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 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.
Sustainability Program's Work
Manage and Report on Priority Complete Streets Actions
In collaboration with numerous Caltrans Divisions and Districts, the Sustainability Office developed the Mode Share Action Plan 2.0 (PDF) to identify high-impact, near-term activities Caltrans divisions and districts can implement to most effectively increase walking, biking, and transit trips. The Sustainability Office monitors and reports progress on the Department's implementation of the activities outlined in the plan.
Action Plan Status Updates
- Q1 Update - ADA-compliant (PDF)
- Q2 Update - ADA-compliant (PDF)
- Q3 Update - ADA-compliant (PDF)
- Q4 Update - ADA-compliant (PDF)
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.
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.
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.