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SB-760 Urban street design: guidance.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 01/10/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  January 10, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  January 03, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 760


Introduced by Senator Wiener
(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Chiu and Kalra)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bloom and Friedman)

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Sections 14526.4, 14526.5, and 14526.6 of, and to add Sections 14007.3, 14033.5, and 14526.8 to, the Government Code, and to amend Section 167 of, and to add Sections 906.7 and 1805.6 to, the Streets and Highways Code, add Section 14033.5 to the Government Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 760, as amended, Wiener. Transportation funding: active transportation: complete streets. Urban street design: guidance.

(1)Existing

Existing law establishes the Active Transportation Program in the Department of Transportation for the purpose of encouraging increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking, and declares the intent of the Legislature that the program achieve specific goals, including, among other things, increasing the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking and the safety and mobility for nonmotorized users. Existing law requires the department to update the Highway Design Manual to incorporate the “complete streets” design concept by January 1, 2018.
This bill would establish the Office of Active Transportation within the Division of Transportation Programming of the department and require that a deputy director of the department be assigned to give attention to active transportation program matters to guide progress toward meeting the department’s active transportation program goals and objectives. The bill would require the California Transportation Commission to give high priority to increasing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and to the implementation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The bill would require, on or before January 1, 2019, the department to adopt the Guidance for Urban Street Design of the National Association of City Transportation Officials as the standard for roadway facilities that carry local traffic in urbanized areas.

(2)Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control over the highways of the state and is responsible for preparing the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for the expenditure of transportation funds for major capital improvements that are necessary to preserve and protect the state highway system.

Existing law also creates the California Transportation Commission, with specified powers and duties relative to the programming of transportation capital improvement projects and the allocation of state transportation funds for state transportation improvement projects. Existing law requires the department, in consultation with the commission, to prepare an asset management plan to guide selection of projects for the State Highway Operation and Protection Program consistent with any applicable state and federal requirements. Existing law requires the commission, in connection with the asset management plan, to adopt targets and performance measures reflecting state transportation goals and objectives.

This bill would require the asset management plan to prescribe a process for community input and complete streets implementation to prioritize safety and accessibility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users on all State Highway Operation and Protection Program projects, as specified.

The bill would require the commission, in connection with the asset management plan, to adopt performance measures that include conditions of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, accessibility and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users, and vehicle miles traveled on the state highway system. The bill would require that the State Highway Operation and Protection Program projects include capital improvements relative to accessibility to all road users, especially for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. The bill would require that each project include in its budget the cost of pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The bill would require that the plain language performance report developed by the department, in consultation with the commission, include a description of pedestrian and bicycle facilities on each project, including the number, extent, and cost of the elements relative to the overall project.

The bill would require the department, by January 1, 2021, when undertaking any capital improvement project on a state highway or a local street crossing a state highway that is funded through the State Highway Operation and Protection Program, to include new pedestrian and bicycle facilities, or improve existing facilities, as part of the project, consistent with specified requirements. The bill would require the department to establish a project development team for each project, as specified.

This bill would also require that funds in the State Highway Account in the State Transportation Fund be programmed, budgeted, as specified, and expended to maximize the use of federal funds for accessibility improvements for all users of the transportation system, as specified, and that safety improvements prioritize reducing fatalities and severe injuries for vulnerable road users, and not increase vehicle miles traveled.

(3)Existing law establishes various requirements for the design, construction, and maintenance of county roads and city streets.

This bill would provide that the board of supervisors of a county, with respect to county roads, and the legislative body of a city, with respect to city streets, shall have full authority on issues related to street design and improvements focused on accessibility for all road users, especially pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 14033.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

14033.5.
 On or before January 1, 2019, the department shall adopt the Guidance for Urban Street Design of the National Association of City Transportation Officials as the standard for roadway facilities that carry local traffic in urbanized areas.