Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

On Monday, May 9, 2022, Lash Construction Inc., will begin constructing the Downtown De La Vina Street Safe Crosswalks and Buffered Bike Lanes and the Eastside Community Paseos Project (Project). The Project will improve and provide critical bike and pedestrian connections within the Eastside and from Eastside to the Downtown area.

This Project will install a buffered bike lane, curb extensions, traffic diverters, landscape peninsulas, flashing beacons to facilitate safe crossings, 24 new pedestrian access ramps that will comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, and high visibility marking and signs at specific locations to alert drivers where pedestrians frequently cross. Additionally, the project will include a new sidewalk along the west side of Alisos Street between Canon Perdido Street and Ortega Street in areas currently missing a sidewalk.

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 Project is anticipated to be completed in October 2022. Work will occur Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For any questions please contact, Mathew Rojas, at MRojas@SantaBarbaraCA.gov or 805-564-5450.

The total project cost is approximately $4.3 million and is fully funded through an Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant. 

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bumblebee May 05, 2022 08:51 AM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

How much carbon will this construction project release into the atmosphere? The carbon released will remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. Just another insidious way we contribute to global warming.

patrick May 04, 2022 06:13 PM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

As a daily bike rider, I appreciate all the improvements that the City has made. The cross-town bike lanes on Haley and Cota are great, as is the recent one added to upper de la Vina. I can maneuver around town on my bike almost as fast as car drivers. This past year, I put twice as many miles on my bikes as I did my car.

dukemunson May 05, 2022 08:29 AM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

Achooo- I watched the video and… it makes sense! But it seems to me that it make sense for Holland, in Holland. Adding a new road in country where every city is hundreds of years old and as such the roads are already tight and narrow and utilised by much smaller cars in general makes sense…it’s what people are used to. But I don’t think that makes sense for SB. It’s not apples to appels.

Ahchooo May 05, 2022 07:10 AM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

Duke, watch the video and you’ll understand. Obviously, if people drive too fast on the the narrow street, if won’t be safe. The point of the video is that real-life analysis shows that people naturally, voluntarily drive more slowly on roads that they perceive to be narrow, even when no speed limits are posted. Visual cues to narrowness and complexity are key: see in the graphic above, they’ve put trees in the partial road blocks/bump outs. Just having a parked car or curb is not as useful. If a motorist sees a tree though, the road seems narrow, and they slow down. That’s what the Dutch statistics show.

a-1651720053 May 04, 2022 08:07 PM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

A block north of Alisos, from Mason to Quinientos where there is a stop sign, you wouldn't believe the speeds some cars travel in just that one block --- not all the time, but several times every weekend. Obstacles, stop signs and just one block seem to act ast accelerants. I pity the people who live on Alisos.

dukemunson May 04, 2022 04:23 PM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

“Narrow, complex and twisty results in slower speeds and safer streets.”

I’m guessing (hoping) something got lost and twisted in the translation from Dutch to English!!

a-1651706302 May 04, 2022 04:18 PM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

My takeaway from the second video: Fatality rates rise with speed. If a road is wide, simple and straight, people tend to drive fast. If it is narrow, complex and twisty, people naturally tend to drive more slowly. Wide, simple and straight is great for highways, but for streets with lots of driveways, crosswalks and bicyclists, slower speeds are safer. Narrow, complex and twisty results in slower speeds and safer streets.

ShiftingSands May 04, 2022 11:38 AM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

Another total cluster waiting to happen. For 20 years SB has been focused on buses and bikes and we've got nothing but more cars. Instead of working with that? The choice is to make driving more difficult while giving bikes and pedestrians the false sense of security. Paint all the green lines you want. It won't make riding bikes safer when making driving harder.

Oak Man May 04, 2022 01:06 PM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

DBD I agree with you we need to lower and enforce the sped limits all around town. People are going 50 in 25 all the time. But check out the YouTube i mentions. In Netherlands they have designed the roads so you simply cannot go fast. Forces traffic slower. Speed limits don’t even matter. I’ll get you guys a link

DBD May 04, 2022 11:46 AM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

As a someone with decades of experience on a bicycle in SB, these types of projects(bulbouts, etc) do not make me feel any safer. if we're doing it to force people to slow down, how about lowering the speed limit and actually enforcing it? Seems like a pretty straight forward concept.

bicyclist May 04, 2022 11:27 AM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

I think that's why the speed bump is there? Seems obvious to me that is an accident waiting to happen! Good thing they painted the curbs RED, that'll keep people from parking in the middle?

unrulypassenger May 04, 2022 11:12 AM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

Active Transportation Program...in other words Mr. Buttigieg grift. This is the guy that "rode" his bike to work after taking it out of an SUV a block from the capitol. Then taking how many months off when gas was sky rocketing. Stupid road design. How much will it cost to remove them all after it is figured out no one really rides their bikes.

a-1651719776 May 04, 2022 08:02 PM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

How many, Unruly P? The same number who have figured out that the Cota Street bike lanes removing all the parking for blocks and blocks have a lot of bike riders and so should not be replicated.

yacht rocked May 04, 2022 04:36 PM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

Snopes and others call BS on your Buttigieg bike cheat trope, for example see: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/pete-buttigieg-bike-suv/
Damn internet works both ways!

a-1651700851 May 04, 2022 02:47 PM
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Do people event do a the tiniest bit of research before spouting off anymore? The project is "fully funded through an Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant."

The ATP grant was created by the STATE Senate Bill 99... State, not federal. And it was approved in 2013. So... Buttigieg, who's done more for this country that you have, had nothing to do with it.

Lucky 777 May 04, 2022 11:01 AM
Crosswalks, Bike Lanes, and Paseos Projects Begin

I am at a loss to understand that graphic. Cars are still allowed on that street, right? So say I am coming to one of these box outs with a tree and it becomes a pinch point for cars and bicycles, do all the cars come to a dead stop for the bikes to proceed through the middle and then the cars move forward to squeeze through?

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