Caltrans has set a target to triple bicycling by 2020, but in order to make that happen, they need your help!
The Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Plan, which is currently being created, will guide California’s decision makers in developing bicycle projects and programs. With over 2200 miles of road under their management, Caltrans is relying on local feedback to let them know what residents feel is and isn’t working and what improvements they’d like to see.
Completing the Bike Plan survey will assist Caltrans with their mission to build bicycle facilities that are safe, comfortable and convenient. These expanded and upgraded facilities will:
- Improve public health and promote active lifestyles
- Create connections that allow people to bike to work, school, or transit, and
- Reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions
Caltrans want to hear from as many residents as possible, so please take the survey and help spread the word! For more information on the District 4 Bicycle Plan, visit the project website.
Do you ride your bike to catch the BART as part of your commute? Are there improvements that BART could make at stations to better accommodate and encourage bicycling?
If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these you may want to take a look at BART’s new draft bicycle plan. Currently approximately 4% of passengers arrive at BART by bicycle, and BART would like to see that figure jump to 8% by the year 2022– a significant portion when considering bicycling makes up about 1% of travel nationally and currently hovers around 3.5% of trips in bicycle friendly San Francisco.
BART Bicycle Parking. Photo Credit: Victoria Shephard
BART’s current bicycle plan draft marks an update from an earlier plan adopted in 2002 with the stated purpose twofold:
To outline the specific strategies needed to persuade ever greater numbers of passengers to bike to and park at BART stations.
To create a Bicycle Investment Tool that BART staff and other transit agencies can use to select the improvements that will result in the largest increases in bicycle access trips.
To ensure BART’s bicycle plan be the best it can be, the agency will require input from those that currently bike to BART or would like to do so– you! Be sure to download the draft bicycle plan and to learn more about bikes and BART. If you have comments and suggestions related to the draft Bike Plan, they can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 27th, 2012.
The 2009 Contra Costa Countywide Bike and Pedestrian plan is now available for review on the CCTA website.
There are three community workshops scheduled to discuss the proposed bike plan. Two of the workshops will be held this week on Monday and Thursday. The third and final workshop will be held Monday June 29th.
The workshops are scheduled at three locations:
- San Pablo: 7 p.m. Monday, Maple Hall, 13831 San Pablo Ave.
- Antioch: 7 p.m. Thursday, Tri-Delta Transit board room, 801 Wilbur Ave.
- Pleasant Hill: 7 p.m. June 29, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Hookston Square, 3478 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 100.
More information available on the Contra Costa Times website, and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Website.