CalBike research has revealed the broad scope of streets that could be positively affected by the Complete Streets for Active Living Bill (SB 127 – Wiener). The bill requires Caltrans to consider adding features that keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe when they repair or repave a highway that is surface street. SB 127 would bring the public into the Caltrans planning process, for greater transparency and community input.
Most of the 50,000 lane miles that Caltrans manages are freeways. Freeways are not affected by SB 127. However, Caltrans maintains many surface streets that are state highways and run through neighborhoods where people live. While only about 17% of Caltrans-controlled roadways have been identified as the kinds of local streets addressed in SB 127, these routes are important thoroughfares at the heart of local communities.
CalBike’s research has found 187 state routes that double as local streets in 44 of California’s 58 counties. This list is not comprehensive; there may be additional routes that we have not yet identified. If we missed a state route that runs through your town, please let us know: email firstname.lastname@example.org.