Part 8:

Walnut Creek’s Current Mobility Goals

Adopted Goals and Policies are the Basis for Rethinking Mobility

The following is an overview of the adopted goals and policies that form the basis of Rethinking Mobility. This Transportation Strategic Plan will focus on developing and prioritizing a range of strategic actions to advance the implementation of Walnut Creek’s goals related to reducing automobile trips, managing parking demand, and supporting a variety of mobility options.

 Transportation Element of the General Plan

The Transportation Element of the 2025 General Plan guides transportation investments and policy in Walnut Creek by establishing goals and a vision for the City’s transportation network. The following goals are relevant to Rethinking Mobility due to their focus on improving mobility and multi-modal access, as well as reducing the impacts of automobile trips.

Goal 1

Minimize future increases in congestion on regional transportation facilities.

Goal 2

Expand and improve regional trail facilities.

Goal 3

Maintain a transportation network that provides mobility for all ages and abilities, and for all areas of the community.

Goal 4

Protect residential neighborhoods from through-traffic, speeding, and nonresidential parking.

Goal 5

Provide a safe and attractive environment for bicycle travel throughout the community.

Goal 6

Provide safe and attractive pedestrian routes along arterials and collectors leading to schools, along arterials or collectors that carry high traffic volumes, on all downtown streets, along major streets leading to the downtown, and on all streets leading to transit facilities.

Goal 7

Increase transit ridership and service to employment, schools, shopping, and recreation.

Goal 8

Serve as a model for other cities by providing a comprehensive TDM program that strives to decrease the use of the automobile and reduce peak-period traffic congestion.

Goal 9

Promote a pedestrian-friendly downtown.

Goal 10

Promote safe bicycling to and through downtown.

Goal 11

Develop a comprehensive shuttle system serving downtown residents, shoppers, day and overnight visitors, and employees.

Goal12

Provide convenient and adequate parking.

 Walnut Creek Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in response to global climate change. As part of that effort, transportation emissions are a key consideration. The goals within the Walnut Creek Climate Action Plan contain a Transportation and Land Use section which provides subsections particularly relevant to mobility in Walnut Creek, including the following:

TLU 1.1 Transportation Demand Management:

Promote ridesharing and TDM programs with the CMA and 511.org to reduce use of traditional motor vehicles. Create a citywide car-sharing program to achieve further reductions in vehicle miles traveled.

TLU 1.3 Traffic Calming:

Install street design features such as landscaped medians and roundabouts in order to reduce vehicle speeds, volumes, and idling.

TLU 2.1 Smart Growth:

Achieve higher-density, mixed-use, infill development through updated regulations and new incentives.

TLU 3.1 Bicycle Planning:

Implement the City’s Bicycle Master Plan and incorporate bicycle lanes and routes into street systems, new subdivisions, and large developments.

TLU 3.2 Multi-Modal Wayfinding:

Develop and implement a comprehensive wayfinding system for Walnut Creek’s bicycle and pedestrian transportation networks.

TLU 3.3 Bicycle Parking:

Increase the number and locations of bicycle parking by requiring new development or redevelopment to provide adequate short- and long-term bicycle parking facilities.

TLU 3.4 Transit Incentives:

Provide public transit incentives such as free or low-cost monthly transit passes to achieve higher use of transportation alternatives, including provision of parking “cash-out” options.

TLU 3.5 BART Shuttles:

Increase the frequency and range of BART shuttles.

TLU 3.6 Safe Routes to School:

Work with local schools to expand Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) programs.

TLU 3.7 Parking Management:

Implement and maintain a comprehensive Parking Management Plan to divert vehicle trips to alternative modes.

 Walnut Creek Bicycle Master Plan

The Bicycle Master Plan provides a vision and design standards for bicycle infrastructure in Walnut Creek. In addition to generally promoting multi-modal options in Walnut Creek, the following goals are particularly relevant to Rethinking Mobility:

Facilitate bicycle use as a healthy alternative to get to work, school, shopping, recreational facilities, and transit stops.

Provide a safe and attractive environment for bicycle travel throughout the community.

 Walnut Creek Pedestrian Master Plan

The Pedestrian Master Plan presents goals, policies, and a vision for the future of Walnut Creek’s pedestrian environment. In addition to generally promoting safe and attractive pedestrian infrastructure, the following goals are most relevant to Rethinking Mobility:

PMP 1:

Provide a citywide walking network that facilitates pedestrian travel.

PMP 2:

Improve pedestrian safety.

PMP 3:

Provide programs that encourage walking.

PMP 4:

Maintain the Pedestrian Retail District and Core Area as premier walking environments.

 Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges

NEED

Adopted plans provide a strong policy basis for Rethinking Mobility. Through its existing policies, the City has clearly established that reducing automobile trips, managing parking demand, and supporting a variety of mobility options are important goals for the community. There is still a need to further advance implementation of these goals, however, and to develop clear priorities in order to guide the investment of limited resources.

OPPORTUNITY

This strategic planning effort provides an opportunity to review existing actions, develop new actions, and identify strategic priorities. Rethinking Mobility provides Walnut Creek with an opportunity to review implementing actions identified in existing planning documents, identify new actions needed to implement adopted goals and policies, and develop a strategic approach to implementation.

CHALLENGE

Competing priorities and limited resources present a challenge. It will be important for Rethinking Mobility to address competing priorities and limited resources. Difficult decisions may need to be made. However, the plan’s focus on addressing the City of Walnut Creek’s transportation network in a comprehensive manner should enable decision makers and the public to clearly identify trade-offs associated with particular strategies or actions. Furthermore, a key component of Rethinking Mobility will be a financial strategy identifying options for additional funding.  

 

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