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 protected]
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.