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Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)
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Climate Action Goals & Metrics for Transportation & Land Use

CAP bike iconVehicle trips account for about half of total community-wide emissions. The Climate Action Plan sets the goal of reducing transportation emissions by 33% below 2000 levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050. To say that achieving this target requires significant change is an understatement. Transportation modes such as public transit, walking, and cycling must become the primary means of fulfilling our mobility needs and remaining motor vehicle usage must be far less carbon intensive.

Check out the Climate Action Plan’s goals for transportation and land use. Click on the links below to review our community’s performance to date and to access other relevant resources and information.


Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) reduced by 4% from 2000-2010 while bicycle mode share increased 34% during this same period.  Learn more about VMT (pdf).


  1. Increase green and open spaces 
  2. Increase cycling and walking
  3. Expand car share and ride sharing
  4. Increase compact development patterns
  5. Enhanced public transit 
  6. Increase the usage of low-carbon vehicles
  7. Green City government transportation options
  8. Create an effective parking management strategy

Goal 1: Increase green space, open-space, tree planting and local food
Green and open spaces, including city parks and local community gardens, are essential components of Berkeley’s livability, public health, and ecological sustainability. 

Performance Metric     Key Takeaway Trend
Annual Net Tree Gain (pdf)  Added 4,711 street and park trees since 2000 On target
Farmer's Market Attendance(pdf)  Weekly attendance up 37% since 2001 No target
Berkeley City Parks   Find your nearest public park Map
Berkeley Community Gardens    Check out Berkeley's urban gardens Map

Goal 2: Increase cycling and walking
Cycling and walking are popular, non-GHG producing forms of transportation in Berkeley. As of 2011, about 17% of employed Berkeley residents commuted to work on foot. About 8% of employed Berkeley residents commute to work by bicycle, over five times the Alameda County average, and nearly nine times the average for the State of California. For more information on cycling and walking in Berkeley please visit the Transportation Division website

 Performance Metric       Key Takeaway  Trend
Implementation of Pedestrian Plan (pdf)  17% of adults walk to work daily No target
Number of Bicycle Parking Spaces (pdf)   2,000+ bicycle parking spaces available On target
Implementation of Bike Plan (pdf)  8% of adults bike to work daily No target
Expand Bicycle Education (pdf)  Distributed over 700 free helmets No target

Goal 3: Expand car share and ride sharing
Ridesharing reduces GHG emissions by reducing single-occupancy trips. Car sharing programs reduce GHG emissions because members of car share programs tend to drive less than non-members, and because car share program vehicles tend to be newer and more fuel efficient than the average vehicle.

 Performance Metric       Key Takeaway  Trend
Number of Car Share Vehicles and Locations (pdf)  123 car share vehicles (doubled since 2005) No target

Goal 4: Increase compact development patterns (especially along transit corridors)
Encouraging sustainable modes of travel such as cycling, walking, and public transit, is fundamentally tied to compact development patterns and the mix of land uses near transit hubs and jobs. For example, evidence shows that people who live near transit drive between 20% and 40% less than those who do not. For more information on the relationship between land use, transportation, and global warming emissions, review Chapter 3 of the 
Berkeley Climate Action Plan

Goal 5: Enhanced public transit
Approximately 20% of Berkeley residents use BART or the bus for their work commute. Increasing this percentage, as well as increasing the use of public transit for non-work commute trips, requires working closely with AC Transit, BART and community-based organizations to ensure that fares are affordable, service is reliable and more frequent, more routes are added, and that the safety and comfort of the transit systems are improved. For more information on public transit options in Berkeley please visit the Transportation Division website.

Goal 6: Increase the usage of low-carbon vehicles
Climate Action Plan strategies are designed to remove barriers to increasing the number of electric vehicles and other alternative-fuel vehicles and to ultimately increase the overall fuel efficiency of vehicles owned and operated in Berkeley. See electric vehicle Residential Permit Guide or Commercial Pilot Program to learn more. 

Goal 7: Green City government transportation options
The Berkeley City government has an active alternative fuel vehicle program, including electric, natural gas, and bio-diesel vehicles. Berkeley replaced its fleet with City CarShare hybrid-electric and plug-in electric vehicles. In addition, the City is making it easier for City employees to commute by public transit, cycling or walking by supplying employees with AC transit bus passes and pre-tax Commuter Checks. For more information on sustainable employee commute options visit the Transportation Division webpage.

 Performance Metric        Key Takeaway  Trend
Green Commuter Benefits (pdf)   20% of City employees switched to public transit  No target
City Fleet Fuel Consumption (pdf)  Reduced consumption by 6% from 2000-2011 Off target

Goal 8: Create an effective parking management strategy
The availability and cost of parking play an important role in affecting driving demand and promoting more sustainable mobility modes such as transit, cycling, and walking. Review Chapter 3 of the Berkeley Climate Action Plan to learn about strategies designed to disincentivize driving - especially single occupancy driving. Review the Transportation Division website to learn more about parking in Berkeley.

Check out other Climate Action Plan core strategies & goals

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Building Energy Use Waste Reduction & Recycling Community Outreach Adapting to Climate Change

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