A Clean Slate
A Clean Slate
The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) is historically known for its environmental dedication to biking as its main form of transportation. Bike paths circle the campus, making it easy for students and those alike to get to and from classes, offices and the neighboring town of Isla Vista. With each year, more bike paths are added, but others are dangerously neglected.
For example, the bike path that runs parallel to Ocean Road, behind the Isla Vista Foot Patrol, is visibly distressed presenting potential dangers to local bikers. This is certainly not the only bike lane that is beaten and broken down with cracks, drainage deficiencies, tree roots growing underneath the pavement causing bulging and breakage, and more!
It is rumored that the university pays the city a ridiculous $10,000 each year on fences to prevent jay-walking on Halloween and another local holiday. Around 20,000 people use these trails everyday and it is humorous that UCSB is allocating its funds to fences and people are now purchasing mountain bikes to make the morning commute easier. Daily bikers should be rewarded for choosing an environmentally friendly option, rather than risking injury every time they need to get to the library.
I propose that even and safe pavement should be an expected standard for UCSB! Sign my petition if you agree that the bike paths should be further investigated and helped!!