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

Caltrans Awards Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants to Safe Routes to School Projects!

ct_logo_trans (1)Caltrans has announced the latest round of Sustainable Transportation Planning grants, and three Safe Routes to School projects in Southern California (two in Los Angeles County, one in San Bernardino County) are among the winners:

  • City of Compton: Safe Routes to School Plan: This planning project will develop a comprehensive Safe Routes to School Plan with the goal of providing a safe built environment and increasing the number of children that walk and ride their bicycle to school. The City in partnership with the California Center for Public Health Advocacy will work with the school district, individual schools and parents to identify barriers to walking and bicycling and will prepare a plan with detailed recommendations and supportive policies for physical changes to streets, sidewalks and intersections that will support safe and active transportation to all the schools within the City.
  • City of San Fernando: Safe Routes to School Plan: This planning project will produce an adopted and community supported “Safe Routes to School Plan” for the entire City of San Fernando. The project includes studies of safety hazards and concerns faced by school- age children going to and from school. Extensive outreach will involve meetings and sessions with school officials, parents, community committees, and city staffs. The goal will be to encourage more schools and families to send kids to school by walking or bicycling through their neighborhood schools. The final Plan will list and describe measures, routes, and call for physical improvements to be implemented in the near-term. 
  • Town of Apple Valley: Safe Routes to School Master Plan: This planning project will result in a prioritized Master Plan for improving the highest risk school routes, enabling more students to walk or ride a bike to school. Most streets in Apple Valley, including school routes, do not have sidewalks. The planning process will include: comprehensive evaluation of conditions ten kindergarten through eight grade schools, risk analyses, community workshops, and developing a Safe Routes to Schools Coalition. A qualified planning consultant will oversee the planning process in which the Town and School District will achieve a united vision for addressing the most serious risks and opportunities for improving school routes. 

There are also two other projects that highlight Safe Routes to School in their project description (also both in Southern California):

  • City of Fontana: Active Transportation Master Plan: This Active Transportation Plan (ATP) will provide a clear and comprehensive framework for new and safer connectivity of non-motorized transportation options throughout the City. The ATP Plan will identify recommended improvements to existing bicycle and pedestrian pathways; propose new bikeways, pedestrian walkways, and Safe Routes to School networks to close existing gaps; and, establish on-going maintenance programs for these nonmotorized pathways. The ATP Plan will become an important component of the City’s planning portfolio and it will be compliant with the Complete Streets Act, Assembly Bill 1358. Public participation will be integral. 
  • South LA: Active Streets Los Angeles: Pedestrian and Bicycle-friendly Streets for South Los Angeles: Active Streets Los Angeles (LA) is a comprehensive, community-based outreach process that empowers residents to create safe walking and bicycling routes to parks, schools and local businesses along their neighborhood streets. The sub-recipients, in partnership with the LA County Department of Transportation, will utilize the proven Active Streets LA process to solicit community input and develop concept plans for bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements consistent with the City’s 2010 Bicycle Plan and draft Mobility Plan 2035’s neighborhood network. The result will be a technically feasible and thoroughly vetted network of proposed safety improvements throughout targeted neighborhoods in South LA

Many other awards will go to communities to create walking and bicycling master plans, conduct surveys and data collection and study corridors for complete streets improvements. The full award list is available here.

As noted at Streetsblog, this grant program fills a gap in the current Active Transportation Program, which has a very small (3%) set-aside for planning funds, yet requires many jurisdictions to have an active transportation plan before seeking infrastructure funding.

The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program was created to support the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) current Mission:  Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability. More information is available on the Caltrans website.

Webinar Materials: The Ingredients to Successful Advocacy in Orange County: The San Clemente Story

San ClementeOn Monday, May 4, 2015, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Alliance for a Healthier Orange County presented a webinar on “The Ingredients to Successful Advocacy in Orange County: The San Clemente Story.” Slides from the presentation, as well as an audio/video recording, are available below:

Slides:

Introduction Slides and Basics of Advocacy

San Clemente Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Slides

Recording:

 

Additional Resources: Below are links to materials mentioned during the webinar

Fire Up Your Feet Spring Campaign Underway! Cash Awards Available for Your School!

FYFThe spring Fire Up Your Feet challenge has officially begun! There’s still time to register your school and win cash awards for participating between now and May 15, 2015.

If your school is already planning spring walk or bike events, now is the perfect time to participate in Fire Up Your Feet. Registering and tracking is easy and can take just 20 minutes of your time and could win your school anywhere from $200 to $1300. It’s not too late to start tracking, and we are here to help!

We’ve posted an easy how-to video online to get you started now, but if you want a personal walk through or have any questions on how you can start tracking physical activity today, please don’t hesitate to contact Sophia Mellow at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (sophia@fireupyourfeet.org).

To start tracking today, go to http://fireupyourfeet.org/.

Support Active Transportation at Plan Bay Area Workshops

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The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will begin a public discussion about the region’s future growth at a series of public open houses being held in all nine Bay Area counties beginning April 29 and continuing through May 28.

Attend these meetings to ensure that Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, and active transportation remain supported in the region!

When & Where:

Alameda County: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Alameda County Fairgrounds, Palm Pavilion, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton (Wheels will run extended bus service on route 53 between West Dublin/Pleasanton BART and the Fairgrounds. For transit directions, visit 511.org).

Contra Costa County: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek

San Mateo County: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, Event Pavilion, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo

Santa Clara County: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose

Napa County: Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Napa Elks Lodge, 2840 Soscol Avenue, Napa

Solano County: Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield (Arriving by transit? Call (510) 817-5757 in advance of the open house for information about a taxi ride home).

Sonoma County: Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa

San Francisco City & County: Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street, San Francisco

Marin County: Thursday, May 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., TBD (exact location to be determined).

Join Us For A Webinar on Active Transportation Advocacy in Orange County!

On Monday, May 4 from 2:00-3:00 pm PT, the Safe Routes to School Southern California Regional Network is hosting a webinar highlighting the active transportation work in the City of San Clemente in Orange County. Anyone encouraging active transportation as safe and viable modes of travel is encouraged to attend this unique opportunity to hear from a few of the best in Southern California. Registration details are below.

The Ingredients to Collaborative Advocacy in Orange County: The San Clemente Story

Monday, May 4, 2015
2:00-3:00 PM PDT

Register here!

Description:

Communities around the country are increasingly focusing on walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School as elected officials and practitioners shape the future of transportation policy. How should communities in car-centric Southern California build on that momentum?

In this webinar, representatives from the City of San Clemente will detail their collaborative relationships that lead to the APA-California’s Award of Merit for the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan/Mobility and Complete Streets Element.

You’ll hear from the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors Vice Chair/San Clemente City Councilmember, the city’s transportation engineering manager, Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Project Manager, and California’s 2014 American Planning Association Advocate of the Year. Tune in to hear how preparation, persistence, patience, and positive thinking propelled Orange County’s Spanish Village by the Sea to be a role model for success in building community partnerships that will lead to a multimodal future.

Anyone encouraging active transportation as safe and viable modes of travel is encouraged to attend this unique opportunity to hear from a few of the best in Southern California.

Speakers: 

  • Lori Donchak, San Clemente City Councilwoman/OCTA Vice Chair
  • Brenda Miller, 2014 American Planning Association California Advocate of the Year, founder of PEDal, Advocacy for Pedestrians and People Who Pedal
  • Tom Frank, San Clemente Transportation Engineering Manager
  • Cliff Jones, San Clemente Associate Planner and Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Project Manager

Moderated by Bill Sadler, Regional Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Register here!

Questions? Please contact Bill Sadler at bill@saferoutespartnership.org

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