Monterey city leaders on Wednesday sat down and studied a new plan called "Monterey on the Move."
The document focuses on ways to enhance alternatives to driving around the city — by bicycling, walking and riding public transit — and builds upon the city's already approved general and bicycle transportation plans.
"There is no other choice we have. We have to do this to survive," City Councilman Frank Sollecito said.
Unlike land-rich cities, Monterey can't easily widen streets to accommodate more vehicles, so it must increasingly rely on alternative transportation, Sollecito said.
The City Council and Planning Commission took a look at the proposed "multimodal mobility" plan in a 90-minute workshop.
There are 13 objectives listed in the proposed plan, ranging from reducing the number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents to encouraging tourists to walk, bike and use public transit to explore the city.
Among the plan's objectives: reducing rates of obesity among city residents; making better connections between various modes of transportation; and providing timely notice and alternatives during construction to bicyclists.
The plan lays out several steps to meet the objectives. Under the goal of promoting "active transportation," the plan says that could include installing bicycle detection apparatuses at traffic signals and encouraging city employees to "lead by example" by commuting to work using alternative transportation.
The plan updates the city's bicycle plan, ensuring continued eligibility for state and federal grants, and fulfills general plan policies calling for multimodal transportation, a staff report said.
Councilman Alan Haffa called the document, which must undergo review by the Planning Commission and the City Council before adoption, "really, really impressive."
Transportation planner Ariana Green said the plan was put together during the past year and included extensive outreach to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Pedestrians said they wanted wider sidewalks, public toilets and public art to improve walking around the city. Bicyclists wanted more and wider bike paths, well-marked routes and alternative routes.
Money for the 61-page plan came from the state Department of Transportation. Money for the various projects in it would come from several sources, including grants and neighborhood improvement money, a staff report said.
The City Council likely will consider formal adoption in March or April.
Mayor Chuck Della Sala asked planners to make certain the plan is distributed to the Monterey Commercial Property Owners Association and other business groups.
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