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Help Restore STP/CMAQ Funding for Bicycles

 

 

When MTC adopted the 2009 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) this spring, we applauded them for taking climate change seriously and recognizing the importance . Not only did they set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets, but for the first time ever, included $400 million in funding for a five-year Transportation Climate Action Campaign with $100 million worth of funding for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Safe Routes to Transit (SRTT) programs.
 
Now, MTC is backpedaling on their commitment to climate. Instead of funding the Transportation Climate Action Campaign in the first five years of the life of the RTP, they’re proposing to shift funding to freeway priorities and fund the Climate Campaign at just 17% of the level promised, threatening millions of dollars of bicycle funding through the SRTS and SRTT programs!
 
Join BABC and our partner TransForm in telling the MTC Commissioners to make good on their word and fully fund the Transportation Climate Action Campaign.
 
Take action here.

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

Safe Routes to School

The most mainstream bicycle advocacy movement in America is undoubtedly Safe Routes to School (SR2S).   The numbers of school children walking and biking to school has plummeted around the nation as roads have become more congested and more dangerous.  Over the same period, childhood obesity rates have climbed alarmingly.  SR2S is a cross-cultural, community-driven movement that works to combat both of these negative trends.

 

In 1998, Marin County received one of two of the nation’s first pilot study Safe Routes to School program grants.  These pilot studies evolved into a replicable program where schools and their parent communities utilize a combination of education, engineering and enforcement strategies to entice more students to walk and bicycle to school.

 

In July 2005, Congressed established a National SR2S program that would distribute $612 million from 2005 to 2009.  Additionally, in August 2005, the State of California began its own Safe Routes to School program.  The State’s program has brought many good projects to the Bay Area,, however only 1 of 5 SR2S applications are funded.

 

In many communities, driving kids to school comprises between 20 to 30% of morning traffic.  This seemingly local issue has become a regional problem, thus BABC is advocating for the creation of a regional SR2S program via the 2009 Regional Transportation campaign. We assert that the creation of a robust regional SR2S program will improve overall mobility, help stem the tide of climate change, and foster a new generation that values walking, bicycling and transit usage as preferred modes of travel.

2030 Regional Transportation Plan

Ever wonder what will the Bay Area be like in 25 years?  The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is not only wondering about our future—they are planning and budgeting it!

In the T2030 Regional Transportation Plan, BABC successfully lobbied MTC (the

regional transportation planning agency for the 9 counties of the Bay Area) to create a new account solely for the purpose of funding bike and pedestrian projects.  And we succeeded:  $200 million over 25 years was designated to flow through the “Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.”  This money, $8 million a year, is meant to build out the Regional Bicycle Network and improve walking facilities around regional transit and business hubs.

That was a big improvement over the 2001 RTP, where no money at all was designated specifically for bikes and pedestrians.  Yet the $8 million per year advance we made in 2004 is not guaranteed to be included in the T2035 Plan.  And even if it was, $8 million a year is not enough to build many projects for the entire Bay Area.

In fact, the projected “shortfall” (the amount we don’t have) to complete the Regional Bicycle Network is estimated to be around $965 million (2004 dollars).  At $8 million a year, it will take us literally 120 million years to get a region with a coherent bicycle infrastructure! 

So yes, $965 million is a lot of money.  But compare it to a single proposed highway project in Marin:  the current cost estimate to add one automobile lane in each direction to the 16-mile Sonoma-Marin Narrows is estimated at more than $800 million.

Download the T2030 Plan from the MTC website.

Visit the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan to see the wins BABC made for bicycling in 2009.
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