To help identify pertinent content, style, format, and other considerations of the design and traffic operation guidance that would be published as the new Class IV Bikeway Guidance, Caltrans sought preliminary input from external transportation partners and stakeholders. The goals of this public outreach effort were to allow an open, inclusive, and constructive conversation with key bicycle stakeholder representatives and other important community representatives which should have a voice in this guidance development.
VMS developed and distributed a preliminary survey to an initial contact list of known Caltrans external transportation partners and stakeholders. Then, a broad cross-section of representatives from various stakeholder groups were invited to and participated in a one-day summit. The number of participants was limited to ensure a meaningful and productive dialogue between stakeholders. Stakeholder groups represented included cities, counties, and other regional partners as well as various advisory groups and committees from across California. Dialogue progressed throughout the day focusing on several topic areas such as design, operations, and implementation. VMS created table captains and facilitators helped to guide the discussion and maintain focus.
- A public outreach effort to allow an open, inclusive and constructive conversation with key bicycle stakeholder representatives and other important community representatives who should have a voice in Class IV Bikeways guidance development.
- Key takeaways and recommendations included topics such as education, flexibility, continuity, multiple users, maintenance, guidance, and outreach.
- Enhanced understanding of differing viewpoints and issues involved in Class IV Bikeways.