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Circulation Element

On November 25, 1997, the City Council adopted resolution 97-143 amending the General Plan and incorporating the Circulation Element and related Local Coastal Plan Amendment into the City’s General Plan. The Circulation Element was certified by the California Coastal Commission in September, 1998. The Circulation Element is a required element of the City's General Plan. In 2011, the City Council adopted Plan Santa Barbara, which included a readoption of the 1997 Circulation Element and new Circulation Element policies.

Circulation Element Master Plan - Full PDF Document (PDF) 
Acknowledgements (PDF)
Comprehensive Goal and Vision Statement (PDF)
Goal 01 - Provide a transportation system that supports economic vitality (PDF)
Goal 02 - Strive to Achieve Equality of Choice Among Modes (PDF)
Goal 03 - Increase the Availability and Use of Transit (PDF)
Goal 04 - Increase Bicycling as a Transportation Mode (PDF)
Goal 05 - Increase Walking and Other Paths of Travel (PDF)
Goal 06 - Reduce the Use of the Automobile for Drive-Alone Trips (PDF)
Goal 07 - Increase Access by Optimizing Parking Citywide (PDF)
Goal 08 - Increase Parking Availability and Access for Downtown Customers (PDF)
Goal 09 - Develop Special Policies Related to Transportation and Parking in the Coastal Zone (PDF)
Goal 10 - Develop a Mobility System that will Carry all Modes of Transportation, from Automobiles to Pedestrians (PDF)
Goal 11 - Review Traffic Impact Standards at City Intersections (PDF)
Goal 12 - Establish a Process to Include Neighborhoods in the Discussion of the Effects of Traffic (PDF)
Goal 13 - Apply Land Use and Planning Tools and Strategies that Support the City's Mobility Goals (PDF)
Goal 14 - Coordinate with Regional Systems and Goals (PDF)
Goal 15 - Other Transportation Facilities (PDF)
Goal 16 - Public Utilities (PDF)
Other - Appendices (PDF)
Other - Glossary (PDF)

Pedestrian Master Plan

The development of the City of Santa Barbara’s Pedestrian Master Plan was directed by the adoption of the City’s Circulation Element in 1997. The Pedestrian Master Plan was written by City staff in cooperation with Alta Planning + Design. The plan was adopted by the City Council by resolution 06-065 on July 18, 2006. 

Cover and Table of Contents
Chapter 01: Introduction
Chapter 02: History of the Pedestrian System
Chapter 03: The Pedestrian System Today
Chapter 04: Goals and Policies
Chapter 05: Goal 1 - Improving the Pedestrian System
Chapter 06: Goal 2 - Establishing and enhancing Safe Routes to School
Chapter 07: Goal 3 - Protecting and Expanding the Paseo System
Chapter 08: Pedestrian Design Guide
Chapter 09: Goal 5 - Encouraging People to Walk
Chapter 10: Goal 6 - An Institutional Foundation that Supports Pedestrians
Appendix A - Counts
Appendix B – Accessibility Survey
Appendix C - Intersection Counts
Appendix D - Improvement Maps
Appendix E – Goals, Policies and Strategies
Appendix F – Priority Locations

Bicycle Master Plan

The community-driven Santa Barbara Bicycle Master Plan (also known as the SB BMP) outlines the goals, policies, and implementation strategies that will improve bicycle safety, convenience, facilities, and infrastructure in the City of Santa Barbara. The plan will enhance and preserve Santa Barbara’s circulation system for all road users by increasing the number of trips taken by bicycle and reducing future traffic congestion levels and parking demand. The plan implements other General Plan goals and policies such as Healthy Communities and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction. The update of the City of Santa Barbara’s Bicycle Master Plan was directed by the adoption of the City’s Circulation Element, Policy 4.1, in 1997. The plan was adopted by the City Council on July 26, 2016.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Community Engagement
Chapter 3: Goal 1 - Safety for All Road Users
Chapter 4: Goal 2 - Closing Gaps in the Network
Chapter 5: Goal 3 - Complete Streets and Multimodal Access
Chapter 6: Goal 4 - Santa Barbara Style Infrastructure
Chapter 7: Recommended Bicycle Projects
Chapter 8: Making it Happen - Financing and Implementation
Appendix A: Outreach & Media Strategy
Appendix B: Public Outreach Findings
Appendix C: Traffic Safety and Impact Assessment (CEQA exemption)
Appendix D: General Plan Element Goals/Policies Consulted
Appendix E: Additional Background Documentation
Appendix F: Bicycle Collision Analysis

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2021
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