Active Transportation and Mobility

Last Wednesday we considered the feedback on our update to our Active Transportation Plan (ATP), based on input from the Coastal Mobility and Livability Working Group (CMLWG). I was overall disappointed with the disjointedness of the process and hope that in the future, we will have more clarity on connecting people with places and funding shovel-ready projects. This was an informational item so there was no note on the item.

Part of the issue seems to be derived from combining the Coastal Mobility and Livability Working Group with an Active Transportation Plan. The first group was selected to look at coastal connectivity and included a few active transportation folks, but not many. In contrast, the Active Transportation Plan is city-wide and needs more bike and pedestrian advocates from around town and different schools to round out the process.

Some aspects of the plan seemed only partially thought through. For example, creating a "bike boulevard' -- a moniker for a paint symbol on the asphalt of a smaller road -- and traffic circles on La Veta Ave may be a good idea to get bicyclists on a less busy route than Coast Highway. However, they discount the way cars and visitors flow through this denser neighborhood. This concept would need to be vetted for the full use of the road before being brought to Council as a concrete proposal.

Several speakers wanted to decouple the ATP from the CMLWG, which I whole-heartedly agree with. The City has applied for a grant to move ideas to shovel-ready projects that we can fund with grants. If that does not come through, I support funding this ourselves so that we make real progress on mobility projects.