Chapala Street Vision Zero Project
In 2018, City Council adopted the Santa Barbara Vision Zero Strategy, a strategy to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all. The majority of traffic-related deaths and serious injuries in Santa Barbara are concentrated on a small number of streets, which are called Vision Zero Priority Corridors. Chapala Street is a Vision Zero Priority Corridor due to the history of broadside, sideswipe, and speed-related collisions that have resulted in death and/or serious injuries. In preparation for this project, a Vision Zero safety analysis was performed on Chapala Street to identify safety improvements that may be implemented to address the repeating patterns of collisions.
In late 2021, Chapala Street will be repaved between Sola and Mission Streets. Safety enhancements in this corridor include a new traffic signal and improved intersection lighting at Arrellaga Street, and Chapala Street will be reduced from two traffic lanes to one traffic lane plus a bike lane between Arrellaga and Mission Streets. The bike lane will provide an improved connection for cyclists traveling between Downtown and the upper De La Vina/State Street area. About eight on-street parking spaces would be removed on Chapala Street between Padre and Pedregosa Streets.