Mobility Element (Public Hearing Draft, 5/1/13)
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Non-Automotive Transportation System

A transportation system that meets all users’ needs requires bicycle, pedestrian, rail and public transit facilities. In addition to providing more travel options, these alternative transportation modes have other significant benefits, including reduced fuel usage and emissions, health and recreation opportunities, reduced traffic congestion and an improved quality of life. Increasing the community’s use of alternative travel modes can mean changes to long-standing habits or behaviors. Thus, it requires more effort than merely building new facilities or expanding existing ones. It requires public outreach and education to promote these alternative modes and their safe use.


Create an interconnected network of bicycle, pedestrian, skateboard, rail and transit facilities that encourage non-automotive travel.


M-2.01. Electric Vehicles. We support the use of neighborhood- and long-range electric vehicles and identify routes and designate special parking for such Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) at beaches and commercial locations.
M-2.02. Pedestrian Facilities. Public streets shall provide pedestrian facilities in accordance with the adopted City standards.
M-2.03. Accessible Pedestrian Facilities. All new streets shall have provisions for the adequate and safe movement of pedestrians, including improvements for the elderly and disabled.
M-2.04. Accessible Transit. We provide pedestrian and wheelchair access to all transit facilities and maintain pedestrian and wheelchair facilities so that they are safe, attractive and well lit.
M-2.05. Rail Facilities and Programs. We support the retention of passenger rail facilities at North Beach and in the Pier Bowl to help meet inter-city and regional transportation needs.
M-2.06. Regional Rail Service. We support the expansion of Metrolink and Amtrak service by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, OCTA, and other agencies to enhance San Clemente’s regional transit accessibility for residents, employees and visitors.
M-2.07. Coordinated Land Use Planning for Transit. We encourage higher density, mixed-use development in areas with existing and planned transit service.
M-2.08. Transit Service. We support the maintenance of existing bus service and encourage transit service enhancements by OCTA to ensure all residents have access to adequate and safe transit.
M-2.09. Senior and Disabled Public Transit. We support the provision of appropriate and cost-effective transit services for seniors, disabled persons and those who are unable to drive motor vehicles by coordinating with regional transit providers, non-profit service providers, private services, and community-based services.
M-2.10. Transit Priority in Development Review Process. Development should encourage transit ridership by including (T5-Intent) bus turnouts, passenger shelters, transportation kiosks, pedestrian connections to transit, and other measures.
M-2.11. Bicycle and Pedestrian Wayfinding. Bicycle and pedestrian network wayfinding and information shall be provided through signs, street markings or other technologies.
M-2.12. Integration of Bicycle Planning. We integrate development of the bicycle facilities network into larger land use planning and development projects.

POLICIES (from Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan):

M-2.13. Bicycle and Pedestrian Network. We plan, develop and maintain a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian network as specified in the San Clemente Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
M-2.14. Bicycle Friendly Streets. We consider every public street in San Clemente as a street that cyclists could use.
M-2.15. Bicycle-Friendly Infrastructure. We shall employ bicycle-friendly infrastructure design using new technologies and innovative treatments, where necessary to improve bicyclists’ safety and convenience.
M-2.16. Roadway Performance Evaluation. We shall evaluate roadway level of performance from a multi-modal, Complete Streets perspective.
M-2.17. Traffic Control Devices. Traffic control devices and transportation infrastructure will be operated to serve the needs of all users of the roadway and pedestrians.
M-2.18. Design Standards. In determining the appropriate standard to apply to a given situation, the City will seek to maximize cyclists’ and pedestrians’ safety, comfort and convenience, in balance with other roadway users.
M-2.19. Bicycle Facilities. In preparing City Land Use plans and applicable Capital Improvement Programs, we address bicycle needs, including:
  1. Attractive destination facilities, such as secure bicycle lockers, showers, and changing rooms that are conveniently located for bicyclists, i.e. a bike station);
  2. Facilities for bicycle parking within newly-built and renovated multi-family residential developments, residential condominiums and apartment conversions to condominiums, multi-use and non-residential sites;
  3. Safe, secure and convenient bicycle parking; and
  4. Wayfinding systems and traffic control signage or markings for all bicycle facilities.
M-2.20. Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordination. We coordinate regional trail and bicycle planning, acquisition and development efforts with adjacent jurisdictions.
M-2.21. External Linkages. We link on-road and off-road bicycle and pedestrian facilities within San Clemente to existing and planned facilities in in adjacent and regional jurisdictions.
M-2.22. Off-Road Trail Linkages. Where feasible, the City connects off-road trails with the on-road transportation network.
M-2.23. Skateboarding. We encourage and support skateboard use as an efficient and legitimate transportation mode to connect gaps between destination and transit stops and rail stations.
M-2.24. Maintenance and Hazard Monitoring. All bicycle facilities will be maintained according to a management plan to be adopted by the City.
M-2.25. Intersections and Crossing Locations. We utilize Federal, State, and local guidelines and standards for traffic operations, signal timing, geometric design, Universal Access (ADA) and roadway maintenance that facilitate walking and bicycling at intersections and other key crossing locations.
M-2.26. Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Standards. We shall utilize the Caltrans Highway Design Manual and other infrastructure guidelines as appropriate to design and maintain bicycle and pedestrian facilities to high safety standards.
M-2.27. Unpaved Trails. We require unpaved bicycle and pedestrian trails on City-controlled property to be built and maintained using recognized best practices.
M-2.28. Intersection Configuration. We shall require the intersections of local roads with the I-5 freeways and the proposed Toll Road to be designed using a “complete streets” approach.
M-2.29. Safety Awareness. We encourage and support the creation of comprehensive safety awareness programs for pedestrians, skateboarders, cyclists and drivers.
M-2.30. Walking and Biking Trips. We encourage city staff, employees, residents and visitors to walk and bicycle as often as possible.
M-2.31. Improvements along Bicycle and Pedestrian Routes.We improve and maintain alternative transportation infrastructure and assign a high priority to improvements along primary pedestrian and bicycle routes to schools.
M-2.32. Non-Automotive Transportation Co-Benefits. We utilize non-automotive transportation solutions as tools for achieving economic development and environmental sustainability goals.
M-2.33. Grant Funding. We pursue Federal, State, County, regional and other funding opportunities to increase bicycle and pedestrian mode share percentages, improve transportation system performance, and to improve air quality through a balanced, multi-modal transportation system.
M-2.34. Deferred Street Improvements. Should the City defer construction of street improvements as part of any development approval, the property owner may be required to sign an agreement to participate in the installation of the improvements when a more complete street improvement project is feasible.
M-2.35. American Disabilities Act. All new streets shall have provisions for the adequate and safe movement of pedestrians, in accordance with the American Disabilities Act.
M-2.36. Sidewalks and Pathways. Sidewalks or pathways are desirable in all areas.



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