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City of Novato Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan

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The Novato Bicycle / Pedestrian Plan provides for a recommended citywide network of sidewalks, bicycle paths, lanes and routes, along with pedestrian and bicycle related programs and support facilities, intended to ensure bicycling and walking become more viable transportation option for people who live, work and recreate in Novato.

The purpose of this bicycle and pedestrian plan is to improve the bicycling and walking environment in Novato by providing direction for future bicycle and pedestrian planning and meeting the guidelines of the California Active transportation Program, the requirements of which are contained in Senate Bill 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes of 2013). 

The City of Novato Bicycle / Pedestrian Plan has been updated to include current priorities for facility enhancements, safety improvements, and connectivity between destinations such as transit, neighborhoods, employment, and other community amenities, for bicyclists and pedestrians. The plan development included:

  • Information gathered from meetings with the Novato Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (B/PAC) and City staff;
  • Two City of Novato Bicycle / Pedestrian Plan update public workshops;
  • Information on proposed routes from the previously adopted City of Novato Bicycle Plan (2007);
  • Relevant bikeway information gathered from the Marin County Unincorporated Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (2008);
  • Survey in late 2014.

The City's plan update is part of a larger effort by The Transportation Authority of Marin to facilitating a coordinated update of the County of Marin and eight cities' and towns' bicycle and pedestrian plans. Alta Planning + Design, Parisi Transportation Consulting and CSW / Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group Inc. worked on the current update.

The City of Novato Bicycle / Pedestrian Plan was paid by for by funds the Transportation Authority of Marin received from the state of California – Transportation Development Act, Article 3.

The City of Novato Bicycle / Pedestrian Plan was adopted by Novato City Council on March 24, 2015.


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