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Cliff Drive Vision Zero Planning Effort

Why this Project?

The City of Santa Barbara is developing a project to increase safety along the Cliff Drive corridor. A high number of repeat collisions in this corridor make safety modifications a high priority. Community feedback over the years has also identified the need for additional crosswalks, better bicycling facilities, and other improvements to increase safety for all road users.

The City took control of the Cliff Drive corridor from Caltrans in 2013, which opened the door for projects like the Las Positas Roundabout and the upcoming Las Positas Road & Modoc Road Multiuse Path. In 2018, the City adopted a Vision Zero strategy that aims to prevent severe and fatal injuries on City streets by focusing resources on high-priority streets with documented collision patterns. Cliff Drive is the second-highest priority corridor in the City.

Explore the Project Documents section below to learn more, and email CliffDrivePlan@SantaBarbaraCA.gov with questions or comments.

What's Happening?



Cliff Drive Vision Zero Project Community Workshop:

January 14, 2022 

Community Feedback Requested! Please join us virtually on Wednesday, January 26th, or in person on Saturday, January 29th, to receive a project update, review the latest safety conceptual plans, and latest grant opportunity to help fund this community supported project. Click here for more details (PDF).

  • Online Public Meeting: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. To register, click here: Registration link for the Cliff Drive Vision Zero Project Community Workshop (external site).
    • This session will be held online using the ZOOM platform. Participants will be able to watch the presentation and submit questions and comments. Webcams and microphones are not necessary.
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • In-Person Public Meeting: Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at La Mesa Park, 295 Meigs Road.
    • This meeting will be held outside at the picnic table area located off of the parking lot and will be an open house format with no formal presentation.
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Project Documents

The City has developed a conceptual plan for a two-way multiuse pathway along the south side of Cliff Drive from Arroyo Burro County Park to Castillo Street. In addition to the pathway and Vision Zero safety improvements, the project also proposes:

  • Seven new crosswalks and three new traffic signals along Cliff Drive.
  • A new crosswalk nearby at Shoreline Drive and Salida Del Sol for improved coastal access and safe walking route to Washington School.
  • A wider sidewalk on Flora Vista between Cliff Drive and Red Rose, curb extensions at the Flora Vista/Red Rose intersection, and sidewalk infill on Red Rose between Fellowship and Flora Vista to improve safety for students who walk or bike to Monroe Elementary School.
  • A wider sidewalk along Loma Alta to improve connectivity between McKinley Elementary and the new path on Cliff Drive.

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Plan Sheets

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Collision Diagrams

Cliff Drive Collision Heat Map

Flora Vista/Mesa Lane Collision Diagram

Camino Calma to Meigs Collision Diagram

Santa Barbara City College Vicinty Collision Diagram

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2019
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