The City of Goleta is making major strides in increasing pedestrian crossing safety on major roads, especially near local schools. Goleta is in the process of installing enhanced crosswalks near schools at the intersections of Cathedral Oaks Road and Brandon Drive, Evergreen Drive, and Carlo Drive. Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) being added to these intersections are traffic control devices that trigger flashing lights to alert motorists when pedestrians are crossing the road.
Mayor Paula Perotte said, “This project is another way of fulfilling Goleta’s commitment to our number one priority, ensuring the safety and well-being of our children. It is also another way that we encourage people of all ages to travel on foot, both for beneficial exercise and to reduce impacts from motor vehicle travel.”
Charlie Ebeling, City of Goleta Director of Public Works said, “It’s important people feel safe crossing the street. The City is pleased to have secured a grant allowing us to improve crosswalks children use to help them get to school. Pedestrian and bicycle safety are a top priority for the City, and we continue to make improvements throughout Goleta.”
Construction began in early November 2021 and is expected to wrap up at the end of January, after experiencing some delays to due to rain. The installation of the beacons themselves will take place in February. The City wants to thank the public for its patience and cooperation during this time.
Currently, there already are four RRFB crosswalk locations in the City of Goleta. They are located at Cathedral Oaks Road and Santa Marguerita Drive and Hollister Avenue at Orange Avenue, Chapel Street and South Patterson Avenue.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Project Manager Michael Winnewisser at (805) 690-5120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured: Crosswalk at Cathedral Oaks Road and Brandon Drive intersection – Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon coming soon