Santa Barbara scored big with the last round of ATP Grant funding, with money for construction of key bikeways in the city as well as projects for Buellton and Carpinteria areas.
The 2017 Active Transportation Program Staff Recommendations for the Statewide and Small Urban & Rural Components are now posted on the Commission website. http://www.catc.ca.gov/programs/ATP.htm
While these recommendations will need to be approved by the California Transportation Commission in December, the recommendations for our area are:
3 Santa Barbara bike infrastructure projects are set for funding for construction!
- Eastside Green Lanes & Bike Boulevard Gap Closure $2.7milllion
- Westside Bike Boulevard Gap Closure $4.4million
- Rincon Multi-use trail $7.8million
and in addition, Buellton won a much needed safety crossing improvement on the 246:
- Buellton 246 HAWK crossing $646,000
That makes $7.1 million for the two most critical missing bike commuter routes in downtown SB to be created as bicycle boulevards (aka neighborhood greenways).
The $7.8 million Rincon project is a world class coastal route connection from Carpinteria bluffs over a new railroad bridge to connect Rincon Beach and the Ralph Fertig Bikeway along 101 to Ventura. Probably the most challenging to build 1 mile in the Coastal trail south of Gaviota. This will be a huge boost to bicycling in Carpinteria.
The 4th project is a major win for the Santa Ynez valley. Its a $646,000 Buellton
SR2S Improvements at Intersection of Highway 246 and Sycamore Drive. This is an extremely hazardous crossing. Buellton is doing a lot for bike and ped impriovements in the valley, e.g. green lanes on Ave. of the Flags.