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Regional planning

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Regional Pedestrian Committee

In 2001 MTC established a Regional Pedestrian Committee to begin to address pedestrian-related issues in the Bay Area. The RPC adopted the following vision statement to guide the RPC work:

"Everyone is a pedestrian at some time, and should feel safe while walking. The Bay Area is committed to a Pedestrian Program that uses the best engineering, public education, and law enforcement practices to minimize pedestrian injuries and fatalities. The Pedestrian Program will work at the regional and community level to make walking a safe, convenient, and healthy activity."

The RPC meets on the third Thursday of even-numbered months, typically from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.


Regional Bicycle Working Group

The Commission created the Regional Bicycle Working Group to implement the Regional Bicycle Plan. The Working Group's activities include data collection and analysis; collaboration with transit operators to provide bike parking at stations; and marketing and outreach.

The RBWG meets on the third Thursday of even-numbered months, typically from 1 – 3 p.m. (Check schedule.)

Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program

In December 2003, as part of the development of the long-range Transportation 2030 Plan, the Commission created the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Program to fund construction of the Regional Bicycle Network, regionally significant pedestrian projects as well as bicycle/pedestrian projects serving schools or transit. Furthermore, the Commission committed $200 million in the Transportation 2030 Plan to support the regional program over a 25-year period.

A task force comprised of county congestion management agency (CMA) staff and representatives of the Regional Bicycle Working Group and the Regional Pedestrian Committee developed funding policies to implement the regional program. The program guidelines, adopted by the Commission in July 2004 and contained in MTC Resolution No. 3644, govern the first four years worth of federal Congestion Management and Air Quality Mitigation (CMAQ) funding. Contact your county's CMA for more information regarding this fund source.

Safe Routes to Transit

Regional Measure 2, the $1 bridge toll increase, is funding projects that enhance pedestrian and bicycle access to transit stations. TransForm is administering the program. The first and second of five $4 million funding cycles were completed in 2005 and 2007; the official call for projects and application materials are posted on the TransForm website. The next call for projects is expected in early Summer 2009.

Pedestrian Districts Study

MTC commissioned the Bay Area Pedestrian Districts Study in 2006 to encourage and improve pedestrian planning in the Bay Area. The goal of the Pedestrian Districts Study is to explore the use of pedestrian districts as a concept for creating better pedestrian environments in the Bay Area. Through the development of the pedestrian district typologies and real-life case studies, the study identifies the types and costs of pedestrian facilities that have the greatest impact on improving the pedestrian environment.


Regional Bicycle Plan

The MTC Regional Bicycle Plan represents the sustained efforts of MTC staff, the Plan Oversight Committee, local agencies, advocacy groups, and countless dedicated citizens in the Bay Area. It is intended to be a resource document for Bay Area town, city, and county planners and advocates. This plan is regional in focus and is, therefore, oriented around policies and programs and defers to local decision making about specific routes and facilities. This plan provides a framework for identifying regional priorities for routes and facilities and recommends a series of activities and policies to encourage bicycling at the regional level.