Goleta is an awesome place to ride a bike and the City is working to make it even better with it’s first-ever Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan! At SBBIKE, We’re excited to see Goleta planning for better bikeways and better pedestrian spaces. We’ve put together our Goleta Bicycle Priorities List, with input from our staff, time spent bicycling in Goleta and some of the feedback we’ve heard from SBBIKE members in Goleta!
You can provide feedback on making Goleta better for bicycling by dropping by a Goleta Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Outreach Event (GBPMPOE for short) on November 9th. Two events will be taking place - One will be an open house at U.C.S.B. from 12-1. The other will be an evening BPMP event from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Goleta Valley Community Center. You can also take an online survey for the city by clicking here.
A protected bikeway on Rosemead Blvd in Temple City, CA
1. Protected Bicycle Lanes!
We want to see where the city can improve on existing (or new) bike lanes by adding a physical barrier. This type of treatment is great on streets with higher speed limits or especially wide lanes. Protected bike lanes are gaining popularity throughout the state and it’s time we bring some here! A pre-cursor to a physical buffer can be painting a small buffer between the bike lane and the car lane, like the County did on Hollister Avenue.
A tight and dangerous squeeze for someone to bike through
2. Fill the Hollister Bike Lane Gap!
Hollister Avenue is an 8 mile major route for bicycling that connects people to major job centers, businesses and popular residents. It’s critical that we improve this major East-West route to be a safe and gap-free bikeway. Recently, the County installed awesome buffered bike lanes on their portion of Hollister. However, in the old town portion of Hollister between Fairview and the Goleta Valley Community Center there is still a gap where bicycle lanes are missing and sharrows are placed in the door zone where bicyclists are not safe riding. While our region is making progress on this important route but there’s more to be done for Hollister to reach it’s full potential as a safe and encouraging bikeway.
A bicyclist navigates traffic near the Fairview Highway 101 interchange
Improve Highway 101 crossings for bicycles and pedestrians!
To get anywhere is Goleta, it’s almost certain that you will need to cross Highway 101 interchange. We must make sure that these difficult crossings (of which there are a limited amount) are friendly for people bicycling and walking. This means continuous and wide sidewalks for pedestrians. This also means continuous and sufficiently wide bicycle lanes that are buffered or protected when placed near faster moving cars. Using treatments such as green paint and designing sensitive turning movements where bicycle lanes near freeway turning lanes and ramps is crucial.
Ensuring that drivers and bicyclists proceed cautiously and are alert near highway entrances is important. Specific overpasses that need immediate attention to bicycling improvements include the Fairview overpass, Storke and a future bicycle and pedestrian bridge connection at Pacific Oaks or Entrance Rd. in Elwood.
4. San Jose Creek Bicycle Path
San Jose Creek Bicycle Path- Once built, the San Jose Creek Bicycle Path will be a game changer for bicycling in Goleta, providing a continuous off-street bike path along San Jose Creek connecting riders from Goleta Beach north all the way to Foothill. By providing a much-needed North-South bikeway, this project will connect neighborhoods to popular parks, businesses and restaurants across the city.
What would you add to this list?
Your chance to envision a better biking future for Goleta is just around the corner. Come to the Goleta Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Outreach on Wednesday, November 9th for your chance to shape the future of biking in Goleta. To recap, two events will be taking place that day, an open house at U.C.S.B. from 12-1 and an evening event from 6 - 7:30 at the Goleta Valley Community Center. Find out more and r.s.v.p. for the U.C.S.B. daytime event here or the Goleta Evening event here.