Active Transportation Tips for County Leaders
Ask “what has already been done?” to promote safe and active transportation.
- How is active transportation addressed in our county general plan?
- How is active transportation considered when determining public works project priorities?
- Has the county board of supervisors considered minimum allocations to active transportation funding?
- Have I heard about challenges and opportunities from knowledgeable staff in planning, public works or law enforcement?
- How is active transportation addressed by regional planning agencies?
- How is our board linked to city and regional transportation agencies? Has our liaison reported on active transportation priorities and investments to our board of supervisors?
- What community-based organizations have studied the situation and developed recommendations?
Set Direction and Establish Structure
- Build a shared understanding on your board and within your county of the benefits of active transportation. Back your beliefs with research. Start with www.activelivingresearch.com.
- Incorporate active transportation goals and plans into your planning processes. Opportunities include updates to the county’s general plan and any specific plans for areas within your county, which may include a climate action plan, bicycle master plan or pedestrian plan. More information about different City, County, School and Regional Plans here.
- Ensure that zoning and parking codes are in alignment with active transportation goals.
- Encourage collaboration across local efforts to promote resident health and safety.
- Include active transportation in infrastructure planning, financing and resource allocations, with a particular focus on those areas around schools in unincorporated areas where the county acts as the local jurisdiction and provides the transportation infrastructure.
- Where needed, assign responsibility for assessing and developing active transportation recommendations to a collaborative body that represents interests of all residents. Include city leaders, business, schools, health, law enforcement, and pedestrian and bicycle organizations.
Walk Your Talk
- Ask the appointed board liaison to your county or regional transportation planning agency to champion this issue.
- Invest and advocate for projects that support active transportation.
- Promote and participate in active transportation events.
- Model physical activity. Host walking constituent meetings. Create a challenge to fellow board members. Clock and post your walking and bicycling miles.
- Request regular active transportation progress reports to the board.