More bike lanes, crosswalk lights in Ojai's future

Illustrations courtesy of the city of Ojai
An artist's rendering of the intersection of Ojai Avenue and Cañada Street before (above) and after (below) the transportation project is completed with dedicated bike lanes along Ojai Avenue, a median and additional street trees.
Editor's note: this story was revised for clarity March 9, 2017 at 1:21 p.m.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
After a string of recent traffic accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians, the city of Ojai will add additional safety features to local crosswalks and bike lanes.
During 2016, 10 traffic collisions on Ojai Avenue involved bicyclists or pedestrians, compared to three such collisions in 2015, according to Ventura County Sheriff's Office data.
The city will soon construct a new crosswalk in the 900 block of East Ojai Avenue in front of the Whispering Oaks apartment complex, confirmed Public Works Director Greg Grant.
The crosswalk will feature pedestrian-activated “rectangular rapid flashing beacons” (RRFBs) similar to those at the intersection of Ojai Avenue and Ventura Street.

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