December 4, 2014 Leave a comment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org