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|City Seeks Input for Santa Monica Beach Trail Improvements|
By Lookout Staff
April 11, 2017 -- Those wishing to weigh in on the long-awaited project to improve walking and biking along Santa Monica Beach have ten days to participate in an online survey.
Available in English or Spanish at www.tiny.cc/SurveyNorthBeachTrail, the survey will measure "the Beach Trail users’ perceptions of safety, comfort, and desired access points along the Beach Trail between Bay Street and the north city limits," City officials said.
The North Beach Trail Project -- which will improve two miles of the Beach Trail and upgrade roughly one mile of the Ocean Front Walk pedestrian path -- will enhance safety and circulation for both pedestrians and bicyclists, officials said.
The project will install "new paving, seat walls, lighting and better connections to and from the Pacific Coast Highway overpasses and the beach," City officials said.
"The shared bike path at the north end of the beach will be widened with a clearly defined separate path for pedestrians," according to staff.
In addition, "circulation along the bike path under the Pier and around the large parking lot north of the Pier will be improved to accommodate heavy pedestrian traffic."
The survey part of an ongoing effort to gather public input for the project.
In-person surveys were conducted On Sunday, City staff and the consultant team interviewed Beach Trail users along the Beach Trail and gathered their responses to a short survey.
Information collected "will inform initial design concepts for improvements," which will be presented at a community open house in May or June 2017, City officials said.
Time and location information will be posted on the City’s project website at http://www.santamonicaparks.org/beach-trail.
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