Bicycle Advocacy Meeting
updated: Mar 15, 2014, 12:15 PM
Goleta residents demand better bikeways!
More than 50 Goleta residents gathered at the SBBIKE advocacy meeting
hosted by Deckers Corporate Headquarters Thursday night, to ask
questions and raise issues about better and safer bikeways. City and
County staff presented a range of new cycling infrastructure plans which are
currently being considered and developed. The improvements which were
discussed with the public will hopefully create better connections between
new UCSB housing and West Goleta developments to the adjacent
community through safe bikeways, raising the quality of life for UCSB
students and Goleta residents.
However the many comments from worried residents at the meeting, made
clear that the current state of the bicycle network needs even further
improvements: connections are often missing, whole neighborhoods are
inaccessible by bike routes, making it unsafe to commute by bicycle.
Another issue raised by a large number of residents at the meeting is the
lack of safe bicycle and pedestrian connections crossing the 101 freeway,
which as a result makes it virtually impossible for cyclists to travel from
Northern Goleta into Southern Goleta, even though the actual distance is
"Goleta residents really came out last night in force", Ed France, executive
director of SBBIKE, said " It is clear that they want the quality of life of that
safe, protected bike paths offer. Routes like the ones you find connecting
through Goleta Beach need to extend through to Elwood, through Old Town
Goleta, and throughout the Goleta Valley. Residents simply want access to
safe paths and their kids to be able to ride on bikes safely"
After hearing the Goleta residents speak out, City and County officials
presented their cycling projects. SBBIKE then introduced their recently
launched Connecting Our Community campaign based on our vision that by
working together with community stakeholders, one in every five trips within
Santa Barbara's South Coast will be made by bicycle by 2020. In the
process, Santa Barbara will become the #1 bicycling region in the nation. By
Connecting our Community with safe, connected bikeways, it will be
possible for everyone from ages 8 to 80 to bike safely to and from anywhere
along the county's South Coast.
About the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition:
The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), founded in 1991, is a
countywide bicycling advocacy organization with projects that increase
awareness, promote education, reduce accidents, and in general make it
easier and more fun for us all to bicycle.
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