Policies & Programs - Transportation
Access & Mobility
- Engage vulnerable populations in a transit needs or
- Promote equitable commuting options for workers and improve
multi-modal access to existing and planned low- and middle-wage
job centers or corridors as well as job-training institutions.
- Support and expand educational resources and outreach about
safe and active transportation that represent the preferred
languages and cultures of residents.
- Create wayfinding and other signage comprehensible to an
international population. Work with community organizations that
serve non-English speaking communities to better understand how
signage and outreach materials for all modes can be more useful.
- Enhance accessibility to major job centers, local services,
and recreation for cyclists and pedestrians in underserved
- Develop programs that aim to close gaps in bicycle access and
repair by providing subsidized bike sharing programs and
shuttles, and low-cost or free bicycle ownership.
- Seek to create viable, accessible and affordable transit for
vulnerable populations, for example:
- Implement projects that address transportation needs
identified through County-wide Community Based Transportation
- Provide more transit stops, bus shelters and frequent
transit for low-income communities, and enhance the amenities
and information at bus stops where transfers frequently
- Work with appropriate partners to subsidize monthly
passes for low- income riders and increase accessibility to
bus pass vendors.
- Work with local schools and employers to promote bicycle
commuting, for example, assist in purchasing and siting long- and
short-term bicycle parking.
- Explore a local shuttle service to complement a robust
- Maintain an advisory committee to evaluate planning and
implementation of its jurisdiction’s bike and pedestrian goals
- Ensure accessibility for people of all ages and abilities on
bikes, foot, and wheelchairs. For example, safer and more
comfortable sidewalks, particularly for parents with children,
people in wheelchairs or using other personal mobility devices,
Land Use & Development
- Include community benefit frameworks based on
community-identified priorities, such as bike and pedestrian
improvements, shuttles and transit, quality jobs through first
source hire, prevailing wages, schools, parks and open space in
Downtown Plans, Specific Plans, Station Area Plans, up-zoning and
other planning processes for accessible, transit-oriented
- Emphasize importance of in-fill development near schools and
call for zoning updates that support connectivity and good
walking and bicycling infrastructure in these areas.
- Ensure transparent community engagement that is inclusive of
priority or vulnerable populations for any new developments
occurring within community. For example, by working with
community partners to address barriers to participation (ex. To
provide venues for input at convenient times and locations, hold
forums in prevalent languages or with interpreters and provide
childcare if needed).
- Provide technical support and training opportunities to
underserved communities to enhance their capacity to participate
in transportation planning processes. For example, the city may
work with community partners and schools in neighborhoods
impacted by high pedestrian and bicyclist collisions or organize
walking and bicycling audits (where participants identify issues
related to walking and biking, rank concerns and identify
- Ensure proportionate representation from high-poverty areas,
communities of color, all age groups, and the disability
community in advisory committees such as a Bicycle Advisory
Committee or Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
- Adopt an “Equity in all policies” approach such as American
Planning Association’s 2019 Planning for Equity Policy Guide.
- Improve transportation facilities and traffic controls to
provide more safety for children, seniors, and people with
- Secure bike parking at schools.
- Allocate resources toward projects and programs in low income
communities with high pedestrian/bicycle collision rates,
prioritizing near schools.
- Ensure that the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) design
standards are enforced.
- Promote events and activities to educate and reduce the
danger of harm from walking, bicycling, and public transportation
use in disadvantaged communities, for example, through
school-based outreach, participating in existing community
events, and organizing walk/bike tours.
- Offer free, secure bicycle parking and storage areas in areas
with large populations of low-income families and minority-owned
Safe Routes to School
- Target Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programming in schools
that serve underserved populations
- Apply for SRTS grant programs. Allocate funding for SRTS
infrastructure improvements and educational programs.
- Work with school districts to integrate walking and bicycling
safety education into class curriculum.
- Involve parents and community support in the SRTS process
through comprehensive and culturally appropriate outreach.
- Identify a campus leader/organizer/champion for SRTS.
- Conduct activities that reinforce walking and bicycling, e.g.
walking bus or bike trains.
- Ensure safety with crossing guard assistance during peak
- Allocate funding for Vision Zero Action Plan.
- Form a permanent Vision Zero task force.
- Implement a range of public safety messaging campaign via
social media and around the community, for example at high
frequency transit stops and at sites of previous traffic-related
- Provide bicycle safety education classes for youths and
- Plan community events such as Bike to Work Day or Bikepool.
- Conduct collision analysis.
- Tap existing resources (e.g. Vision Zero Network).
- Promote equitable enforcement policies that do not overburden
low-income families or communities of color with fees and fines
(e.g. Focus on the 5 campaigns from SFMTA).
- Partner with local law enforcement to address traffic and
crime concerns in the neighborhood, around schools, and along
school routes, while ensuring that law enforcement does not over
police students of color, low-income students, or their families.
- Avoid imposition of laws on bicycling that would be
burdensome to low-income communities, such as laws that require
city-issued licenses to bicyclists.
- Plan to work with law enforcement to develop an equitable
enforcement approach for key traffic violations to reduce
over-policing and overburdening communities of concern with
- Consider a traffic violation diversion program.
Project grading criteria and funding allocation
- Establish a Pedestrian and Bicycle Funding Priority Grading
System to prioritize funding and budget allocations for existing
and future bikeway and pedestrian facilities and infrastructure.
- Prioritize funding for capital projects that best meet
established performance measures beyond Level of Service (LOS).
- Include health and equity grading criteria in Pedestrian and
Bicycle Funding Priority Grading System.
- Include pedestrian and biking improvements projects and
programs in the city’s Capital Improvement Program and/or sets
aside a % minimum investment for active transportation.
- Allocate funds for a public bike share program.
- Allocate funding to improve and maintain sidewalk or bike
- Establish financial incentives or disincentives for
employers, developers, or the city to promote active
transportation, for example commute subsidies, transit passes,
free or inexpensive bikes, etc.