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Fwd: Sign On to Support Our Complete Streets Bill! Letters of Support due Wednesday, April 12

From: domainremoved <Jennifer>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:27:21 -0700

Dear City Council Members,

Thank you for creating a Complete Streets Commission for our City! On
behalf of Menlo Park, please consider writing a letter in support of a
California Complete Streets Bill (see below). This issue is particularly
critical for Menlo Park due to Caltrans' stewardship of El Camino Real
which runs through our City and is a major safety hazard for children
getting to school. SB 760 will require Caltrans to make roads safer for
kids walking and bicycling, including those crossing El Camino Real.

Thank you for your consideration. Attached please find a press release and
a sample letter of support. Please note that the letters of support are due
Wednesday, April 12th.

Sincerely,
Jen Wolosin
Parents for Safe Routes
jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)
415-710-5838 <(415)%20710-5838>
www.parents4saferoutes.org


*SB 760 will require Caltrans to make roads safer for people walking and
bicycling*
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Date: Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:29 AM
Subject: Sign On to Support Our Complete Streets Bill! Letters of Support
due Wednesday, April 12
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Sign On to Support Our Complete Streets Bill!
Letters of Support due Wednesday, April 12
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is sponsoring a bill in the
California legislature this session that would require complete streets
improvements to be made on state highways within California. Senate Bill 760
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sets new policies and allocates funding to help Caltrans implement the
agency’s already adopted Strategic Management Plan goals to make streets
safer and more accessible for everyone, including children, seniors, and
families, and to accommodate all transportation modes, including walking,
biking, and public transit. We are co-sponsoring the bill with our partners
at the California Bicycle Coalition, California Walks, and the American
Heart Association. A bill fact sheet is available here
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*We need to show broad support across the state for this bill, especially
from cities who have state highways running through them.* If you are able
to get your city to send in a support letter, here is a template
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*We are also seeking sign-ons from organizations around the state who focus
on community-related issues including Safe Routes to School.* If you want
to sign on to our existing letter, please contact Jeanie Ward-Waller at the
California Bicycle Coalition, at Jeanie_at_(domainremoved)
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*At this time we are not seeking individuals to sign on, *but you can help
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and asking them to support this bill!

Need more information on the bill? Read our press release
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below and read our fact sheet. The bill language is available here
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You can also contact Bill Sadler, California Senior Policy Manager for the
Safe Routes to School National Partnership, at
bill_at_(domainremoved)

Senator Wiener Introduces Complete Streets Bill to Ensure State Highways
that Run Through Local Communities Are Safe and Usable by Transit Riders,
Pedestrians, and Cyclists *Sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition,
Safe Routes to School National Partnership, California Walks, and the
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, SB 760 will require
Caltrans to make roads safer for people walking and bicycling*
February 22, 2017

Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) joined a coalition of
transportation and health advocates to announce the introduction of SB 760,
which will prioritize the creation of ‘complete streets,’ including safer
sidewalks, bikeways, and crosswalks, on roads owned and managed by Caltrans
in cities, towns, and neighborhoods. The bill sets new policies and
allocates funding to help Caltrans implement the agency’s already adopted
Strategic Management Plan goals to make streets safer and more accessible
for everyone, including children, seniors, and families, and to accommodate
all transportation modes, including walking, biking, and public transit.
SB 760 is sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition, the Safe Routes to
School National Partnership, California Walks, and the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association.

“State-owned highways that run through local communities should be designed
for safe use by everyone, not just cars,” said Senator Wiener. “For too
long, Caltrans has talked about complete streets as a policy, but hasn’t
actually delivered these improvements in its projects. SB 760 will ensure
that as we rehabilitate roads that run through the centers of our towns and
cities, we are prioritizing active transportation uses like walking,
bicycling, and riding public transportation. Streets designed for all
residents create safer and healthier communities.”

Caltrans owns and maintains 50,000 lane-miles of state roads, investing
$2.4 billion annually. State-owned roadways include city and neighborhood
surface streets and small-town main streets that carry local traffic as
well as people on foot, bike, and transit. Examples of state-owned roads in
urbanized areas include:

   - San Francisco: Van Ness Avenue and Lombard Avenue (Highway 101), 19th
   Avenue (Highway 1), and Sloat Boulevard (Highway 35)
   - Berkeley: San Pablo Ave (Hwy 123) and Ashby Ave (Hwy 13)
   - Los Angeles County: Santa Monica Blvd (Hwy 2), Hawthorne Blvd (Hwy
   107), and Alameda St (Hwy 47)
   - San Bernardino: Foothill Blvd (Hwy 66)
   - Bakersfield: 23rd and 24th Streets (Hwy 178)
   - West Sacramento: Jefferson Blvd (Hwy 84)

“Caltrans has a long history of working to make California a better place
to drive,” Jeanie Ward-Waller, Policy Director for the California Bicycle
Coalition. “We’ve been pushing the agency to make our state roads better
for people biking and walking for years, and while we’ve seen progress in
planning and goal-setting, that progress hasn’t been realized yet in better
projects on the ground. SB 760 will push Caltrans to follow through in
project implementation and to be a leader in designing safe streets.”

Caltrans adopted a complete streets policy in 2008 providing that the
agency would ‘consider’ safer road design for people walking and bicycling
in all projects. More recently, in 2015, the agency adopted goals to triple
bicycling and double walking statewide by the year 2020. However, Caltrans
has not made a serious effort to implement these goals as part of all road
rehabilitation and maintenance work. Instead, Caltrans continues to
prioritize the movement of car and truck traffic through cities and towns,
increasing congestion and air pollution in neighborhoods rather than
creating streets that are safe, convenient, and inviting places to walk,
bike, and use public transit. For example, El Camino Real (SR-82) in the
Bay Area cuts through Peninsula communities and inexplicably lacks
sidewalks in numerous locations, let alone much-needed bicycle lanes and
improved crossings for pedestrians and transit users.

“With pedestrians and cyclists comprising over a quarter of all traffic
fatalities in the state, we need Caltrans to do its part and to take action
to make our streets safer for all road users,” said Tony Dang, Executive
Director, California Walks.

SB 760 allocates 3% of state road maintenance funds over the next two years
to be used for walking and biking improvements until Caltrans can
demonstrate that it is meeting its own complete streets goals. “SB 760 will
make our streets safer for children walking and bicycling to school and in
daily life,” said Bill Sadler, California Senior Policy Manager, Safe
Routes to School National Partnership. “Many schools, parks and other
community destinations are located along state highways and busy roads, and
children and their families face unsafe conditions trying to access them.
This bill will help address these challenges by creating safer crossings,
sidewalks and bicycle facilities along state highways that benefit children
across the state who walk and bike to school every day, and encourage many
more to do so.”
SB 760 changes the guidelines dictating how State Highway funds are spent
to ensure that improving accessibility, reducing vehicle miles traveled,
and promoting public health are top considerations. The current primary
priority for Caltrans is the operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of
state highways. The bill also establishes a Division of Active
Transportation within Caltrans, which will be charged with adhering to
complete streets performance measures.

“Government leaders can help people live healthier lives by implementing
policies that support healthy behaviors like walking,” said Joe Aviance,
aka “Papa Joe,” an American Heart Association volunteer who took to the
streets and walked as a first step to losing 250 pounds. “I was 450 pounds
when I decided to make a change for the better and started walking.
Fortunately for me, I live in a neighborhood that has sidewalks and
pedestrian-friendly streets so I feel comfortable going out to walk,
sometimes for miles at a time, and the sidewalks became my treadmill.
Access to safe, walkable streets is not an available option for most
people, especially for most communities of color where investment is sorely
needed. Creating more complete streets in all neighborhoods will help
encourage people to take the first step to living a longer, healthier life.”

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