SUPPORT SAFE PASSAGE IN THE HISTORIC MISSION CANYON AREA OF SANTA BARBARA
Petition Summary and Background
Mission Heritage Trail Association is leading the initiative to demand from our City and County leaders a safe passage for pedestrians, bikers and drivers who travel through the Mission Canyon area. Pedestrian, bike and vehicle traffic have dramatically increased along Los Olivos Street and Mission Canyon Road, and the current situation isn’t safe for visitors, residents, families, children or pets.
Everyday bikers and cars must share a narrow stretch of road leading to the Mission Canyon Bridge. Every day pedestrians traverse a dilapidated foot bridge on one side or walk along the narrow traffic lane with no protection from quickly moving vehicles. Moreover, the 19% of our population who have disability challenges to walk or use movement aids to enjoy this corridor have no accessible way through the area at all. Movement through the corridor is difficult and dangerous!
Efforts to improve circulation go back many decades. In 1930, the population of Santa Barbara was 33,600, when the stone bridge over Mission Creek was widened from 19 to 34 feet and the stone walls were moved to accommodate that change.
Since then, the population of just the city of Santa Barbara itself has tripled to more than 91,600! Efforts to adapt to increasing population, traffic and the needs of a diverse populace have faltered in the face of incompatible priorities and demands, particularly those that what nothing to be done at all for a Safe Passage.
There is no denying it: we need a more efficient, safe and sustainable multimodal network that will accommodate current and future traffic conditions, green mobility, and the vast number of people drawn to the institutions, events and recreational sites that serve the public good in the Los Olivos Street/Mission Canyon Road corridor.
Action to ensure a safe infrastructure and access for all pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is long overdue! Don’t let the continuing lack of action by our local decision makers go on for another decade!
Please show your support for these improvements:
There's no way to say it.
The Mission Canyon Bridge area has been neglected for so long, that it has become a walking, biking driving nightmare!
Please show your support and sign our petition NOW!
Mission Heritage Trail Association works to improve the life and wellbeing of the citizens of the City and County of Santa Barbara through education, historic and environmental preservation, enhancement of public safety and support of activities that contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.
Since 2011 MHTA (a.k.a. Safe Passage) has collaborated with many community leaders, professionals, and resident stakeholders to study and find solutions to problems of safety, access and preservation in the Mission Canyon corridor.
Public Safety and Access
August 10, 2021
Residents and visitors alike! Put your walking shoes on and come explore a most beloved area of Santa Barbara, from the Old Mission to the Woman's Club at Rockwood.
With your Mission Heritage Trail Walking Guide in hand, stroll along the Mission Heritage Trail area and rediscover the many historical and natural treasures that await!
The guide is packed full of information, illustrations, historical photos and a detailed site tour map. Come! Be surprised at every turn and leave with a renewed appreciation of Santa Barbara's heritage.
Download the guide or pick one up at: