County of Santa Barbara Active Transportation Plan

By Montecito Journal   |   July 2, 2024

The County of Santa Barbara Active Transportation Plan (ATP) is worth a read, given the pedestrian, cyclist, and vehicle issues Montecito residents are expressing, as well as in Summerland and along Toro Canyon. 

The ATP was built upon the premise of public safety, and the increase in human-powered transportation, especially e-bikes. The plan includes SBC trails as well, meaning Jalama Beach Trail, Gaviota Coastal Trail, Rincon, Los Olivos, and Guadalupe.

The teams reviewing and forming the plan are reps from SB County, Caltrans, a Community Advisory Group like the Bucket Brigade, and consultants Fehr & Peers, Here LA and Mark Thomas & Co. 

The goals of ATP are pedestrians-sidewalk improvements, pedestrian pathways, curb ramp upgrades, elevated pedestrian walkways, high visibility crosswalks, corner curb extensions, pedestrian lighting, and signage. For vehicles, goals are better traffic signage, pavement markings, roundabouts, and sustainable paving. Bicycle improvements include multi-use paths, separated bike paths, bike boxes at intersections, and bike racks. For more details see 411.



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