Cal­trans Re­leases Draft State Bi­cy­cle And Pedes­trian Plan

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Cal­trans has re­leased for pub­lic re­view the draft State Bi­cy­cle and Pedes­trian Plan, which lays out the poli­cies and ac­tions Cal­trans and its part­ner agen­cies should take to achieve the depart­ment’s am­bi­tious statewide goals to dou­ble walk­ing and triple bi­cy­cling trips by 2020.

“Ac­tive trans­porta­tion is at the nexus of many of our state’s goals, from pub­lic health and re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions to fos­ter­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and a sus­tain­able mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion sys­tem,” said Cal­trans Direc­tor Mal­colm Dougherty. “In this plan we are iden­ti­fy­ing the strate­gies and ac­tions we can take to cre­ate bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties for bi­cy­cling and walk­ing to thrive across Cal­i­for­nia.”

The draft plan, en­ti­tled “To­ward an Ac­tive Cal­i­for­nia, State Bi­cy­cle + Pedes­trian Plan,” de­scribes four ob­jec­tives – safety, mo­bil­ity, preser­va­tion and so­cial eq­uity – with cor­re­spond­ing strate­gies to bring the plan to re­al­ity.

The Plan’s in­tent is to com­ple­ment lo­cal and re­gional ef­forts al­ready un­der­way to cre­ate and im­ple­ment their own ac­tive trans­porta­tion net­works. The Plan also high­lights best prac­tices from places around the world where ac­tive net­works are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar.

Cal­trans en­cour­ages stake­hold­ers and the gen­eral pub­lic to re­view the Plan and pro­vide feed­back on the doc­u­ment.

Stake­holder feed­back is crit­i­cal to en­sure that the poli­cies de­vel­oped through this Plan re­flect the di­verse needs of all com­mu­ni­ties through­out the State.

Feed­back can be pro­vided dur­ing Fe­bru­ary meet­ings and we­bi­nars that will be held on-line and around the state. In ad­di­tion, the pub­lic may re­view the plan and sub­mit feed­back elec­tron­i­cally via a sim­ple on­line com­ment tool. The com­ment pe­riod will close on March 10.

The fi­nal plan is an­tic­i­pated to be com­pleted in April of 2017.

For more de­tails about the meet­ings, we­bi­nars and com­ment tool, visit www. cabikeped­plan.org.

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