Civic Lab is a regional effort that aims to address issues of regional importance through action at the local level. SACOG will work with partner agencies, local experts, national leaders, decision makers, and innovators to find creative solutions to some of the bigger issues facing the region today, and in the future.
This year’s topic for Civic Lab is around smart mobility, and how these ‘disruptive technologies’ can be used to make the region’s transportation system function more effectively, efficiently, and equitably.
Active transportation refers to human-powered transportation, such as walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating, or skateboarding. It is a critical component in developing and implementing sustainable community strategies, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing public health and making the six-county Sacramento region a more enjoyable place to live, work and play. As of 2015, the Sacramento region is home to over 480 miles of multi-use paths, 1,100 miles of bike lanes, and 300 miles of bike routes — all of which are used for transportation and recreational purposes.
SACOG provides planning support and a forum for coordination among the region’s public transit operators. Several projects and ongoing activities are underway to help plan and operate transit services to meet the region’s needs.
In addition, SACOG administers funding available under the Transportation Development Act (TDA), and coordinates other federal and state transit funding programs.
For many years, the Sacramento Area Council of Government (SACOG’s) has had a Regional TDM program that supports and promotes alternative, non-drive alone transportation modes, including carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, bicycling, walking, and telecommuting.