Road diets remove motor vehicle lanes to create space for bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks, bulb-outs and safer parking. Essentially road diets make streets “complete” — designed to accommodate all potential users including bicyclists, drivers, transit riders and pedestrians of every age and ability. This article outlines what road diets are, the benefits associated with them and how they are being implemented across California.
The City of Riverbank’s 2009 general plan update focuses on increasing transportation choices available to residents through closer integration of land use and transportation planning. This includes increasing street “connectivity” (the frequency with which streets or roads intersect) and other strategies supporting non-automobile travel. The city works closely with developers to implement these goals.
San Mateo County’s Commute Alternatives Program offers county employees transit pass, vanpool, carpool, bike, and walk to work subsidies, along with a Guaranteed Ride Home Program, carpool-only parking facilities, and bike lockers.
Lacking the resources of many larger counties in California, Tehama County focuses its efforts to improve transportation efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases on collaboration with other local government agencies, and leveraging the resources it has to provide multiple benefits, including those not related directly to these goals.