Complete Streets Act
On September 30, 2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 1358, the California Complete Streets Act. The Act states: “In order to fulfill the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, make the most efficient use of urban land and transportation infrastructure, and improve public health by encouraging physical activity, transportation planners must find innovative ways to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and to shift from short trips in the automobile to biking, walking and use of public transit.
The legislation impacts local general plans by adding the following language to Government Code Section 65302(b)(2)(A) and (B):
(A)Commencing January 1, 2011, upon any substantial revision of the circulation element, the legislative body shall modify the circulation element to plan for a balanced, multimodal transportation network that meets the needs of all users of the streets, roads, and highways for safe and convenient travel in a manner that is suitable to the rural, suburban, or urban context of the general plan.
(B) For the purposes of this paragraph, “users of streets, roads, and highways” means bicyclists, children, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of commercial goods, pedestrians, users of public transportation, and seniors.
Complete Streets Program
What are “complete” streets?
Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street.
Creating complete streets means transportation agencies must change their orientation toward building primarily for cars. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation agencies routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users. Places with complete streets policies are making sure that their streets and roads work for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as for older people, children, and people with disabilities.
What it takes to make a street “complete” varies depending on many factors, so there’s no single definition. However, ingredients may include sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible transit stops, frequent crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, and more. A complete street in a rural area will look quite different from a complete street in a highly urban area. But both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road.
Benefits of Complete Streets
Increased Transportation Choices: Streets that provide travel choices can give people the option to avoid traffic congestion, and increase the overall capacity of the transportation network.
Economic Revitalization: Complete streets can reduce transportation costs and travel time while increasing property values and job growth in communities. Improved Return on Infrastructure Investments: Integrating sidewalks, bike lanes, transit amenities, and safe crossings into the initial design of a project spares the expense of retrofits later.
Quality of Place: Increased bicycling and walking are indicative of vibrant and livable communities.
Improved Safety: Design and accommodation for bicyclists and pedestrians reduces the incidence of crashes.
More Walking and Bicycling: Public health experts are encouraging walking and bicycling as a response to the obesity epidemic. Streets that provide room for bicycling and walking help children get physical activity and gain independence.
Pasadena Street Design Guide
In 2015, the City of Pasadena adopted an updated Mobility Element of the City’s General Plan. The updated Mobility Element includes new goals and objectives, which address complete streets:
-Streets should reflect neighborhood character and accommodate all users.
-Complete Streets: Streets should accommodate all users such as pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit, skateboarders and scooters.
-Streets should reflect individual neighborhood character and needs, and support healthy activities such as walking and bicycling.
This Street Design Guide is the implementation mechanism of the City of Pasadena’s complete streets policy. Currently standards and ordinances associated with the design of streets are housed within existing municipal code and different City departments, such as Transportation, Public Works, and Planning. In addition, some of the City’s common street design practices are not documented anywhere. This manual has gathered and reconciled existing policies and best practices to create a set of guidelines in support of the Mobility Element.
Preferential Permit Parking
Speed Humps Request
In the 1980s, the City installed speed humps on a number of residential streets. This process became part of the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program in the early 1990s. By incorporating the installation of speed humps into a comprehensive program for addressing neighborhood traffic issues, the City gained the ability to improve traffic conditions in an entire area rather than on just one street.
Walking is great exercise and in Pasadena, there are many beautiful historic landmarks that can be seen along your journey. However, before you take that first stride, the City of Pasadena encourages you to follow pedestrian safety laws found in the California Vehicle Code.
Pasadena Pedestrian Plan
The Pedestrian Plan provides guidance to preserve the walkability of pedestrian areas, to better design and develop pedestrian-friendly projects, to better integrate pedestrian improvements into street maintenance and traffic management programs, and to implement public education and enforcement programs that improve pedestrian safety and increase levels of walking.
Includes Pedestrian Plan Implementation Projects, Design Guidelines, and Guidelines for Transportation Review of Projects & Summary of Pedestrian Improvements in Seven Specific Plan Areas
Additional Reference Materials
Includes publications on Pedestrian and Bicyclists Between 2000-2003, By Transportation Research Board
List Of Figures
Appendix AFigure 2-10 Location of Schools & Parks
Figure 2-11 Metro Gold Line Map
Figure 2-12 Transit Services in Pasadena
Figure 2-13 Locations of Public Bicycle Parking in Pasadena
Figure 2-6 Pasadena Land Use Map
Figure 2-7 Concentration of Residents under Age of 12
Figure 2-8 Distribution of Residents over Age of 65
Figure 2-9 Distribution of Residents Who Walk to Work
Figure 3-1 Seven Specific Plan Areas
Figure 4-1 Sidewalk Concrete Inventory Statistics
Figure 4-2 Citywide Wheelchair Ramps Map
Figure 4-3 Cumulative 5-Year Pedestrian Collisions
Figure 4-4 Signalized Intersections in Pasadena
Figure 4-5 Cumulative Five-Year Pedestrian Collisions in Relations to Schools
Figure 4-7 Pasadena Transportation Systems Map in GIS Format
Pedestrian Safety Brochure
A comprehensive brochure that offers helpful tips to make your walking adventure safe and enjoyable. Download
Pedestrian Safety Study
The “Pedestrian Crossing and Treatment Guidance Report” provides a summary of best practices for crossing treatments and presents a Treatment Toolbox for various crossing types. View Report
Suggested Routes To School Program Report
The report summarizes the Suggested Routes to School Program that was undertaken in the City of Pasadena from 2005 to 2006. View Report
Rose Bowl Loop
If you’re one of the thousands who use the 3.3 mile Rose Bowl recreation loop, you know it is a great place to go for a walk, a jog or even a bike ride!
In an effort to make your recreation experience more enjoyable and safe, colored pavement, striping and delineators are installed to separate pedestrians from cyclists and motorists. Pedestrians should always remain within the delineators and on the painted surface. Cyclists, on the other hand, should always ride on the outside of the delineators and with the flow of vehicular traffic.
Learn more about the Rose Bowl Loop.
Read the final report on the Alternative Circulation Plans for the Rose Bowl Loop (PDF)
Designated bike lanes and Roseways can be found on many Pasadena streets. In fact, over 12 miles of collector and arterial roadways in Pasadena have bikeways. Many were installed as part of the Foothill Freeway construction project in the early 1970’s. Pasadena also offers parking for over 1,000 bicycles in the form of bicycle racks at bus stops, city-owned parking lots, churches, private office garages, local business and apartment buildings. To date, over 200 new bike racks have been added citywide to further promote bicycling.
Bike paths are paved facilities designated for bicycle use that are physically separated from roadways by space or a physical barrier and are referred to as Class I bike paths. Currently the City of Pasadena does not have any bike paths.
Bike lanes are lanes on the outside edge of roadways reserved for the exclusive use of bicycles, and designated with special signing and pavement markings. Bike lanes are referred to as Class II bike lanes.
Roseways are roadways recommended for bicycle use and often connect to bike lanes and bike paths. Routes are designated with signs only and may not include additional pavement width. Roseways are referred to as Class III bike routes.
Rules of the Road
The “Rules of the Road: Bicycle Safety Brochure” is now available at the Department of Transportation, local bookstores, and your local bicycle shops. Download "Bike Safe Pasadena"
The Transportation Planning and Development Division is responsible for transportation planning related activities, including both project-specific and comprehensive planning. Comprehensive planning projects include the City’s General Plan Mobility Element Update and technical support for other departments such as Planning and Permitting for comprehensive planning projects. The Division’s current planning activities include reviewing transportation and traffic impacts due to development projects and reviewing and analyzing other traffic-related capital improvement projects. This Division is also the lead in developing transportation-related applications as part the Citywide GIS development.