Bicycles As Alternative Transportation
page 3 of 5


Using official city counts (see appendix A), the number of bikers at this location has also declined for 3 years. Mr. Bernstein representing the Bicycle Coalition, and Mr. Rob Dayton (Traffic Planner for the City of Santa Barbara) on a radio show in 1998 stated categorically that 6,000 people in the South Coast were commuting by bicycle. This statement was made when both were aware that the official figures were and today are far less. On a subsequent radio show they went from quoting absolute numbers stating that just about 3% of the commuting population used bikes. When pressed Mr. Dayton (City of Santa Barbara) stated that 60,000 people commute to Santa Barbara.


Mr. Dayton was forced to admit that the absolute number was in fact approximately 1800 people. This example is typical of the false propaganda used to fuel further spending on bike paths. Mr. Dayton and Mr. Gerth have proudly pointed to their successful efforts to stop expansion of the 101/Mission Street Off Ramps, and widening of Mission to handle the backup of cars during peak use times. At the same time they champion the Mission Street Bikeway at 101 that will cost an estimated $1,192,577.00 dollars and was just funded by SBCAG for $1,060,577.00 dollars. This sum to be spent for a bike path that will span the equivalent of 2 city blocks. Yet the City Council for the City of Santa Barbara has and continues to spend money on creation of more paths. Why? Once again trying to achieve an unrealistic goal of a predominately walking and bicycling work force and residents. The obvious truth is that the people that work and shop down town overwhelmingly use private auto transportation.


Looking at the official city bike counts (Appendix A) it is obvious that both the counting method for total riders and the final numbers as a true representation of commuting are not reliable and are misleading to anyone not familiar with experimental design. The individual responsible for overseeing the City of Santa Barbara bike reports and counts is Ms. Dru Van Henzel who was hired because of her membership in the Bicycle Coalition. Not so coincidentally the individual at the County of Santa Barbara who is responsible for overseeing and reporting the success or failure of the County's bike program is Mr. Hubbell and he is currently the President of the Bicycle Coalition. Measure D Measure D was presented to the voters as a straight forward way to finance road repair and construction with a half-cent increase in sales tax. Measure D passed as a partial remedy for the admitted future traffic problems facing the County of Santa Barbara. Instead of fixing the roads in a dedicated manner, tens of millions of tax money have been spent on bicycle paths (both class 1 independent and class 2 on street lanes). As stated above, the facts are the number of bicyclists in Santa Barbara and commuting from Goleta have dropped since 1980.