Cal Walks footPRINTS
March  2014
News from Around the Network
More Californians are choosing to walk, bike and take transit over driving solo! The recently released 2013 California Household Travel Survey found that since 2000, driving has decreased by 11%, while walking rates doubled from 8.8% to a whopping 16.6% for all tripsCombined, trips on foot, bike, and transit totaled nearly 23% of all daily trips statewide.

Californians unequivocally want more transportation options and walkable, bikeable, and equitable neighborhoods. Cal Walks Executive Director, Wendy Alfsen underscores that, "Californians haven't waited idly for the state to recalibrate its transportation spending for the 21st century-their actions, instead, speak volumes to their demand for a more multimodal approach to our state's transportation investments." Read More Here

The California Household Travel Survey, conducted by Caltrans, was completed in June 2013, but results were announced just last week.

Our Planning Team is hard at work putting together wonderful breakout sessions and walking tours are being planned for PedsCount! 2014. But what can you do to help out? 
We look forward to seeing you at the Summit! 9 weeks and counting!
Last week, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on new national traffic safety goals to be used as performance measures to evaluate states' administration of the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).  Yet, pedestrians--a growing proportion of traffic deaths--are left out of these national safety goals. This is especially disheartening in California, where the pedestrian share of traffic deaths has steadily risen to 22.4%. When combined with bicyclist deaths, active transportation users in California account for nearly a quarter of all traffic fatalities in the state! Read More Here
The comment period for this Proposed Rulemaking closes June 9, 2014. Comments may be submitted online here.
Caltrans Division of Local Assistance will be hosting trainings in all 12 Caltrans Districts to better prepare and assist potential applicants, partners, and district staff in delivering competitive and effective applications in accordance with state and federal requirements. Scheduled trainings include:
  • 4/2 Fresno (D6)
  • 4/3 Marysville (D3)
  • 4/8 Los Angeles (D7)
  • 4/9 Irvine (D12)
  • 4/14 El Centro
  • 4/15 San Diego (D11)
  • 4/16 San Bernardino (D8)
  • 4/18 Bishop (D9) 
  • 4/21 San Luis Obispo (D5) 
  • 4/23 Redding (D2) 
  • 4/24 Eureka (D1) 
  • 4/28 Stockton (D10) 
  • 4/29 Oakland (D4)
For questions on the program, please contact Teresa McWilliam and for registration, training location , please contact the District Contact Person listed in this schedule.
For more information on the Program guidelines and application, please visit the California Transportation Commission's ATP webpage. The Call for Projects is expected to open March 21 through May 21, 2014.
New Resources
Traffic Safety Trends--State Legislative Action 2013
The  Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety section of this report highlights that pedestrian deaths increased 6.4% nationally in 2012 from 2011 and bicyclist deaths increased 6.5%. 

Human Factors Assessment of Pedestrian Roadway Crossing Behavior  
This FHWA report highlights that while drivers are more likely to yield to pedestrians in the marked crosswalk, pedestrians and vehicles are equally as likely to yield to one another outside the marked crosswalk and that pedestrians cross when perceived control of the crossing is greatest. The report describes different measures that can impact this perceived control and presents a model to predict pedestrian crossing location. 

Economic Benefits of Complete Streets Fact Sheet, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

FHWA Health in Transportation Working Group--Annual Report 2013

Speed Limit & Safety Nexus Studies for Automated Enforcement Locations in D.C.
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Upcoming Events
March 19 | 11:00AM-12:00PM | Hosted by the Alliance for Biking & Walking

[Webinar] Build Your Own School District Policy to Advance Safe Routes to School
March 20 | 11:00AM-12:00PM | Hosted by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership

[Webinar] Keeping Pedestrians Safe in Urban and Suburban Settings
March 20 | 11:00AM-12:30PM | Hosted by America Walks

March 26 | 11:00AM-12:00PM | Hosted by the Alliance for Biking & Walking

April 15 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Hosted by the Center for Transportation Excellence

[Webinar] Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation
April 18 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Hosted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) | $50 for APBP members, $80 for non-members

April 22-23 | Sacramento, CA | Hosted by TransForm

May 14-16 | Sacramento, CA | Hosted by Cal WALKS

[Webinar] Best Planning & Engineering Practices for School Zones
May 21 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Hosted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) | $50 for APBP members, $80 for non-members
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