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  • Regional Bikeways Planning

    Over 400 miles of recommended regional bikeway corridors were identified as part of a countywide effort involving OCTA, the Orange County Council of Governments, local jurisdictions, and bicycle stakeholders. The process to build consensus on these regional bikeways began in 2011 through a series of studies for four different subareas of Orange County: North, West/Central, South, and the Foothills.  A map of the regional bikeway corridors and the completed studies are available below.

    Regional bikeway implementation is ongoing.  OCTA’s role in the process is consistent with those outlined in OCTA’s Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan including:

    • Suggesting regional priorities for optimal use by local jurisdictions
    • Assisting in coordinating plans between jurisdictions
    • Providing planning and design guidelines; and
    • Participating in outreach efforts to encourage bicycle commuting

    A comprehensive and complete bicycle network will greatly benefit Orange County residents and visitors. OCTA supports bicycle transportation as a viable commute alternative as well as an enjoyable recreational activity. 

    For this reason, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) adopted the 2009 Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan (CBSP) on May 22, 2009. The plan was originally written in 1995 and is intended to create a comprehensive blueprint of the existing bikeways in the county, as well as propose new facilities to complete a network of bikeways. The 2009 CBSP is provided to the cities and the County to adopt, if they so choose. As the plan is implemented by local jurisdictions, bikeways and improved bicycle facilities will make a positive contribution to Orange County's goal of a balanced transportation system.

    The CBSP is a regional planning document that identifies existing and proposed bikeways in Orange County. Through the cooperation of the cities and the County, an inventory was taken of existing bikeways, and priorities for new bikeways were identified. Prioritization of the proposed bikeways, as identified in the plan, was based on several factors, including input from local jurisdictions and the public, as well as connectivity to transit and regional destinations.

    In addition to analysis of existing and proposed bikeways, the document provides information on bicycle amenities, such as bike lockers, parking, signage and trail markings. It also includes a discussion of safety and education programs, innovative roadway markings, bikeway fundamentals and funding sources. The CBSP complies with the most stringent requirements for bicycle funding programs.

    OCTA encourages all cities and the County of Orange to apply for Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) funds. The BTA is administered by Caltrans.

    Publications

    The Active Transportation Program (ATP), administered by the California Transportation Commission and the California Department of Transportation, was created by SB 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes of 2013) and AB 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes of 2013) to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking.

    Fifty percent of funds will be awarded on a statewide basis. Forty percent of funds will be awarded to large metropolitan planning organization (MPO) with population greater than 200,000. Ten percent of funds will be awarded to small and rural regions with populations less than 200,000.

    The purpose of the ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by achieving the following goals:

    • Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking,
    • Increase safety and mobility for non-motorized users,
    • Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals,
    • Enhance public health
      Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program
    • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users

    State and Federal Call for Projects
    The Bicycle Corridor Improvement (BCI) Program 2014 Call for Projects is a $4.3 million bicycle program available to local Orange County agencies. The guidelines and application are provided below. Eligible applicants must submit project proposals by 4:00 p.m. on September 30, 2013.

    For details on the BCIP Call for Projects, click here.

    Bikeways Planning

    Regional Bikeways Planning

    Over 400 miles of recommended regional bikeway corridors were identified as part of a countywide effort involving OCTA, the Orange County Council of Governments, local jurisdictions, and bicycle stakeholders. The process to build consensus on these regional bikeways began in 2011 through a series of studies for four different subareas of Orange County: North, West/Central, South, and the Foothills.  A map of the regional bikeway corridors and the completed studies are available below.

    Regional bikeway implementation is ongoing.  OCTA’s role in the process is consistent with those outlined in OCTA’s Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan including:

    • Suggesting regional priorities for optimal use by local jurisdictions
    • Assisting in coordinating plans between jurisdictions
    • Providing planning and design guidelines; and
    • Participating in outreach efforts to encourage bicycle commuting
    Master Plan

    A comprehensive and complete bicycle network will greatly benefit Orange County residents and visitors. OCTA supports bicycle transportation as a viable commute alternative as well as an enjoyable recreational activity. 

    For this reason, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) adopted the 2009 Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan (CBSP) on May 22, 2009. The plan was originally written in 1995 and is intended to create a comprehensive blueprint of the existing bikeways in the county, as well as propose new facilities to complete a network of bikeways. The 2009 CBSP is provided to the cities and the County to adopt, if they so choose. As the plan is implemented by local jurisdictions, bikeways and improved bicycle facilities will make a positive contribution to Orange County's goal of a balanced transportation system.

    The CBSP is a regional planning document that identifies existing and proposed bikeways in Orange County. Through the cooperation of the cities and the County, an inventory was taken of existing bikeways, and priorities for new bikeways were identified. Prioritization of the proposed bikeways, as identified in the plan, was based on several factors, including input from local jurisdictions and the public, as well as connectivity to transit and regional destinations.

    In addition to analysis of existing and proposed bikeways, the document provides information on bicycle amenities, such as bike lockers, parking, signage and trail markings. It also includes a discussion of safety and education programs, innovative roadway markings, bikeway fundamentals and funding sources. The CBSP complies with the most stringent requirements for bicycle funding programs.

    OCTA encourages all cities and the County of Orange to apply for Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) funds. The BTA is administered by Caltrans.

    Publications
    AT Funding

    The Active Transportation Program (ATP), administered by the California Transportation Commission and the California Department of Transportation, was created by SB 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes of 2013) and AB 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes of 2013) to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking.

    Fifty percent of funds will be awarded on a statewide basis. Forty percent of funds will be awarded to large metropolitan planning organization (MPO) with population greater than 200,000. Ten percent of funds will be awarded to small and rural regions with populations less than 200,000.

    The purpose of the ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by achieving the following goals:

    • Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking,
    • Increase safety and mobility for non-motorized users,
    • Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals,
    • Enhance public health
      Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program
    • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users
    Call for Projects

    State and Federal Call for Projects
    The Bicycle Corridor Improvement (BCI) Program 2014 Call for Projects is a $4.3 million bicycle program available to local Orange County agencies. The guidelines and application are provided below. Eligible applicants must submit project proposals by 4:00 p.m. on September 30, 2013.

    For details on the BCIP Call for Projects, click here.

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      Orange County Bikeways Map

       

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    • Orange County Foothills
      The OC Foothills Bikeways Strategy report was completed in 2016. It identifies eleven corridors that collectively comprise 120 miles. Nine agencies collaborated to develop the report including the various project area cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans. Click the thumbnail to read the full report.


      South Orange County
      The District 5 Bikeways Strategy report was completed in 2015. It identifies nine corridors that collectively comprise over 120 miles. Sixteen agencies collaborated to develop the report including the various project area cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans. Click the thumbnail to read the full report.


      West/Central Orange County
      The Districts 1 & 2 Bikeways Strategy report was completed in 2013. It identifies eleven corridors that collectively comprise over 120 miles. Seventeen agencies collaborated to develop the report including the various project area cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans. Click the thumbnail to read the full report.


      North Orange County
      The District 4 Bikeways Strategy report was completed in 2013. It identifies ten corridors that collectively comprise over 100 miles. 10 agencies collaborated to develop the report including the various project area cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans. Click the thumbnail to read the full report.

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    • Prior to advertising and awarding the contract, each project must receive an allocation from the California Transportation Commission (CTC). For federally funded projects, Authorization to Proceed for each phase of work is also required after the allocation has been granted. The appropriate forms can be found here.

      Regional (MPO) Call Project allocations require OCTA concurrence and review and are first processed through OCTA Programming, and then through Caltrans District 12, Caltrans HQ and the CTC Liaison. Statewide Call Projects do not need to be processed through OCTA and can be directly submitted to Caltrans District 12. Deadlines are available in the CTC Preparation Schedule.

      CTC Preparation Schedule

      CTC Preparation Schedule
    • ATP WEBSITES

      Active Transportation Program - Websites

      California Transportation Commission Active Transportation Program - Funded Project Applications

      PLANNING STUDIES

      Southern California Association of Governments - Regional Transportation Plan /Sustainable Communities Strategy

      The Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) is a long-range visioning plan that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals. The RTP/SCS embodies a collective vision for the region’s future and is developed with input from local governments, county transportation commissions (CTCs), tribal governments, non-profit organizations, businesses and local stakeholders within the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.

      The RTP/SCS is an important planning document for the region, allowing project sponsors to qualify for federal funding. The plan takes into account operations and maintenance costs, to ensure reliability, longevity and cost effectiveness.

      Weblink: http://scagrtpscs.net/Pages/default.aspx

      OCTA - Long Range Transportation Plan

      Every four years, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) develops the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which OCTA uses to identify projects that can be funded over the next 20 to 25 years, and to evaluate their impact on future travel conditions. This also provides an opportunity to consider what planning initiatives are needed by OCTA to further improve Orange County’s transportation system. Once complete, the LRTP serves as the blueprint for future projects and as OCTA’s input into the Regional Transportation Plan for Southern California. This ensures that OCTA’s projects are eligible for state and federal funding and allows projects to move through the formal project development process.

      Weblink:http://octa.net/Projects-and-Programs/Plans-and-Studies/Long-Range-Transportation-Plan/?frm=9707#!Overview

      OCTA Regional Bikeway Strategies

      Over 400 miles of recommended regional bikeway corridors were identified as part of a countywide effort involving OCTA, the Orange County Council of Governments, local jurisdictions, and bicycle stakeholders. The process to build consensus on these regional bikeways began in 2011 through a series of studies for four different subareas of Orange County: North, West/Central, South, and the Foothills. Forty percent of the regional bikeways have already been locally implemented, while the remaining segments require project development and funding to complete. The estimated amount of funding for completion is between $400 million and $500 million.

      Weblink: http://www.octa.net/Bike/Bikeways-Planning/

      2009 OCTA Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan

      The CBSP is a regional planning document that identifies existing and proposed bikeways in Orange County. Through the cooperation of the cities and the County, an inventory was taken of existing bikeways, and priorities for new bikeways were identified. Prioritization of the proposed bikeways, as identified in the plan, was based on several factors, including input from local jurisdictions and the public, as well as connectivity to transit and regional destinations.

      In addition to analysis of existing and proposed bikeways, the document provides information on bicycle amenities, such as bike lockers, parking, signage and trail markings. It also includes a discussion of safety and education programs, innovative roadway markings, bikeway fundamentals and funding sources. The CBSP will be replaced by OC Active, covering both bicycle and pedestrian topics.

      Weblink: http://www.octa.net/pdf/bikeways09.pdf

      OC Active-DRAFT

      OCTA is preparing OC Active; a plan to map out improvements for walking, rolling, and bicycling. This would be the first comprehensive countywide effort to identify transportation needs and opportunities for both walking and bicycling. The collaborative effort will incorporate detailed work already conducted by local cities and identify pedestrian and bicycle improvement areas throughout Orange County. The plan will help address pedestrian and bicyclist needs by supporting the development of more sustainable, livable, and efficient mobility in our communities. When adopted, the plan will supersede the Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan, and will help local cities secure funding to build a better network for people walking and rolling.

      Draft maps can be provided to each jurisdiction showing:
      1. OC Active Pedestrian Focus Area Modeling
      2. Sidewalk Gaps

      Weblink: http://www.octa.net/Bike/OC-Active/

      Orange County Council of Governments Complete Streets Initiative

      The culmination of a year-long effort, the OCCOG recently completed the groundbreaking Complete Streets Initiative Design Handbook and Funding Toolkit to help Orange County jurisdictions comply with 2008 State legislation that mandates all General Plan circulation element updates include complete streets.

      Weblink: https://www.occog.com/occog-complete-streets/

      Caltrans Strategic Management Plan

      The purpose of the Strategic Management Plan is to be a roadmap of Caltrans’ role, expectations, and operations to meet the challenges of modernizing Caltrans into a world-class Department of Transportation. The tools used to implement this Plan are performance management, transparency, accountability, sustainability, and innovation.

      Weblink: http://www.dot.ca.gov/perf/

      Caltrans California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan "Toward an Active California"

      Caltrans worked with a diverse group of stakeholders and the public to develop Toward an Active California, a bike and pedestrian plan that will guide the planning and development of non-motorized transportation facilities and maximize the use of future investments on the State Highway System and other state facilities. The plan will also lead to improved connections between the State’s bicycle and pedestrian facilities with the network of local and regional roads, public transit, and intercity and passenger rail.

      Weblink: http://www.dot.ca.gov/activecalifornia/index.html

      Other Resources

      Forecast Walking and Bicycling Demand

      Note the following resources are available to help forecast future walking and bicycling trips related to infrastructure projects. See also the Caltrans Cost Benefit Analysis Tool.

      Mapping & Analyzing Injury & Fatality Data

      The following are statewide databases to sort and map collisions.

      Public Health

      County of Orange Health Care Agency (OCHA) has offered their services to assist agencies with data and grant application preparation. The following resources may be used in preparing the Public Health section of the application:

      Amy Buch, M.A. Division Manager, Health Promotion
      abuch@ochca.com
      714-834-5728

      The following are a few studies provided by OCHCA that may help with preparation of applications.

      1. Active Living Research – How to Increase Daily Bicycle Travel
      2. Ralph Buehler, John Pucher – Cycling to work in 90 large American cities: new evidence on the role of bike paths and lanes
      3. Reid Ewing, Robert Cervero – Journal of American Planning Association – Travel and the Built Environment
      4. Gregory W. Health et al. – Journal of Physical Activity and Health – The Effectiveness of Urban Design and Land Use and Transport Policies and Practices to Increase Physical Activity: A Systematic Review
      5. Gavin R McCormack and Alan Shiell – International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity - In search of causality: a systematic review of the relationship between the built environment and physical activity among adults
      6. Jenna R Panter et al. – International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity - Environmental determinants of active travel in youth: A review and framework for future research
      7. John Pulcher et al. – Preventative Medicine - Infrastructure, programs, and policies to increase bicycling: An international review
      8. Brian E. Saelens, Susan L. Handy – Med Sci Sports – Built Environment Correlates of Walking: A Review

      Median Household Income Resources

      Less than 80% of the statewide median income (less than $51,026)

      Weblinks: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
      https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/communityinvestments.htm

      CalEnviroScreen 3.0

      An area identified as among the most disadvantaged 25% in the state according to the CalEPA

      Weblink: under SB 535 List of DACs: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EnvJustice/GHGInvest/

      National School Lunch Program

      At least 75% of public school students in the project area are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. The project must be located within two miles of the school(s).

      Weblink: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sd/sd/filessp.asp

      Potential Partners for Letters of Support

      AHOC:
      Michelle Martinez
      michele@ochealthalliance.org
      CAPOC:
      Dolores Barrett
      dbarrett@capoc.org
      OCBC :
      Pete van Nuys
      petevannuys@cox.net
      Neighborworks :
      Marina Ramirez
      marinar@nwoc.org
      OCHCA :
      Amy Buch
      abuch@ocha.com
      Trav Ichinose
      tichinose@ochca.com
      PHASC :
      Bill Sadler
      bsadler@phi.org
      SAAS :
      Edgar Arellano
      edgararellanoea@gmail.com
      SRTSNP :
      Demi Espinoza
      demi@saferoutespartnership.org
      St. Judes:
      Barry Ross
      Barry.Ross@stjoe.org

      CALIFORNIA CONSERVATION CORP- Orange County Contacts

      Katharyn Muniz
      komuniz@occorps.org
      714.956.6222 ext. 302
      Josh Volp
      jvolp@hireyouth.org
      (714) 956-6222 ext. 221
      For general ATP questions:
      Julie Wolsey
      Julie.wolsey@ccc.ca.gov
      (530) 223-3045
      Local contact in Pomona (includes LA):
      Duane Wilson
      Duane.wilson@ccc.ca.gov
      909-594-4206
      • Louis Zhao,
        Section Manager, Discretionary Funding Programs
        lzhao@octa.net
        714-560-5494
      • Paul Martin,
        Active Transportation Coordinator
        pmartin@octa.net
        714-560-5386

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