The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently released a new policy for all new transportation projects it funds or oversees.
This policy, which Caltrans calls a “complete streets” policy, will expand the availability of sustainable transportation options to help meet the state’s climate, health and equity goals with the goal of providing safe and accessible options for people who walk, cycle and use public transportation.
The agency is committed to removing administrative barriers. It is also committed to partnering with communities and local agencies to ensure that more projects improve accessibility to destinations and connectivity to pedestrian, cycling and transit facilities.
Projects must receive Caltrans approval before complete street elements can be excluded.
“California needs to reduce its dependence on driving without sacrificing mobility and accessibility,” said Caltrans director Toks Omishakin. “As Caltrans and local transportation agencies prepare for the influx of new federal funding for infrastructure, it is important that we provide safe, convenient, sustainable and accessible alternatives to driving to meet our climate goals while serving all Californians fairly. ”
According to Caltrans, Complete Streets provide mobility for people of all ages and abilities. This is especially true for cyclists, pedestrians, people using public transport and people using mobility aids.
In addition, complete streets offer benefits, including improved safety.