Santa Barbara County, Buellton, Solvang and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments are working together to study the potential Santa Ynez River Trail that would provide a safe connection between Buellton and Solvang for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.
“The goal is not to decide on a final route now,” said Lauren Bianchi Klemann, public information manager for SBCAG. “We’re just gathering information that will be used in future decisions.”
Currently, the only route between Buellton and Solvang for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians is along the shoulders of two-lane Highway 246, where traffic generally flows at 55 mph but at times can become severely congested. During peak afternoon periods, as many as 2,000 vehicles an hour can travel that stretch of highway where there are no sidewalks, improved trails nor barriers to protect walkers, cyclists and horseback riders.
See the routes, make a comment
Santa Ynez Valley residents and visitors can view potential routes for the Santa Ynez River Trail and provide their comments through the interactive website at http://arcg.is/0e8yGr.
Comments can also be emailed to Jared Carvalho, project manager, at email@example.com
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Number Three in the Country and Lots of Room for Improvement
On June 9, PeopleforBikes, and its subsidiary, PlacesForBikes, released their 2020 City Ratings. The City Ratings are a transparent and data-driven city rating system that ranks cities and towns in terms of their “bikeability” and identifies those that are improving the fastest. The City of Santa Barbara was number three in the United States and number four when Canadian cities are included.
The City will be posting signs in the promenade zone of State Street this weekend. Keep an eye out for those guidelines made to keep everyone safe and to keep bikes allowed on State Street. Also, here are our suggestions for a courteous experience for all.
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You may have noticed some changes on the website and even the E-blast. A couple months ago, an amazing organizer, communicator and translator, joined our team. She had previously been a volunteer in various programs including Bike Valet (with me) at the SB Bowl. It’s about time we introduce her. Diana Musacchio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, lived in many different countries, and came to Santa Barbara to attend Brooks. Immediately after graduation, she began to teach in the Graphic Design, Media Arts and Computer Applications departments at SBCC. And now, here she is at SBBIKE helping with the website, technology, online classes, translating to Spanish and so much more. From one Diana to another, welcome!
Riding the SYV with the new group of SBBIKE staff, volunteers & friends