On Tuesday night, at the Westside Listening Meeting, 11 new options for the Westside to Downtown bike connection were revealed by city staff. The routes explore a range of new ideas including building the connection on Arrellaga St., Sola St., extending the Bike Blvd. to Laguna St. and even using contraflow bicycle lanes (a Santa Barbara first!).
City staff revealed a plan to add 77 new parking spaces to the adjacent neighborhood including four new spaces in front of South Coast Deli. This would replace all but 8 of the 85 parking spaces originally slated to be removed by bicycle lanes on Micheltorena. We're also interested in the new potential to build a connection all the way to Laguna (only 1 block away from the Olive St. Bike Blvd. the community has asked for). It remains to be seen which of these projects will be competitive for funding by the State ATP Program but first, we'll need to narrow down one design to apply for.
Each project has a unique effect on nearby parking, bike friendliness, and mobility in the surrounding neighborhood. We'll discuss the benefits and drawbacks in our Policy Meeting at SBBIKE's office on April 19th at 6:00 PM. In the meanwhile, read through the designs and cost-benefit of each design at the bottom of this post. Send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org and directly to city staff at PBrown@santabarbaraca.gov.
Finally, If you don't have a lot of time, take a look at options 1A, 1B, 6A, & 6B which propose the most realistic designs. Head over to http://bmp.santabarbaraca.gov/ to view or download a PDF of these designs.
1 A- Micheltorena Bike Lane- No Intersection Widening
1B- Micheltorena Bike Lane- 3 Intersection Widenings (San Andres, Bath, State)
1C- Micheltorena Bike Lane- 6 Intersection Widenings
2- Micheltorena/ Arrellago One Way Couplet
3- Micheltorena/ Sola One Way Couplet
4- Micheltorena Bike Blvd. - No Through Traffic
5a- Sola Bike Blvd. to State- Contraflow on Castillo
5B- Sola Street Bike Bike Blvd. to State St. Via Bath/ Micheltorena
6A- Sola Bike Blvd. to Laguna- Via Contra Flow lane on Castillo
6B- Sola Street Bike Blvd. to Laguna St. via Bath/ Micheltorena
7- Bike Lane to Bath/ Castillo Couplet Only
City's Cost-Benefit Matrix
This Cost-Benefits Matrix includes details such as cost, benefit to drivers, benefit to bicyclists, & Other project details.
Design of the Las Positas Multi-use Path is moving forward! This project creates an off-street bike and pedestrian path along Las Positas Road from Cliff Drive to Modoc Rd. and along Modoc Road to Calle de Los Amigos. The Las Positas project will also add Class 2 on-street bicycle lanes along the same extents. The City of Santa Barbara received an ATP grant to design the project and will be applying for more grants to move forward with construction of the project.
In January, City Staff and RRM Consultants hosted an open house on the Mesa to showcase initial designs and get feedback from the public. The summit was well-attended with over 45 residents and familiar bike-friendly faces Councilmember Cathy Murillo and Transportation and Circulation Committee Member Rodriguez.
City Staff incorporated feedback from the open house into the latest project design which will undergo review by Santa Barbara elected officials over the next 2 months. You can show support or give input on the project by attending any one of the upcoming public meetings:
- Architectural Board of Review (ABR) - March 14, 2016, David Gebhard Public Meeting Room, 630 Garden Street
- Transportation Circulation Committee (TCC) - March 24, 2016, David Gebhard Public Meeting Room, 630 Garden Street
- Planning Commission (PC) – April 14, 2016, City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
The Las Positas path is exciting for a number of reasons. First, it addresses a gap for 100's of bike riders travelling to and from the Obern Trail daily between Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County. Projects that fix gaps are great for our community because they give our city the biggest bang for our transportation dollar by creating connections that encourage new ridership and by supporting existing ridership.
This project is also part of the California Coast Bikeway. The California Coastal Bikeway is a popular route that brings 1000's of bicycle tourists and tourism revenue to the Pacific Coast every summer.
The bike-path will feature a lane in either travel direction. Interestingly enough, there will be mini on and off-ramps for bicyclists to enter or exit the path onto the street. This is especially useful if let's say, you want to take the path to the Modoc intersections but need to get off because you're heading straight on Modoc towards downtown rather than along Las Positas to the Mesa.
The on-street bike lanes will feature green paint near intersections and driveways. These spaces are referred to as conflict zones because they are areas where a bicyclist and a car cross or are likely to interact on the roadway. Cities all around California are using green paint to help drivers be see and be alert to people on bikes at these spots. It also helps bicyclists to be more visible and positioned in the safest section of the street.
Green paint will striped through the intersection to make people on bikes more visible at the intersection of Modoc and Las Positas. This is one of the largest intersections in the city and is built on a slope that minimizes visibility so this is a helpful feature that will improve intersection safety.
The Las Positas project will also add a roundabout at the intersection of Cliff Drive and Las Positas. The roundabout will have striped continental crosswalks that improve the visibility of pedestrians. SBBIKE Members, what do you think of the project design? Share your comments or questions with email@example.com
The design portion of this project was funded through a grant from the State's Active Transportation Program (ATP) (the largest grant funding pool for biking and walking projects in California). Next up, city staff will apply for more ATP and other grant funds for construction. Due to the project's size and cost, it is likely that it will be funded and constructed in multiple phases with the goal of the project being complete by 2025.
Can every kid learn to ride a bike?
With the support of outside funding, Santa Barbara School District will be piloting 2nd grade bicycle education in PE at three Schools. Four parochial schools in the county will also be providing this opportunity to all of their 2nd grade students. With help from SBBIKE and COAST staff, PE teachers will get up to date with the best methods to teach how to ride, and safely. Tune in for updates on this program as we all work together to share the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike with public and private school students throughout Santa Barbara County!
February 23rd was a historic night in the City of Santa Barbara government. It is reported that attendance at the Bicycle Master Plan hearing was more than any City Council hearing of recent memory. The outdoor balcony, the overflow room, and even the City Council offices were all full to capacity, and many of our members had to wait outside, temporarily locked out from the hearing due to fire code. But in the End, City Council passed the Bicycle Master Plan, and Green Lanes on Micheltorena, pending some legal hurdles that may be small.
The 2016 Bicycle Master Plan is a major step forward for this community in building a functional and complete bikeway network that will increase safety, stimulate more bicycling, and reduce demand on constrained downtown parking and congested intersections.
Read below for 10 awesome projects in the draft bike plan and join SBBIKE on February 23rd when City Council votes on whether to adopt it. Join us in saying Yes! To passing the full Bike Plan! The meeting starts at 6:00 PM and is at 735 Anacapa St. (City Hall, 2nd Floor). R.S.V.P. on facebook!
On Tuesday, Santa Barbara elected three new City Council Members. Cathy Murrillo (Westside) and Randy Rowse (Mesa) were re-elected to serve an additional four years on City Council. Jason Dominguez, on the Eastside, won his first seat on City Council. SBBIKE congratulates our new Councilmembers and looks forward to working with each of them to make Santa Barbara an even better place to ride a bike.
Get to know the new Council Members: Cathy Murrillo, Jason Dominguez, and Randy Rowse, by reviewing our interviews with them (conducted in September) on topics such as bike parking, bike lanes, and how to improve biking in Santa Barbara.