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

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!


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.


  • 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

ATP Benefit/Cost Tool Training Webinar 4/20

ct_logo_trans (1)For Cycle 2 of the Active Transportation Program, Caltrans Economic Analysis Branch has developed a Benefit/Cost (B/C) Tool to assist applicants in answering question #6 in the ATP application related to cost-effectiveness of the proposed project. Many applicants struggled to answer this question in Cycle 1, so we are hopeful that the new B/C Tool will make it at least a little bit easier.

Since the B/C Tool is brand new, staff from the Caltrans Economic Analysis Branch that developed the tool will discuss and demonstrate the usage of the B/C tool for the ATP Cycle 2 application via webinar later this month.

Webinar Access details:

Monday, April 20, 2015 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Please Note: the visual portion of the webinar is limited to the first 100 participants that log in on the morning of 4/20 while the audio portion is limited to first 700 participants that call in. Participants will be in “listen only” when they first call-in. Questions will be taken at the end of the presentation. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the Economic Analysis Branch’s website. For access questions, please contact Ryan Ong at (916) 651-6887 or via email at

Visual portion log-in steps:

  1. Go to
  2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
  3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: ATPDemo0420!
  4. Click “Join”.
  5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Audio call-in steps:

  1. Call 1-888-469-3150
  2. Enter the following participant access code: 5672610

Santa Clara County Safe Routes to School (SRTS) community workshop!

Seeking Solutions to Advance Walking and Biking at Your School!

Join the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and national and local experts at a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) community workshop:

Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:00am – 12:30pm.

Sobrato Center for Nonprofits 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 (Cupertino A & B Conference Room).

RSVP by Thursday, April 9 to Kevin Chieng at or (408) 793-3190.

Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Weber, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

During this workshop you will:

• Learn more about how to effectively create lasting Safe Routes to School programs

• Hear from city, school district, bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee, and engineering representatives

• Discover how law enforcement can take an active role in Safe Routes to School

See you there!



ATP volunteer application reviewers needed

CTC_logoThe California Transportation Commission (CTC) is recruiting volunteers for the application review committee for the Active Transportation Program Cycle 2. Details from the CTC are below:

We anticipate receiving a large number of applications as was the case in Cycle 1.  Therefore we’re looking for a large group of volunteer application evaluators.  Thank you to all the people who have already volunteered – we have about 35 volunteers already signed up.  However we need more people willing to volunteer their time and expertise to help us determine the best projects to fund in the 2015 cycle.

If you are interested in evaluating ATP applications, please send Laurie Waters ( an email with all your contact information by April 15.

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Join us for upcoming advocacy events in Sacramento!

Support our campaign to increase Active Transportation Program funding and key legislation that will benefit Safe Routes to School, walking, and bicycling at two exciting events in Sacramento!  This is a key year to advance active transportation with lots of attention on transportation issues and climate change – policymakers need to hear from you about the needs in your community. We invite you to join Safe Routes to School National Partnership staff and our partners for these advocacy opportunities:

TC summitCalifornia Transportation Choices Summit 2015: Year of Action!

April 27-28, Embassy Suites, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento

Connect and strategize with hundreds of activists, agency officials, transit riders, and Californians who walk, bicycle, and care about our environment at TransForm’s annual Transportation Choices Summit. This year’s sessions feature leaders who are pioneering safe bicycling initiatives, Los Angeles’ Subway to the Sea, San Francisco’s Vision Zero policy, smart growth in San Diego, high speed rail, and much more. TransForm is also going to unveil some great new tools to help you advocate for climate protection and sustainability.

Plan to attend the panel on increasing funding for the Active Transportation Program – Safe Routes to School National Partnership staff are co-presenting with our partners at the California Bicycle Coalition, California Walks, PolicyLink, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Stick around on April 28 for the optional Advocacy Day in the Capitol.

Help us make California a healthier and safer place to live and get around. Register now!

ENACT flyerENACT Day 2015

May 6, Sacramento Masonic Temple, 1123 J Street, Sacramento

The annual ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day brings community members and advocates from all over California together in Sacramento to learn about and support state policies promoting nutrition and physical activity. Safe Routes to School bills have consistently been high priorities at ENACT Day – join us to support critical policies that will improve conditions for students walking and bicycling to school across California!

Click here to watch of video of ENACT Day 2014 participants in action!

ENACT Day is FREE, and lunch will be provided. A limited number of travel scholarships are available. We encourage you to register early to help us determine the potential need for travel assistance. If you would like to apply for a travel scholarship, you must register by April 8th, and indicate your interest on the registration form. We will contact you with details.

Register now!  Registration closes April 24th.

ATP Resources Updated

2015 ATP Simple Banner If you’re working on an Active Transportation Program grant application and are looking for resources take a minute to check out our ATP Online Guide which includes an updated 4-page toolkit, and video and slides from our 2015 Preparing for Cycle II webinar.

There are still Caltrans workshops scheduled throughout April. This cycle they are hosting two series of workshops:

How to Apply for ATP Cycle 2 assists applicants on how to apply for and complete the ATP Cycle 2 Application. See the schedule.

Support for Smaller Agencies and Disadvantaged Communities: Developing Effective Active Transportation Projects and Programs provides technical assistance to smaller agencies and disadvantaged communities to support development of impactful active transportation plans, programs and projects that can successfully compete for ATP funding. The focus will be on the elements that make for a high quality bicycle or pedestrian plan, project, or program (this workshop will not cover the ATP application process or guidelines).

The workshop is a free, full-day (8-hour) training, and will be delivered once in each of the 12 Caltrans districts, beginning in late March through early May of this year. See the schedule and registration information.

Two school zone safety bills need your support!

IMG_3381Senate Bills 564 and 632 make up a package of school zone safety bills authored by Senator Anthony Cannella (Merced) this year, who continues to be a strong champion for Safe Routes to School.

Both bills need your support to pass the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Apr 14!

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SACOG offers ATP Cycle 2 Workshop for Sacramento area applicants Apr 9

SACOGMetroAreaMapJoin Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) staff to learn how to use regional and state tools to gather information supporting your application for the Active Transportation Program Cycle 2.  SACOG’s workshop will focus on data sources to support your project’s claims of increasing trips accomplished by biking and walking, increasing the safety and mobility of non-motorized users, and geographically demonstrating a benefit to a disadvantaged community.

SACOG Workshop for State ATP Application Development: Using regional and state tools to maximize your Cycle 2 State ATP score

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 10 A.M. – Noon

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SCAG Update: 2016 Regional Transportation Plan & Sustainable Communities Strategy Underway!

scag50logoIt seems like just yesterday that regions across California were creating their first Sustainable Communities Strategies (2012 to be exact), but here we are several years later, and many are preparing to update them. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is well underway with the 2016 update to their Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and SCS, and this post summarizes the latest developments.

About the Sustainable Communities Strategy

The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (Senate Bill 375 for short), requires MPOs to prepare a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) as part of their long-range Regional Transportation Plans (RTP). The goal of the SCS is to integrate land use, housing and transportation strategies into one overall plan in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to target levels set by the California Air Resources Board (ARB). For the SCAG region, these targets are a 8% reduction in GHG emissions by 2020, and a 13% reduction by 2035. These targets will stay the same with the 2016 update. More information about the purpose of the SCS can be found here. SCAG adopted its first SCS in 2012 and it can be found here. SCAG updates its RTP every four years, so the SCS is being updated as part of this process over the next year.

Draft Scenario Planning MatrixR2-page-001Scenario Planning

The 2016 RTP/SCS is currently in the scenario planning phase. Staff released the draft scenario planning matrix at the February Technical Working Group meeting. The matrix contains four scenarios: (1) a no build/baseline; (2) the 2012 plan with an updated growth forecast; (3) a Policy A that updates the 2012 plan with greater consideration for active transportation, public health, environmental justice (EJ), technology and millennials; and (4) a Policy B that “pushes the envelope” with a comprehensive “short trip” strategy that maximizes GHG, air quality, livability, public health, EJ and affordability benefits. Policy B also assumes profound technology effects. The scenarios include eight (8) data inputs, including active transportation. There are also eight (8) policy drivers/performance metrics, including equity, public health and environmental justice. A larger version of the matrix is available here. The RTP/SCS is fiscally constrained, meaning all projects must be fully funded in order to be included. Thus, the second or third scenarios are the most likely to be the final scenario included in the RTP/SCS, even if the fourth (Policy B) would go the furthest in achieving the target GHG reductions. Read more of this post


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