New Bike Path for the Westside Considered
2200 block of Modoc Road (Google Maps)
Source: City of Santa Barbara
On February 27, City leaders and decision-makers will discuss and consider a new separated pathway for bike travel on Modoc Road between Mission and Las Positas Streets.
Staff brought the Westside and Lower West Neighborhoods Transportation Management Plan (Plan) to the Transportation Circulation Committee (TCC) in October of last year. The TCC found the Plan to be consistent with various City policies. One element of the Plan is the La Cumbre Junior High/Modoc bicycle connection between the Westside and the Las Positas/Modoc Multi-use Path. Westside residents expressed a need for a stronger bicycle connection along Modoc between Mission and Las Positas for various reasons described below. Staff obtained a Measure A grant to survey this section of Modoc to better understand the right of way constraints with respect to width of the right of way, trees, and utilities. Staff then developed two options to create a stronger bicycle connection on Modoc. These two options were presented at an Approach Workshop (January 23, 2020) focused specifically on the Modoc Road corridor between Las Positas Road and Mission Street and along Portesuello Avenue between Modoc Road and Gillespie Street. Staff is returning to TCC to present the preferred option to be officially included in the Plan. The La Cumbre Junior High/Modoc Cycle Track and Multiuse Path is also a key component for a successful Active Transportation Planning (ATP) grant application that would fund portions of the Plan. Staff will be asking City Council to approve the Plan on March 10, as well as directing staff to pursue ATP grant funding.
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