Green Bike Lane Added to Goleta

This green bicycle lane in Goleta is Santa Barbara County’s first. What do you think?

The green lane uses the roadway itself to communicate where cyclists should be and motorists can cross,” says Carlos Soto. “I’ve ridden many lanes like this in San Luis Obispo… they are an elegant solution that works.”

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Photo by Carlos Soto, Published by the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, Bici Centro

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15 Responses to Green Bike Lane Added to Goleta

  1. Anonymous March 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    Great. Time to start licensing and registering (taxing) bicycles.

  2. Barbara March 6, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Fantastic!

  3. Montecito Tex March 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    LA had to erase their green bike lanes because of the movie industry.

  4. Anonymous March 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Great idea. Let’s funnel a highway full of cars formerly moving at 40mph into a single lane and devote the other lane to a couple of bikes per hour. Talk about your unintended greenhouse gas increase. Just like forcing an entire town to switch from thin grocery bags to hefty forceflex in the name of good feelings for a few.

  5. Anonymous March 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Time to license and register bike riders and bikes. Somebody has to cover the cost of all that green paint.
    To get a license you should have to take a written and road test, just like for a standard motor vehicle,have your bike inspected for all the proper equipment like good brakes, reflectors, and lights.
    Not a bad idea for them to have insurance either.

    • Carson Blume March 22, 2014 at 9:32 am #

      “The average driver travels 10,000 miles in town each year and contributes $324 in taxes and direct fees. The cost to the public, including direct costs and externalities, is a whopping $3,360.

      On the opposite pole, someone who exclusively bikes may go 3,000 miles in a year, contribute $300 annually in taxes, and costs the public only $36, making for a profit of $264. To balance the road budget, we need 12 people commuting by bicycle for each person who commutes by car.”

      http://grist.org/article/2010-09-27-why-an-additional-road-tax-for-bicyclists-would-be-unfair/

  6. Anonymous March 7, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Lets put a little toll booth there to pay for the green paint. 10 cents per kid biking home from school!

    • Carson Blume March 22, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      ok lets put a toll booths on all roads and have everyone pay for the cost of driving direct too.

      The average driver travels 10,000 miles in town each year and contributes $324 in taxes and direct fees. The cost to the public, including direct costs and externalities, is a whopping $3,360.

      On the opposite pole, someone who exclusively bikes may go 3,000 miles in a year, contribute $300 annually in taxes, and costs the public only $36, making for a profit of $264. To balance the road budget, we need 12 people commuting by bicycle for each person who commutes by car.

  7. anon.. March 8, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Where is it? That would depend on whether it is a good idea or not. (I tend to think it is a very good idea.)

    Also a good idea is requiring a bike registration for bikes ridden on city and county streets. It might produce some awareness that bicyclists are subject to similar vehicle rules of the road, such as stop sign observance.

  8. Dave March 19, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    I am a long time cyclist and ride that road often. I really don’t get the idea of a “green lane” that is for such a short distance. Remember each bike ojnthe road is one less car to add to the traffic.

  9. Jaime March 19, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    I’m not sure I understand the idea of a “green lane” either. There already was a bike lane there. It’s just a waste of tax dollars. Why not put the money to good use? Maybe repair some of the road instead of covering it up with ugly green paint that will probably wear off in 3 months?

    • el_smurfo March 19, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      I was just down south and there were green lanes everywhere…it was a confusing mess and really led to less acknowledgement of the lanes. Bike lanes have worked fine for decades and I’m sure even the bikers would prefer the money used to fill potholes.

  10. Anonymous March 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    A physical barrier would be ideal, or even the deep ripples on the sides of many highways, but at least now there is a visual representation for lane designation. It would be great to see these throughout town.

    The whole notion of bicycle licence and tax is a joke, almost as much of a joke our cracker jack prize of a drivers licence is now. Personally, I can’t wait until cars a self driving and heavily automated to roadway conditions and regulations. We choose no true competency requirement to those we grant the privilege to get behind the wheel, and humans simply can’t handle the responsibility of driving a car safely.

    The sooner we get cars electronically speed limited on surface streets, intelligent turn signals for lane changes, and functions that disable cell phones while driving the better!!!!

    Everyone pretends they obey road regulations, the fault is with others, and they’re gods gift to the roadway, but as someone who has done years of behind the wheel performance driving instruction, the average ability of drivers is absolutely terrifying.

    Can’t we all just admit that we allow untrained 15 year old’s the responsibility of a lethal vehicle, and they spend decades emotionally conditioning themselves to believe their bad habits are safe and everyone else is in the wrong?

    We’re all guilty of it.