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Eastside Bike Lanes and Sidewalk Upgrades Project

Why This Project?

The Eastside neighborhood of Santa Barbara has a propensity for walking and biking - yet it needs connections to make active transportation safe and easy. The neighborhood lacks alternatives to biking along the high-speed, busy Milpas Street corridor, which carries over 20,000 vehicles per day and saw 18 bike-involved collisions between 2011-2015, and it suffers from gaps in bike routes that connect the neighborhood to the rest of the City. Walking can also be an uneasy experience for residents, with missing sidewalks and inadequate crossings.

The Eastside Bike Lanes and Sidewalk Upgrades Project emerged from community input in the Eastside Neighborhood Transportation Management Plan (2013) and the Bicycle Master Plan (2016), and is in line with the City's Vision Zero Strategy (2018). The Project will make needed connections between the Eastside, schools, and Downtown. It will also create a connected crosstown bike network by connecting to the Westside Bike Boulevard Gap Closure Project. These connections will be safer and more accessible, whether you choose to walk or bike. Find out more about the Project below.

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What's Happening

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“Eastside Connects” Project Set to Kick Off in 2019

December 20, 2018 

The Eastside Bike Lanes and Sidewalk Upgrades Project emerged from community input in the Eastside Neighborhood Transportation Management Plan (2013) and the Bicycle Master Plan (2016), and is in line with the City’s Vision Zero Strategy (2018). The Project was awarded $2.7 million in grant funding from the state’s Active Transportation Program in 2017.

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Last Updated: Apr 23, 2019
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