Applications are being accepted through July 7 from Stockton residents interested in joining an advisory group to recommend public safety improvements at a local shopping and dining district.

Caltrans has partnered with the city of Stockton, state Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua and community members to form an ad hoc work group on the plans for Stockton’s Miracle Mile.

According to the Miracle Mile website, the area of Pacific Avenue from Alpine Avenue to Harding Way is known for being a pedestrian-friendly shopping district that has a large variety of shops and services.

In 2022, Stockton was granted $20 million through an Assembly bill that was aimed at bringing new pedestrian crossings, public safety improvements and other revitalization efforts to the district.

The panel will consider different perspectives and identify how to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety while also encouraging visitors to the Miracle Mile.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the group is asked to complete an online application that consists of 10 questions.

After the application process closes Friday, there will be 21 people selected to serve on the group, which will meet for bi-weekly meetings.

They will get together to consider different perspectives and identify means and methods to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety while also encouraging people to frequent the Miracle Mile area and its businesses, Caltrans said in a statement.

The meetings will be open to the public and include a public speaking period.

The application can be accessed online.

Victoria Franco is a reporter based in Stockton covering San Joaquin County for Bay City News Foundation and its nonprofit news site Local News Matters. She is a Report for America corps member.

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