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Eastside Green Lanes & Bike Boulevard Gap Closure 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 Green Lanes and Bike Boulevard Gap Closure 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.
The scope of work and preliminary plan for the Eastside Connects Project is nearly finalized. The City will hire a consultant to finalize the Project design.
The Project’s major components remain the same. The Project will create a bike boulevard along Alisos Drive to create a continuous, safe passage alternative to Milpas Street. Missing sidewalk and curb ramps on Alisos Drive will be installed for pedestrians. Additional pedestrian benefits, especially for those walking to Eastside schools, include new flashing beacons and curb extensions at select intersections. Finally, the Project will enhance the Cota and Haley on-street bike lanes with green conflict striping at intersections to improve safety, will connect those lanes to the Alisos bike boulevard, and will stripe an on-street bike lane on Ortega Street.
Community engagement is anticipated for fall 2019, and the advisory board review process is expected to begin in winter 2020. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to give feedback on the Project’s design as it progresses.
A new video introduces the Eastside/Westside Connects projects, highlighting how the proposed bike boulevards make safer routes for cyclists and safer routes to school, and create connectivity throughout the City.