Traffic Engineering

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

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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.

Read the Local Roadway Safety Plan


Downtown Parking

Downtown Parking Upgrades

The City of Chico is deploying a new parking management system for metered locations around the downtown and campus areas.  Users can pay with coin or card through Smart Meter Kiosks, smart Meters, and via mobile payment using the Passport Mobile application. 

For information on how to utilize the kiosks, Click HERE.

The Smart Meter Kiosks are in parking lots and in the downtown core.  Over the next 2-3 months, additional units will be deployed to the remaining areas.  Remaining meters on blocks with newly installed kiosks will be removed by the end of the overall deployment.  

What You Need to Know:

  • Go live: February 27, 2023 
  • Enforcement resumes:  February 27, 2023
  • All metered locations will accept Passport Mobile application payments.     

We ask for your patience during construction activities which may include noise, crews and equipment, and coned-off areas.                    


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

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

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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

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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.”

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