Santa Ana Invites Input on Street Friendliness

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Residents, business owners and others are being invited to help Santa Ana make its downtown streets more friendly for bicycles and walking.

This week’s workshops, scheduled on three back-to-back days at the Garfield Community Center (501 N. Lacy Street, Santa Ana), are part of Santa Ana’s process to develop an overall plan for accommodating all types of travelers in the downtown area.

The goal is to “create a more walkable, bikeable, and livable Downtown Santa Ana,” according to a city flyer on the workshops.

The Santa Ana Downtown/Transit Zone Complete Streets Plan is expected to cover the city’s downtown and Civic Center areas, as well as surrounding parts of the city. The study area reaches from Flower Street east to Grand Avenue, and from Civic Center Drive south to First Street.

The first workshop is on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s scheduled to include a “presentation kicking off the design workshop which will include the draft vision, goals, project process and outreach for the plan,” according to a city news release.

Then, on Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. “attendees can participate in a walk audit or a bike tour of the study area. Immediately after, the design workshop will ask participants to identify overall opportunities and constraints, and site specific issues,” according to the city.

The bike tour requires an RSVP with Cory Wilkerson, the city’s active transportation coordinator. He can be contacted at (714) 647-5643 or cwilkerson@santa-ana.org.

And on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, “a solutions workshop will be conducted asking participants on what types of solutions they would like to see based on previously identified issues,” according to the city.

This week’s meetings will be followed by a “community recommendations workshop” on Monday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Santa Ana train station.

Click here to read the city’s news release about the workshops, and here to visit the city’s website for the events.

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