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The ‘rescue doctrine’ in California: whose fault counts?

As common law doctrines evolve, sometimes their rationale, and proper application, can get lost; that can be because of just one “less than thoughtful” reported appellate decision. One example is an appellate decision in the 1990s limiting the application of the “rescue doctrine” in California. Five years afterwards, another court took a more serious look […]

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Oakland pedestrian enforcement operation includes jaywalking tickets, provides fashion tips

The Oakland Police Department issued a press release on Wednesday announcing a pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Monday, February 1st. The press release notes increasing rates of pedestrian collisions (876 total in Oakland over the past three years) and highlights key planned enforcement activities to promote pedestrian safety: “Special attention will be directed toward drivers […]

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Downtown Oakland needs accessible & walkable public spaces

What kinds of open spaces does Oakland need? The City recently posed this question via Twitter as a part of its ongoing Downtown Specific Plan efforts. The Downtown Plan presents an exciting opportunity to guide a new chapter of growth and revitalization of Downtown Oakland; initial planning efforts have already offered some transformative discussions, including […]

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Tonight: help Bike East Bay improve dangerous roundabout design

Tonight (Thursday January 14th) at 7:00 PM, the Lafayette Circulation Commission will review a dangerous double-wide roundabout proposal at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Olympic Boulevard, two key corridors for bicycling. The proposed dual-lane design would create a chaotic gap in Lafayette’s bicycle network, serving as a barrier to safe cycling to schools […]

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Increased commuter benefits a boon for Bay Area commuters

Transit riders across the country received a big boost in commuter benefits thanks to Congress’ new spending bill. The bill increased pre-tax transit benefits to $255 per month, matching the pre-tax benefits for parking. Transit commuter benefits are widely used in the Bay Area: employers with 50 or more full-time employees are required to offer […]

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Should Bay Area carpool lanes be enforced 24/7?

Bay Area traffic is worse than ever. Whereas traffic jams were once restricted to typical rush hour (7-9 AM, 4-6 PM), congestion now extends earlier and later past the peak periods. For some corridors, such as the Eastshore, Nimitz, and Bayshore Freeways as well as most toll plazas, weekends are often just as bad as […]

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Oakland awarded $4.7 million for traffic calming improvements

Oakland continues to have tremendous success in winning grant money for complete streets projects. Following nine million in grant awards from the Active Transportation Program (ATP) for redesigns of Telegraph Avenue and 20th Street, Oakland was recently awarded $4.7 million in Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for four traffic calming projects: • Telegraph Avenue […]

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How can Oakland fix Grand Avenue?

Grand Avenue is broken. Like countless other streets in Oakland, the design of Grand Avenue no longer serves the people and communities that use the street. However, while Oakland has developed a clear vision for many of its other arterials, the City’s approach to fixing Grand remains unclear. The 2.7 mile Grand Avenue corridor between […]

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San Francisco’s proposed bike-yield law continues to roll forward

Several weeks ago we wrote about a proposed bill that would make San Francisco the largest U.S. city to adopt a stop-as-yield law for cyclists. Earlier this week San Francisco supervisors on the Land Use and Transportation Committee voted in support of the law, which would allow cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs […]

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Support TransForm on ‘Giving Tuesday’

  Today is “Giving Tuesday.” It might not generate the same amount of fanfare as Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but for the past three years, Giving Tuesday has been kicking off the charitable side of the holiday season by harnessing “the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to […]

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Sprawling freeway interchange wins ‘Best Urban Design’ award in Inland Empire

The American Planning Association (APA), a professional organization for urban planners, claims to “provide leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.” However, it’s often difficult to reconcile the organization’s principles […]

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Seeking punitive damages in California drunk driving accident cases

In motor vehicle personal injury or wrongful death cases where the responsible driver was allegedly intoxicated, the injured plaintiff may want to consider seeking an award of punitive (or exemplary) damages against that driver. While the defendant’s insurer bears no obligation to pay such damages, sometimes the presence of such a claim can create a […]

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Tragedy strikes horrific Page Mill-280 Interchange near Palo Alto

On Tuesday morning, Jeffrey Donnelly of Palo Alto was tragically killed while riding a bicycle on Page Mill Road near I-280. Riding along a popular recreational cycling route, Donnelly was struck in the lane closest to the median at the tangled, horrific interchange. Donnelly is the latest victim of a status quo on the Peninsula […]

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Three mega-projects that could transform the East Bay

As the East Bay enters a new chapter of growth, the needs for better transportation infrastructure and more transit-oriented development are becoming increasingly evident. The inner East Bay is filled with significant untapped land resources that can help address the region’s housing shortage, but a handful of key barriers and constraints limit their potential. To […]

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Is it time to embrace the ‘Idaho stop’ for cyclists?

Saying that motorists and bicyclists don’t always get along is not only a massive understatement, but at this point it feels like beating a dead horse. Now, as San Francisco debates the possibility of allowing cyclists to use an “Idaho stop” at stop signs, the two warring factions are once again clashing over what’s best […]

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Oakland receives $4.5 Million grant to remake Telegraph Avenue

More good news for Oakland: MTC has announced the awarding of a $4.5 million grant from the State’s Active Transportation Program for a road diet and protected bike lanes between 20th Street and 41st Street. Oakland received another ATP grant from the statewide pool to fund a redesign of 20th Street last month, bringing the […]

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BART’s night and weekend service lags behind demand

BART’s ridership is booming. On a typical weekday, BART carries 423,000 passengers – an increase of 26 percent since 2010. While BART’s crowding problems during commute hours are well documented, packed trains are now common well beyond commute hours. During nights and weekends, trains through the Transbay Tube are routinely at crush capacity, especially on […]

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Oakland awarded $4.6 million grant for 20th Street redesign

This week, the City of Oakland was awarded a $4.6 million grant from the second cycle of the Caltrans Active Transportation Program (ATP) for a complete streets redesign of 20th Street. The award will nearly cover the full cost of construction for the project, which will span from Broadway to Harrison Street in Downtown Oakland […]

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New pedestrian safety banners target San Francisco’s most dangerous streets

As of yesterday, pedestrian safety banners are now flying in SoMa. The banners, proclaiming “Slow Down!” and followed with either “We live here” or “I live here” are part of the Vision Zero safety measure that hopes to eliminate all traffic related deaths in San Francisco by 2024. With about 60 percent of all pedestrian […]

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