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.