San Clemente Sidewalk Policy

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting dedicated to Long Term Financial Planning, our pedestrian advocacy was able to garner a unanimous vote from the City Council. The vote authorized City staff to prepare an analysis of the costs necessary to create a formal City sidewalk policy. That policy would dovetail with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, now under way, and would provide guidance to City officials as they decide where and how to create sidewalks that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The research conducted by staff will be presented to the Council later this spring as elected officials decide whether to allocate money to create the policy. The spring budget meetings will also include discussions of how to satisfy the substantial need for sidewalks usable by everyone. Policy details would be created at some date in the future. They were not part of Tuesday night’s meeting. Stay tuned.

I’d also like to thank the 3 PEDal members who, in addition to myself, waited more than 3 hours to speak in favor of creation of the sidewalk policy. Those members are Larry Culbertson, George Gregory, and Rose Velasquez of Orange County Human Relations. I’d also like to recognize the work of City Engineer Tom Bonigut for his professionalism and willingness to engage San Clemente’s non-motorized transportation advocates. A job well done by all!