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The Bicycle in Plan Santa Barbara. Why the Bicycle?. It’s the most energy-efficient mode of transportation It weighs 1/6 of its payload It runs on 1/10 horsepower It occupies 1/12 the space of a car It does not pollute It’s quiet It provides healthy, non-impact exercise.

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The Bicycle in Plan Santa Barbara

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Why the Bicycle?

  • It’s the most energy-efficient mode of transportation

  • It weighs 1/6 of its payload

  • It runs on 1/10 horsepower

  • It occupies 1/12 the space of a car

  • It does not pollute

  • It’s quiet

  • It provides healthy, non-impact exercise

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Make Bicycling aCommunity Indicator

  • We know that 3.4% Santa Barbara residents bike to work

  • However, only 15-20% of all trips are those to work

  • We don’t know most trip lengths, durations, modes or destinations

  • So we really don’t know what’s happening now, or what’s changing

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Promote Bicycling

  • Cars are advertised everywhere

  • MTD uses government funds to advertise on their buses, in print, and online

  • The most sustainable mode, bicycling, is on its own

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1990-2000 Census shows bicycle commute increase

  • Santa Barbara and US increased

  • SB County and California decreased

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Bicycling in Santa Barbara continues to increase

  • A 12-hour survey of 6 intersections in June 2008 showed a 14% bicyclist increase over the 2000-2007 counts.

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Santa Barbara residents want more bike lanes

  • Our Earth Day 2008 poll asked what would encourage more people to bicycle

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What can we learn from others?

  • Odense, Denmark

  • Lyon, France

  • Davis, California

  • The Netherlands

  • Australia

  • Marin County, California

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Odense, Denmark

  • In 1999-2002, the DanishDepartment of Transportspent $3.7 million on Odense

  • 50 projects of bikeway improvements, changed regulations, campaigns

  • Bicycling is up 20%, driving down 15%

  • Now 25% of all trips are by bicycle

  • Odense has saved $6.1 million health care costs

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Lyon, France

  • Lyon, France started abicycle sharing program in2005 with 4000 bicycles

  • Bicycling has increased 30%

  • Driving has decreased 4%, saving 3000 tons of CO2 in 2 years

  • 55% of those sharing bicycles are driving less than before

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Davis, California

  • 15% of work commute tripsare by bicycle

  • In 1966, the city copied European bike lanes and paths

  • Davis (pop 65,000) has 50 miles bike lanes, 50 miles bike paths

  • Their General Plan promotes infill, multi-family housing throughout the city, and neighborhood services

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The Netherlands

  • 27% of all trips are bybicycle

  • Since 1980, bicycling has increased 45% while fatalities dropped to a third

  • They provide good bike facilities, traffic calming, educational programs, law enforcement, and restrictions on automobile use

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  • Starting in 2000, cities allover Australia have started “individualized marketing”of transportation

  • Households, schools and businesses are offered solutions for their needs

  • Households have decreased car use by 4-15%, increased alternative use

  • Success resulted from personal engagement, local leader support, material on travel options

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Marin County,California

  • A federal grant targeted the21% morning congestion ofparents driving children

  • 73% students were driven by car

  • Nine pilot schools received safety improvements, promotion and events

  • The result is 57% increase in students biking and walking, and a 29% decrease in being driven

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Thank you.