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Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/20/2014 01:52 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/20/2014 06:31 PM
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Caltrans Promotes Biking & Walking Projects

SACRAMENTO, CA ...Caltrans is asking cities and counties throughout California to submit applications for projects that promote biking and walking that will vie for a share of $360 million in federal and state funding from the state’s new Active Transportation Program – the nation’s largest. “Today’s transportation system is about more than just highways,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Active transportation projects are a good investment and will help achieve mobility, safety, and greenhouse gas reduction goals for California.” The program will receive about $120 million annually, so the $360 million figure announced today represents three-years of funding. Last year, Governor Brown signed legislation (Senate Bill 99, Chapter 359 and Assembly Bill 101, Chapter 354) creating the ATP, which distributes funding for human-powered transportation projects and programs. The new program replaces a patchwork of small grant programs with a comprehensive program that is more efficient. Another benefit is that funds can be directed to multi-year projects to make greater long-term improvements to active transportation.


Local and regional transportation agencies have until May 21 to submit their project applications to Caltrans. Complete information can be found on Caltrans’ website. The California Transportation Commission (CTC) and Caltrans will review the projects based on established guidelines and selection criteria, and the CTC will allocate funding in August and November to the most worthwhile projects. Forty percent of the funding will go to metropolitan planning organizations in urban areas. Small urban and rural regions will receive 10 percent, and the remaining 50 percent of the funds will be awarded to projects statewide.

Caltrans’ recently released California Household Travel Survey – the largest and most complex review of its kind – underscores the need for active transportation. The survey shows that the percentage of California residents walking, biking, or using public transportation on a typical day has more than doubled since 2000.
Nearly 23 percent of household trips were taken by walking, biking, and public transportation. In 2000, that share was only 11 percent. This increase includes a dramatic increase in walking trips, which nearly doubled from 8.4 percent to 16.6 percent of trips.

To demonstrate its support for the construction of more multimodal local streets and roads, this month Caltrans endorsed National Association of City Transportation Officials’ guidelines that include innovations such as buffered bike lanes and improved pedestrian walkways. Each year, Caltrans prepares an annual report summarizing programs it has undertaken for the development of non-motorized transportation facilities. For more information on active transportation in California see the 2011-12 Caltrans Report.










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Posted on: 2014-04-20 18:29:30   By: Anonymous
 
I just sat down and figured out if either walking or biking to work would work for me, walking time 3.5 hrs one way, biking time 1.5 hrs one way ! I would rather see the libs Spend the money on a bullet train to Bear Valley, then I could be to work in less than 10 minutes, and after I retire I could still do things because my legs wouldn't be worn out! We could build the train with 0 environmental effects, because the tracks would be suspended from the stars, so no trees would have to be taken out! Better yet, just give all of the veterans 10 per cent of the total to make up for the $88.00 check I received while fighting in Vietnam Nam for one of the crooked president's! My mind must be wandering again,too much to dream last nite!

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    Posted on: 2014-04-20 20:43:10   By: Anonymous
     
    Only some deranged old fart sees putting in walking and bike paths that would be integrated with the transportation system as a "lib" star-gazed dream. Bottom line is America's transportation system is built soley around the automobile and is very inefficient. And this would be a project that would add jobs right? Times are changing and you either change or get left behind. Otherwise you wake up one day and realize two things; you smell like urine and you still consider yourself a geneious but no one takes you serious cause you don't have a single idea that isn't at least 30 years old.

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      Posted on: 2014-04-22 06:48:58   By: Anonymous
       
      I dunno, it's hard to put 3 bales of hay on my bicycle, and then I tried to put a lumber rack on it....well I just don't think it's gonna work.

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    Posted on: 2014-04-20 20:45:42   By: Anonymous
     
    I don't think the issue is the travel time of biking/walking, it's you just too lazy to do so- let's be real.

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    Posted on: 2014-04-20 20:45:42   By: Anonymous
     
    I don't think the issue is the travel time of biking/walking, it's you just too lazy to do so- let's be real.

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      Posted on: 2014-04-20 22:46:26   By: Anonymous
       
      gloop.

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    Posted on: 2014-04-21 08:45:47   By: Anonymous
     
    WWII it base pay was only 50 bucks a month. And military non-coms still not paid enough.

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Posted on: 2014-04-21 06:25:54   By: Anonymous
 
Your a real idiot if I'm an old f----! You see, young man or woman I've been alive more years than you could count, and because many of us have biked, and walked more than you ever will we want a bullet train, whether you like it or not, you will also be an old f---- some day, and when some healthy young person digs into you, you will get the chance to understand! Now, it's time for a soda, and a cigarette!

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    Posted on: 2014-04-21 12:28:00   By: Anonymous
     
    Years alive are not an entitlement nor an accomplishment if those years weren't spent to achieve nothing. Besides, us young folk learned to count to 100 by the time we were 4 or 5, I'm sorry it took you 30 to get there.

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Posted on: 2014-04-21 08:32:46   By: Anonymous
 
Well , I chuckled at the post by the "ol f...", but ultimately agree with the post that the work will be a good thing. And if it gets some of those cycelists in easter egg colors off the highway, so much the better.

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    Posted on: 2014-04-21 08:48:34   By: Anonymous
     
    bicyclist. ?

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      Posted on: 2014-04-21 12:50:47   By: Anonymous
       
      We need a monorail, running on a rail made of old-growth Redwood.

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Posted on: 2014-04-21 20:14:21   By: Anonymous
 
You learn to count to 100 by age 4, what took you so long? Your knowledge gets you no where, that's why so many 30 something's are living with Mom and Dad, you can count but you can't find a job,or keep one! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

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    Posted on: 2014-04-22 00:39:11   By: Anonymous
     
    Your generation is flawed by the fact that you could get by with a minimal amount of effort. Those 30 something year olds you mock are more qualified than 90% of your peers. Don't ever forget, that it was YOUR generation that put people at a disadvantage. Now, put that in you suppository and stuff it.

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      Posted on: 2014-04-22 07:03:19   By: Anonymous
       
      You two are funny, so you're still living with mommy and daddy? And an old fart wants to whip your ass? Well I still work for a living, I wish these "youngsters" would try too, but it's hard to pick up a shovel or pipe wrench when just his thumbs are doing all the work on his phone, and all of the others have to do his work load too. You brats think you're entitled to everything, too sad. Each generation gets lazier then the last.

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Posted on: 2014-04-22 06:47:03   By: Anonymous
 
It is an accomplishment, especially when I see so many young people spinning around like tops, dirty, smelly, uneducated, no job, stealing to get another buzz. Live for today attitude, if you call that living.

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    Posted on: 2014-04-22 12:06:27   By: Anonymous
     
    "Every generation thinks that they are smarter than the previous and wiser than the next."

    Only difference being that someone from a younger generation will accept this. Someone from an older generation- probably not, their brain has been shutting down new ideas for many years by now.

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