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Chapala Street Vision Zero ProjectPublic Works

Image of intersection at Mission and Chapala Street

Missed the Chapala Street Vision Zero Safety and Paving Community Webinar?
On June 16, 2021, Public Works Staff held a community ZOOM webinar to share details and answer questions about the project. Click on the following link for a recording of the webinar: Chapala Street Vision Zero Safety and Paving Community Webinar

Opportunities for Public Comment:
On Thursday, June 24, 2021, the project will go before the City’s Transportation Circulation Committee, and there will be an opportunity to provide public comment following staff’s presentation on the project. This Committee reviews transportation projects for consistency with the City’s General Plan Circulation Element, Bicycle Master Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan and Vision Zero Strategy. Click on the following link for the agenda on how to participate: Transportation and Circulation Committee Agenda

Later this summer, the project will go before City Council for consideration and will provide another opportunity for public comment. Please email Principal Traffic Engineer, Derrick Bailey, at if you would like to be notified of this meeting.

Why this project?
In 2018, City Council adopted the Santa Barbara Vision Zero Strategy, a strategy to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all. The majority of traffic-related deaths and serious injuries in Santa Barbara are concentrated on a small number of streets, which are called Vision Zero Priority Corridors. Chapala Street is a Vision Zero Priority Corridor due to the history of broadside, sideswipe, and speed-related collisions that have resulted in death and/or serious injuries. In preparation for this project, a Vision Zero safety analysis was performed on Chapala Street to identify safety improvements that may be implemented to address the repeating patterns of collisions.

In late 2021, Chapala Street will be repaved between Sola and Mission Streets. Safety enhancements in this corridor include a new traffic signal and improved intersection lighting at Arrellaga Street, and Chapala Street will be reduced from two traffic lanes to one traffic lane plus a bike lane between Arrellaga and Mission Streets. The bike lane will provide an improved connection for cyclists traveling between Downtown and the upper De La Vina/State Street area. About eight on-street parking spaces would be removed on Chapala Street between Padre and Pedregosa Streets.
Image of intersection at Arrellaga and Chapala Street
For more information, please contact:
Derrick Bailey, Principal Traffic Engineer.

Project Resources:
Project Location Map: Chapala Street (Micheltorena to Mission)
Chapala Street Vision Zero Collision Analysis (2015-2019)
One Way Street Collision and Injury Rates in Santa Barbara
Chapala Street Repaving Strip Map
Cycling Facility Connections and Elevation (Climbing) Analysis
Image of intersection at Islay and Chapala Street

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2021
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