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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 with questions or comments.

What's Happening?

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Application for the ATP Grant is Underway

September 2, 2020 

Thank you to everyone that attended community meetings and responded to the online survey. Based on the positive feedback received, City Staff presented the project to the City Council on February 4th. The City Council was supportive of the project, and gave Staff direction to seek grant funding for design, environmental, and construction.

Staff is applying to the California Active Transportation Program (ATP) for funding. Applications are due September 15th, 2020, and the results of the application will be released in the spring of 2021. If all goes well, design and environmental will begin in the summer/fall of 2021, and construction around 2024/2025. The Active Transportation Program is very competitive, with public agencies from all over California competing for a limited pool of funding. The community support shown for this project will make for a competitive application.

Pubilc outreach and minor refinements and improvements to the design will be ongoing until construction.

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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.

Cliff Drive Plan

Plan Sheets

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Monroe Detail

Median Detail

Shoreline/Salida Del Sol Detail

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


Cliff Drive Proposed Project FAQs

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2019
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