Major Traffic Improvements Slated For Eastside

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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Declaring that Santa Barbara’s Eastside has waited in line too long, the City Council showered the neglected neighborhood both with accolades and a commitment to implement 18 traffic safety improvements, including the installation of six road-crossing islands and the restriping of Haley Street to create a new bike lane. At Tuesday night’s meeting, an advocate for Cars Are Basic charged that 70 percent of the pedestrian traffic fatalities were the fault of the pedestrians and that 50 percent of those killed were drunk at the time. One bicycle advocate countered that, historically, street paving evolved to accommodate the bicycle, not the car; others called for more bike lanes. Many residents said the most pressing need was better lighting. Given the associated high price — $11 million — street lights were placed on a long-term wish list. Tuesday’s meeting was the culmination of a lengthy outreach effort by City Hall sparked by the traffic death of a 15-year-old pedestrian attempting to cross Milpas Street at night nearly two years ago.


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Cars Are Basic is just embarassing.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 24, 2013 at 6:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

slow down Haley St. and forget the Bricks

easternpacific (anonymous profile)
July 24, 2013 at 6:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We will need to pay close attention to how these projects really get prioritized on the funding list and when something is built on the streets.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
July 24, 2013 at 9:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You're right, it IS an election year.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 24, 2013 at 9:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And how about some JAYWALKING & bicycles at night WITHOUT LIGHTS enforcing while we're at it. Driving Milpas, at any time, is like a big game of Frogger. Cue the music and good luck not hitting some idiot doing one or all of the above.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
July 26, 2013 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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