Please join us to dedicate the Ralph Fertig Bicycle Path with Ralph's friends, colleagues and fellow advocates. A ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. on the bicycle path (between Rincon and Mussel Shoals) where a plaque is being installed in Ralph's honor.
The ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m just slightly off the bike path on the pedestrian ramp leading to the La Conchita Pedestrian Tunnel Neighborhood. The map below shows where the ceremony will take place and recommended parking.
We encourage and support biking to the ceremony itself! A group ride will be leaving by bicycle from Bici Centro at 3:00 p.m. The bike ride will be 28.4 miles round trip (14.2 each way) and will follow this route approximately.
The nearest public parking is available in the La Conchita neighborhood.
You can read about Ralph's work and contributions to transportation in the Santa Barbara Community here and the naming of the Rincon Bicycle Path for Ralph Fertig under Assemblymember Das Williams leadership.
There will also be a dedication for the Peter Douglas Coastal Accessway, at the beach ramp, adjacent to the bike path where Ralph will be honored, at the same time and date. Peter Douglas was the Executive Director of the Coastal Commission from 1985 to 2011. He is remembered as a fierce partisan for coastal protection and the creation or preservation of numerous coastal parks, beaches, campgrounds, trails, and hostels. When Caltrans’ 101 bike- and walk-way improvements were proposed in 2008, Douglas identified alternative plans which resulted in a critical re-design that created the ocean-side paths (segment of the California Coastal Trail) you walk and ride on today. The underpass at La Conchita is now dubbed the Peter Douglas Coastal Accessway.