The project provided Class II bike lanes along Ward Drive from Hollister Avenue to the southern terminus of Ward Drive at the Atascadero Creek / Obern Trail, connecting the Class II bike lanes to the Atascedero Creek/Obern Trail. The project widened Ward Drive to accommodate 5 ft. Class II lanes along the eastern and western sides of the existing 2 lane road within the existing right of way. Under-utilized on-street parking was removed where appropriate to allow for the addition of the Class II bike lanes. A new sidewalk was constructed where no sidewalk currently existed along the west side of Ward Drive in front of the Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park and tied into the existing sidewalk to the north.
Purpose and Need
The narrow roadway with no shoulders in areas discouraged existing users and new potential users from bicycling down Ward Drive due to a perceived lack of safety and conflict with vehicles. There was a short stretch of Class II bike lanes just south of Hollister Avenue, but the rest of Ward Drive tended to be narrow and not bicycle or pedestrian friendly. The project provided bicycle access for commuters to/from the various business complexes along Ward Drive and provides a direct connection to the Obern Trail providing access to UCSB and Isla Vista.
Strategic Plan Goals
Implement Citywide Capital Improvement Program
Funding for this project is a combination of Measure A Alternative Transportation Grants, Measure A Local funds, Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP), and Transportation Development Account (TDA) funds.
This project was completed in July 2017.