We’ve written quite a lot lately about Santa Maria’s Downtown Streetscape Concept Plan being a key element in the revitalization of the city’s core.
In fact, there is far more in the works to spread the rebirthing process out into residential neighborhoods. It’s called the Active Transportation Plan, which focuses on improving opportunities for local residents to travel in ways other than cars and trucks.
The overall goal, which may take some time to achieve, is to make Santa Maria friendlier for bicyclists, walkers, joggers and folks whose principal means of transportation is a wheelchair.
The state, through Caltrans, has ponied up nearly $300,000 toward formulation of such a plan, while the city’s share of the cost is just less than $50,000. A series of workshops will be held throughout March to gather input from Santa Marians. We’ll publish more details about those sessions in the weeks ahead.