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Active Transportation Plan to Increase Santa Cruz Citywide Biking and Walking Opportunities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2017
Claire Fliesler, Transportation Planner I, (831) 420- 5107
Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166
SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz City Council has approved an Active Transportation Plan to increase non-motorized transportation opportunities and make it safer and more convenient for people to walk and bike throughout the City of Santa Cruz. The unanimous vote occurred at the Feb. 28 City Council meeting.
The plan coordinates previous plans and future projects to ensure development of a cohesive citywide active transportation system and helps to achieve General Plan and Climate Action Plan goals. It also helps position the City for future grant opportunities and funding for infrastructure improvements.
“The single new Active Transportation Plan will replace the City’s separate bicycle and pedestrian plans,” said City of Santa Cruz Transportation Manager Jim Burr. “This reflects the change in Caltrans transportation funding and enhances grant prospects as our system is now aligned with the state’s Active Transportation Program.”
The goal of the City’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP) is to create projects that serve all active transportation users ages 8 to 80. It allows the planning process to strategically consider the needs of all non-motorized users at the same time, while identifying a set of local improvements and implementation strategies that will encourage more people to walk and bicycle.
Examples of past projects that would fall under the new ATP include all Safe Routes to School projects, green bike lanes and the Arana Gulch Multi-Use Trail Project. As successful as the City’s traffic engineering division has been in achieving grant funding of $17,775,000 for transportation projects since 2011, the new ATP is expected to increase such grant awards.
The ATP was developed in 2015/2016 through a robust collaborative community-based process including extensive input from hundreds of individuals including a stakeholder group, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations and interested citizens.
For more information about the Active Transportation Plan, please visit www.cityofsantacruz.com/activetransportation.
Map of Active Transportation Plan elements
Completed green bicycle lanes are an example of projects that would fall under the new City of Santa Cruz Active Transportation Plan.
Completed Westlake Safe Routes-to-School intersection is an example of projects that would fall under the new City of Santa Cruz Active Transportation Plan.
Completed Arana Gulch multi-use trail is an example of projects that would fall under the new City of Santa Cruz Active Transportation Plan.