Championing Walking, Biking, and Transit

To mainstream complete streets within Caltrans' processes and procedures, the ESTA Office:
  • Provides technical input and strategic direction on policies and guidance related to walking, biking, and transit; 
  • Facilitates information sharing on complete streets topics across the Department;
  • Coordinates the development of guidance, communication, and training on Department goals, progress, and successes; and 
  • Spearheads external communication of Department progress and successes related to complete streets. 

Our Work

Manage and Report on Priority Complete Streets Actions

In collaboration with numerous Caltrans Divisions and Districts, the Director's Office of Equity, Sustainability and Tribal Affairs developed the Complete Streets Action Plan to identify the highest priority actions needed to implement the new Director's Policy for Complete Streets (DP-37) over the next two years (2022-23). The dashboard below monitors progress of each of the 51 actions in the plan.

CSAP Dashboard

CSAP Quarterly Reports

Coordinate the California Walk and Bike Technical Advisory Committee (CWBTAC)

The Sustainability Office coordinates the CWBTAC, a diverse group of external partners and stakeholders--ranging from local and regional public agencies to non-governmental and community-based organizations--to provide regular strategic input and technical guidance on Caltrans’ complete streets and active transportation efforts.  

The Sustainability Office coordinates the TAC’s quarterly meetings and subcommittees, as well as supports the incorporation of TAC priorities into related Caltrans work.  

Visit CWBTAC's page to learn more.


Each Caltrans District is working to develop a district-level plan to identify pedestrian and bicycle needs and priority projects on or parallel to the State Highway System (SHS).  

 Learn more about the CAT Plans at the Caltrans CAT Plans website

Director's Policy on Complete Streets [DP-37] (PDF) Caltrans released a new Director's Policy on Complete Streets (DP-37) now requires all new projects funded or overseen by Caltrans to complete streets features that provide safe and accessible options for people walking, biking, and riding transit or passenger rail. Complete streets offer several benefits, including enhancing safety and creating more sustainable transportation options to decrease dependence on driving and to improve public health by encouraging active transportation like walking and biking.

Towards An Active California: State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (PDF) Caltrans developed Toward an Active California, its first pedestrian and bicycle plan, to continue progress toward a sustainable multimodal transportation system. Objectives and strategies outlined in the plan focus on policies or actions that Caltrans can undertake to support active transportation.

Division of Transportation Planning's (DOTP)'s Office of Active Transportation & Complete Streets (ATCS) LEARN MORE

The Caltrans Mode Share Action Plan predated the Complete Streets Action Plan. It was a document designed to guide staff work.

  • MSAP 1.0 (PDF): Lists high-priority actions for Caltrans divisions that supported our effort to triple bicycle trips, double pedestrian trips, and double transit usage in California — targets within Goal 3 (Sustainability, Livability, and Economy) of the Caltrans Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2015-2020. 
  • MSAP 2.0 (PDF): To help achieve this vision, the Mode Share Action Plan (MSAP) 2.0 was updated for 2020-21, developed to highlight efforts that go above and beyond those that were previously identified to implement active transportation at Caltrans. 

Caltrans Complete Streets Updates

*NEW* Caltrans Complete Streets Action Plan (CSAP) (PDF)

The CSAP is a coordinated effort led by the Director's Office of Sustainability in partnership with Caltrans HQ Divisions and Districts. The purpose of the CASP is to identify key high-priority efforts needed to implement the new Director’s Policy for Complete Streets (DP-37) (PDF) over the next two years.


Anika Jesi - Sr. Transportation Planner, Complete Streets

Chase McFadden - Assoc. Transportation Planner, Complete Streets

Benji Garcia - Complete Streets Hub Coordinator