Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Creating a Community for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

This past Monday, I was pleased to approve an ordinance that authorized the creation of a Pedestrian Master Plan for the City of San Mateo.  Along with a companion ordinance passed earlier this year to create a Bicycle Master Plan, the City of San Mateo will now embark to create a 20-year plan to create a community friendly to the needs of pedestrians and bicycle riders.

In voting to hire Alta Planning and Design, the City will engage local homeowner, neighborhood groups, and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan that will lay out, more pathways for people to walk and cycle through our City.  All aspects of City life, including traffic safety, future development, creation of more open space, and reducing our carbon footprint will be taken into consideration in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans that will be completed in the next 12-18 months.

The funding for the development of these master plans comes from taxpayer approved "Measure A" funds, which in 2004 extended a half cent sales tax to provide funding for transportation and safety improvements on our City streets, including projects to study pedestrian and bicycle safety.  No general fund money will be used to fund this project. 

I encourage all residents to get involved in the community workshops that will be coming soon to a neighborhood near you, and help us create a more dynamic city for pedestrians and bicycles! 

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