Fresno County Issues Call for Regional ATP Projects

The Fresno Council of Governments (COG) has released its call for Regional Active Transportation Program (ATP) projects. 

The Fresno COG Regional ATP Call for Projects will begin on June 26, 2015 and close on August 7, 2015. The guidelines, application instructions, and full application are available here

ATP funds from the State of California provide an important funding source for active transportation and Safe Routes to School projects. Forty percent of ATP funds must be distributed to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) in urban areas with populations greater than 200,000. An estimated $3.9 million will be available in this second cycle for the Fresno COG Regional Competitive ATP.

ATP requirements include a process to ensure that no less than 25 % of overall program funds shall benefit disadvantaged communities.  Regional ATP funds must be selected through a competitive process by MPOs in accordance with the state California Transportation Commission (CTC) guidelines. Projects selected by MPOs may be in either large urban, small urban or rural areas.

As discussed on our resources pages, projects that address Safe Routes to School, work with public health departments and include outreach to community members and community-based organizations have an improved chance of success!

Action Alert SB 564 (Cannella): Safer Schools, Increased Safety Improvements in Disadvantaged Communities

Take Action to Increase Safety in School Zones and Provide Safety Improvements Statewide and in Disadvantaged Communities!

Send letters of support to the Assembly Transportation Committee Chair for Senate Bill 564, which would bring a $35 fine for vehicle code violations committed in school zones (giving children the same protections as construction workers) and direct the additional revenue to school zone improvement projects through the state Active Transportation Program.

You can also testify at the hearing on the bill in the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday, June 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol, Room 4202.

One-third of all school students in california walk or bicycle to school, which is more than twice the national average. For most of these children, active transportation to and from school enhances their physical and mental health and academic readiness. Rates of walking and bicycling to school are even higher than average in lower-income communities of color, but unfortunately, risks of fatalities or serious injuries to these students are also higher due to substandard or lack of adequate infrastructure. Safe routes to school infrastructure projects, safety education and encouragement programs as well as enhanced enforcement efforts have a proven track record in california for increasing safety and public health for students and families.

The fine increase proposed by SB 564 provides protections to children walking and bicycling in schools zones that is similar to increased fines in construction zones to protect highway workers; school children deserve the same safety considerations.

Disadvantaged communities and rural communities will benefit from dedicating the increased fine to school zone transportation safety projects and programs through the Active Transportation Program. A minimum of 25% of Active Transportation Funds are required to benefit disadvantaged and low income communities, and 10% is targeted to rural communities. This will ensure that revenue generated through effective enforcement in school zones is invested back into safety improvements around schools statewide.

Last year the Governor vetoed identical legislation out of concern that the fines have a disproportionate impact on low-income communities. Please emphasize the important role this bill can play in improving the safety and health of school children in disadvantaged communities. We will keep you updated on developments.

A sample letter of support IS BELOW.

Also contact the members of the Assembly Transportation Committee here.

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Sample letter for SB 564 in Assembly Transportation Committee

Date

The Honorable Jim Frazier, Chair
Assembly Transportation Committee
P.O. Box 942849
Room 3091
Sacramento, CA 94249-0011

Re: SUPPORT – SB 564 (Cannella): School Zone Fines

Dear Chairman Frazier:

We are writing to support Senate Bill 564, which would bring a $35 fine for vehicle code violations committed in school zones (giving children the same protections as construction workers) and direct the additional revenue to school zone improvement projects through the state Active Transportation Program.

One-third of all school students in california walk or bicycle to school, which is more than twice the national average. For most of these children, active transportation to and from school enhances their physical and mental health and academic readiness. Rates of walking and bicycling to school are even higher than average in lower-income communities of color, but unfortunately, risks of fatalities or serious injuries to these students are also higher due to substandard or lack of adequate infrastructure. Safe routes to school infrastructure projects, safety education and encouragement programs as well as enhanced enforcement efforts have a proven track record in california for increasing safety and public health for students and families.

The fine increase proposed by SB 564 provides protections to children walking and bicycling in schools zones that are similar to increased fines in construction zones to protect highway workers; school children deserve the same safety considerations.

Disadvantaged communities and rural communities will benefit from dedicating the increased fine to school zone transportation safety projects and programs through the Active Transportation Program. A minimum of 25% of Active Transportation Funds are required to benefit disadvantaged and low income communities, and 10% is targeted to rural communities. This will ensure that revenue generated through effective enforcement in school zones is invested back into safety improvements around schools statewide.

We respectfully urge you to support SB 564.

Sincerely,

Orange County Developing Complete Streets Plan, Hosting Workshops on June 16 and 17

logoThe Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG) is leading the development of an Orange County Complete Streets Initiative (OC CSI). The OC CSI is aimed at providing a phased enhancement of Orange County’s street system to accommodate growing multi-modal transportation needs as the county redevelops and invests in transit improvements, bikeway facilities, and mixed-use/transit oriented development. The primary goal of the OC CSI is to develop and implement enhanced street design policies, guidelines, processes and standards for a range of multi-modal transportation needs (including pedestrians, bicycles, transit, and automobiles) in a way that eases congestion, reduces pollution, promotes increased mobility choice, and boosts user safety. It will also provide a menu of policies that can be adopted by local jurisdictions into the Circulation Element of the General Plan to ensure compliance with California Assembly Bill 1358, also known as the California Complete Streets Act of 2008. The project is kicking off with public workshops in June and is expected to wrap up at the end of 2015.

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Complete Streets Workshops: June 16 and 17:

OCCOG will be hosting three public workshops on June 16-17 to gather input from the community on complete streets and active transportation in general. The dates and locations are as follows (no registration is required).

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 5:30-7:00 pm
City of Buena Park
Community Center Main Ball Room
6688 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90621

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 12:30-2:00 pm
Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)
Conference Room 103/104
600 S. Main Street
Orange, CA 92868

Wednesday, June 17, 5:30-7:00 pm
City of Mission Viejo
Saddleback Room
200 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

See this flyer for additional information on the workshops

If you are not able to participate in the workshops, you can provide written comments by July 1, 2015.  Your comments can be made through the OCCOG website or mailed to:

Ref: Complete Streets
OCCOG,
P.O. Box 14184
Orange, CA 92863

For the latest updates on the Complete Streets Initiative, check out OCCOG’s complete streets website at http://occog.com/complete-streets/.

SCAG Hosting Active Transportation Safety and Encouragement Campaign Workshop on June 8

unnamedAs mentioned in a previous post, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is developing an Active Transportation Safety and Encouragement Campaign and has put out a call for demonstration projects that includes Safe Routes to School activities. On Monday, June 8 from 1:00-3:00pm, SCAG will be hosting a workshop to gather stakeholder input on the media component of the regional Safety and Encouragement Campaign. The workshop will outline the overall campaign timeline and provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on Campaign goals and messaging.

Registration is encouraged and is available here.

The workshop will take place at SCAG’s downtown LA offices, with a conference call option and videoconference options in the following locations:

Imperial County Regional Office
1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, CA 92243

Orange County Regional Office
OCTA Building
600 S. Main Street, Suite 906, Orange, CA 92868

Riverside County Regional Office
3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501

San Bernardino County Regional Office
1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410

Ventura County Regional Office
950 County Square Drive, Suite 101,Ventura, CA 93003

City of Palmdale
38250 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, CA 93550

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • SCAG’s Active Transportation Program and Campaign Overview
  • Open Streets & Temporary Events Call for Proposals
  • High Level Campaign Overview
  • Needs Assessment Review
  • Landscape Review
  • Next Steps

Register here!

New Funding Source for Active Transportation in Southern California!

logoThe Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) has announced a new round of funding for clean transportation projects, and for the first time, active transportation is an eligible category! The Call for Projects opens June 2 and funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, though applications will be received through September 4, 2015. Eligible applicants include local jurisdictions in Orange County and the urban areas of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties (those within the South Coast Air Quality Management District). More details on the funding program and application materials are available here.

About the MSRC Clean Transportation Funding Program

As part of the 2015 Local Government Match Program, the Mobile Source Air Pollution Review Committee has announced the Clean Transportation Funding™ program. The funding ($13m) is available to cities and counties within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The Program expands the focus on Active Transportation to include projects such as pedestrian access projects, bicycle infrastructure (bike lanes, sharrows, parking, etc), bicycle purchases, bike share programs and outreach & education projectsJune 2, 2015 is the earliest date for application electronic submission. September 4, 2015 (11:59pm) is the last date and time electronic applications will be accepted.  The program has been extremely competitive in past years.  It is highly recommended to submit your project on the first day if possible. For more program details, visit http://www.cleantransportationfunding.org/rfp/view/2015-local-government-match-program.

ATP Platform Update: Governor’s May revised budget ignores Active Transportation Program

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On May 14 (Bike to Work Day in LA and the Bay Area), the Governor released his “May revise” budget proposal, and despite over $1 billion in new available revenues, we were disappointed that the Active Transportation Program (ATP) did not see an increase in funding. Earlier this spring, 120 organizations statewide called for an additional $100 million to build out bicycling and walking networks statewide, and high demand for the program at the local level far outpaced available funding in the first grant cycle. A hallmark of Caltrans sustainability efforts, the ATP is California’s statewide competitive grant program dedicated to increasing walking and bicycling, especially in underserved communities.

The May revise includes an expenditure plan for $2.2 billion in Cap-and-Trade revenue from auction proceeds–more than twice the amount in the January budget proposal–which is the most likely source of new ATP dollars. However, most of the Cap-and-Trade revenue is slated to boost funding to the same set of programs in the January expenditure plan, with a small portion directed to a few new programs related to drought management, energy efficiency, and healthy soils. Read more of this post

MTC Proposes Changes to Safe Routes to School Funding and Complete Streets Policy

MTC has proposed changes to their Safe Routes to School funding structure and Complete Streets requirement. The changes are part of a proposed One Bay Area Grant Cycle 2.

Safe Routes to School funding will remain at a regional total of $5 million a year for the 5 year cycle of OBAG2. This is the same amount as the prior SRTS cycles of $5 million each year. This amounts then to $25 million total.

Whereas in prior years SRTS money was doled out based on school population, MTC proposes to align the funding with the rest of the OBAG 2 funding, meaning the distribution is related to population and housing formulas. The chart below shows how the funding will change from the current cycle to the next:

County SRTS funding current cycle: % of $5 million per year What that comes to in dollars last cycle per year SRTS under new formula: % of $5 million per year What that will be in dollars, next cycle per year
Alameda 21% $1.05 million 20.8% $1.04 million
Contra Costa 16% $0.8 million 13.1% $0.66 million
Marin 3% $0.15 million 2.5% $0.13 million
Napa 2% $0.1 million 1.4% $0.07 million
San Francisco 7% $0.35 million 14.4% $0.72 Million
San Mateo 10% $0.5 million 8.6% $0.43 Million
Santa Clara 27% $1.35 million 28.7% $1.44 Million
Solano 6% $0.3 million 4.6% $0.23 Million
Sonoma 7% $0.35 million 5.9% $0.30 Million
100% $5  million  100% $5 million

Complete Streets policy change: Instead of requiring every jurisdiction to update their General Plan circulation element, MTC proposes requiring jurisdictions to pass their model policy resolution with its minimum criteria, or certify that the General Plan currently meets the Complete Streets Act criteria. What’s different from last cycle is that a jurisdiction can’t self-certify a General Plan if it hasn’t been updated since 2010. Jurisdictions with older circulation elements will either need to update them or pass the MTC resolution.

These changes will be discussed at workshops and committees through the year with the final vote at the MTC Commission meeting in November.

SCAG Issues Call for Proposals for Active Transportation Demonstration Projects!

scag50logoAs part of The Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Active Transportation Safety and Encouragement Campaign, SCAG is offering an opportunity for communities to host events that inspire more people to walk and bike through education, encouragement and a “sneakers-on” experience. For one day or up to one month during May (Bike Month) 2016, SCAG will support local communities in transforming streets through temporary improvements (or pop-ups), street “festivals” and other fun activities that increase awareness of active transportation and complete street concepts.

The event should focus on the following goals:

  • Provide opportunities where residents can experience walking and biking in a safe, low-stress and festive environment,
  • Engage communities and building support for the development and/or implementation of bike and pedestrian infrastructure and/or plans,
  • Educate participants on the benefits and strategies for incorporating active transportation into daily activities and
  • Generate media coverage through social and traditional media outlets to educate the broader community on the benefits of active transportation.
  • OPEN STREET EVENTS

Safe Routes to School projects are one of the eligible activities. Events would occur within walking or bicycling distance of a school at a busy intersection or along a corridor that is in need of improvements and would highlight infrastructure improvements that could be made to the corridor for students walking and bicycling to and from school.

Applications are due June 30. More information on how to apply is available here.

Upcoming Workshop: Improving Bicycling in Orange County Foothills

OC_foothills_logo_FINAL_webThe Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG) are coordinating with local agencies, community members and bicyclists on how connectivity for bicycling can be improved in the OC Foothills, including the cities of Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park and Yorba Linda. As part of the planning efforts, OCTA is hosting a community Roundtable Discussion on June 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to gather input on the proposed regional bikeways network and how projects should be prioritized.  For additional information, please see the attached flyer and please RSVP for the meeting at www.surveymonkey.com/s/8LWKKS8.

Invite your friends and colleagues by sharing a link through your social media network! www.octa.net/bikeways

For more information, see this flyer.

SCAG to host regional tour of RTP/SCS

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is developing a long-range vision for Southern California for 2016. SCAG is requesting input on concerns and priorities on various issues including to traffic congestion, housing, air quality, green & open spaces and public health. SCAG is touring the region with several sites with the Inland Empire, Orange and Los Angeles County.

The Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) is a long-range visioning plan that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals.

For more information on each site, please visit their meetings page.Below is a list of sites:

Imperial County

When : Tuesday, May 26, 2015; 03:00 PM-05:00 PM

Where : Imperial County Workforce Development Board Room, 2799 S. 4th St., El Centro, CA 92243

Palm Desert

When : Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Where : Palm Desert Public Library, Community Room, 73-300 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92260

Coachella

Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 05:00 PM-07:00 PM

Where : City of Coachella, Coachella Corporate Yard, 53-462 Enterprise Way, Coachella, CA 92236

Perris

When : Thursday, May 28, 2015; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Where : City of Perris, Council Chambers, 101 N. D St., Perris, CA 92570

Ontario

When : Thursday, May 28, 2015; 05:30 PM-07:30 PM

Where : Ontario Senior Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 225 E. “B” St., Ontario, CA 91764

Victorville

When : Tuesday, Jun 02, 2015; 09:30 AM-11:30 AM

Where : Victorville City Hall, Training Room 1 & 2, 14343 Civic Dr., Victorville, CA 92393

Riverside

When : Tuesday, Jun 02, 2015; 04:30 PM-06:30 PM

Where : Downtown Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

San Bernardino

When : Wednesday, Jun 03, 2015; 08:30 AM-10:30 AM

Where : SANBAG Santa Fe Depot, Tile Room, 1170 W. 3rd St., San Bernardino, CA 92410

Culver City

When : Monday, Jun 15, 2015; 09:00 AM-11:00 AM

Where : City of Culver City, Patacchia Conference Room – First Fl., 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Calabasas

When : Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015; 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Where : Calabasas City Hall, Multi-Purpose Room (Library), 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302

Moorpark

When : Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015; 05:00 PM-07:00 PM

Where : City of Moorpark, Community Center – Citrus Room, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark, CA 93021

Camarillo

When : Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015; 01:00 PM-03:00 PM

Where : Camarillo Airport, Assembly Room, 555 Airport Way, Suite B, Camarillo, CA 93010

Aliso Viejo

When : Thursday, Jun 18, 2015; 06:00 PM-08:00 PM

Where : Aliso Viejo City Council Chambers, 12 Journey, Suite 100, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Santa Clarita

When : Monday, Jun 22, 2015; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Where : Canyon Rooms at the Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Fullerton

When : Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015; 05:00 PM-07:00 PM

Where : CSU, Fullerton – Mihaylo Hall, O’Brien Conference Room, 2601 Nutwood Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831

Type : Open House

Carson

When : Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015; 09:00 AM-11:00 AM

Where : Carson Community Center, 801 East Carson St., Carson, CA 90745

Orange

When : Thursday, Jun 25, 2015; 12:00 PM-02:00 PM

Where : OCTA Building, Room 103/104, 600 S. Main St., Orange, CA 92863

Paramount

When : Thursday, Jun 25, 2015; 06:00 PM-08:00 PM

Where : Gateway Cities COG Office, 16401 Paramount Blvd., Paramount, CA 90723

Monrovia

When : Monday, Jun 29, 2015; 09:00 AM-11:00 AM

Where : Monrovia Community Center – Senior Game Room, 119 W. Palm Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016

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