Goal M-1: Provide a comprehensive, integrated, and connected network of transportation facilities and services for all modes of travel.
The transportation system in Hayward serves both regional and local travel needs across a broad spectrum of modes. A multimodal approach to transportation is intended to create an integrated transportation and circulation system that allows for opportunities to travel by any mode of travel (e.g., walking, bicycling, transit, and automobiles) to reach key destinations in a community and region safely and directly. Multimodal approaches to transportation have multiple benefits. They can lead to safer travel for all roadway users. They can improve health by allowing people to walk or bicycle or take transit. These travel modes promote active lifestyles and reduce automobile-related emissions and pollution. Finally, they can provide options and increase mobility for people who cannot or do not drive.
Policies in this section guide the overall provision for a balanced multi-modal system of transportation facilities and services in Hayward. This multi-modal system includes the roadway, which serves automobiles, trucks, public transit, and bicycles, as well as pedestrian ways, such as sidewalks and trails, to serve all users of the public right-of-way. Policies in subsequent sections of this Element address specific facilities, travel modes, and programs and contribute to the improvement of the city’s roadways into a multimodal transportation network, from the development of complete streets (Goal 3); to improved pedestrian, biking, and transit options (Goals 5, 6, and 7); to the implementation of Transportation Demand Management strategies (Goal 8).
The City shall provide a safe and efficient transportation system for the movement of people, goods, and services through, and within Hayward.
The City shall promote development of an integrated, multi-modal transportation system that offers desirable choices among modes including pedestrian ways, public transportation, roadways, bikeways, rail, and aviation.
The City shall implement a multimodal system that connects residents to activity centers throughout the city, such as commercial centers and corridors, employment centers, transit stops/stations, the airport, schools, parks, recreation areas, and other attractions.
The City shall require all new development that proposes or is required to construct or extend streets to develop a transportation network that complements and contributes to the city’s multimodal system, maximizes connections, and minimizes barriers to connectivity.
Level of Service
Level of Service (LOS) is a method of evaluating traffic congestion. A LOS of A represents free flowing traffic, and a LOS of F represents severe traffic congestion with substantial delays. In general, the strict enforcement of LOS standards has forced cities to make transportation improvements that favor automobiles and hurt other modes of transportation. For example, a city may be forced to widen an intersection and eliminate pedestrian crosswalks to achieve a minimum LOS standard. While this improves traffic flow for vehicles, it ultimately discourages walking. Adopting a more flexible LOS approach allows cities to consider other modes of transportation when evaluating traffic impacts and making roadway improvements
The City shall consider flexible Level of Service (LOS) standards, as part of a multimodal system approach, for projects that increase transit-ridership, biking, and walking in order to reduce air pollution, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.
The City shall encourage the development of facilities and services, (e.g., secure term bicycle parking, street lights, street furniture and trees, transit stop benches and shelters, and street sweeping of bike lanes) that enable bicycling, walking, and transit use to become more widely used modes of transportation and recreation.
The City shall strive to create a more comprehensive multimodal transportation system by eliminating “gaps” in roadways, bikeways, and pedestrian networks, increasing transit access in underserved areas, and removing natural and man-made barriers to accessibility and connectivity.
The City shall provide leadership in educating the community about the availability and benefits of using alternative transportation modes.