The Santa Barbara City Council voted Tuesday to spend $55,000 to paint temporary bicycle lanes down the middle of the State Street Promenade.
From the 500 to 1200 blocks of State Street the council agreed to add two lanes, each approximately five feet wide, to hopefully contain speeding bicyclists and ease pedestrian concerns.
Of the $55,000 total, $45,000 will go into striping the lanes while $10,000 will be spent installing vertical elements as a one-block pilot program as a means to physically separate bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
This time the bike lanes will not be the same neon green color but instead a white lane with a yellow line down the center.
The total cost will come from the Streets Fund and will result in a postponement of planned repaving on the 1200 block of Nopal Street.
The council voted 5-2 to approve this measure with Councilmember Eric Friedman and Mayor Randy Rowse opposing.
Friedman opposed using the Street Fund for this project and suggested using reserves in the General Fund instead, but that was rejected by other councilmembers.
Rowse stated the City has already paid for the bright green bicycle lanes only to remove them again. He advocated to wait until the new State Street Master Plan Committee shares more details on how to move forward with a complete redesign of the promenade.
The project is expected to begin in the next few months.