The California Active Transportation Program (ATP) was created by Senate Bill 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes 2013) and Assembly Bill 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes 2013), to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. The ATP consolidates existing federal and state transportation programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), and State Safe Routes to School (SRTS), into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation. In 2017, the state legislator nearly doubled the funding capacity of ATP with revenues raised through the adoption of the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program (Senate Bill 1). The 2021 ATP will award over $400m through a four year cycle starting in fiscal year 2021/22. ATP funds are awarded through call for proposals issued by the California Transportation Commission and SCAG.
The ATP has six main goals:
Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking.
Increase the safety and mobility of non-motorized users.
Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals as established pursuant to Senate Bill 375 (Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008) and Senate Bill 391 (Chapter 585, Statutes of 2009).
Enhance public health, including reduction of childhood obesity through the use of programs including, but not limited to, projects eligible for Safe Routes to School Program funding.
Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program.
Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users.
General AT Questions
What is Active Transportation?
Active transportation refers to human powered transportation, and low speed electronic assist devices. Examples include but are not limited to bicycles, tricycles, wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs/”scooters”, skates, and skateboards.
Active Transportation is a critical component in developing and implementing sustainable community strategies, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing public health and making the region a more enjoyable place to live, work and play.