After months of strained relationships between city leaders, bike groups, residents and planners, the city of Santa Barbara is now closer to reaching an agreement on a bicycle master plan.
The plan was to establish more defined and marked bike ways in a city known for a high rate of accidents involving bicyclists and vehicles.
Recently, a plan to eliminate parking on a section of Micheltorena Street to clear out asphalt for a bike lane infuriated residents on the western side of downtown.
That option and others were reworked, and Tuesday the city favored a plan for more bike lane improvements on streets including Haley, Cota, Ortega, Modoc, and Las Positas.
Funding of about $12 million may come from a Cal Trans transportation grant.