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Santa Barbara Approves Eastside Bicycle And Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 10:00am

Santa Barbara is moving ahead with efforts to try to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on its Eastside, a move in part spurred by the 2011 death of a teenager who was struck, and killed while trying to cross a street.

The Santa Barbara City Council approved a plan which calls for steps ranging from improving street lighting, to adding measures to slow traffic in some areas.

A series of community workshops were held to come up with ideas for the effort.

More than three dozen proposals have been developed as part of the plan.

City officials say they can implement some of the ideas in the next few years, but say it could take years to do everything, with the total estimated price tag in the tens of millions of dollars.

A big catalyst for the effort was the death of 15 year old Sergio Romero, who died when he was struck, and killed trying to cross Milpas Street.

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