By Katie Orr, December 9, 2014
A cyclist rides in a new bike lane.
Californians have a reputation for loving their cars. But an
increasing number of us are choosing other modes of transportation, and
Caltrans is trying to keep up.
The state transportation agency's most recent household survey found
Californians are walking and bicycling twice as much as they did 10
The department’s Mark Dinger said the days of simply creating wider freeways are over.
“That was, you know, our grandfather’s Caltrans, where we thought
about pouring more concrete all the time," Dinger said. "Well, pouring
more concrete is not the answer. We need a sustainable transportation
system that’s going to be good for our environment and good for our
Dinger said Caltrans is awarding millions of dollars to cities and
counties for projects that encourage biking and walking. And he said the
agency has become more flexible with street designs to allow for better
bike lanes and crosswalks.
Dinger said Caltrans has also gone through internal reforms to more accurately reflect its broader mission.