If you bicycle or walk on or near state highways, Caltrans wants to hear your thoughts on how to make it easier and safer to do so.
Caltrans is now seeking input via an online public survey to help the agency develop an Active Transportation Plan.
Input could range from making pedestrian crossing safer at traffic signals along state highway right-of-ways to a need for wider shoulders or separate paths for bicyclcists.
Wheelchair users and pedestrians, as example, have long complained about the inside traffic of the two right turn lanes from eastbound Yosemite Avenue turning onto the southbound Highway 99 off-ramp not seeing those in the crosswalk when they have the right of way.
Bicycling issues could involve whether shoulders are wide enough or are safely maintained along East Highway 120 (East Yosemite Avenue) from the freeway to the city limits at Austin Road and beyond.
An issue impacting pedestrians and bicyclists alike may be whether existing bike paths put in place beneath Interstate 5 and along the 120 Bypass to reach Manthey Road and ultimately a bike path along Interstate 205 to reach job centers in Tracy is being properly maintained.
Concerns about there being no sidewalks and only a three-foot high concrete K-rail instead of fencing on the Main Street and Airport Way overcrossing of the 120 Bypass that sees a fair amount of foot traffic could be brought up in the survey.
The public survey will allow residents to tell Caltrans where improvements could be made to facilitate bicycling and walking on or near the state highway system. Survey responses will provide specific data about the type and location of needed improvements, allowing Caltrans to evaluate these locations in developing future projects.
Caltrans wants to align the state’s bicycle and pedestrian network with the needs of local communities, with an emphasis on improving social equity, reconnecting communities, and improving access for all modes of transportation, including people who walk and bicycle. Caltrans will be actively engaging with partners and community members in areas where historic transportation decisions may have created barriers to adequate transportation.
“Caltrans strives to serve all those in our valley and mountain communities by providing safe and reliable transportation options throughout the region,” said District 10 Director Dennis Agar. “I encourage all of our community members to participate in this meaningful survey to help determine where Caltrans can make improvements to the state transportation system.”
To find District 10’s map-based survey, visit survey.catplan.org, and select District 10 from the list.
For more information about the Caltrans Active Transportation Plans, visit https://www.catplan.org/district-10