City adopts strategy to bring more pedestrian, bike projects

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
The city of Ojai is moving forward with its Complete Streets Master Plan (CSMP).
At its Sept. 18 special meeting, the Ojai City Council voted unanimously to adopt as proposed the CSMP, a loose strategy for implementing the city's 2012 Complete Streets Policy (CSP).
The CSP provides guidelines and recommendations toward achieving safe and comfortable routes for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Public input was heard during three outreach meetings — one focused on pedestrian issues, another on bicyclists' and a third on other traffic calming issues in the city.
The city spent $18,000 to gather the findings and recommendations that went into the report.
The Ojai Planning Commission reviewed the 53-page CSMP at its June 7 meeting and unanimously supported adopting it.
The Commission amended the document to promote negotiations with Caltrans to reduce speeds on Ojai Avenue and Maricopa Highway, and to change the Ojai Avenue speed limit to 25 miles per hour at Bristol Road.

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