A staff of engineers and technicians provide for the safe and efficient movement of goods and people throughout the City by performing traffic operations, transportation planning and design functions. Examples of these functions include responding to requests for traffic signs and markings, monitoring traffic signals and street lighting, analyzing impacts and reviewing plans for various development projects, and implementing safe bicycle, pedestrian and equestrian facilities as well as roadway and intersection improvement projects.
The City of Livermore is developing a Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails, Active Transportation Plan to improve walking, bicycling, and trail facilities in our community. To learn more about the project, upcoming events, and opportunities to participate in the planning process, please visit the project’s website at www.WalkBikeLivermore.net.
The City recently received national recognition for its Complete Streets Policy which helps implement the City’s vision to make streets safer and more convenient for everyone who uses them. Smart Growth America is a national organization that has been reviewing and ranking Complete Street policies annually since 2006. In 2013 more than 80 communities adopted Complete Street policies. Livermore’s policy was ranked 11th and was one of only three California cities ranked in the top 15. Smart Growth America’s report of the Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013 features a cover photo of First street in Downtown Livermore and can be read here: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets-2013-analysis.
The national recognition is based on the City of Livermore’s Complete Streets Policy which the City Council unanimously passed on January 28, 2013. Through this policy, the City of Livermore is committed to creating and maintaining Complete Streets that provide safe, comfortable, and convenient travel through a comprehensive, integrated transportation network that serves all categories of users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of commercial goods, users and operators of public transportation, emergency responders, seniors, children, youth, and families. This policy was developed to provide guidance for residents, decision makers, staff, and various partners to ensure that multimodal elements are incorporated into all transportation improvement projects. Potential improvements that will be considered with these goals include travel lanes that accommodate commercial and transit vehicles, sidewalks, shared use paths, bicycle lanes, bicycle routes, paved shoulders, traffic signals, trails, street trees and landscaping, planting strips, accessible curb ramps, crosswalks, refuge islands, pedestrian signals, signs, street furniture, bicycle parking facilities and lockers, public transportation stops and facilities, transit priority signalization, and other features assisting in the provision of safe travel for all users.
For background on the City’s Complete Streets policy click here.
On high pollution days, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issues Spare the Air notices to the public, asking them to voluntarily refrain from polluting activities. Listen for these notices on the radio or TV, or check out this website.