Caltrans releases bicycle and pedestrian safety plan

Caltrans has released its first-ever bicycle and pedestrian plan to improve and organize “active transportation” methods in California.

The plan sets a goal of creating safe biking and walking conditions on California roads for people of all ages, abilities and incomes by 2040.

The agency also wants to double the amount of walking, triple bicycle use and double transit usage between 2010 and 2020.

Caltrans’ goals are closely tied to the state’s climate strategy with hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 – known as the gas tax – is financing Caltrans with $1 billion to carry out the project over the next ten years.

California residents can access the plan online at http://www.dot.ca.gov/activecalifornia/theplan.html