When most people think of Caltrans, they think freeways … freeways for cars. But Caltrans is committed to increasing safety and mobility for ALL travelers, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users. It’s called the “Complete Streets” policy, and it aims to produce:
> More options for people to go from one place to another
> Less traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions
> More walkable communities (with healthier, more active people)
> Fewer barriers for older adults, children, and people with disabilities
Economically, complete streets can help revitalize communities, and they can give families the option to lower transportation costs by using transit, walking or bicycling rather than driving to reach their destinations.
It’s more than just a well-intentioned idea. Caltrans’ Complete Streets efforts have been recognized as one of the nation’s leading examples of safe, smart transportation policy, according to a new nationwide analysis conducted by the National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC). Check out the report here (pdf).
You can read more about Caltrans' Complete Streets policy here.