Healthy Infrastructure Investments

Target infrastructure investments on walking and biking.

Cities can focus infrastructure on walking, biking and access to recreation. The city’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) can prioritize projects to build sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes. An annual review can judge how well CIP infrastructure projects match general plan policies.


Photo by Monique Rodriquez
Photo by: Monique Rodriguez

Examples of City Policies and Standards

The City of La Mesa created a prioritized list for adding sidewalks along routes to schools and recreational facilities as part of a Walkability Plan in 2005, and obtained grants to improve sidewalks at a high school and at all of the elementary and middle schools in the City.

The City of Red Bluff incorporated the California Department of Transportation’s AASHTO Guide for Bike Paths into its engineering standards.

Utilize joint use agreements to increase recreational opportunities

Cities can partner with school districts to share the costs and responsibilities of building and maintaining park and recreation facilities and making school grounds available to city residents during non-school hours.


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Examples of City Policies

Richmond and Berkeley include joint use goals and policies in their general plans.

The Cities of Fresno, Pixley, Chula Vista and Baldwin Park, among others, have strong joint agreements in place.

Examples of Model Policies

California’s Joint Use Statewide Task Force (JUST), offers resources for cities interested in pursuing effective joint use policies and agreements.
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