San Diego 2012 RTIP: Misreading Federal Law

Seems like whoever wrote the RTIP cherry picked the law…

With regards to the 2012 Proposed Final RTIP, on page 16, in the Congestion Management Process (CMP) section (sic), they discuss a federal law FHWA 23 CFR 450.320.

“§ 450.200 Purpose. The purpose of this subpart is to implement the provisions of 23 U.S.C. 135 and 49 U.S.C. 5304, as amended, which require each State to carry out a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive statewide multimodal transportation planning process, including the development of a long-range statewide transportation plan and statewide transportation improvement program (STIP), that facilitates the safe and efficient management, operation, and development of surface transportation systems that will serve the mobility needs of people and freight (including accessible pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities) and that fosters economic growth and development within and between States and urbanized areas, while minimizing transportation-related fuel consumption and air pollution in all areas of the State, including those areas subject to the metropolitan transportation planning requirements of 23 U.S.C. 134 and 49 U.S.C. 5303.”

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div5&view=text&node=23:1.0.1.5.11&idno=23#23:1.0.1.5.11.2.1.1

So when bicycle groups talk about getting the government to be serious about bicycles or bicycles as a hobby, get this IT’S THE FUCKING LAW.

Sorry for swearing.

NOT REALLY!!

Note that “including accessible pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities)”. THUS BIKE FACILITIES HAVE TO BE PROVIDED. ITS THE FUCKING LAW.

If you ride your bicycle around San Diego, you’re realize that while motoring roads and parking lots for motoring are everywhere THERE’S ALMOST ZERO INFRASTRUCTURE FOR CYCLING. Likewise, in many places pedestrian infrastructure is clearly there only to minimally comply with the law. Pedestrian facilities in San Diego seem to be designed by people who go out of their way to make walking highly inconvenient. You’d think that those who are in climate controlled and motorized systems could do some climbing (the machine does the work morons) while those of us who are taking a stroll should have everything at 8% grade of less.

Those who are walking should make a bee line, safely and with few things in their way, while those who are motoring can take a slightly longer route to avoid disturbing pedestrians.

SAN DIEGO IS DESIGNED TO BE COMPLETELY THE OPPOSITE OF THIS OBVIOUS AND SANE IDEA. It’s as if the entire transportation department is run by sadist who routinely BREAK THE LAW or at least do the bare miminum for us flesh and blood creatures while catering solely to their masters the machines.

Let’s continue reading this law:

“(1) Support the economic vitality of the United States, the States, metropolitan areas, and non-metropolitan areas, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency;”

I’m pretty sure that telling home owners that the govt is going to take their homes away, letting the real estate prices plummet and then getting the land for rock bottom prices is the OPPOSITE of creating economic vitality in that neighborhood. Also, allowing people from out of the country and out of the state, for their convenience to drive, as fast as they can through the neighborhood is NOT economic development. At least not for the people who’s houses are right next to the I-15. On the other hand, by increasing childhood asthma, at least this helps the local medical community.

“(2) Increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;”

Thus, any high speed road through a neighborhood is ILLEGAL as it decreases safety for non-motorized users.

“(6) Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes throughout the State, for people and freight;”

Thus allowing bicycles on trains and building cycle tracks should be encouraged (among other things) as they increase integration between modes. By law.

“(7) Promote efficient system management and operation; and”

Seeing as personal motor vehicles are the most INEFFICIENT (in terms of energy, cost, and space) they should be discouraged. By law.

“(vi) To the maximum extent practicable, make public information available in electronically accessible format and means, such as the World Wide Web, as appropriate to afford reasonable opportunity for consideration of public information;”

To my knowledge much of this has not been done. Try to google details of the budget and the allocation of money and you’ll see that this law is routinely violated.

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