Curb Extensions Don't Work
By Scott Wenz, President of Cars are Basic
All three cities of south Santa Barbara County [Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria] are building Bulbout Hell/curb extensions for pedestrian safety.
This is a lie. All three have admitted to failure of these devices when directly questioned by Cars Are Basic (CAB). Additionally, the County Association of Governments and the County of Santa Barbara have stated they cannot prove bulbouts/curb extensions make pedestrians safer.
The City of Santa Barbara sent out the following "public outreach notice" quote regarding bulbouts: "The safety enhancement at the two school crossings......will improve pedestrian safety...." end quote. Since south county has a minimum of a decade of statistics and those statistics prove failure why is this lie being published? Propaganda published by the government when they know the truth. So why the lie?
Powerful anti-car street narrowing special interests are intent on intentionally causing congestion to "prove" their prejudice view of transportation.
Curb Extensions (Bulbout Hell) have failed the test of time. Bublout Hell cost a minimum of $90,000 per intersection, make wide turns difficult for vehicles, increase the speed of turns (ref: paper provided by City of SB... D. van Hengle), and interfere with First Responders. SB City is about to shut down 4 efficient stop light controlled intersections for stop signs because of repair costs, that are less than one Bulbuout Hell Intersection.
Are you going to allow Government to lie to you? Isn't it time to call City Administrators and Elected Officials to account? Do you need more tax waste?
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