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The Santa Barbara City Council unanimously agreed to permanently install seven of the 19 traffic calming devices – such as roundabouts – slated for the St. Francis neighborhood. The city will delay installing the remaining devices for at least a year, during which time city traffic staff will monitor the effect of the permanent structures on traffic speeds and collision rates. The council also unanimously approved restriping Chapala Street between Mission and Padre streets to one lane of vehicle traffic and one bicycle lane. City staff said the single traffic lane could “easily” handle the traffic volume and would prevent speeding.

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