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

Update from the San Bernardino Active Transportation Network’s Latest Meeting

The San Bernardino County Active Transportation Network met last week at the San Bernardino Association of Governments, making this the fifth meeting since the Network was created. The Network was started as an information-sharing hub to discuss how to increase Active Transportation funding opportunities with the Inland Empire and is made up of city, county, state and transportation commission representatives as well as community advocates. With 35 attendees last week, the conversation focused on both the successes and challenges with the Active Transportation Project (ATP) grant process. Several jurisdictions commented on their experience in applying for ATP funding and shared their views for future opportunities. Among the success stories, the City of Ontario was one of the top scoring regions within the Inland Empire.

The City of Ontario’s ATP application was successful due in part to the collaboration of engineering department, who has access to data around sidewalk deficiencies and counts of disadvantaged communities. They also utilized data from Free and Reduced Lunch School district data and CalEnviro screen web tool. Kaiser Permanente’s HEAL grant was used to train leaders to do community outreach, engagement, evaluate pedestrian conditions and conduct bike workshops. California Conservation Corps was also involved.

The ATP Cycle 2 grant application process is just around the corner, and Inland Empire jurisdictions and advocates are coming together now to prepare.  The biggest challenges are around resource development, access to data and staff capacity. Collaborating with partners and identifying innovative opportunities to conduct walk audits of safety infrastructure is one way to address challenges. Many of the jurisdictions within the Inland Empire can be defined as disadvantaged communities, and identifying safety infrastructure needs before the next ATP Cycle 2 deadline will be a key to strengthening the region’s chances for increased ATP funding. For more information about the San Bernardino County Active Transportation Network, please email

August Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative Meeting Recap

8.28.14_LAC_ATC_mtg_2On Thursday August 28th,  Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative partners came together to review Metro’s Draft Complete Streets Policy.  Metro is looking for comments on the draft plan from stakeholders by September 18th (email them to  Then Metro board members will review the policy at the October Ad hoc sustainability meeting and Planning and Programming meeting and consider approval for adoption.

See our 8/28/14 meeting materials, which include a power point presentation that breaks down the draft policy as well as a Report Card we developed to measure the success of Metro’s Draft policy based on our January 2014 recommendations.  Overall, the plan has some strong components but we scored it a B- due to needed improvements in:

  • how the policy will address new and retrofitting projects
  • exceptions policy
  • lack of performance measures with measurable outcomes
  • and more – see our full report card here.

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Save the Date: Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative – August 28th Meeting

8.28.14Please save the Date!

Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative

  • Thursday August 28th 4:00 – 5:30pm
  • Hub LA 830 Traction Ave, 2nd Floor, LA 90013
  • Agenda

RSVP – click here. 

Please RSVP today to join us on Thursday August 28th at 4pm at our meeting space at HubLA for a strategy meeting among Los Angeles County partners to chart a pathway forward to strengthen and ensure adoption of Metro’s draft Complete Streets policy by October.
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Metro’s Approach to Active Transportation Doesn’t Add up

isabelle.june.2014Join us! July 16th, 2:15 PM, Metro Board Room: Planning and Programming Committee considering $88B plan with only 0.6% for walk/bike

Why should #MetroFundWalkBike? Tweet us your reasons!

Over 60 organizations submitted comments last month to Metro about the Short Range Transportation Plan’s (SRTP) lack of active transportation funding. Recently released, Metro’s staff report responds to these concerns by dismissing the value of walking and bicycling as “regionally significant” modes of transportation and continuing to discount the importance of non-commute trips. In a county where half of all trips are less than three miles and over 90 percent of Metro customers access transit by walking or biking, Metro’s reluctance to plan for and invest in active transportation stands in the way of our region meeting its mobility, environmental and public health goals.

In Metro’s view, walking and biking are the purview of cities, not a regional transportation priority. As a result, Metro has a fragmented approach to walking and biking that does not ensure that all of the parts add up to a region that is in fact multimodal, safe and serves the needs of all travelers and all trips. The draft SRTP is simply a reflection of this fragmented approach and underscores the need for a strategic approach for active transportation. As Metro prepares for a possible new transportation sales tax in 2016, now is a critical time to reevaluate the region’s policy vision and investment strategy to support a transportation system that works for all. Read more of this post

LA2050 grant opportunity – Los Angeles County is the healthiest place to live

la2050 Earlier this month the LA2050 initiative announced its call for projects to for the My LA2050 Grants Challenge of $1M to build the LA2050 of our dreams! Applications are due 7/31 for ideas, projects, efforts that can help the Los Angeles Region become a even better place to learn, create, play, connect and live.

We are working with partners to develop an application to the LA 2050 LIVE category for a regional story telling campaign on mobility in Los Angeles County.  We invite partners to join us at our next working group meeting on Monday July 14th at HubLA from 6 – 7:30pm.  Kindly RSVP to jessica@saferoutespartnership – all are welcome and invited.  Please help us spread the word as we develop this idea!

$300 Million Requested for Safe Routes to School

ATP Log Cover ImageWe’ve received the final log of applications from the California Transportation Commission showing 771 applications. Total funds requested is just over 1 billionApplicants should verify that their information – especially funding amount – is correct.

The spreadsheet is available in PDF or Excel.

Preliminary numbers indicate that Safe Routes to School and Disadvantaged Community amounts are much higher than expected. 360 of 771 applications were for Safe Routes to School. Of those 360, 107 are non-infrastructure.  Safe Routes to School funding requests total 300 million dollars. Additionally, 465 of the 771 applications indicate that they’re benefiting a disadvantaged community. Disadvantaged community funding requests total 600 million dollars.

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Finally, make note in your calendars that August 8 is the tentative date the CTC will announce their recommendations. David Giongco from the CTC writes in his blog “…CTC Staff will prepare a programming recommendation for tentative posting on August 8 for presentation to Commissioners at the August 20 meeting.”

Now Hiring: Southern California Regional Policy Manager

SR2S_NP_vert_rgbThe Safe Routes to School National Partnership is looking for a Regional Policy Manager in Southern California.

The Southern California Regional Policy Manager maintains the regional network in Southern California (including the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura and also, San Diego County). The goal is to increase funding and improve policies that result in more infrastructure and programs to support safe walking and bicycling for children and families, especially in lower-income communities. This position is responsible for interacting with Southern California metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) including the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) as well as with the six County Transportation Commissions (CTCs) within the SCAG region. This position will be primarily focused on policy work in San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange Counties. The ideal applicant will be based locally and be willing to travel between these regions. The Regional Policy Manager will also provide Safe Routes to School program and policy technical assistance. Required qualifications for these positions include: a bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred); knowledge of Safe Routes to School, transportation and/or public health issues; a minimum of two years proven success in a policy, campaign or advocacy position;; experience with network/coalition building; and exceptional communication skills including strong public speaking skills. Details on job responsibilities and qualifications are available here.

Applications are due by Thursday, July 10 at 5:00 pm PDT.

San Diego County: City of Vista to do Intergenerational Safe Routes to School program

vistaWe love the idea of Safe Routes to School and Safe Routes for Senior efforts coming together.  Check out the Request for Proposals (and worksheet) recently posted by the City of Isla Vista to launch this program.  If interested,  deadline for the the RFP is July 11.

National Partnership New Opportunities – Good luck Pauline and Rye!


We are celebrating a number of new opportunities for our Southern California Team this past month. Recently, Rye Baerg accepted an active transportation related position at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and transitions to his new role next week.  Last month, Pauline Chow accepted a new position at Civic Resource Group, a technology consulting firm for local governments and agencies.

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