SB 127 by Senator Scott Wiener would require the asset management plan to prioritize the implementation of safe and connected facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users on all State Highway Operation and Protection Program projects, as specified and to adopt performance measures that include conditions of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, accessibility and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users on the state highway system.
COMPLETE STREETS NEEDED TO ENCOURAGE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION!
This bill would require the the implementation of safe and connected facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users on all State Highway Operation and Protection.
- Walking and bicycling trips have doubled between 2000 and 2012 and constitute nearly 20 percent of all trips in California.
- People walking and bicycling are killed or seriously injured in California at much higher rates than car drivers or passengers based on the percentage of trips and relative miles traveled.
- California is the 16th worst state for pedestrian fatalities, with 7,127 pedestrian deaths between 2008 and 2017. Older adults, people of color, and people walking in low-income communities are disproportionately represented in these deaths.
- Complete streets policies make communities and neighborhoods more livable by ensuring all people can safely get to where they need to go. This includes work, school, the library, grocery stores, or parks. They also help people feel more connected to their neighbors, which improves quality of life.
- Some low-income communities and communities of color lack well-maintained routes to parks and schools, roads, bike lanes, and sidewalks for decades. In many cases, those communities simply have no transportation options. The same communities often experience higher rates of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Encouraging even more Californians to walk or bike, a necessary outcome for public health and the environment, requires the state to leverage its existing resources to get serious about improving the safety of the roadways. Studies have shown that more and higher quality sidewalks are associated with higher rates of walking and more adults meeting the daily physical activity recommendations.