Context Sensitive Solutions—Caltrans Web resources include the following links:
- Director's Policy on Context Sensitive Solutions
- Complete Streets - Integrating the Transportation System
- Highway Design Manual: The Highway Design Manual establishes uniform policies and procedures to carry out the State highway design functions of the Department. It is neither intended as, nor does it establish, a legal standard for these functions
- Main Streets: California - A Guide for Improving Community and Transportation Vitality (2013) serves as an informational guide to Caltrans policies that aim to improve multimodal access and sustainability within the transportation system.
- California Blueprint for Bicycling and Walking (2002) sets goals to increase bicycling and walking trips 50% by 2010, decrease bicycle and pedestrian fatality rates 50% by 2010, and to increase funding for bicycle- and pedestrian-related programs. Caltrans has established a Steering Committee to guide the Blueprint’s implementation.
- Bicycle Program: The Bicycle Facilities Unit (BFU) at Caltrans strives to promote safe and adequate bicycle facilities in addition to education, regulations, and funding to ensure the upkeep of such facilities. In accordance with the Streets and Highways Code (SHC) Section 890-894.2 - California Bicycle Transportation Act, projects must be designed and developed to achieve the functional commuting needs and physical safety of all bicyclists. Local agencies first establish eligibility by preparing and adopting a Bicycle Transportation Plan (BTP) that complies with SHC Section 891.2. The BTP must be approved by the local agency’s Regional Transportation Planning Agency.
- Deputy Directive on Accommodating Non-Motorized Travel (DD-64) (2008). The policy and definition/background sections are as follows: “POLICY: The Department fully considers the needs of non-motorized travelers (including pedestrians, bicyclists and persons with disabilities) in all programming, planning, maintenance, construction, operations and project development activities and products. This includes incorporation of the best available standards in all of the Department’s practices. The Department adopts the best practice concepts in the US DOT Policy Statement on Integrating Bicycling and Walking into Transportation Infrastructure.
- Project Development Procedures Manual (Chapter 31: Non-motorized Transportation Facilities) outlines pertinent statutory requirements, planning policies, and implementing procedures regarding non-motorized transportation facilities.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities in California: A Technical Reference and Technology Transfer Synthesis for Caltrans Planners and Engineers 2005 presents a synthesis of information on non-motorized transportation and serves as a resource on policies, laws, programs, the Caltrans planning and design process, guidelines, and best practices. Its primary target is Caltrans planners and engineers, but local agency staff and the general public may also find it useful.