Sacramento County Active Transportation Plan Workshop 11/10/20 (Afternoon)

everyone for joining today’s presentation is being streamed on multiple platforms facebook um currently on zoom we’re going to have a lot of um interactive elements to it so polling through website through your phone through texting this presentation will also be we’ve also made accommodations for accessibility so just to start off this presentation is being recorded so if you would not like your um window box to be recorded or if you do not want to show your face or your you know what’s being shown on your computer please feel free to just turn off the video um and we’ll we’ll even go over in the next light how to how to do that uh like i said before this presentation is also being presented in spanish and so in order to view or listen to the spanish setting you can select your language specific audio channel as seen here on this slide and the way you do that is you hit the interpretation button and you can select english or spanish with that i’d like to just briefly hand it over to our county project manager mickey mcdaniel to just give a few a few thoughts on and words on on this project and this effort hi everybody thank you all for taking time to join our community workshop the input that you will give us today and throughout the plan planning process will form the backbone of the sacramento county active transportation plan my name is mickey mcdaniel i’m the transit and bicycle coordinator for sacramento county department of transportation i serve as the project manager for the atp our consultant team is ulta planning walk sacramento and dks associates in this workshop we have uh we have ottomalara who you just heard from and libby nachman from ulta planning from walk sacramento we are joined by kiara reed the executive director of waksak as well as alicia brown and molly wagner otto otto molara will will take it from here great thanks mickey okay so let’s move on to the next slide so just to reiterate again if you would like to hear this presentation in spanish you can select um the enter you can um click the interpretation tab at the bottom of your window and select the spanish option where we are um live translating this presentation next slide so first i just want to welcome everyone to this workshop you know um typically we or i guess when this project first kicked off we had the intention of having this workshop in person um but because of this current pandemic and the situation that we’re in we’ve made adjustments to make this first workshop virtual and um you know are hopefully reaching out to as many people as we can through multiple channels of um you know of this digital and virtual engagement uh one thing that i do want to get across right now is i know that your time is valuable and i really thank you for taking the time to to be with us today but if you have to step out if you have to leave early um if there’s one takeaway from this project that i can leave you with it’s this website walk bike um this is where a lot of our information that we’ll be going over can be found in this website you can find an interactive map where which we’ll go over later in this presentation and this interactive map gives you the opportunity to provide us any comments um any suggestions you may have on walking and biking in sacramento county there’s also a survey there that you can take um there’s a scavenger hunt which is really fun and we’ve we’ve um we’re going to show you some pictures from some participants of that scavenger hunt and also you can find future updates on the plan on that website so walk by next slide so again you know this is this is a virtual meeting and we are using zoom so i just want to quickly go over um you know just some administrative um topics here on how to use soon so uh when you’re participating you know we highly recommend that you rename yourself um sometimes you may just come up as guests or you may come up as something that you previously were signed in on zoom so um if you click on the particip participants tab you can rename yourself and we just recommend using the first name and last initial or even just first name is fine we this is an interactive presentation so we’re really um encouraging any questions or comments that you may have and the best way for you to provide those comments and questions is through the chat box um so you know on the bottom of your tab click the chat box and type any questions throughout the presentation if you’d like um there are going to be some opportunities for you to speak um you know actually into the microphone and speak with us directly we ask that when you’re not speaking or after you’re done with your question that you mute your audio you know we don’t want um any kind of background noise from other participants you know i have a one-year-old child so i’m going to be meeting my audio when i’m not talking um also if you want to um speak during the q a you can raise your hand there’s a there’s a raise your hand feature that will show you um and then you can also lower below your hand when um after you’re speaking and then of course this meeting is being recorded so if you do not want to be um recorded if you do not want your uh your zoom window to be recorded please you know turn off your audio um but the great thing about recording about these virtual meetings is that we’ll be able to post it on our website so that if anybody missed it they can view it later next slide so in terms of using the zoom layout you know everything is at the bottom of this window um you know there’s a tab for you to turn your camera and microphone off um you can click on the participants tab and um you know rename yourself and and this is where you can see everybody who’s in this in this workshop and also at the bottom um you can see uh kind of the raised hand feature that we were talking about so you can click on that raise your hand and we’ll call on you to ask your question and then of course if you want to provide any comments or questions feel free to click on this chat box that’s at the bottom of your screen again and this will be monitoring that chat box and kind of compiling a lot of comments and questions together so that we can answer all of them thoroughly next slide another great feature of this presentation is poll everywhere and this is a really awesome feature that we’re going to use to ask you questions and receive live feedback so what you can do is you can access you can go on atp you can do that on your web browser or on your phone but we ask that you just choose one and you keep it open and the reason for that is um one this feature doesn’t allow for double counting so you can’t be on both at the same time and then we also ask that you whatever you’re using you keep it open because that way we know who’s responding to these comments if you close out you’re basically starting over when you log back in um if you’d like to text us you can also text alta planning 107 to num to the number two two three three three and we will receive um the answers to uh the poll questions that we’ll be asking next next slide okay so looks like we already have some um some poll answers here and so basically we’re doing a test poll just to kind of you know get everyone used to how this works and the question is do you get how this works so um you know there are four answers here absolutely yes concerned and no way um and it looks like we’re this is actually live and it’s moving right now and fifty percent of people have said absolutely 36 percent have said yes seven percent are concerned and luckily no one has said no way so um this is great and of course i’ll just just a quick reminder you can text ulta planning 107 to the number two two three three three and um you know hit a b c or d with your response all right i think we’re ready for the next question or for the next slide so these are the topics that we’re going to be covering today you know today’s meeting um is really an introduction between the project planning team and the community on what this plan is so we want to introduce what is the uh sacramento county active transportation plan what is an active transportation plan in general um so we’ll go over you know some of our high level thoughts there and kind of give you some more insight into what we’re doing and and the benefits of this plan uh then we’re going to go over the project goals basically what are we trying to achieve with this plan and um how the community uh is involved and how they play a critical part in this process you know we really want to stress that this planning project relies heavily on the community’s input involvement and participation and so we want to share with you kind of what we’ve been doing and what we will be doing to have more of these conversations to interact more with the public and then of course the next steps where do we go from here you know what is the result of this this major major effort for the county um so we’ll be going over that um we have some images here just to kind of describe you know sacramento county’s active transportation network as you see on the bottom you know you have children walking to school that’s active transportation um in the middle here you have a bike route sign you know you may have seen these signs throughout the county before um and you know bike routes are a major component of the active transportation network currently and then of course as you see here on the right hand side on the right image a lot of people looks like they’re taking over a road for probably some type of race and um and there’s a lot of different types of users here you have uh people walking their dogs a woman in a uh you know pushing a stroller little kids riding a bike um you know average adults kind of riding bikes in the distance so all of these kind of capture perfectly our target audience and it’s it’s people of all ages abilities um age writing and and riding bikes and using active forms of transportation next slide so we’re going to be you know introducing the project to you um as mickey mentioned you know we have a really strong project team and we’re we’re uh managed and you know guided by our project manager mickey mcdaniel who works for the county um as a transit and bicycle coordinator you know i um and my colleague libby we’re both um uh project managers on behalf of um the prime consulting firm ulta planning and design and what we bring is uh expert um you know um expert experience in active transportation planning especially for a county-wide project such as this we’ve also teamed up with walk sacramento um who have just done an amazing job and are continuing to do an awesome job of communicating and um and working with the community on on this project and i think that’s a really important part of this project because planning doesn’t happen simply behind a desk or you know kind of in the data it happens by speaking to people and walk sacramento has this great experience of having just great connections um to community based organizations um you know and to people throughout the county so that we can break those barriers and really understand um you know what are some of the um issues and challenges that people in the county are experiencing in terms of active transportation and then we’ve also teamed with dks associates and they’re an engineering focused firm um and you know they provide really great support for this project because they are making like all the recommendations that we’ll be providing will be kind of filtered through an engineering lens to make sure that they’re possible and they’re feasible we don’t want to provide a plan that’s just going to sit on a shelf for 20 years we want to provide a plan that will be implementable and fundable so that way the county can take these projects and you know they can have a running start on making a lot of these improvements possible and a lot of that happens with the help of an engineering team next slide so what is an atp um an atp is short for active transportation plan um just to kind of give you you know a a brief snapshot of what it is what we’re showing you here these two images in the middle one is the sacramento county pedestrian master plan and the other is the sacramento county bicycle master plan um that plan was adopted in 2011.Both of these focus on really specific transportation elements right one is pedestrian one is bicycle what an active transportation plan is is it fuses both of these plans together and it provides even more recommendations for other things that are not typically considered in both of these plans things like um you know access accessibility issues so how do you know folks with wheelchair needs get around how do children using scooters get around um you know access to transit stations so any type of active transportation and the needs of the network transportation network are found in an active transportation plan and so that’s the really great thing about this plan which is the first for the county is look taking a really comprehensive look at every all of the at the network in the county to understand where are the major uh challenges um and how we can over overcome those challenges um using all forms of active transportation um and then a couple of other images that you’re seeing here you know you’re seeing children walking to school with the crossing guard um that’s a really great depiction of a program recommendation that we can make in this plan um you know crossing guards that is a programmatic recommendation you know they um you know they work with schools and and we we can look at um you know where crossing guards throughout the county can be um you know can be really helpful and so we’ll take a really detailed school specific approach and then the bottom image you know is a trail you know and the trail network in sacramento county is just amazing and really taking advantage of people utilizing the trail not just for recreation but also for um you know basic transportation needs so how can we connect people to the trail so that they can use it to get from point a to point b next slide so this is an overview of our process and how we actually get to a plan and to a after transportation document and at first it starts with assessing the existing conditions for people walking and biking so we take a close look at what’s currently on the ground um we take a close look at documents that have been already adopted that have already assessed this you know we’re not starting from scratch here we’re really uh we have a head start and we already have a strong foundation based on a lot of previous documents that have already assessed this and so we’re looking at all this information and kind of looking at it in a way that helps us understand where are the goals and any challenges or gaps we’re going to be listening to the community you know that’s a really important process of this project and of any planning process is understanding from the community exactly where those challenges are we’re going to be connecting you know our goal is to connect people to places to destinations we want to make sure that you know active transportation isn’t just for um you know people who want to get on a bike you know get on a bike and bike you know 50 miles uh for exercise it’s for everybody it’s for connecting family to the grocery stores for connecting kids to schools for connecting people to the to um to a bus stop we’ll be making recommendations and improvements um not just based on projects or or infrastructure that you know can be installed but also policies and programs that will help make these projects successful then we’ll also work with the county on providing and identifying funding sources for projects all these projects are great until they have to be funded and so we bring a strong team of highly experienced grant writers and people who are just really skilled at finding um funding sources so that way these projects at the end of this process can receive that money so that it can be um implemented um and then a big part of that is actually prioritizing the projects that we have so when we have this long list of projects we can’t just hand it over to the residents or the county and say you know good luck we have to break it down and provide kind of a guidebook or roadmap to which projects need to be built first which projects are cheapest which projects are going to take a lot of different um interagency coordination so we’ll work on that prioritization as well next slide and at the end of this we will have a plan that helps people of all ages and abilities use human power transportation you know it’ll help children um who want you know who are first learning how to ride bikes or learning how to use their scooters uh it’ll learn people who are using carts going to the laundry mat um it will help you know families walk kids to school it’ll help people who um you know use active transportation or biking as their main form of recreation but it may just be tough to get to the trail hopefully you know we can provide an answer to that um and of course you know people who are just using bikes to get from one place to another and you know people with different types of needs like wheelchair needs for example um and and kind of answering to those challenges that they may face next slide so now we have a we’re going to take a quick break to take a poll here and this is going to be a really fun exercise to understand where you live there’s no right or wrong answer um we just want to get a sense of what neighborhood what city you know cross street anything that you describe as where you live feel free um to go onto tinyurl.comsacat or or text it to number two two three through three um and and let us know where you live and what we wanna get from this is a word cloud you wanna understand all the different places that people are coming from um you know we’re in this really interesting place right now during this pandemic where we can host these meetings and you can be anywhere you can be in your living room you can be in a totally different city um and so we just want to get a sense of where people are and i think that’s a really really awesome part of this project and end of this plan all right so we’re seeing the word cloud come in this is awesome so we have west sacramento we have oak park med center sacramento we have carmichael fair oaks east sac a lot of carmichael american river college north city farms rancho [Music] yeah it looks like we have people from all over which is really great to see some people from sacramento some people from nearby communities yeah this is great lots of people coming in this is really neat yeah thank you to everyone for making the time to um be part of this workshop arden arcade there it is again american river college nice all right downtown yeah davis a destination for sure for um you know for folks within the county yeah marshall school new era okay great thanks everyone for um participating in that the next poll is um since covid19 how have your walking or bicycling habits changed and you can go to or sorry um okay so the pre-loaded answers here are a i’m walking or biking more than before i’m walking or biking about the same as before or c i’m walking or biking less than before so any of those again no right or wrong answer we just kind of want to get a sense of how your walking or biking habits have changed during this really unprecedented time and it looks like about half of you are walking or biking more than before maybe taking uh advantage of getting outside during quarantine um about 14 are biking the same as before so no changes for you all and then about 38 of you are walking or biking less than before so i wonder if some of you used to bike commute and you’re not making that commute anymore or you used to go certain places walking or biking that you’re not going anymore great okay so moving on to updating the active transportation plan and you know what are the potential goals of this plan and we put potential goals because we are um we’re still early on in this process you know we’re we still have a lot of work to do and a lot of communication um and engagement to do with the community we’ve done a lot of analysis so far but we still have a lot of network development to do so in terms of potential goals you know we want to provide you with some high level goals that this project will aim to achieve but doing this and speaking to the community and having um people take surveys and you know engaging one-on-one with with people like how walk sacramento is doing that’s where we really are able to define and refine goals so what i’m going to share with you is just high level you know goals that that we’re going into this project with but one is to improve safety for everyone especially people walking and biking um and kind of a key word there is everyone because you know active transportation is about people across the board um you know not just avid walkers avid bicyclists but the goal not and available and then the next goal is to develop more connected bicycle and sidewalk or pedestrian networks um you know at the result of of this plan we want to give recommendations on where there can be more um bike lanes um you know even trails or or even new types of bike lanes like uh separated bike lanes and um any places where we can make sidewalk recommendations or how we can um kind of work within really tight you know dimensions um to help people um safely walk and then of course it’s to increase access to park schools and other community destinations this is really important because people need to get from point a to point b and we want to you know provide um you know better access to a lot of these places um that people want to go to um you know using active transportation methods and then at the end of this we want to make walking and biking more comfortable um if you can’t make it comfortable if you can’t make it safe if you can’t you know increase connectivity or access then simply you know people won’t um won’t want to walk and bike so making it comfortable you know answering to certain stressful areas i think you know this is really what makes change within transportation networks next slide okay so we’re going to take another quick whole break and ask you which goals are important to you based on the goals that we just presented so again atp we have those goals pre-loaded so you can answer with a improved safety b connecting bike lanes and sidewalks c improve access to destinations d make walking and biking more comfortable or other if you have anything else please feel free to share it in the chat yeah that looks like people’s answers are coming in so we’re improving safety is the top choice that people are choosing right now it’s around 42 although it’s changing as people answer the second highest is improving access to destinations about 26 of you have chosen max we have connect bike lanes and sidewalks at 15 uh just changed to 17 and then making walking and bicycling more comfortable is around 12 so it looks like the priorities for people here are stacy and improving access to destinations a couple notes in this in the chat people are saying uh suggesting that we enforce auto speed limits and that might connect to safety and then someone has mentioned that all goals are important so that’s another perspective thank you yeah and just to reiterate you know these are um these are really preliminary goals and these goals will be refined after we continue to hear from from the public and we as we continue this process um everything is in draft mode right now so you know this is a great time for for you and for members of the community to really chime in and um and help kind of mold this project to be uh really tailored to you you know we want to know exactly um you know where what your goals are and if you have any anything more specific to say you know there’s going to be plenty of opportunity to to let us know that all right so now we’re going to take a quick um question and answer break and we’re going to open the floor up to everyone i just want to remind you that this is being recorded so if you don’t want to show you know your video turn your video off after you are done with your question please unmute yourself and of course if you have a question um you know raise your hand in the chat box and we’ll definitely call on you so otto i’ll start with a couple questions that have been coming in through the chat we can work down from there the first question was just wanting to know more about alta where you guys are based and then if there are bicycle planners on the project team great question so um alta is based out of sacramento although we have a national presence um you know we are we have a deep bench of bicycle and pedestrian and active transportation planners this is all that we do so when you hear um the word active transportation you know planning and design that that’s exactly what we do um we only focus on these type of projects um i’m based out of sacramento myself my wife is actually my wife and my in-laws are from carmichael so um very familiar with the area um and then is there another part to that question i think you got it and then it looks like howard stood back or if i didn’t pronounce your name quite right has his hand raised so i will go ahead and unmute i just have a question i wonder to what extent the legal community if it all will be involved in any of this in terms of um ensuring or maximizing the possibility that motorists will not interact excessively with bicycles and pedestrians at crosswalks and by legal community do you mean like police enforcement yeah police enforcement and uh the folks who make the laws yeah i mean because right now even though while it may be safe safe enough to ride along a street how do you cross the street safely without being run over and that’s a big issue for a lot of folks right right good question howard yeah um i guess you know i i to start off answering that question um our approach to this project in terms of community engagement also includes stakeholder engagement and what that means is that there are a lot of other parties um who play a role in this process and who have a say um especially for an area such as biggest accounting have a say in the types of recommendations that are made and and also um provide really valuable input so we have made um as part of this project a technical advisory committee that includes people from public works um people from other juris you know planners and engineers from other jurisdictions police enforcement and so that communication is is currently happening and will happen throughout the the process of the project in terms of you know i guess to answer one of your concerns which is what can we do to enforce the safety between vehicles and bicyclists a lot of the recommendations that we will make and i’d say most of them will have a safety component to it that addresses historic safety issues so as part of this process and pro as part of us learning what the issues are the county we’re looking really deeply at the last i think it’s like five years of historical crash data um there you know that’s a lot of information for us to dissect so we have a really strong group of um analysts who are looking into this and understanding what are some of the issues that are happening at these locations that we found in terms of collisions between bicyclists and vehicles pedestrians and vehicles and that will help us make strong recommendations you know that will make those areas safer and we can also provide alternatives to those you know for example maybe um in a certain area you know it’s just not comfortable for for us to you know tell someone okay we’re gonna we’re gonna paint a bike lane on this major you know major road or major arterial um so you know there you go there’s your bike lane that may be comfortable for some people don’t get me wrong but it could be that for a lot of people it just deters them and and you know poses a safety risk so as part of this project we’ll make uh alternative recommendations as well and we’ll do things like provide um bicycle boulevards or neighborhood bike routes um you know through you know residential areas for example that provide alternatives to riding on you know major roads like that so we have a really kind of wide range of tools and methods that we’ll use to to make the network safer can i make one more point yes i think that oftentimes motorists don’t take the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians all that seriously regardless of what the rules may be and i compare what we have here to what exists in many places in europe which i wear bicycled extensively and realize in many places motorists are 100 percent fall if there is any kind of an interaction between a bicyclist and a motorist so they’re super cautious about making sure that those kinds of things just don’t happen to the extent that they do here and that’s the kind of thing that i’d like to see if that’s at all possible great yeah thank you i think you you hit it right on the nose and um i think you’re absolutely right and i think what we can provide to this project um are programmatic recommendations so um you know things that go beyond you know painting bike lanes or adding new infrastructure it’s really creating a new culture um and providing that education to vehicles themselves and that is definitely a part of this project and something that we will definitely be looking into when we’re making recommendations thanks howard you’re welcome and otto do we have time for a few more questions or should we save the q a break um yeah let’s let’s take one more and then and then we can keep going and then um we’ll save the rest for the additional cube neighbor okay so back in the chat um dan asked i don’t quite understand connected bike lanes and sidewalks does this mean connecting them to each other improving the bike network great question um yeah in terms of connected bikeways and sidewalks it’s i guess that’s um the terminology there is is a bit funny but what we’re really talking about is a comprehensive network or a network that looks at all the different uses so to give you an example um if one plan focuses on you know um the bicycle network and another plan focuses on the pet network they are looking at really specific things we’re looking at these two different user types but it could be that the issues that they’re seeing are the same or that those issues are the same within a certain kind of geography so what this plan does is it looks at finding solutions to both things to vice the bicycle network the act of the pedestrian network at the same time sometimes you can do those um kind of in one stroke for example uh a trail right a trail is a great example of um of a network that can be used for bicyclists pedestrians uh recreational users you know kind of anybody um but but something maybe a little bit more relatable or intersections intersections are something that bicycles and pedestrians and and vehicles and buses they all have to at one point in time kind of funnel through so if we look at intersections with the lens of both bicyclists and pedestrians at the same time then we can make like one really strong recommendation that will answer everyone’s needs um you know once as opposed to having to kind of do it both in two different plans so that’s kind of what we mean by um connecting these recommendations thank you and then one last question for this break um what does comfortable mean great question yeah it’s um comfortable means exactly what what your definition of comfortable means there is no wrong you know right or wrong answer what’s comfortable for um you know a a six-year-old learning how to ride uh his or her bike to school is can be completely different than comfortable for you know uh an avid you know 100 mile bike you know writer um or someone who you know jogs for example um recreationally so there’s different levels and different definitions of comfort and that in itself is actually what we’re trying to achieve we want to make sure that there are recommendations that are comfortable for everybody uh and the way we do that is by providing a lot of different options so it’s not just about a one-size-fits-all network where we have you know um painted bike lanes everywhere or trails everywhere you know we want to provide options we want to provide options so that different types of people will feel comfortable and we’ll feel safe and the other part of that is we want to know what comfort means to you what does comfortable mean for specific you know people in the county um comfortable for someone in sacramento county is very different than comfortable for someone in um los angeles county you know or the central valley or san francisco for example so having these conversations is really important because we get to learn what your definition of comfort is so that we can provide actual solutions that will work for you okay so now we’re going to move on to learning from the community um and i think for most of this part of the presentation i’m going to be handing it over to my colleagues at walk sacramento so they can talk about just the great work that they’re doing um you know in terms of engaging with the community and and bringing that um qualitative approach to this project thank you otto um for passing that along i am alicia brown with walk sacramento um and just wanted to share a little bit more about the community engagement process as part of this plan um and actually a little background on walk sacramento as well um we are a community based non-profit working in the sacramento region um focusing a lot on active transportation generally so walking biking all forms of rolling um and a lot of our a big focus on of our mission is actually is really um being able to meet people where they are in terms of going to people in their communities but also making sure to hear from people about what their transportation experiences are like what their challenges are like and being able to help address those through infrastructure and through programs um and so as otto mentioned previously the active transportation plan really lays the vision for biking walking and rolling in a community and because of that we really need to hear about what that vision is directly from people who live in the county in the neighborhoods that you live work and play at um and so the uh engagement and outreach really informs every step of this process um and so we’ve been doing uh so far engagement through meetings with stakeholders who [Music] serve and work with different people throughout the county as well as through workshops just like this one and again we are hoping to be able to move to more in person given based on current public health considerations as well as through the project website through surveys and other interactive mapping where you can actually tell us where um where are these places that you go to and how do you get there and what are the challenges that you might face um to date we have been um focusing a lot on different stakeholder conversations um and talking with uh people who um are working within the biking community if you’re um a bicycle uh club or group talking with as well as talking with um community-based organizations and our partners who work directly with people on the ground and talking with disability focused organizations and making sure that all different kinds of disabilities are incorporated into this plan and not really have a focus and so we’ve had um invited over 50 groups to participate in these various stakeholder conversations and have talked with more than 30 different organizations as part of this process until now and hoping to conduct um several more as well so just a quick summary on some of the things that we’ve heard so far so we’ve heard a lot about access to different destinations being very important so access to public transit parks schools essential businesses and services such as banks grocery stores food distribution centers health centers and so on so access to destinations is incredibly critical especially now during covid 19.We’ve also heard a lot about a need for safer bike lanes um as well as continuous and unblocked sidewalks and so i think i’ve seen here and there in the chat talking about um sidewalk gaps as well as um blockages on sidewalks such as utility poles um being a major concern and we’ve been hearing definitely hearing that across the board as well um in addition to uh safe crossings and intersections is another another big topic um the another uh common thing theme that we’ve been hearing is making sure to design for people with different kinds of abilities and disabilities some not just mobility disabilities but also sensory vision and hearing and how can we make sure that our active transportation systems really work for truly work for everyone um and similar to this i’ve also seen in the chat um reiterated what we’ve already heard about um uh making sure that bikes and pedestrians are also separate from each other and making sure that there are safety taken into account for um and reducing crashes between pedestrians and bikes in addition to reducing crashes between bikes pedestrians and vehicles so with that said and some of that summary of uh what we’ve heard so far we wanted to really spend um this time with you today to hear a little bit more about what are some words that describe your experience walking or biking in sacramento county today um and again this is a poll that we have so please visit sac atp or text alta planning 107-2233 and we’ll see what um those common words come up all right we’re getting some responses in and it’s a a mixture we have some negative words dangerous hostile frightening dangerous is actually coming in a few different times for multiple people disconnected busy challenging treacherous scary i saw a couple of positive ones um wonderful uh great um love but it does look like we’re getting dangerous is by far the most popular option and then we’re getting um some a couple people are noticing trails the trails are really um seems to be what people associate with walking and biking in sacramento county um but otherwise yeah a variety of other words like the uh disconnected disjointed inconsistent underfunded and then some again positive fun and beautiful these are all great responses i want to know if you’ve written a multi-word response it’ll get up broken up in this word cloud but we’ll see it um on the back end and get your full response um so don’t worry there great thank you you know looks like we’ve got a few more coming in um but just like libby said um dangerous disconnected fun is up there fun and great are both up there as well for um some of the positive experiences that you’ve had so i’ll move on to our next question and thank you for submitting all your answers there so now we want to think uh now that we’ve kind of heard a little bit about the common words focusing on um your current experience with walking and biking in the unincorporated county um i wanted to ask what is your vision for walking and biking in the unincorporated sacramento county in the future and again please visit sac atp or feel free to text ulta planning 107-2233 and we’ll have that same word cloud to hear what your vision is all right so we’re getting responses in it looks like a couple of the words that are popping out are accessibility and safe so people want to make sure that you’re safe when you’re moving as well as accessible opportunities we have connected as well showing up more than once multiple things aren’t connected connectivity continuous accessibility definitely safety shaded i noticed that’s in contrast to the hot that we saw previously in the prior word cloud unobstructed equitable but really safe connected accessible and continuous are really the words that seem to be coming up the most that we’re seeing the biggest on this word cloud yeah i have a walkable efficient separated equitable awesome thank you all for for sharing what your what your vision is for walking and biking in the future um and again these are all very similar themes to what we’ve been hearing so far throughout our engagement process as well so it’s great to hear similar themes for safety connectivity and accessibility so i do have one more question that we’ll move on to how else can we reach the community and so i think um throughout this process we really want to make sure that it’s continuing to evolve and meets um current uh communication needs for people and we also recognize that we haven’t talked to everyone so um so far there might still be people who we want to make sure that we engage in this process and so i’d we’d love to hear from you and your thoughts um who else should we be talking to how else can we make sure that we’re reaching people especially during this time um and i did see a few notes in the chat as well um for additional bike groups and we have been uh meeting with the bike hikers and the wheel men um but i also did see the bike advocates of rancho cordova so that’s a really great suggestion thank you very much for bringing that up yeah it looks like answers are coming in we have multiple people suggesting neighborhood associations and neighborhood groups saba intercept interviews at key destinations a great comment around listening to the disabled community [Music] school clubs american river bike patrol um existing group like sabah let’s see what else is coming in in the chat we also have people mentioning park districts community groups business corridor improvement districts high schools and college students local agencies and school clubs apartment complex newsletters if if you um have a newsletter at an apartment complex that you can connect with us that would be so helpful we have facebook groups mailing lists neighborhood associations farmers markets door-knocking such great suggestions elective leaders radio and tv acce groups and neighboring cities great yeah thank you all for all of these suggestions and we’re um we’re again like i mentioned we’re definitely open to um all of your the thoughts that you have about how we can engage more of our neighbors and friends um who live in the unincorporated county so with that i wanted to pass it back to otto to talk a little bit more about next steps thanks alicia yeah that was um that was really amazing to see all that participation coming in and um it’s a really great opportunity to um to hear from everyone here um i do want to mention uh i actually we’ll talk about this in next steps but um we did see some questions coming in about people um wanting to see the list of all the organizations we’ve spoken to i mean this is a really um vast and robust list so we didn’t want to put it on a slide but we can definitely make that available on our website so if you go to um walk bikes at county dot net we’ll have that information there after this presentation and you can see everyone who we um you know who we’ve spoken to or are slated to speak with and of course like libby said if you have any recommendations if you have a newsletter that you know if you have a group who we haven’t spoken to and you can kind of get us in touch with them please feel free to let us know and you can do that also through the website there’s an area where you can give us general comments and you can let us know there next slide yeah so in terms of you know what happens next um where are we in this plan um first of all we’re going to continue to be receiving community input um you know we have another workshop that’s just like this one later this evening we have more workshops throughout the life of this project um couple of pop-up events and kind of hybrid virtual events also planned we’re going to keep the website open and we have a lot of different ways that we’re going to be continuing to to listen to the public and this is an important part of the process that um lives throughout the entire you know development of this plan so the only time where we will stop um kind of that community engagement is when the draft plan is is complete and even at the draft plan level we will be presenting that draft plan to the public and getting their input so um you know the earlier that we can get the public’s input the better but there’s still a lot of opportunity to hear uh what you think uh we’re gonna be reviewing and synthesizing all these comments that are coming in there’s been so much amazing information that’s coming through this workshop that we need to spend some time with and synthesize and and really see how it’s going to mold this next phase of our project which is the recommendations we’ll also be providing an overall summary of everything that we’ve learned through all of this public engagement through the stakeholder interviews through um technical advisory committee through these workshops through the surveys we’re going to be summarizing all of that um into you know basically a chapter of the public engagement plan that people will be able to see ahead of time um and like i said before we’re going to be using a lot of these recommendations comments um and insight from people to help develop our recommendations and um after this we’re going to be getting ready to launch into the next phase of public engagement and just to give you kind of a snapshot of what that phase looks like you know we’ve currently we’re wrapping up all of the existing conditions um work that we’re doing we are um you know really close to finishing our assessment of the network now it’s time to move into recommendations and put projects in front of you and these projects will be in a draft form so that way we can still change them after we hear what the public has to say we can make you know edits to these recommendations and that’s what the next phase of public input engagement is going to look like is providing you with all the recommendations and improvements that we’re proposing and inviting constructive criticism so that we can make changes to them accordingly next slide this is what our overall schedule looks like you know it’s a multi-year effort you know we’re currently in this um needs analysis phase right now which is number two um you know we’ve wrapped up our system conditions we’re currently wrapping up needs analysis and then we’re going to be moving into recommendations into drafting the plan and making um revisions to the plan and then taking that final plan um after after we’ve completed all these steps after we’ve heard from the public after we’ve heard from the technical advisory committee and then provide this road map to the county so that they can begin implementing recommendations both infrastructure and programmatic um on all of these unincorporated areas and so i do i do want to stress that all of our recommendations that we’ll be providing and the bulk of our work is focused around the unincorporated part of the county and the reason for that is we are considering and we are working with a lot of um the plans for these incorporated cities city sacramento um you know rancho elk grove all these different areas they already have plans that have taken a really extensive look at their networks and have made recommendations and we don’t want to overwrite any of that but we do need to take it into consideration so that way our recommendations at the unincorporated level works seamlessly when you cross that boundary um into an incorporated city so we’re definitely considering all of those plans and all those recommendations but we’re going to be focusing uh the majority of our work on the unincorporated parts of the county next slide we want you to stay involved you know please check out um there’s a lot of great information there we’re going to keep updating that website and providing you with um with you know all of our updates uh all of our kind of major milestones that we have to share with the public on that website you can find the interactive map there so you can give us exact pinpointed recommendations on a map uh and let us know you know what are some of the challenges in certain areas where are some destinations that you would like to access but you currently can’t um you know via walking biking or or rolling you know using a wheelchair um so please check out that website stay tuned um share the website with your family and friends you know if you have a network of people who who you know want to be involved in this effort please share this website with them and get them involved you can email activetransportationplan any questions or comments that you may have um you know we’re going to try our best to respond to everything um and if not if you don’t get a response from us then just trust that that information is really valuable to this process and we’re going to be taking it into consideration as we continue to develop the plan um and then attend a listening session in december you know we haven’t quite locked down these dates um or or possible or maybe we have alicia can maybe shed some light on that but we’re going to be having neighborhood specific listening sessions in december where um our focus will be hearing from people in these specific areas about problems in these specific areas and i think for a county as big as sacramento county and as many as vast as the unincorporated county is that’s really important because um you know we don’t want to continue taking this high level approach we want to actually get down and and really listen to people in specific neighborhoods next slide um alicia do you want to jump in and talk about our photo scavenger hunt yeah definitely so um this is one of the other activities that we created and to encourage people to get out um during quarantine and then also think about what was your trip like what are some things that you liked about it what might be some things that you didn’t like about it um so this was just a fun activity that we wanted to share with with families and children and trying to get them engaged in this plan we still have this activity available in both english and spanish on the website so again i encourage you if you’re interested um we’d love to see your photos and learn more about what you found along the way and then i’ll do a very quick um demonstration of some of the tools that we have available on the website again the website is walk bike and we have a survey available as well as a web mapping tool so i’ll do a very quick demonstration of the web map tool but definitely encourage you to take a look at it yourself and also add in some of your thoughts on uh current destinations that you access or routes that um you would like to see improved uh things like that so um this is nikki mcdaniel i just wanted to pipe in to say that i see that there are some specific questions about particular locations uh throughout the county um if there are plans for a bike for a stop sign to go in things like that um those kind of questions um or comments are best placed on the map uh if you if you can do that because um we’ll be able to look back and say that there’s support for a change in this particular location so i encourage you to do that thank you thank you mickey um and just uh maybe libby would you be able to give me a thumbs up if you see the website on the screen right now i see these photo scavenger hunts of the website yes perfect yeah i just wanted to stop really quick and highlight the photo scavenger hunt that you can download here um and scrolling down we have this public input map that you can use in english for spanish we’ll take a look at the map here and so the the map is neat because it shows current uh infrastructure um so you can see some of the different bike paths that are available um and if you zoom in more you can see the gray for the sidewalks and where sidewalks exist or where they might not exist so that’s an a neat tool um that you can use um on the side over here we have some different options for being able to share your feedback on destinations that you currently or would like to access by walking and biking or rolling um walking biking or rolling routes that might need improvement routes that you currently use or challenging places so um again we encourage you to use any or all of these tools and i’ll just do one as an example it will pop up with this tutorial that we’ll skip for now um as an example if you zoom in here you can highlight a specific um portion of a of a street or share your route um and then add your comment about it so for example you could say highlight an area where there might not be a sidewalk or if the bike lane feels unsafe or uncomfortable for you and we encourage you to share more here as well as sharing if it what type of route it is the last thing i just wanted to note i will cancel this for now but wanted to note that you can see also show people’s comments and so you can see um everywhere else that people have been talking about different improvements and you can zoom in see what people are saying and you can uh you can also add your own comment like others people’s comments as well so we do have this tool available and again um encourage you to use it to share um some of these very specific locations the last thing i wanted to mention before we open it back up again um otto mentioned some listening sessions that we were scheduling for december um and so just wanted to mention that we are working closely with our community partners to try and schedule um listening sessions in december especially focusing on um the county’s environmental justice communities including north highlands foothill farms western arcade south sacramento vineyard and then also including some of the more rural and delta portions of the county and you can learn more and stay updated on when those are scheduled at the website so i think i want to pass it uh back to auto and potentially open it up for additional q a thank you alicia yeah so you know um again thanks for attending you know this was um uh a really great opportunity for us to hear directly from you um we really appreciate your time and if you have any additional time that you’d like to spend with us and and asking any questions i know that we have a backlog of questions that we want to try to answer and um some of them may you know be overlapping so what we’re doing kind of behind the scenes is trying to group a lot of these together if we can’t get to your question i think what we’re prepared to do is um provide responses to them offline and then post them on the website so there is still that option um but being that we’re pressed on time and that we know that your time is valuable we’re gonna do our best here um just you know in closing for this presentation um if you want to hear more information uh you know feel free to reach out to us via the website um and then in you know our sacramento county contact of course is mickey mcdaniel um her information is down there on the screen um mcdaniel and that second done that um so you know with that i’d love to open it up to questions um and we will do our best to answer them with the time that’s left all right thanks otto and i’ll jump in again to moderate and we’ve got a couple people that have had their hands up for quite a while so i want to make sure that we get to them first um so let’s go with dale page first they’ve seen that your hand’s been up for quite some time yeah hello um i just wanted to emphasize and reinforce what howard said about safety and i believe that uh there’s a large portion of the public that doesn’t comprehend that active transportation is really an important consideration and that the deck is stacked against people who are riding bikes are walking and the burden is really placed on those of us who walk and bike because cars are given the advantage and someone driving a car driving at 60 miles an hour through you know a business area that that’s a very dangerous situation and i i believe that you need to focus on some very simple things like trying to increase the public awareness that this is a problem and then if it comes down to enforcement uh the speed laws are generally pretty reasonable but people don’t follow the speed loss so that’s basically my comment i think that drivers when we’re driving could be much more courteous thanks thank you dale thanks dale and i see we also have jackie door’s hand up as well so jackie feel free to unmute yourself yeah thank you so much um yes i just uh a reminder and um of something i think we need to keep our eyes on when uh providing this when soliciting and providing input is the role of public transit uh since every uh public transit trip begins or ends with somebody walking or rolling or recycling to and from that trip and i i tried to give input on the map and didn’t find an easy way to highlight my frustrations with you know the beginning and the end of my bus trip for example and so just i just would say that we active train it’s a key uh element of active transportation that really for lots of people makes getting to distant destinations community college or a job or health care uh is you know really essential so i i really ask that you try to highlight that in this listening effort thank you great thank you jackie for that wonderful comment um so the next question we have i’m just going to go over to our chat archives is from sally lee sally wants to know what can be gone be done to reduce speed limits on streets to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists yeah that’s a great question and and for us and for this plan what we can do is provide policy recommendations um as you know in addition to um specific network and infrastructure recommendations as well so you know if if we’re hearing um you know comments around safety and speed limits we will definitely take those into consideration and they’ll definitely be part of how we’re developing recommendations and we’ll work with the county and um you know with law enforcement to see how we can make those possible and work with them on developing a policy that um you know that that is implementable so i think that you know we could do that at a high level um where it’s not just specific to one area maybe we’re making a policy that um is specific to many different areas um so that we can canvas more you know rather than just in pointing a certain area and um and calling it quits so you know that’s how i would recommend we um we make that that improvement thanks and just a reminder again um on mickey’s point if you have location specific questions to add them into the map that’s probably the best way for us to collect that data but we are also collecting those questions as they come in as well the next question is from kevin tan asked by gene will you be looking at the county’s ada transition plan recommendations for inclusion into the atp yeah that’s a good question and mickey if you’re available you can back me up on this but we are definitely looking into that as part of our um existing conditions analysis so um plans like that plans like the environmental justice area um you know these are all helping us lay the foundation for understanding where the gaps and challenges gaps challenges and opportunities are for making recommendations specific to the ada um plan i’m um yeah i’m certain that we are including that in our analysis yes this is mickey we have uh provided ulta dks sacramento with the ada transition plan which generated a lot of gis data and so um they’re starting from that as a basis of knowing where there are sidewalks and where they’re not and then also taking those recommendations into account especially in regards to the walk shed around bus stops as well so yes great and we had a couple questions come in just asking about the timing and how long it takes for sidewalks to get put in so i’ll read off sally’s question but there were a couple people i’m just kind of summarizing their questions so sally says carmichael has several street arteries with minimal sidewalks and utility poles making it difficult to walk and bike why does it take so long to get sidewalks in place yeah great question um you know specific to the county maybe nikki if you have some insight there um you know on on you know i can provide insight on what this plan will do which is um you know provide recommendations and kind of a roadmap for how to fund and grant a lot of these improvements including sidewalks but in terms of timing and schedule uh maybe it’s best for um you know making for the county to respond so my understanding is that we don’t receive we don’t receive federal funding for for sidewalks and uh no jurisdiction does because it’s not part of federal transportation policy so whereas you see like um that we pave roads regularly we do we have a regular funding source for that and what we’re left to do for sidewalks um is a couple of different ways to to get those in there and so one is if a if a developer or homeowner person who owns a piece of property is going to um develop their parcel then we can we can say in order for you to get a permit from us you you need to put in the sidewalk so we do that so that’s one way and that’s just as uh people choose to develop their own property then uh there is we want to improve bike and pedestrian conditions in a particular area of the county and we are successful in getting a grant to do that and then we go ahead and implement that and so that is not something that we can do for like one segment of sidewalk in a particular location but if there are conditions that make it make it seem that we need to address a particular area then we can go after a particular locations which we do we’re doing now and we do every year so that’s another way um i would say that there are projects like bike lane striping or things that we are able to do with our regular maintenance crews that we do as part of pavement overlays that happen regularly and we do those as well but um in to address the particular question about the sidewalks that’s basically the reason it takes so long is because it’s it’s a lack of funding um and when we are able to get the funding we kind of have to roll it into a bigger project to to make sure that we’re using these funds uh wisely so sorry not a good answer but that’s that’s my understanding of it thank you mickey so our next question is about data and how we’re gathering that so this question is from austin allen are data sources such as strava metro and other mobility crowd sources being utilized to capture a larger audience of where people are biking and will it be analyzed to see what connections would be most useful so i can take that question so i think that there was a suggestion um actually just before we kicked off the atp as to whether we would use data collection like whether we would take counts for the purposes of the plan and whether we would uh get strava data and so for strava data we didn’t um we haven’t pulled any strava data so i know that we need to purchase it and i don’t believe um that we are planning to do that at this point um we’re going to be relying on outreach and um and many many other sources of data um for the for taking counts um i looked into whether this made sense and essentially what i did was i read up on the um the interim count guidance from caltrans which they put out i believe um last year and if you read that um they basically tell you if depending on the size of your project and what your aims are and they give you guidance on whether how to go about data collection and what they say in that document is that for a long-term plan it basically doesn’t really make sense to take counts uh so we went with that because um we felt like they probably that they were likely to be the best source of guidance on that great thank you and i think we have time for maybe just one more and i did see that someone on the phone has their hand raised their last four digits are 8307.Hi this is gene lozano and this probably has a similar answer regarding who’s responsible for incurring the cause of sidewalks but i just want to put it out there another thing that should be looked at is saying identifying any funding that could be for the elimination of open ditches along the roads i’m talking about residential neighborhoods and i know that the county did have a grant well i shouldn’t say had a a program back in the 80s and i with the organized a group of people in my neighborhood along the street called montclair just off whitney about two blocks away from watt avenue and we because of the the ditches that were open uh with no street lighting and we had problems with mosquitoes and so forth the county put in two blocks of eliminated um the ditches by putting storm drains in there gutters and curbs they didn’t put the sidewalks but it it solved a health problem it also eliminated a problem where often cars making a turn from montclair going on to whitney sometimes clipped the corner and went into the ditch we even had one time a patrol car went in there and i think so that should be looked at there’s a lot of areas i can speak for the northeast area of the county where there’s these open ditches along residential neighborhoods that would make those streets more um walkable um and the last thing is and i know this is the the science and it’s extremely expensive but working with the phone company and the the electrical companies getting the power and telephone lines underground not just for aesthetics but just for health reasons electric magnetic uh issues and um and i think that would just make help the community feel um more open and it make it more walkable for people with disabilities and uh not having to maneuver around the polls and it’s just health safety and especially in the environmental justice plan i know that’s something that those areas are really heavily with high tension transmission lines and that should be put underground thank you very much and any answers responses comments i’d appreciate in receiving them thank you yeah thank you so much eugene for for that really valuable insight um you know i know that we are at time right now um and and you know there’s also more um questions that have come in and what we’ll do is um post these questions online on our website um group some of them together and provide answers to them um unfortunately we are out of time for this workshop um we thank everyone for your input it’s all been very valuable and please trust that this is such a critical part of this process and of this project and um you know we can’t do it without um without your support and without you know your time and input so um thank you again for taking time out of your schedule and being with us today we really appreciate it please stay tuned on our website um and you know we’re looking forward to continuing this conversation providing you with more answers and showing you um you know how um together as a community we can plan for a safer connected more comfortable walking biking and rolling network in sacramento county thanks again everyone thank you thank you

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