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Transportation Projects To Improve Travel Conditions For Orange County Bicyclists and Pedestrians

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James E. Ballidis
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On Monday, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) approved 28 projects to improve travel conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians. The $12.4 million in required funding derives from the Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program, a federal grant program administered by OCTA with the objective of improving the integration of transportation facilities countywide through the addition of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and landscaping. 

“Providing individuals with adequate roads and pathways, as well as properly maintaining existing ones, is integral to transportation safety,” remarked an Orange County accident attorney.

OCTA is scheduled to distribute funds for the approved projects from fiscal year 2010-2011 through 2012-2013. Criteria for selecting projects included merit and public benefit, such as improving the safety of travel conditions, enhancing connectivity with major employment centers, and facilitating travel throughout Orange County for bicyclists and pedestrians. 

Projects for bicycle and pedestrian facilities include creating an Edison right-of-way bike path in Anaheim, a Fairview Channel multipurpose trail in Costa Mesa, and an El Toro Road/ Aliso Creek Road Phase II bicycle and pedestrian enhancement project in Laguna Woods. Moreover, 700 miles of bicycle lanes will be added to the existing 1,000.

Landscaping and scenic beautification projects include an El Toro Road streetscape in Lake Forest, a Brookhurst Street median rehabilitation project, and a Marguerite Parkway Civic Center median island enhancement in Mission Viejo. 

To read the “2010 Transportation Enhancement Priority List of Projects Staff Report,” click here. 

Additional information on issues involving pedestrians and bicyclists is available to the public free of charge. To request an article or a book, or to speak with an Orange County accident attorney about a legal matter, feel free to call 1 (866) 981-5596. 

Category: Bicycle Accidents

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