Community activists test safety improvements

POSTED: 11:48 AM PST Feb 26, 2013    UPDATED: 10:50 PM PST Feb 26, 2013 

Santa Barbara Eastside community activists tested recent safety improvements in the area Tuesday.

Construction crews recently finished design changes at two dangerous intersections on Milpas Street.

One intersection is Milpas and Yanonali Streets.  The second intersection is Milpas and Ortega Streets.

The Coalition for Sustainable Transportation took to the streets to test the changes.  Now, walkers can activate flashing lights before they cross at the busy intersections.  There's also a center median at the Ortega Street crossing, so pedestrians have a safe area while crossing the street.

Eva Inbar with the coalition said, "We hope it will make it a little bit safer.  We don't know.  There is no guarantee.  People sometimes do stupid things.  The city at least tried."

Eight more intersections in Santa Barbara are slated for similar improvements in the coming months.