Active Transportation Sign On Letter for OCTA’s Long Range Transportation Plan!

Sign On Letter: (Please Read our Comment Letter)

The Orange County Transportation Agency (OCTA) recently released Outlook 2035 which outlines $36.1 billion dollars in transportation investments for Orange county over the next 20 years. The 2009 National Household Travel Survey shows that approximately 16 percent  of all trips in Orange County are completed by walking and bicycling. In Orange County 37 percent of all traffic fatalities and 11 percent of all traffic injuries in 2011 were suffered by bicyclists and pedestrians. Outlook 2035 only allocates  1 percent of funding or $420 million of the total$36.1 billion to bicycle projects and does not provide any funding for pedestrian safety and Safe Routes to School projects.

Active transportation stakeholders in Orange County have developed and signed on to an Orange County Active Transportation Vision, which outlines the state of active transportation in Orange County and identifies opportunities to expand active transportation policies, programs and infrastructure. Using this vision as a lens for analyzing the Draft Outlook 2035 plan we would like to suggest the following opportunities to better integrate active transportation into Outlook 2035 and its Short-Term Action Plan.

  • SUGGESTION #1: We request that OCTA significantly increase funding for active transportation in the Outlook 2035 plan. This funding would be used to 1) fund local Safe Routes to School improvements, 2) expedite the construction of Regional Bikeways, 3) fund Complete Streets improvements focused on economic development and 4) support bicycle and pedestrian encouragement and education activities such as open street events and safety education campaigns.
  • SUGGESTION #2: We urge OCTA to integrate additional supportive language related to Complete Streets into Outlook 2035 to ensure that all roadway projects are designed to improve safety for all users and abilities.
  • SUGGESTION #3: OCTA should include additional performance metrics in Outlook 2035 related to safety by mode, minutes of physical activity achieved per day, chronic disease rates and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • SUGGESTION #4: OCTA should develop a Countywide Complete Streets Policy and a Countywide Safe Routes to School Strategy as next steps in the Short Term Action Plan outlined in Chapter 4. These two initiatives would ensure that active transportation improvements  and school travel are considered in the development of all future transportation projects in Orange County.

Opportunities for Input:

Written public comments are due by June 20th and can be sent to (kjimenez@octa.net). Below are the upcoming dates where OCTA staff will be presenting the LRTP to different agencies for their input. We strongly encourage advocates and community members to provide public comments at these meetings in support of additional funding and planning for Active Transportation.

Date/Time Audience Presenter Location
Tue 6/3/2014 8:00 AM ULI OC / IE Advisory Board Meeting Greg Nord / Tony Petros 16795 Von Karman, Ste. 100-Training Room, Irvine, CA
Thu 6/5/2014 10:00 AM SCAG Transportation Committee Charlie Larwood / Greg Nord SCAG
Wed 6/11/2014 10:00 AM Irvine Senior Council Joe Alcock / Greg Nord Lakeview Senior Center 20 Lake Rd, Irvine, CA 92604
Wed 7/16/2014 7:00 PM West District Anaheim Neighborhood Meeting Joe Alcock Brookhurst Community Center, 2271 W. Crescent Ave, Anaheim
Thur 7/17/2014 7:00 PM East District Anaheim Neighborhood Meeting Kelley Jimenez Rio Vista Elementary School, 310 N. Rio Vista Street, Anaheim
Wed 7/23/2014 7:00 PM Central District Anaheim Neighborhood Meeting Ellen Burton Downtown Anaheim Community Center 250 E. Center Street, Anaheim
Thur 7/24/2014 7:00 PM South District Anaheim Neighborhood Meeting Joe Alcock Paul Revere Elementary School, 140 W. Guinida Lane, Anaheim

 

 

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