California's future bike path

California's future bike path

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release about their efforts to decarbonize California transportation. They are working toward a goal of eliminating transportation-based carbon emissions by 2045. In efforts to minimize transportation’s impact on the environment, they’re focusing on promoting active forms of transportation like walking and cycling.

Under Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, there is more than $750 million allocated to transit agencies and $100 million to the Active Transportation Program, which brings better bicycle and pedestrian facilities to disadvantaged communities.

Active Transportation is Good for People and Environment

Active forms of transportation are good for people and for the environment. Walking and cycling are great ways to get outside and get exercise. In addition to reducing pollution, these are great ways to improve your own personal health. Unfortunately, not all communities are pedestrian and bicycle friendly though.

Cyclists are pedestrians are still some of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. With distracted driving on the rise, these roadway users are most at risk for injuries and fatalities while sharing the road with other motorists.

Active Transportation Still Isn’t Safe in Many Areas

Under the Active Transportation Program, Caltrans plans to bring safer infrastructure to disadvantaged communities. In the past, only the wealthier high-end communities have gotten funding for safe cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, leaving disadvantaged communities less safe for all different types of roadway users.

At the end of the day, no matter how much safe planning and infrastructure goes into promoting active forms of transportation, pedestrians and cyclists are still at the mercy of the drivers they share the road with. Motorists are urged to refrain from engaging in any type of distracted driving behind the wheel. It puts their lives and the lives of others at great risk for injury causing and potentially fatal collisions.

We Can Help Victims of Pedestrian Accidents

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident or a bicycle accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today. 

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