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California Cities in the Lead: Shifting From Policies that Guarantee Congestion to Moving People

In 2013, California passed a landmark law with the potential to reverse the decades-long trend of planning for cars in cities. As cities move to put the focus back on people, the metrics we use to evaluate new projects’ impacts can play a key role.

In this session, hear from California cities on how the shift from auto-focused measurement (level of service) to a metric that prioritizes walking, biking, and transit (vehicle-miles traveled) has changed the planning conversation to focus on creating a safe, convenient, and multimodal transportation network. We will explore how policy reform can promote complete streets, encourage sustainability, and ultimately shift an entire state’s planning landscape.