The Active Transportation Forum
Complete Streets and Active Living for Orange County
"In order to improve the health of Orange County residents, we need to have a healthy and safe transportation system with multi-modal options. It will be necessary to engage the community, enhance policies and re-prioritize transportation funding to enhance the county-wide transportation system."
19 speakers and featured guests impressed our audience with these rather startling results from their research. Some highlights:
- Obesity costs California $41billion p.a. in public health related costs.
- The savings from walking and biking could save California $4.1 billion
- The gain in economic activity from replacing 15,000 cars with walking/biking is $127 million
- A Lancaster boulevard gained 49 new businesses, 800 jobs, and $273 million in new business revenue by adopting active transportation
- Typical bike user topology today: Strong and Fearless < 1%, Interested 60%, No Way group 33%. Laguna's cycling mode share < 1%, Costa Mesa is 2.8%
- Business activity along LA's CycLAVia is up 10-50%
- The Active Transportation Program for bicycling/walking was enacted September 2013 SB-99 funded in Cal state budget for $130 million p.a.
- To build an active transportation network successfully, raise the perception of safety and build-in street safety at the same time
- 20-30 somethings demand new active mobility plans, not dad's plan
- Google, Adobe, Yahoo are promoting active transportation at their campuses nationally because their tech employees demand it
- Orange County businesses are leaving because of car congestion
- OCTA does not hear input from city leaders about active transportation
- Long Beach Mayor Bob Forster learned to ride a bicycle, he now challenges OC city mayors to ride the Long Beach active transportation network with him. From Bob: "Bring those candy-ass politicians up here to ride with us, see if they can keep-up."
- Travel in Southern California: Walking and biking compose only 16% of all trips, but sadly 10% of all injuries and 25% of fatalities
- Walking and biking compose 14% of fatalities but receive only 1.6% of federal transportation funding
- Pamela Galera, City Planner, City of Anaheim: Transportation is moving people not their cars, cars are here to stay so to avoid CARMAGEDDON we need a better plan. The cities of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Santa Ana show the same commitment.
A complete set of slides and data from this presentation will be offered here when they are available to post. Check back later this week. -LS