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Santa Barbara Walks

 Walking Wednesdays Tour 

Initiated by a generous grant from the Green Park Foundation, the Santa Barbara Walks program works to make walking safer and more convenient along the South Coast, from Montecito to Goleta, where our residents live, work, shop, play, catch the bus, and go to school.

We have several projects where we promote safe and fun walking in Santa Barbara:

In the News

August Walking Wednesday: Safe Passage in Mission Canyon

Last night’s Walking Wednesday tour was one of our best yet, drawing a crowd of 40 people who wanted to learn more about the Mission area and what can be done to hopefully make Mission Canyon a safe passage for all.

COAST would like to thank the Concerned Citizens for Safe Passage for leading such an enjoyable, informative walk. If you would like to find out more about Safe Passage and the work they’ve been doing, click here.

Our next and final walk will be on September 26 with Dennis Allen of Allen and Associates. We hope you can make it!

Fund for Santa Barbara Awards Eastside Walks Multi-Year Grant

On Wednesday June 7, the Fund for Santa Barbara awarded COAST a multi-year grant to continue our Eastside Walks project, and to expand our advocacy for pedestrian safety to Old Town Goleta. Project Director Caitlin Carlson and Organizer Ana Rico (with baby Alicia in tow!) spoke at the Fund’s Spring Grant Awards Party on behalf of COAST and the Eastside Walks staff (including Eva Inbar and Lili Muñoz) who work very hard on this project. This multi-year grant for 3 years will allow Eastside Walks to expand our advocacy for reliable public transportation in addition to pedestrian safety, in addition to organizing in Goleta.

We’d like to thank the Fund for Santa Barbara for allowing us to continue our work to advocate for safe and reliable public transportation throughout the Santa Barbara area! For more info, visit our Eastside Walks page, or come to our weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 10am.

Next Tuesday, June 12 we will be walking with neighbors on Salinas to bring attention to the unsafe walking conditions along Salinas St. and the Old Coast Highway. We will meet outside of El Sitio at 10am on June 12. Come meet your neighbors and help us improve your neighborhood!

COAST would also like to thank the McCune Foundation for also supporting not only this project, but our ASERT project which advocates for equitable and reliable transportation in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Bulbouts, Curb Extensions, Neckdowns, & Curb Bulges: Safety for pedestrians by any other name

Curb extensions at Chapala and De La Guerra

Curb extensions at Chapala and De La Guerra

They are in the news and in our neighborhoods.  If you do any walking around town you’ve likely used one.  What’s all the excitement about?  Curb extensions!   Curb extensions are the extension of the sidewalk at an intersection, effectively reducing crosswalk distance and increasing safety for walkers.  Once you have crossed a street with curb extensions, it is hard to understand why we don’t have more of them as they are such an improvement for both walkers and drivers.  Click here for more information and what you can do to get involved.






We want to hear from you!

Are there places you find challenging to navigate safely on your walk? Any particularly unsafe or hazardous places in your neighborhood? We need to hear from you!

Please e-mail Caitlin to share your ideas and concerns!