Active Transportation Network Provides Feedback to San Bernardino County

Thanks for attending the second meeting of the San Bernardino Active Transportation Network (“Network”). The meeting was a success and provided valuable insights to advocates, leaders and data collection efforts in the County. Some big picture thinking by participants:

If I had $1Million to change active transportation in San Bernardino County, I would….

.Invest into older established communities to increase walkability, bikeability and sustainability

..Put all streets on a diet

…Encourage every city to adopt a pedestrian/walking master plan

….Increase shade for bicyclists, pedestrians and public transit riders

…..Improve connection between the high desert and the western part of the county

The Network brought together community members, organizations, city and county staff, and businesses to provide feedback to the Community Vital Signs Initiative on active transportation. It also provided an opportunity for stakeholders to get a detailed update on the San Bernardino Associated Government’s (SANBAG’s) work on walking and bicycling plans, programs and projects. Steve Smith, SANBAG’s Director of Planning, discussed Measure I funds, County Transportation Plan (CTP) and Congestion Mitigation Program (CMP). Detailed meeting notes are here. Then, the gaps and strengths that active transportation stakeholders identified in the Community Vital Signs (CVS) Initiatives were noted and captured in these worksheets, linked to dropbox.

Meeting participants communicated through the CVS Initiative that safety and accessibility were the first and foremost part of creating sustainable communities. They wanted to see more interactions between existing indicators because it could tell a story about the region. For instance, it would be informative to link data on depression in teenagers with their physical active profile and analyze the impact of transportation accessibility, including proximity of homes and medical care facilities, on accessing healthcare. The data sets and metrics below were suggested to further inform the public and leaders about the inner connectivity of land use, transportation and built environment issues. Overall, the Network requested more attention be focused on establishing a clear picture of transportation behavior, patterns and gaps in the County. Also, an updated version of the Network’s County Active Transportation can be viewed here.

Suggested data and metrics (also see excel file with metrics):

  • Mode of transportation choice
  • Pedestrian Safety through SWITRS, TIMS, Police department data
  • Trail usage study
  • Transit Pass Usage study
  • Break out of walk, bicycle and transit trips by destination, such as to/from school, work and recreation
  • Transportation finance for county and local cities, such as % of local return used on bicycle and pedestrian projects
  • Park and open space survey
  • Sidewalk inventory for the county
  • Travel behaviors for the county through the 2009 Household Travel Survey CA Add-on and travel to school Add-on, American Community Survey (travel to/from work data only), Census (travel to/from work data only)
  • Complete Streets survey or map
  • Map and inventory of important destinations in the county, such as transit routes, employers, jobs, schools

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