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‘Human’ provides good (albeit incomplete) transportation data

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Mobile transportation apps are reshaping the data available to transportation planners and policymakers when it comes to active transportation. We’ve previously looked at Strava, an app which tracks mostly recreational trips via walking, running, and biking. Another new app, Human, goes beyond Strava to track all user trips, which has transportation planners excited about the […]

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What is the cost of traffic crashes?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

In discussions of traffic safety, it’s all too common to desensitize ourselves from the striking numbers of roadway crashes that occur: 32,999 fatalities, 3.9 million non-fatal injuries, and 24 million damaged vehicles in 2010. What does all this data mean for our society, economy, and quality of life? In a new report, the National Highway […]

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Cycle Tracks still need traffic calming: a case study of Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Proposals for Cycle Tracks are emerging throughout the Bay Area, and that is generally good news for bicycle safety. But as the saying goes, the devil is in the details. The field of cycle track design in the U.S. remains in its infancy, and as such, the guidance and precedents for effective designs remains limited […]

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East Bay Greenway construction delayed

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Construction on the much-anticipated first segment of the East Bay Greenway has stalled due to delays from unexpected levels of soil contamination. The 0.5 mile, $3.56 million project was expected to open this summer, but will now be delayed until the end of the year, according to a Memorandum from the Alameda County Transportation Commission […]

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Could Strava be good tool for planning and policymaking?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

A key challenge in planning, funding, and implementing bicycle and pedestrian projects is the lack of good data to guide policymaking. As Janie Nham notes on the NRDC Switchboard, bicycle and pedestrian data collection is generally limited to the American Community Survey (ACS) and the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS). Each of these surveys has […]

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Los Angeles hires Seleta Reynolds: what it means for walking and biking in SoCal

Friday, June 27th, 2014

LADOT GM nominee Seleta Reynolds (right) with former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan (left) In case there was any doubt, Los Angeles has officially joined the livable streets party. Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated Seleta Reynolds, manager of the Livable Streets Subdivision at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) to become the […]

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Five major bike gaps in the Bay Area

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

As Bay Area cities redesign their streets to better accommodate safe bicycling, key gaps in the region’s infrastructure become ever more apparent. Much of the growth in bicycling over the past decade has resulted from a number of cost-effective on-street investments — bike lanes, cycle tracks, and bicycle boulevards – and there is still much […]

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Why are fire departments opposing safer street designs?

Monday, June 16th, 2014

As San Francisco develops safer street designs to better accommodate people walking and biking, an unlikely opposition group has emerged: the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD). SFFD has vocally opposed multiple pedestrian safety projects over the past year, including curb extensions in front of Taylor Elementary School, a pedestrian-friendly design of Bartlett Street, and transit […]

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When sharrows aren’t enough

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

San Francisco ambitiously seeks to expand bicycling to 20 percent of all trips by 2020. Yet, real concerns over safety remain the single greatest obstacle to expanding bicycling in the city. The recent collision between an unlicensed (and potentially distracted) driver and bicycle safety instructor Bert Hill illustrates the precarious state of bicycle safety in […]

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‘Every Bicyclist Counts’ underscores need for increased commitment to bike safety

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

In discussions of street safety there is a tendency to view traffic fatalities as isolated incidents or just another statistic. It’s important to reinforce the human element of these crashes: people are injured or killed in our own neighborhoods more frequently than we realize. We’ve recently looked at the Dangerous by Design report by the […]

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Are bike helmet laws sexist? Aussie woman says yes.

Friday, May 30th, 2014

There’s long been a heated debate surrounding mandatory helmet laws, but up until now sexism hadn’t really been one of the talking points. However, a recent complaint from an Australian woman has changed that, as she claims helmet laws unfairly target women with otherwise fabulous hair by forcing them to put vanity on the back […]

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‘Dangerous by Design’ report reiterates link between speeding and pedestrian deaths

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

As we’ve examined previously both here and here, the Dangerous by Design 2014 report contains a wealth of valuable information on the pedestrian safety crisis in the United States. One of the most striking aspects of the report is the clear connection drawn between speeding and pedestrian deaths. Consider the breakdown of pedestrian fatalities by […]

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How dangerous is your street?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Last week we looked at the Dangerous by Design report. One of the useful features is the map tool, which overlays the locations of every pedestrian fatality in the country on Google Maps. This tool brings the challenges of street safety to life in every community across the country, and allows us to pinpoint the […]

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‘Dangerous by Design 2014’ report examines pedestrian safety crisis

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The United States continues to struggle with a legacy of unsafe street designs that fail to safely accommodate people walking. Dangerous by Design 2014 (PDF), released by the National Complete Streets Coalition (a program of Smart Growth America), documents the extent of this epidemic of unsafe streets. From 2003 to 2012, more than 47,000 people […]

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The legal liability of a social host in California

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

It happens more than it should. Someone (here we will call her Ms. H.) invites some friends, maybe a lot of friends and maybe their friends as well, to a social gathering, where food and drink, lots of drink, is provided. Something bad happens, either to one of the guests at the party, or maybe […]

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Is it legal to cross the street during a countdown signal?

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Crosswalk countdown signals are an increasingly common tool to inform pedestrians precisely how much time they have to cross the street. The idea behind these signals is that pedestrians are less likely to cross during the flashing “Don’t Walk” phase if they know there are only a few seconds left before the light turns red. […]

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Will I have to pay taxes on my recovery?

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Ninety-nine percent of the time your recovery from a personal injury case will not be taxable, that’s the way the law is set up. So this is tax-free money that you recover, and not only is it tax-free which means that you don’t owe taxes, you don’t even report it to the IRS.

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The hypocrisy of San Francisco’s selective traffic law enforcement

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Street safety depends on the fair enforcement of traffic laws, but enforcement is not always fair. The juxtaposition of two stories over the past week illustrates the incongruent enforcement of traffic laws in San Francisco. On Bike to Work Day last Thursday, SFPD organized a sting to ticket bicyclists rolling through stop signs on the […]

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Street safety is about equity

Monday, May 12th, 2014

In discussions of street safety, there is a tendency to stereotype pedestrian and bicycle advocates as hipsters, gentrifiers, yuppies, and a host of other terms that connote a young, white, upper-middle class demographic that bicycle lanes or streetscape improvements allegedly serve. But a new report by the American Community Survey (PDF link) tells a different […]

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If I’m on Medicare, can they take my entire recovery?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

If you’re on Medicare, they cannot take your entire recovery. If you are on Medicare there is a national formula and the most Medicare will ever take is 50% of the net to you. So, the most common example is that you have a medical bill paid by Medicare of $300,000, we only recover for […]

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