Championing Walking, Biking, and Transit
Caltrans strives to center people and place in delivering a multi-modal transportation system that serves all users through a complete streets approach. A complete street is a transportation facility that is planned, designed, constructed, operated, and maintained to provide safe mobility and improve accessibility and connectivity to essential community destinations for all users and especially for people walking, using assistive mobility devices, rolling, biking, and riding transit.To mainstream complete streets within Caltrans' processes and procedures, the Sustainability program:
- 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.
Sustainability Program's Work
Manage and Report on Priority Complete Streets Actions
In collaboration with numerous Caltrans Divisions and Districts, the Sustainability program developed the Mode Share Action Plan 2.0 to identify high-impact, near-term activities Caltrans divisions and districts can implement to most effectively increase walking, biking, and transit trips. The Sustainability program monitors and reports progress on Department implementation of the activities outlined in the plan.
Action Plan Status UpdatesQ1 2021
Coordinate the California Walk and Bike Technical Advisory Committee (CWBTAC)
The Sustainability program 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 program coordinates the TAC’s quarterly meetings and subcommittees, as well as supports the incorporation of TAC priorities into related Caltrans work.
Visit CWBTAC 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 here.
The Mode Share Action Plan 2.0, developed by the Sustainability program in coordination with staff across the Department, identifies priority actions aimed at achieving Caltrans’ multimodal and active transportation goals. To further help achieve this vision, the action plan was recently updated to include a set of high priority actions for 2020-21, as well as to recommit complete streets facilities and the safety of vulnerable road users as a top priority for Caltrans.
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.