A San Francisco area commission recently gave out $17 million to regional communities "to promote streetscapes that are more amenable to getting around on foot, bicycle and transit," the San Mateo County Times reports.
"The Transportation for Livable Communities program seeks to help communities make bus stops more pleasant places to wait at, to ease access for bicycles and encourage 'smart growth' principles of clustering housing with convenient transit access."
Worthy goals indeed, although I'd add creating pleasant and appealing streetscapes for pedestrians.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission said it received $113 million in requests for the available $17 million. "We get enormous amounts of demand for this," Randy Rentschler told the Times.