Hiking Trails

CalTrans plans to update walking and biking routes

In an effort to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians on freeways, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently identified areas, including Santa Clarita, where improved walking and biking routes are needed. .

On Tuesday, Caltrans announced that it plans to use $1.05 billion from the state budget to build safer, more connected routes for cyclists and pedestrians on the National Highway System (SAS), including potentially Highways 5 and 14 in Santa Clarita.

“Caltrans is working to create safer and fairer transportation options for all Californians,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares. “These plans will guide ministry investments to support walking and cycling and connect people to jobs and services.”

At least two pedestrians or cyclists are killed every day on California transportation lanes, officials say.

“Safety is Caltrans’ top priority and a key part of active transportation plans,” Caltrans officials said. “Reducing the rate and severity of collisions involving bicycles and pedestrians is critical to Caltrans’ goal of achieving zero fatalities and serious injuries on national highways by 2050.”

In addition to increasing safety, Caltrans’ new improvement plans add to their “Toward An Active California” plan, established in 2017, which encourages Californians to walk or cycle instead of using a vehicle to move.

Walking and cycling instead of driving not only have a host of health benefits, but can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled, officials say.

“The current state budget includes $1.05 billion to create safer, more connected walking and biking options that reduce reliance on driving – a key strategy to reduce pollution from the transportation sector” , Caltrans officials said.

Californians can see where Caltrans plans to implement improvements by using the Caltrans Active Transportation Plans website.

The Caltrans Active Transportation Plans website has links to interactive localized plans and maps that detail current conditions and identify areas for improvement as the state invests in these projects like never before.

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