About the Santa Maria ATP


Santa Maria holds the promise of being a great place to walk and bike. We have good weather, not many steep hills, and destinations all around town.

But we also face challenges.

Many streets that are convenient for driving are not comfortable for people walking or bicycling at different levels of ability, including kids and seniors. Transportation costs are a barrier to greater mobility for many residents.

We are committed to collaboratively solving these challenges. We can reduce the nearly 40 bicycle and pedestrian crashes that occur in the average year. We can expand upon the Santa Maria Valley Multi-Purpose Trail system and build new lanes for people bicycling that are separated from traffic. We can achieve better access for people on foot and people in wheelchairs.


Project Timeline


Phase 1: Winter 2018 - Summer 2019

Public Outreach and Existing Conditions

In the first phase of the Santa Maria ATP update, the project team will take a look at the existing conditions for biking and walking in Santa Maria, and talk to people in the community about their experiences. We’ll review existing plans and policies, take stock of the current biking and walking networks, learn more about the places where people go, and where there are safety issues.

Using online and in-person outreach, we’ll also be asking you to weigh in on your experiences walking and biking, and find out how they can be improved.


Phase 2: Summer 2019 - Fall 2019

For the second phase of the project, the team will create a frame work and identify best practices from similar regions and communities to inform our work in Santa Maria. We’ll begin using what we learned in phase 1 to develop a proposed program of projects for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, as well as projects that will improve ADA accessibility and Safe Routes to School for the Santa Maria community.

There will be several opportunities for people to learn more about the proposed programs at public workshops and online.


Phase 3: Winter 2019 - Spring 2020

The third and final phase of the project will take the lessons we learned from Santa Maria residents, existing plans, and the proposed programs of projects and shape them into an updated active transportation plan for the community. The final plan will include proposed projects for biking, walking, accessibility, and Safe Routes to School, creating a safe, comfortable, connected network of active transportation facilities for Santa Marians of all ages and abilities.


 Project Documents

Over the next two years, the City, its Stakeholder Advisory Group, and its consultants will be conducting outreach, performing data analysis, and drafting a plan to guide Santa Maria in becoming a great place for walking and bicycling. Information, maps, reports, and other public documents resulting from this effort will be posted here.

Documents that relate to the updated Active Transportation Plan are also included for historical and general context.

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Santa Maria General Plan Update

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2012 Land Use Policy Map

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Bikeway Plans

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2019 Downtown Multimodal Streetscape Plan

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Zoning Map

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2015 SBCAG Active Transportation Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

About the plan

What is the purpose of the Santa Maria Active Transportation Plan?

The purpose of the Santa Maria Active Transportation Plan is to identify needed improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian networks in the City of Santa Maria that will allow residents and visitors to safely and easily access desired destinations by walking or biking.  

Who is responsible for the Santa Maria Active Transportation Plan?

The Santa Maria Active Transportation Plan is being conducted by the City of Santa Maria in partnership with the community, Santa Barbara County, and Caltrans.

Is the Santa Maria Active Transportation Plan part of the Caltrans Districtwide Active Transportation Plan?

No. The Santa Maria Active Transportation Plan is specific to the City of Santa Maria while the Caltrans Districtwide Active Transportation Plan addresses primarily state highway facilities within the five county region spanning Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties.  The two efforts will be coordinated however given that Main Street and Broadway Street within the City of Santa Maria are both state highways and as such will be addressed as part of both plans. To ensure close coordination, Caltrans will be a key project partner during the development of the Santa Maria Active Transportation Plan.

How is this update to Santa Maria Active Transportation Plan different from the 2009 Plan?


The Santa Maria Active Transportation Plan will build off of the identified bicycle infrastructure improvements proposed as part of the 2009 Plan by taking a performance-based approach to re-evaluate the benefits and return on investment for the improvements. It will also consider more recent bicycle facility design concepts and treatments that were not considered in 2009.

The plan will also include an American with Disability Act (ADA) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) needs assessment for needed pedestrian sidewalk improvements.

Lastly, the plan will develop technical information pertinent to state and federal competitive grant applications that will allow the City of Santa Maria to better compete for limited active transportation improvement funding to implement the plan.  This will allow the proposed bicycle/pedestrian improvements to be “grant ready” for future transportation grant funding cycles.         

The cost to prepare the plan is $250,000. Completion of the study is anticipated by July 2020 (approximately 20 months).

How much does the study cost and how long will it take to complete?

What are the plan’s project limits?


All streets and roads within the City of Santa Maria including potential off-road right-of-way for Class I paths will be examined for their potential to provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Although outside the City-limits, connectivity with the unincorporated area of Orcutt and areas directly west of the City limits will be examined for potential to provide pedestrian/bicycle connections.


There will be multiple opportunities for the public to provide input, including attending public workshops, public meetings, presentations, and using the interactive tools on this webpage to review project information, take our survey, and provide input.  Using our interactive mapping tool, anyone can log on and identify places in the City where a biking and/or walking issues currently exist and provide written comments on the issues and what improvements are needed. All public outreach materials will be provided in both English and Spanish.  The interactive mapping tool provides multiple language options.

How can I participate in the Santa Maria Active Transportation Plan?

How many public workshops are being held for the study?


Two public workshops will be held, one in May 2019 and another in January 2020. The first public workshop will provide an overview of the project and will seek the public’s insight into specific areas or locations that present barriers to safe and efficient bicycle and pedestrian travel in the city.

That information, along with data and analysis developed by the project team, will be used to inform the plan’s proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The second public workshop will provide the public with an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed improvements.

The Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) is made up of a diverse range of groups and organizations based primarily in Santa Maria. Each SAG group or organization will appoint one representative to attend SAG meetings on their behalf. The role of each SAG representative will be to communicate their group's specific interest in the project. 

What is the Stakeholder Advisory Group?

Christopher Petro, MSCE, EIT | Engineer II

City of Santa Maria

Dept. of Public Works / Engineering Division

110 S. Pine Street, Ste. 221

Santa Maria, CA 93458

tel: (805) 925-0951, ext: 2225

email: cpetro@cityofsantamaria.com

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