Safe Routes to Transit

Help Save Safe Routes to Transit

Downtown Berkeley BART Bike Station is being expanded with SR2T funds.  Click here to see what other projects are being funded by SR2T.
Downtown Berkeley BART Bike Station
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The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) adopted by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in April 2009 promised $50 Million each in funding over the next 5 years for Safe Routes to Transit (SR2T) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) as part of their Climate Action Plan.  However, in MTC’s recent proposal for programming federal funding, they have limited their funding for SR2T to evaluation of the program with no money to continue to build improvements to ensure safe and easy access to regional transit.

It is unacceptable to completely eliminate funding for such an important program as Safe Routes to Transit that was promised to the public in the RTP. We need your help to ensure that MTC invests in making transit safer and easier for bikes and pedestrians to access.  Heres what you can do:


Sign the Safe Routes to Transit Petition

Show MTC that there is strong demand for safer access to TransitClick Here to Sign

Share Your Ideas for Making Your Transit Commute Safer
Next time you are walking or biking to transit and you see something that could be made safer or easier to navigate, let us know where it is and how Safe Routes to Transit funds could help fix it, take a picture if you can and then share it with us in one of the following ways.  We'll be presenting all the responses we get to MTC's December 9th meeting to help make the case for funding Safe Routes to Transit.

Speak Up In Favor of Safe Routes to Transit at MTC December 9th
Join us in voicing your support for safer and easier access to transit at the December 9th Programming and Allocations Meeting at MTC. For more information contact Andrew Casteel at 415.814.9247 or savesr2t@bayareabikes.org.

Come to MTC on December 9th to help Save Safe Routes to Transit

Downtown Berkeley BART Bike Station is being expanded with SR2T funds.  Click here to see what other projects are being funded by SR2T.
Downtown Berkeley BART Bike Station
See More SR2T projects

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) adopted by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in April 2009 promised $50 Million each in funding over the next 5 years for Safe Routes to Transit (SR2T) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) as part of their Climate Action Plan.  However, in MTC’s recent proposal for programming federal funding, they have limited their funding for SR2T to evaluation of the program with no money to continue to build improvements to ensure safe and easy access to regional transit.

It is unacceptable to completely eliminate funding for such an important program as Safe Routes to Transit that was promised to the public in the RTP. We need your help to ensure that MTC invests in making transit safer and easier for bikes and pedestrians to access.  Heres what you can do:

Speak Up In Favor of Safe Routes to Transit at MTC December 9th
Join us in voicing your support for safer and easier access to transit at the December 9th Programming and Allocations Meeting at MTC. For more information contact Andrew Casteel at 415.814.9247 or savesr2t@bayareabikes.org.

If You Can't Come to the Meeting, Share Your Ideas for Making Your Transit Commute Safer
Next time you are walking or biking to transit and you see something that could be made safer or easier to navigate, let us know where it is and how Safe Routes to Transit funds could help fix it, take a picture if you can and then share it with us in one of the following ways.  We'll be presenting all the responses we get to MTC's December 9th meeting to help make the case for funding Safe Routes to Transit.

Thank you to everyone who signed our Safe Routes to Transit Petition
We've shown MTC that there is great demand for these funds.  Click Here to View

Safe Routes to Transit Projects

Safe Routes to Transit has already provided many improvements to the safety and ease of bike and pedestrian access to transit.  Here are a few:

Already Built

Richmond/Ohlone Greenway

The Richmond/Ohlone Greenway represents a regional route connecting the cities of Richmond, El Cerrito and Berkeley. It provides safe and easy access to many AC Transit and BART stations, passing near Richmond BART and three schools. It will also connect three major East Bay bikeways, the Bay Trail, the Ohlone Greenway and the I-80 Bikeway, which travels north to the Rodeo Transit Center.

San Francisco 16th St. BART Bicycle Stair Channel

This ramp allows cyclists to push rather than carry their bikes up three flights of stairs. This takes weight off cyclists shoulders and is safer for all transit users, reducing the risk of dropping a bike or accidently hitting others on the stairs.

 

Coming Soon

Puerto Suello Hill Pathway

This project provides safe pedestrian and bicycle access to the San Rafael Transit Center. It connects the Puerto Suello Hill Pathway which ends at the intersection of Mission Avenue and Hetherton Avenue to the San Rafael Transit Center.

 

Bike Station at Berkeley BART

The bike station at the Downtown Berkeley BART station will be expanded. The new bike station will be located in the now-vacant Shoe Pavilion store on Shattuck. It will replace the current station, which is inside the BART station. It will provide free attended bike parking for 200 bikes, bicycle repair, bicycle rentals, showers and lockers, and community bike education classes. For more information visit http://sf.streetsblog.org/2009/06/12/expanded-downtown-berkeley-bart-bike-station-moving-forward/

   

 

Planned with Funding from Safe Routes

   

New BART Test Cars

Design plans for the new cars include a space designated for bicycles including a bar which allows cyclists to strap the bikes down. There will be more room for additional passengers, bikes and luggage. There is also possibility of upgrading them with new technology for customer communication, new interior fabrics and colors, and new modular seat configurations. Visit http://www.bart.gov/about/projects/cars/index.aspx for more information.

 

 Mission and Geneva Pedestrian Improvements

The neighborhood will be transformed into a corridor with a landscape buffer along London Street. Traffic-calming measures will be installed to slow speeding cars. Improved curbs and bus stops for pedestrians will also be installed. Amenities to make the area safer will be added such as countdown traffic signals and improved street lighting. Bus stops will be combined to make it easier for riders to connect to BART. For more information visit http://www.sfcta.org/content/view/310/157/

Pleasant Hill BART/Contra Costa Centre Shortcut Path and Wayfinding System Project

The purpose of this project is to make the area around the BART station friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists, and to improve access to and from the BART station. One of the projects added was the extension of a Pedestrian Promenade from the BART station
to neighborhoods northeast of the station. The Shortcut Path will improve on local transportation options and improve access to community amenities. For more information visit http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/depart/cd/transportation/phb_path/announcements.htm

Balboa Park Ocean Avenue Pedestrian/Bicycle Connections

Some of the proposed improvements include improving safety while increasing access by reducing collisions, upgrading street lighting, landscaping and street furniture, and improved directional signage in and around the station. Expected results are a major improvement to pedestrian and bicyclist comfort and safety, better end-to-end transit experience for pedestrians and cyclists and increased transit ridership and rider retention. For more information visit http://www.sfmta.com/cms/obalboa/balboaindx.htm

 

 

 

Safe Routes to Transit

Safe Routes to Transit is a slogan which promotes a vision for seamless and convenient bicycle and pedestrian access to public transportation. This access includes routes to stations, secure and available parking, and comprehensive on-board access. 

 

Most people cite safety as a primary motivation for using their cars to get to transit centers, thus the notion that an increase in accommodation for non-motorized modes will in turn increase the numbers of people choosing to leave their cars at home and walk or bicycle instead.

 

Safe Routes to Transit is also a very popular, competitive Bay Area funding program that was started via voter approval of Regional Measure 2 in March 2004. It is co-administered for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission by TransForm and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.

 

The $20 million designated for Safe Routes to Transit is planned to expire with its last grant cycle in 2013. BABC is working to expand this funding program through 2035 via the 2009 Regional Transportation Plan campaign.

More Information:

See what Safe Routes to Transit projects are built or planned for the Bay Area

Regional Measure 2 Application Process

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