State Street in Santa Barbara.
The green bicycle markings along Santa Barbara’s State Street promenade are being removed by the city. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

The City of Santa Barbara announced Thursday that it is removing the green bicycle markings along the State Street promenade on Thursday and Friday.

The city said that the markings — which were painted on the street in March 2021 — were meant to guide cyclists to the center of the street and pedestrians to the sides of the street, but that it wasn’t as effective for pedestrians.

“While the green markings were effective positioning cyclists near the center of the street, the green markings were less effective positioning pedestrians to the sides of the streets,” the city said in a news release. “Because of this, the city is removing the green markings and exploring other options for cyclists and pedestrians to coexist in the promenade.”

Work to remove the green markings began Thursday morning and is set to continue through Friday, with work taking place each day from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

People should expect traffic detours and delays at State Street intersections from Ortega Street to Victoria Street.

The city has not yet said which plans are being considered to control cyclist and pedestrian traffic along the State Steet promenade.

The City of Santa Barbara is also reminding all road users to “be alert, stop at red lights, keep a safe distance, watch your speeds and be respectful.”

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