Santa Ana Active Streets Coalition

About

SAAS was formed in 2013 to empower residents seeking change in their community, and have quickly become leaders of the growing and emerging active transportation movement in Santa Ana. SAAS is active in hosting health-promoting community events, and participating in various public meetings to provide input on active transportation policies and programs.

SAAS envisions a Santa Ana transformed as a place where families and youth creatively participate in the planning and decision-making process of a connected network of sidewalks, streets, and trails that promote a healthy lifestyle. This means a community where biking and walking are embraced as legitimate everyday modes of transportation in an environment that is clean, safe, and thriving with green streets.


Project Spotlight

The following are successful active transportation policy wins or projects led by SAAS:

  • Support for the inclusion of active transportation policies in the City of Santa Ana’s five-year strategic plan. The plan includes funding to improve walking and biking in Latino Health Access’ Wellness Corridor program.

  • Presented recommendations in the update of the City of Santa Ana’s Circulation Element to ensure that the Bikeways Master Plan reflects the interests of Santa Ana active transportation commuters, including safe routes to school for youth.

  • Advocated for the inclusion of safe, protected bike lanes in the City of Santa Ana’s Harbor Mixed Use Transit Corridor Plan. Our public comments delayed the adoption of the plan so that a long-term and short-term plan for safe, protected bike lanes were incorporated.

  • Worked with the City on acquiring Active Transportation Project funding to improve infrastructure in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The City has currently received $4.8 million dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

  • Presented recommendations for safe, protected bike lanes and safe walking routes in the City of Santa Ana's Downtown Complete Streets Plan. The majority of the proposals presented by SAAS were approved for the next study phase.

  • SAAS hosted bike rides, bicycle clinics and participated in community activities that includes organizing a daylong bike safety course, bike repair station, promotional giveaways, and photobooth at Santa Ana’s first ever open streets event, SOMOS.


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