Construction Begins on Modoc Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Project

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Construction Begins on Modoc Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Project
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

On Monday, September 14, C.A. Rasmussen, Inc., will begin constructing a 2.6 mile long, multiuse path for bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians separated from high-speed vehicle traffic along Las Positas and Modoc Roads. This Vision Zero project will start construction at Calle de los Amigos along Modoc Road and work towards Las Positas Road and down to the roundabout at Cliff Drive. The project will connect the beach, schools, parks, and commercial centers with the community along the Pacific Coastal and Crosstown Bike Routes.

Traffic control and temporary delays should be expected. Access will be maintained for residents, although temporary disruptions should be anticipated while construction is taking place. The entire project will be constructed in phases and will last approximately 18 months. Work will occur Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The project is funded primarily through Active Transportation Program grant funds in addition to local Measure C funds for local matching costs. Click here to subscribe and stay informed on updates regarding this transformative project.

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PitMix Sep 17, 2020 08:56 AM
Construction Begins on Modoc Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Project

Maybe they can fix the bike path they mangled with their recent pipeline replacement project? But no, their priority is to spend the money on a completely different project and let bikers navigate through the bumps and gravel left by the pipeline workers.

letmego Sep 17, 2020 01:58 PM
Construction Begins on Modoc Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Project

Las Positas is scary. When I run on it (rarely), it's super dangerous. And of course, a woman was hit by a car there (while running) and died (several years ago). Riding along Modoc can be a real pain early in the morning because of the parked cars. And during school drop off (when we could do that), it was fairly dangerous with all of the students and cyclists and impatient drivers. I saw a lot of close calls when dropping my kid off.

bosco Sep 17, 2020 03:31 PM
Construction Begins on Modoc Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Project

It's not necessarily about the current conditions. It's more about the route and the numbers of riders. It's a highly used route by cyclists (recreational and commuters) as it's the most popular route to get from SB to Goleta/UCSB and this is a gap in the bike path. While I personally feel safe as well, I wouldn't feel comfortable with my children on that street. This path will get used a lot. It's well worth the money.

PitMix Sep 18, 2020 10:38 AM
Construction Begins on Modoc Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Project

Guess you weren't around when the senior citizen, blinded by the afternoon sun, turned left from Modoc into the side street and wiped out a group of woman cyclists, injuring several. I think about that every time I ride that route.

a-1600480050 Sep 18, 2020 06:47 PM
Construction Begins on Modoc Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Project

Letmego: If you find Las Positas uncomfortable to run on, don't do it. Really should we pay huge amounts of money so you can run there instead of in a safe venue (maybe SBCC track for example)? How presumptuous you folks are.

4358ed Sep 17, 2020 08:43 PM
Construction Begins on Modoc Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Project

My family and are thrilled about the Modoc bike path. Hopefully it will one day link up to the cross walk at Modoc and Encore. Regardless, what is sorely needed is a proper electric/solar cross walk warning sign at that corner.

PitMix Sep 18, 2020 10:42 AM
Construction Begins on Modoc Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Project

The picture does not show the bike path separated from high speed vehicle traffic. Is the picture wrong, or the project description? Or are bikes allowed to use the walkway and weave in and out of kids, skateboards, scooters, strollers, etc, just like the Chase Palm beachway?

a-1600480395 Sep 18, 2020 06:53 PM
Construction Begins on Modoc Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Project

The next step in this amazingly greedy grab is to put in the Modoc and Mission revision. They will remove a large number of beautiful trees and redesign the sidewalk from Modoc to San Pascual to allow bicyclists to actually use the same space as pedestrians. This is a sidewalk used by students and families all the time. The conflict is bound to be bad. This is not needed if bicyclist were only told to dismount and walk from Modoc to San Pascual and proceed. This is about 50 yards. To save them the discomfort of having to do this we taxpayers will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars and pedestrians will be jeopardized.

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