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Bicycle Transportation Plans Requirements

PREPARATION & PROCESSING

To be eligible for Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) funds, a city or county must prepare and adopt a Bicycle Transportation Plan BTP) that addresses items a. - k. in Streets and Highways Code Section 891.2.
Typical BTPs include:

  • City Bicycle Transportation Plans
  • County Bicycle Transportation Plans
  • Countywide/Regional Bicycle Transportation Plans
Streets and Highways Code Section 891.2 Checklist

City Bicycle Transportation Plans
If a city prepares a Bicycle Transportation Plan to establish eligibility for BTA funding, the plan must discuss Streets and Highways Code Section 891.2 items a. through k. as they pertain to the city’s jurisdiction.

County Bicycle Transportation Plans
If a county prepares a Bicycle Transportation Plan to establish eligibility for BTA funding, the plan must discuss Streets and Highways Code Section 891.2 items a. through k. as they pertain to the unincorporated area within the county’s jurisdiction.

Countywide/Regional Bicycle Transportation Plans

Development of a countywide/regional plan is similar to writing multiple plans and integrating them into one comprehensive plan.For example, preparing a regional or countywide plan that includes seven incorporated cities and the county is similar to writing eight plans: one for each incorporated city and one for the unincorporated areas in the county.

Bicycle Transportation Plan Format
Local agencies have successfully employed various approaches to ensuring their plan addresses the required elements and the

  • Mirroring items Streets and Highways Code Sections a. - k. in the plan's Table of Contents (especially if the sole purpose of the BTP is to qualify for Bicycle Transportation Account funding.)
  • Adding a supplement that focuses on items a. - k. (some agencies have employed a question and answer format stating the element and responding with the applicable discussion.)
  • Including a page that identifies the locations in the plan where the reviewer will find discussions of the required elements.

When developing a BTP, each required element should be addressed in the plan.The following are examples of acceptable discussions of required elements:

  • A map and description of existing and proposed bikeways.

    The City of Obsidian has no existing bikeways. A list of proposed bikeways and a map are included in Chapter 3.

  • A map and description of existing and proposed end-of-trip bicycle parking facilities. These shall include, but not be limited to, parking at schools, shopping centers, public buildings, and major employment centers.

    Bike racks in the County of Caldera are located at the Lava Fountain Shopping Center, all grammar, middle and high schools, and all Smokin’ Rabbit Transit stops. The County intends to install bike racks at the new regional government center complex and the Summit Crater Community College campus currently under construction. The land use map on Page 6 includes these locations.

Bicycle Transportation Plan Approval Process

Following development of a city or county BTP, the city or county intending to use the plan to establish BTA eligibility must adopt the plan through their local governing board or council. The plan must then be sent to the local agency’s regional transportation planning agency (RTPA) for approval. RTPA approval consists of verifying the plan's compliance with the Streets and Highways Code Section 891.2 and the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

An RTPA may also prepare a regional bicycle transportation plan which can be adopted by a local agency to establish BTA eligibility. Local agencies intending to use a plan developed by an RTPA, must adopt the plan as their own though their local governing board or council. If the RTPA updates the plan, the local agency must readopt the RTPA’s updated version.

Once adopted by the developing agency, BTPs are current for five (5) years.

Following RTPA approval, the local agency submits the resolution adopting the BTP and the RTPA letter of approval to the Bicycle Facilities Unit (BFU) at Caltrans Headquarters. Scanned copies via email are acceptable. BFU approval consists of verifying the resolution adopting the BTP and the RTPA approval letter. During the BTA application review, the BFU will ensure projects are included in a BTP.

City and county agencies may adopt BTPs any time during the year. To ensure eligibility for the BTA by the current fiscal year application deadline, check the BTA Call For Projects webpage for dates and deadlines.

Agencies intending to use a plan developed by a county or an RTPA to establish eligibility for BTA funds must have eligible BTA projects listed in the BTP. Referencing goals and policies, or non-specific projects does not fulfill the project listing requirement.

The following are acceptable examples of project descriptions:

  • Construct a Class II bikeway on Ash Avenue from Dome Drive to Lava Lane;
  • Purchase and install bicycle racks at various locations within the City of Obsidian;
  • Purchase and install bicycle/pedestrian lighting along the Cinder Cone Class I bikeway from Horst Street to Graben Street and refurbish the bicycle/pedestrian bridge spanning Ash Flow Creek;
  • Develop a bicycle commuter route map covering the vicinity of the City of Obsidian in the County of Caldera.

Bicycle Facilities Unit staff in the Headquarters Division of Local Assistance are available to assist local agencies with interpretation of the BTA program and BTP process.

Deborah Lynch (916) 653-0036

SAMPLE BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION PLANS

Rancho Cordova Bicycle Master Plan
STANCOG Stanislaus County Non-Motorized Transportation Plan 2008
City of Morgan Hill Bicycle Master Plan
San Leandro 2010 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and Design Guidelines
City of Santa Cruz Master Transportation Study - Bicycle Initiative
Marin County Unincorporated Area Bicycle Master Plan
OCTA Commuter Bikeways Plan

SAMPLE ADOPTION RESOLUTIONS

City of San Leandro BTP Adoption Resolution