Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

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Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

Last Friday, February 16, Santa Barbara Mayor, Cathy Murillo, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ortega Park to introduce the completion of the City of Santa Barbara’s first physically protected bike lane along Cota Street.

The Cota bike lane is the first implementation of the City of Santa Barbara Bicycle Master Plan (BMP), adopted by City Council in July 2016 after extensive community input and public process. The BMP includes 35 bike facility projects including the Cota Street bike lane. Located on the north side of Cota Street between Milpas Street and Chapala Street, this new westbound facility connects the Eastside Neighborhood and Downtown, and complements the existing eastbound bike lane on Haley Street. This facility is the first protected on-street bike lane in the City (buffered from vehicular traffic area with delineators). The Cota buffered bike lane was the easiest and cheapest project to install within the BMP ($30,000) because it simply involved paint striping and vertical delineators. The project also required parking removal, which was a key consideration during the community process leading to the approval of the BMP. 

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SBCruiser Feb 22, 2018 11:48 AM
Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

Great to see this open up. It's a slow process, but the more connectivity across town for bikes, the more the usage of the lanes will continue to go up as riders can seamlessly and efficiently (and most importantly, safely) navigate to anywhere they need to go. Anyone who has been to Portland can attest to the success of dedicated bike transportation infrastructure, and the benefits it brings to the community and growth of small businesses that are intertwined with that infrastructure.

420722 Feb 22, 2018 02:07 PM
Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

Portland is 145 square miles they have room for that type of movement. Santa Barbara is 40 sq. miles. How about we stop trying to model it after these huge cities because it’s not one and it will never be. I think you said it best Robert and why has Santa Barbara totally given up on its middle working class families? I’m not anti-bike I do ride for fun when I can. It’s not an option for me and several thousands of others to make it a lifestyle.

Robert247 Feb 22, 2018 07:59 AM
Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

I don't live downtown though I am aware of it's parking issues. As well, the other issues the city faces, in addition to the issues the city creates by way of its own decisions. The city needs both safe bike ways and parking for its residents and businesses. Removing this parking definitely solves the bike lane issue, but the city failed to meet the continued need for parking in this area. Now I could care less about finding parking at Ortega park. Its not like its a destination location in SB. Well unless your looking for something illicit, but as far as anywhere else along that street, where is one to park if the business doesn't have parking on its own...or not enough, such as the city building department? Much gets illicited there too, but that's a completely different story. It is generally better practice to solve a problem and not create others in the process. This dint do that. They state, "we had substantial public input", but that doesn't mean that they actually took any of that input into making their decisions. So this ends up the needs of many that would use these spots 24 hours a day off and on lose out to meet the needs of very few that will use the space very infrequently. All the while the city pushes/allowing for higher density housing within these same areas. These people will all not ride bides and walk. Good luck. Glad i live and do business elsewhere. I used to hate going to IV to work, now SB is almost the same trying to find a place to park.

a-1545005277 Feb 22, 2018 07:24 AM
Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

You know what is sad about this . . . . people who have time to ride their bikes all over town also have the time - unlike those of us who work hard - to attend these meetings and give the "community input" but we all know, those of us working hard to pay our rent, and who need the parking, don't have time to go to these meetings and provide the true factual "community input" an dhence, this happens. What BS to act like the consulted with the community on this and considered loss of parking. Murillo is a sick person, maybe she should start using these bike lanes looks like she needs some exercise.

a-1545005277 Feb 22, 2018 07:21 AM
Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

How ridiculous to take away all that parking for a few bikes! Not to mention, most of the bike riders I see blow through stop signs, ride the wrong way down the street and in general do not respect traffic laws or others. Way to go. Not. People need to revolt against this before you see this crap on every street.

simplynotmyaddress Feb 21, 2018 08:05 PM
Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

In the pic, I can see almost to State, and not a single bike. A smart city council would have paid 100 homeless people to ride bikes for the photo op.... just to try and convince us what a great idea it was to remove parking.

a-1545005277 Feb 21, 2018 12:59 PM
Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

I want to add that The City should now inforce the use of garages, home owner and tenant, for parking. If people would knock it off using their garages as storage space and use the space to park their vehicles, street parking wouldn't be such a mess.

CivilEngineer Feb 22, 2018 01:41 PM
Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

Enforce garage parking, no storage of boats or RVs in driveways, tax people with more cars than off-street parking, force developers to provide sufficient parking for new units- there is plenty the City can do to improve the current situation. They don't appear to have any desire to do so.

Always_Running Feb 21, 2018 01:43 PM
Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

Our apartment complex has 8 garages, but it don’t allow for the size of wider modern cars. The city needs to require M permits for residents in the Laguna/ Jr high area. I’ve had to parked in the bike line but a ticket is valid for 24 hrs by the same agency. Lucky we only have one police department.

a-1545005277 Feb 21, 2018 12:57 PM
Cota Street Bike Lane Opened with Ribbon Cutting

How funny. I just so happened to see these "delineators" yesterday, by merest chance. Hooray. I ride my bike, although now I stick mostly to Cabrillo Blvd and Goleta Bike Paths, and this lane for bikes is a wonderful, wonderful thing. I hope all drivers respect the barriers and that the riders stay safe. Good job, City of Santa Barbara.

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