Haters gonna hate... I have a feeling Eureka is going to be there for the long haul, like CPK next door. I found the food delicious, the Friday night ambience really fun, and overall the experience great. Yes - we waited for a table. Yes, some of the beer comes in different sizes. No - I am not a person overwhelmed by such trivialities when the overall experience is so fun and warm.
On Eureka! I Made It to Eureka!
Posted on October 3 at 10:36 a.m.
Definitely safer in the water with the sharks.
Since we're all speculating here, I'm guessing it was some kind of initiation.
On Gang Member Stabs East Beach Exerciser
Posted on August 15 at 11:01 a.m.
The sharks are always out there whether we happen to see them or not...
On Great White Shark Spotted Off Leadbetter Beach
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