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City of Chico

City of Chico

Traffic Engineering

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The Traffic Engineering Division is responsible for transportation and traffic safety planning, as well as bicycle/pedestrian related projects.  Activities include reviewing capital and development projects for traffic safety, bicycle and pedestrian impacts, preparing grant applications, conducting traffic modeling studies, and other transportation-related projects.

Local Road Safety Plan

Local Road Safety Plan

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The City of Chico Local Roadway Safety Plan (LSRP) establishes the framework and processes for identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing transportation safety improvements on local streets within the City.
 
The LRSP supports ongoing safety related efforts such as the Citywide Systemic Safety Project (CSSP) as well as location-specific roadway reconstruction projects currently underway.
 
 

Traffic Counts

Traffic Counts



Downtown Access Plan

Downtown Access Plan

The Downtown Access Action Plan (DAAP) outlines the near-, mid-, and long-term steps needed to implement an effective and efficient parking program in the City of Chico (City).
 

Downtown Parking

Downtown Parking

The City of Chico has deployed a new parking management system for metered locations in the downtown and campus areas.  Users can pay with coin or card through Smart Meter Kiosks, and via mobile payment using the Passport Mobile application.  Please refer to the following resources: 
 

Experience Chico by Bike

Experience Chico by Bike

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The City of Chico encourages the use of bicycles for transportation, recreation and fitness. The City’s Traffic Division provides accommodations for bicyclists on many roads, like the numerous bike racks in the downtown area and the dozens of bike paths and bike lanes throughout the city.
 

California Bicycle Laws

California Bicycle Laws

Are You a Safe Bicyclist?

Safe Bicycling involves more than wearing the proper safety equipment and keeping your bike in good mechanical order- you must also learn the rules of the road.
 
The following are important excerpts from the California Vehicle Code (CVC) relating to the operation and equipping of bicycles.
 

Bicycle Safety

Bicycle Safety

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Bicycles are legally considered “vehicles” on roadways. That means bicyclists must obey the rules of the road like drivers of any other vehicle and must be treated as equal users by all other vehicles.
 
 

Speed Limits

Speed Limits

35 mph speed limit sign
Safety and common sense should determine your driving speed, even if it means driving more slowly than the posted limit under certain conditions. According to California Vehicle Code (CVC), “No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
 

Flashing Yellow Left-Turn Signals

Flashing Yellow Left-Turn Signals

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The City of Chico Public Works Department is implementing a new type of traffic signal to provide safer, more efficient left-turns for motorists. The Flashing Yellow Arrow signals are a new display that will replace the circular green signals for left-turns at signalized intersections.