Sustainable Transport in Davis

This article uses the city of Davis, California, as a case example of land use and transportation planning and policy. The author addresses two primary questions: to what extent is Davis transportation sustainable, and how has the city managed to develop differently than other cities? Davis, California is home to a large campus of the University of California and the students and staff at the university use bicycles far more than do the ordinary residents of Davis. The author contends that Davis has the basic infrastructure necessary to accommodate a shift from the car mode to public transport and walking and cycling. And, even though transportation in Davis could be considered far more sustainable than most comparable US cities, it is still very car based. The author provides a critical review of the city and its transportation policies, offering interesting lessons for European cities. These lessons include the role of local democracy in which decisions are made at the local level, without interference from higher levels; the organization responsible for planning and policy should also be responsible for funding and implementation; local sustainable transportation policy must be developed in tandem with the larger region in which it is situated. Specific programs from 1967 through the present that contributed to the development of Davis transportation modes are summarized. These include Bike City 1966; Village Homes 1975-82; General Plan and the Bike Plan 1987; Covell Village referendum; Pass Through Agreement 1987; Alternative Transportation Task Force – ATTF 1994-96; “Measure J” 2000; General Plan and the Bike Plan 2001; and Covell Village 2005.


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  • Accession Number: 01109827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2008 1:05PM