The Hollister Avenue Class I Bike Path Safe Routes to Schools project will construct a Class I Bike/ Multi-Purpose path along the south side of Hollister Avenue from Pacific Oaks Road to Ellwood Elementary School. The project includes re-striping of Hollister Ave and reconstruction of the existing median islands, reducing the through traffic lanes from 13 feet wide to 11 feet wide to accommodate the new path within existing City right of way. The new facility will include a 14 foot wide concrete path with a 5 foot landscape buffer adjacent to Hollister Avenue. The existing 5 foot Class II bike lanes will remain along both sides of Hollister Avenue. Existing signals at Pacific Oaks, Entrance Road, and at Ellwood School will be modified to accommodate the project.
Purpose and Need
South of Hollister Avenue from Pacific Oaks west to Ellwood Elementary is a dense residential area. School children living there who would love to be able to enjoy the benefits of bicycling to school but cannot because the existing wide avenue with only Class II bike lanes is not suited for younger children. Of the 481 kids who attend the school, only 25 ride their bikes while over 300 walk. The facility will also serve commuters and UCSB students, as well as recreational riders.
Strategic Plan Goal
Implement Citywide Capital Improvement Program
Measure A and Measure A Alternative Transportation Grants, Measure A Local, and Goleta Transportation Impact Program funds are covering the engineering costs. The City was awarded a $1.6 million Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant for project construction.
This project is currently out to bid with work set to begin in late spring 2017. In an effort to not disrupt the daily commute of Ellwood School students traveling to and from school, construction impacting the sidewalk along the south side of Hollister Avenue will begin in summer when school is out.