About the Caltrans Active Transportation Plans
The state bicycle and pedestrian plan, Toward an Active California (2017), aims to achieve the following goals: safety, mobility, preservation, and equity. The statewide plan calls for the development of District-Level Active Transportation Plans to identify bicycle and pedestrian asset needs on, across, or parallel to the State Highway System (SHS), with a focus on “closing gaps and building complete, comfortable networks that consider the context” (Chapter 5, M1.1). In almost all cases, the multimodal networks will link SHS segments with segments of the local street system. The district plans will also have a focus on social equity reflected through engagement with underserved and disadvantaged communities.
The District-Level Active Transportation Plans are expected to ultimately lead to an increase in active transportation projects to support a shift in mode-share to active transportation trips. They are also intended to identify opportunities to re-connect communities where transportation facilities have historically created community barriers (Toward an Active California, Chapter 5, E2.1 and S1.1). The District-Level Active Transportation Plans will be data-driven, action-oriented, and project delivery-oriented. The identified bicycle and pedestrian needed improvements – “location-based needs” – will be documented so that they can be incorporated into system and corridor planning, project initiation documents, asset management, and project delivery.
For ten of the twelve districts, a complete active transportation plan fully addressing bicycle and pedestrian mobility will be developed. In District 3, a revised prioritized project list for the existing Complete Streets Plan will be developed; and in District 4, a District-level Pedestrian Plan to complement the existing Bicycle Plan will be developed.