Existing law requires certain transportation planning agencies to prepare and adopt a regional transportation plan directed at achieving a coordinated and balanced regional transportation system. Existing law requires each regional transportation plan to include a policy element that describes the transportation issues in the region, identifies and quantifies regional needs, and describes the desired short-range and long-range transportation goals, and pragmatic objective and policy statements. Existing law authorizes a transportation planning agency with a population that exceeds 200,000 persons to use as part of that policy element, among others, measures of means of travel, including the percentage share of all trips made by single occupant vehicles, multiple occupant vehicles, carpools, public transit, walking, and bicycling.
This bill would expressly authorize those transportation planning agencies to also use as part of that policy element the percentage share of trips made by bicycling using an electric bicycle.
Existing law establishes the Active Transportation Program to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation. Existing law provides that it is the intent of the Legislature that the program advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve specified greenhouse gas reduction goals.
This bill would provide that it is intent of the Legislature that the program advance those efforts to achieve additional specified greenhouse gas reduction goals.