The Partnership for Active Communities brought together multidisciplinary organizations
to create a 5-year project to support increased walking and bicycling in the Sacramento
Using a community action model, the partnership focused on programs and promotions
to expand walk- and bike-to-school programs. The partnership focused on policy and
physical projects in conducting systematic reviews of development projects to influence
land use. A comprehensive communications plan united diverse partnership interests
to advocate for Complete Streets policy change and improve transportation infrastructure.
Walk- and bike-to-school programs grew, and community-design workshops helped leverage
more than $12 million in additional support, including Safe Routes to School grants.
The partnership delivered more than 150 project reviews to city planners, architects,
and developers with recommendations for improved pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure,
and many positive changes resulted. Complete Streets is now included as a policy in
the region's transportation plan, in the mobility element of the city's updated general
plan and the county's draft circulation plan, and in the regional transit master plan.
The partnership's communications plan linked partners with diverse interests to produce
a powerful advocacy network to influence adoption of Complete Streets policies. Project
development reviews were most successful in communities that allowed comments at a
conceptual stage in the process.
The Partnership for Active Communities produced increased public and agency awareness
of pedestrian and bicycle safety issues and influenced considerable changes to policies
and the physical environment in the Sacramento area.