Complete Streets in Alameda County
Complete Streets are streets that are designed, built and maintained to be safe, convenient and inviting for all users of the roadway, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, persons with disabilities, movers of commercial goods, users and operators of public transit, seniors, and children.
Streets that are built for all users have multiple benefits, including increased safety, improved air quality through the reduction of auto traffic, improved health through increased physical activity, and greater cost effectiveness. Over 400 communities in the U.S. have committed to building complete streets, through the adoption of Complete Streets policies.
Alameda CTC Policy Requirements
Alameda CTC required that all local jurisdictions that receive transportation sales tax pass-through funding to have an adopted complete streets policy by June 30, 2013, and each of Alameda County's fourteen jurisdictions have done so. Alameda CTC's complete streets policy resources appear below:
MTC Complete Streets Policy Requirement
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has a complete streets requirement for Bay Area jurisdictions that receive One Bay Area Grant funding. Alameda CTC developed its policy requirement to be inclusive of the MTC requirement, so that local jurisdictions only needed to adopt one policy to comply with both requirements.
General Plan Requirements
In California, per the California Complete Streets Act of 2008 (Assembly Bill 1358), all cities and counties are required to include complete streets policies as part of their general plans. Alameda CTC requires that jurisdictions comply with the state Complete Streets Act but has no deadline for this action. MTC, via its One Bay Area Grant Program, requires compliance by late 2014 (final date to be determined).
Alameda CTC is committed to providing resources to support local jurisdictions in successfully adopting and implementing complete streets in Alameda County. On June 19, 2012, Alameda CTC launched a countywide-level discussion of complete streets with its well-attended and well-received Complete Streets Workshop. For more information, see the agenda and support materials from the workshop. Additional resources are below: