Over the past year many Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley residents have expressed strong interest in adding bicycle lanes and improving the bicycle infrastructure in our community. The City of Solvang engaged in the Sunny Fields Spur Bike Trail alignment study this past spring including extensive public outreach and a public Workshop on May 30, 2018. The proposed Sunny Fields Spur Bike Trail will connect the existing bike trail along Highway 246 to Sunny Fields Park and the existing bike lanes along Alamo Pintado Road.
On July 27, 2018, the City of Solvang submitted a grant application to Caltrans as part of the competitive Active Transportation Program to request the funding needed to implement the Sunny Fields Spur Bike Trail project. The total project cost is $2,763,000 and the City is requesting $2,155,000 in grant funding. This project will only be possible as a result of the new Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) gas tax. The City will hear back from Caltrans in January 2019 whether it’s application received a high enough score to be funded.
“SB 1 provides funding for every community in California to make needed pedestrian, bicycle, and road safety improvements to our local streets,” said Matt van der Linden, Public Works Director. The Sunny Fields Spur Bike Trail project will make bicycling and transportation much safer in the City of Solvang, and improve the quality of life for our residents. Because of funding from the new SB 1 gas tax, delayed projects are able to begin much sooner than anticipated.