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Westside Community Paseos

Why this Project?

The Westside neighborhood of Santa Barbara has a propensity for walking and biking, however it lacks bike facilities and a safe and easy crosstown connection. The Westside Community Paseos will establish safe and efficient connections from the Westside to the Downtown area, the Eastside, and to schools and parks. With a focus on low vehicular-volume streets, the improvements will also provide a safe route to four local schools, encouraging students to bike or walk. Key features will include improved crosswalks, access ramps, improved signage, high visibility bike lanes, traffic signals, traffic diverter medians, and new street lighting. It will also create a connected crosstown bike network by connecting to the Eastside Community Paseos project.

Formerly named the Westside Bike Boulevard Gap Closure Project, the project originated from the City’s 2016 Bicycle Master Plan and feedback received during community workshops. The project will build upon Santa Barbara’s Vision Zero Strategy, which is to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all.  Find out more about the Project below.

 Project Overview PDF

What's Happening


Gillespie Street Project Updates - Webinar held on March 17, 2021. Recording and Plans Available.

March 23, 2021 

Public Works Staff hosted a webinar on March 17, 2021, to update community members on the project design changes proposed specifically on Gillespie Street, including updated locations of traffic diverters to maintain existing bus routes, and adding landscaped peninsulas. If you missed the webinar, you may view it at the following link: Video - Westside Community Paseos - Gillespie Street Project Updates

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Westside Community Paseo Corridor Webinars Held

October 21, 2020 

Public Works staff held two public webinars on October 14 and 15 to update the community on biking and pedestrian safety improvements planned for the Westside Neighborhood and through the Downtown to the Eastside. During this public outreach process, community members provided questions and feedback that will help refine the final design of the Westside Community Paseos. If you missed the webinars, you may view them at the following links. To provide feedback and questions, please contact us at WestsideCommunityPaseos@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

October 14 (Westside Area): https://youtu.be/hotYRXpGAww

October 15 (Downtown Area): https://youtu.be/JdTGc4SCaLw

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Last Updated: Oct 14, 2020
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