To the [Daily Nexus] Editor:
While doing some work at the Architects’ and Engineers’ office last week, I was suddenly shocked into an awareness of how many cars are traveling through this campus every day. Dismayed by the noise (it sounded more like Highway 101 than like the tranquility that UCSB usually brings to mind), I became sufficiently aroused to take a car count. Here are the shocking results for a 10-minute period between 4:06 and 4:16 p.m. on a Monday afternoon:
Eastbound — 84 cars passed by the window of the office.
Westbound — 37 cars, 2 motorcycles, 1 bus and 1 service vehicle.
As of November, 1971, average daily traffic on campus totaled 7,800+ vehicles.
I don’t know about the rest of you out there, but I find the number of automobiles on this campus very disturbing.
Sure, we are presumably better off than campuses like UCLA, but what does that prove? There is no reason in the world why we shouldn’t help make the Goleta Valley a model community and a unique environment in which to live. Let’s not settle for anything less!
Right now I am working on programs designed to reduce the number of cars on campus and in Isla Vista. Anyone who would like to offer their assistance or simply register a vote in favor of this objective, please give me a call…
April 28, 1972