Safety, Equity, Public Health and Meaningful Public Engagement

Regional Transportation Plan: A call for safer streets for everyone, and for interested stakeholders to weigh in

This afternoon, on behalf of over 100 organizations and individuals we formally submitted our Southern California Safe Routes to School 2012 RTP Platform to SCAG leadership and the Technical Adivsory Committee overseeing the RTP.  See our formal comment letter and all growing list of organizations and individuals who support increase planning and investments for active transportation.  We are still seeking endorsements – please consider endorsing the platform today.

Key Asks in our comment letter:

  1. Public Engagement on the development of the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan
  2. Allocating agency resources to ensure meaningful engagement and analysis of active Transportation Regional Strategies in the 2012 RTP (12 percent of all current trips)
  3. Performance measures addressing public health, safety and equity

The last Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), adopted in 2008, was an over $530 Billion dollar plan that unfortunately allocated less than 0.5 percent of all funding toward supporting walking and bicycling projects[1]  even though 12 percent of all trips in the SCAG region are done via walking and/or bicycling[2] and tragically, 25 percent of all roadway injuries and fatalities in the region are pedestrian and bicyclists [3].

We are not the only group asking SCAG to address active transportation, public health, equity and engage in meaningful public participation in the development of the 2012 RTP. A statewide group of public health advocates, in which we participate, has developed a set of performance metrics for use in the RTP/SCS processes across the state in order to infuse a robust health and equity perspective, which have not been fully considered in land use and transportation planning in the past. Take a look at the comment letter and more on the metrics’ detailed methodology. Move LA and the American Lung Association are calling for changes in the development of the 2012 RTP as well:

“Over the next year, SCAG will develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy as part of the Regional Transportation Plan. If done right, it can help address the needs of the workers, residents, and businesses in the cities and towns throughout Southern California. It can make Southern California a better and healthier place to live. As SCAG maps out its first Sustainable Communities Strategy, it should measure how well that strategy meets the following goals, and share the results with key decision makers, local governments and other stakeholders.”

It’s exciting to see widespread encouragement for improved planning, policies, investments and public input. As SCAG develops its performance measures this summer, organizations and individuals across the state are now showing tremendous support and coordination in asking SCAG to look beyond speed and congestion as the primary indicators of measuring the effectiveness of the 2012 SCAG RTP.  Join us in our efforts!

[1] 2008 SCAG RTP, Non-Motorized Supplemental Report
[2] 2001 SCAG Regional Household Travel Survey
[3] 2008 SWITRS Data

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