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Goleta Bicycle Project Updates
updated: Jan 13, 2017, 1:52 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Here's an update on some of the bicycle projects the City is working on:

Maria Ygnacio Bike Path Lighting Project

The Maria Ygnacio Bike Path Lighting Project installed solar powered LED lighting along a 1,750 foot portion of the Maria Ygnacio Bike Trail from the Hollister Avenue undercrossing north to the trail bridge crossing of Maria Ygnacio Creek. The County of Santa Barbara had previously installed lighting on the County's portion of the trail, but not within Goleta City Limits. With the City's addition of lights, the entire bike trail is now lit, dramatically enhancing the safety of all those who use the trail.

Ward Drive Class II Bike Lanes

The Ward Drive Class II Bike Lanes project will provide bicycle access along Ward Drive from Hollister Avenue to the Atascadero Creek / Obern Trail, resulting in access to UCSB and Isla Vista. Ward Drive will be widened to accommodate 5 ft. Class II lanes along the eastern and western sides of the two lane road within the existing right of way. Under-utilized on-street parking will be removed where appropriate to allow for the addition of the Class II bike lanes. A new sidewalk will be constructed where no sidewalk currently exists along the west side of Ward Drive in front of the Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park and will tie into the existing sidewalk to the north.

This project is currently out to bid. The City anticipates awarding the project on February 21 with construction beginning in April 2017. The estimated completion date is July 2017.

Hollister Avenue Class I Bikeway

The Hollister Class 1 Bike Path will create a way for the many school children living south of Hollister Avenue to safely bike to Ellwood School. The project has received an extension from the California Transportation Commission so the most disruptive work can occur during the summer when school is not in session.

As part of Safe Routes to School, a Class I Bike Path will be built on Hollister Avenue from Pacific Oaks Drive west to Ellwood School. Existing sidewalks will be replaced and new street trees will be planted. Hollister Avenue will still have four lanes of travel with a center left turn lane and the existing 5 foot Class II bike lanes will remain along both sides of the street.

This project is currently out to bid. The City anticipates awarding the project on February 21.

San Jose Creek Bike Path Southern Extent

The San Jose Creek Bike Path Southern Extent will construct a Class I/Class II bike path adjacent to San Jose Creek, from Hollister Avenue to the Atascadero Creek Class I Bike Path at Goleta Beach. This project will provide a commuter bike route and recreational access from Old Town Goleta to UCSB and Goleta Beach. The project will also connect to the San Jose Creek Bike Path Middle project. The City is working with Caltrans to have the Class I bike path included in the SR 217 Bridge over San Jose Creek replacement project.

The City is currently working with Caltrans and the County of Santa Barbara on the preliminary engineering phase of the project, which includes the preparation of preliminary design concepts and alignment alternatives, environmental investigations, and a project funding plan. This process will be on-going within the coming year.

Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Project

The Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) project kicked off in July 2016 with the goal of improving how bicyclists and pedestrians get around Goleta. Funded by Proposition 84, Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program, the BPMP will promote public health, reduce automobile usage and fuel consumption, and promote transportation equity.

The City has been gathering public input and holding workshops on the project since fall 2016. The survey will be up through January. If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments to provide your input. Data analysis and a draft plan will begin in February.


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