Multi-Faceted Benefits to Californians
The Active Transportation Program (ATP) is aimed at increasing the use of non-motorized modes of transportation including biking and walking throughout California.
Goals of ATP include to increase the utilization of walking and biking, improve the safety of non-motorized modes of travel, support initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases, enhance public health, and provide a broad spectrum of projects that benefit many types of travelers including those in disadvantaged communities. The Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1) significantly augments funding available for this popular program.
More details about ATP are available at the California Transportation Commission website.
Spotlight on ATP Projects
Maine Avenue and Pacific Avenue Corridor Complete Streets Improvements (Phase II)
This project, located along Maine Avenue and Pacific Avenue corridor in the City of Baldwin Park, adds curb extensions (bulb-outs) to provide safer access and decrease the time it takes a pedestrian to cross the street. The bulb-outs and reduced vehicular lane width will improve pedestrian safety by increasing visibility by motorists. The addition of a bike lane improves bicyclist safety by providing a protected bikeway along the entire corridor.
Prior to this project, conditions included a lack of direct access to ADA accessible curb ramps, requiring pedestrians and disabled individuals to enter a lane of traffic to cross the street.
The project increases accessibility to recreational areas, housing, employment in the Baldwin Park downtown area, regional transportation, and four nearby schools. The new bikeway connects the communities of Baldwin Park, El Monte, South El Monte, and West Covina.
Shasta Safe Routes to School Program
This project sought to encourage more students in Cascade Union Elementary District, Redding School District, and the Shasta Union High School District to walk and bike to school. The program held regular walk-to-school and bike-to-school days and school celebrations. It also offered safety education to students in grades k-12 at 10 elementary and middle schools, along with two high schools. A partnership bewteen Redding School District’s After School Program and the Advanced Cycling Education organization bought 12 bikes for the afterschool Bike Safety program at seven schools.