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

From: domainremoved <Jennifer>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:29:25 -0700

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On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 11:27 AM, Jennifer Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> 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*
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Safe Routes to School National Partnership <
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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
> To: parents4saferoutes_at_(domainremoved)
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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)
> or you can use the template
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> *At this time we are not seeking individuals to sign on, *but you can
> help by contacting your legislator
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> and asking them to support this bill!
>
> Need more information on the bill? Read our press release
> <http://saferoutespartnership.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=88edfd25ae92304f5d305736c&id=20ee911c35&e=70ecbf65d9>
> below and read our fact sheet. The bill language is available here
> <http://saferoutespartnership.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=88edfd25ae92304f5d305736c&id=98dcaa2051&e=70ecbf65d9>.
> 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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