This project will construct a Class I/Class II bike path adjacent to San Jose Creek, from Hollister Avenue to the Atascadero Creek Class I Bike Path at Goleta Beach. The project is in the conceptual design phase. There have been several feasibility and alignment alternative studies conducted for the project between 2009 and present day. Because a portion of the proposed project alignment is adjacent to SR 217 and within Caltrans ROW, the City is coordinating closely with Caltrans and the project will require Caltrans approval. One of the alternatives currently being vetted with Caltrans includes a combination Class I / Class II bike path with a portion of Class II bike path along South Kellogg Avenue and the Class I portion located adjacent to SR 217, separated from the highway with a concrete barrier. For a layout of this alternative see link to project alternative map. The City is working with Caltrans to have the Class I bike path included in the Caltrans' SR 217 Bridge over San Jose Creek replacement project.
Purpose and Need
The San Jose Creek Bike Path Project as a whole, which includes the Southern Extent project, will complete an approximately 3-mile-long bicycle and pedestrian pathway connecting the areas north of US 101 in Santa Barbara County to the existing San Jose Creek-North Bike Path and the Class I Atascadero Creek Trail (Obern Trail) Multi-Purpose Bike Path, a segment of the California Coastal Trail. This project comprises an important link of the much larger San Jose Creek Bike Path system which extends from the Obern Trail to Cathedral Oaks Road. Recently, both the City of Goleta and Santa Barbara County have completed or have begun the construction of various bicycle and pedestrian improvements within and adjacent to the project limits. Adjacent to the southern limits of the project, the County of Santa Barbara recently completed the construction of the Goleta Beach Park Bridge Replacement. The project provides regional connectivity for the neighborhoods north of Calle Real (in Santa Barbara County) to the Coast Route (Obern Trail/California Coastal Trail) with direct access to Goleta Beach, UCSB, and densely populated Isla Vista to the West, and the County and Santa Barbara to the East.
The purpose and need of the San Jose Creek Multipurpose Path is to 1) close the gaps for the regional network path, 2) remove the barriers to active transportation, 3) connect disadvantaged community of Old Town Goleta to key destinations, and 4) provide a separate, dedicated non-motorized path between areas in the north and areas to the south - the Coast Route, UCSB, and Goleta Beach.
Strategic Plan Goal
Implement Citywide Capital Improvement Program
Funding for preliminary engineering for this project is a combination of Transportation & Community & System Preservation (TCSP), Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP), and Goleta Transportation Improvement Program (GTIP) funds.
The City is currently working with Caltrans and the County of Santa Barbara on the conceptual design phase of the project, which includes the preparation of preliminary design concepts, environmental studies, development of the environmental document, and coordination and approval of the project with Caltrans. This process will be on-going within the coming year.
The City has submitted an application for an Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant for approximately $18 million for design, right of way acquisition, and construction of both the San Jose Creek Bike Path (Southern Extent) project and the San Jose Creek Bike Path (Middle Extent) project.
Teresa Lopes, P.E.