Caltrans announced the launch of the planning process for the first California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. They seek public input for a new comprehensive plan that will focus on improving safety and access for everyone across all transportation modes, particularly for those on foot and on bikes.
Public participation is critical to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan that strengthens bicycling and pedestrian safety and increases opportunities across California. To achieve wide participation, Caltrans is engaging a broad range of stakeholders through targeted outreach activities statewide.
“More Californians are choosing alternatives to driving that have health benefits and cut greenhouse gases,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty of this planning effort.
When completed, the Plan will provide a framework to guide the planning and development of non-motorized transportation on State facilities and maximize the use of future investments. It will also lead to improved connections between the State’s bicycle and pedestrian facilities with the existing network and other modes of transportation, as well as help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and vehicles miles traveled. The Plan will not replace but complement existing policies and implementation plans at the regional and local levels.
Caltrans has launched the Plan website at www.cabikepedplan.org, where visitors may take an online survey and sign up for email updates about new project information and outreach activities. I encourage Cyclelicious readers to participate.