Broad coalition demands increase to Active Transportation Program


March 25, 2015

Contact: Melissa Balmer – Media Director/California Bicycle Coalition

Tel. 562-221-9672 Email:

Re: 120 Organizations encourage State to increase funding for cost saving/health saving walking and biking projects for safer streets and healthier neighborhoods


Sacramento, CA – As the costs of car ownership, traffic congestion and chronic diseases—exacerbated by pollution and inactive lifestyles—continue to rise, for both individuals and the state, California is increasingly working to create better options to get residents out of their cars for errands, exercise and transportation. The State’s Active Transportation Program (ATP), at less than 2% of the State’s transportation budget, provides opportunities for communities across the state by funding projects that make it safer, easier and more convenient for people to walk or bike rather than travel by car.

However, there is such a high demand for this type of healthy transportation funding across the state that presently the program is woefully under-funded. $800 million in shovel-ready projects were left unfunded in the latest round of ATP project funding in fall of 2014.

We know that 20 percent of trips by Californians are on foot or by bicycle, but despite the overwhelming demand for projects that create safer streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pathways, the state Active Transportation Program still only receives around one percent of Caltrans’s annual budget,” said Jeanie Ward-Waller, Senior Policy Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. “Last year, 800 grant applications were submitted by communities for projects like these, but fewer than 150 were funded last year due to this funding shortfall.”

California has a tremendous opportunity to double walking and bicycling trips by 2030 by making strategic investments to shift car trips that are less than one mile. 120 organizations are calling on the California legislature to increase funding for the Active Transportation Program by $100 million. The request is being led by a coalition that includes the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, California Bicycle Coalition, California Walks, the Rails to Trails Conservancy, PolicyLink, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, and California Park and Recreation Society. Other organizations supporting are the AARP, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Local Government Commission and Coalition for Clean Air (see full list included below).

“Bicycling is seeing rapid growth in popularity in cities across California, but most places are still not safe enough for everyone who would like to travel by bike,” said Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition. “The ATP has the potential to create safe and attractive bikeways that are easy to navigate in all communities, but not without much greater investment by the State.”

Not only are these projects highly popular, they save the state money. Active transportation projects are cheaper, cleaner, and require less maintenance than car-centric infrastructure. Further, these projects often have an added benefit of boosting local economies as well as demonstrated in the brand new “Safer Streets, Stronger Economies” report by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition. Safe, inviting neighborhood streets become safe and inviting places to shop right in residents’ very own neighborhoods. While many great projects received funding last year, the lack of adequate resources to finance all of the good projects that apply for funding is stagnating the program’s effectiveness in some areas and precluding some areas from gaining access to the program at all.

“In San Francisco, we have ambitious goals to make our streets safe for all road users. We also want to improve congestion, reduce our impact on the environment, and re-invigorate our neighborhoods by encouraging people to walk or bike as transportation. We’ve made progress, but there’s lots of work left to do. Without additional funding from the state, many of our safety projects will be slowed down, putting people’s lives at risk. If the state wants cities to meet the environmental and safety goals they have encouraged us to set, they need to provide the funding to make it possible.”Tyler Frisbee, Policy Director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

120 organizations support three key asks to improve the ATP:

  1. Increase funding for the Active Transportation Program (ATP) by $100 million.
  2. Integrate green infrastructure such as shade trees and planers and increase access to parks and green space into ATP projects to make it more comfortable to walk and bike.
  3. Ensure substantial ATP investments in projects that provide meaningful benefits to low-income communities.

Those interested in supporting these three asks are urged to add your voice to influence legislators and Governor Brown as budget hearings begin in early April. Please sign in support at the following link: For more information please contact Jeanie Ward-Waller – Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Tel. 401-241-8559 Email:

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The 120 organization’s supporting the increase in Active Transportation Funding include:

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Alliance for a Healthy Orange County

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Heart Association

American Lung Association in California

Amigos de los Rios

Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance

Ballona Creek Renaissance

Bike East Bay

Bike San Gabriel Valley


California Bicycle Coalition

California Center for Public Health Advocacy

California Convergence

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

California Park and Recreation Society

California Public Health Association-North

California ReLeaf

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)

California Student Sustainability Coalition

California Walks

Center for Climate Protection

Central CA Regional Obesity Prevention Program

ChangeLab Solutions

Chico Velo Cycling Club

Circulate San Diego

City of Highland

City of Redlands

City of Santa Monica

City of South El Monte

Climate Resolve

Coalition for Clean Air

Community Arts Resources

Community Health Councils

Community Mobility Work Team

Cowgirl Bike Courier

Crenshaw Walks

Davis Bike Park Alliance

Distracted Driving Awareness & Complete Streets

Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association

Durant Avenue Task Force

Ecology Action

Environmental Council of Sacramento

Environmental Justice Program – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton

Fresno Cycling Club

Friends of Caltrain

Friends of El Dorado Trail

Ghost Bike Foundation

Go Bike USA

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Green Youth Alliance

Greenbelt Alliance

Health Education Council

Housing California

Inland Empire Biking Alliance

Investing in Place

Kids Campus Youth Center


LAE Associates, Inc.

Larkspur Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Group

Lassen Land and Trails Trust

Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

Local Government Commission

local motion

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams (LAOUT)

Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation

Los Angeles Walks

Merced Bicycle Coalition

Mission: Readiness

Move LA

Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition

National Health Foundation

Natural Resources Defense Council

NeighborWorks Orange County

North Natomas TMA

Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition

Pathways to Right-of-Ways

Peninsula Family YMCA

People Power



Prevention Institute

Public Health Institute


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Red Bike Medicine

Redwood Community Action Agency

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention

Ron Milam Consulting

Ryan Snyder Associates

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

San Diego County Bicycle Coalition

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition

Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition

SF Bay Walks

Sierra Club California

Sierra Nevada Alliance

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange

Sunday Streets/Livable City

T.R.U.S.T. South LA

Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway

The Coalition for Sustainable Transportation

The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health

The mob shop

The Trust for Public Land

Town of Danville

Trails for Richmond Action Committee


TRIPwise, Transportation Solutions for CSU Monterey Bay


Walk ‘n Rollers

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland

Walk San Francisco