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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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BART closures highlight need for BART-Transbay Terminal connection

BART’s recent weekend closures of the Transbay Tube were happily uneventful: thanks to advanced warning and frequent replacement “bus bridge” service, the closure did not appear to significantly increase traffic congestion or hinder mobility across the Bay. However, while BART deserves credit for orchestrating a mostly-seamless closure, the long connection between the bus bridge at […]

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Study shows making streets safer is the best way to encourage cycling

A recent study conducted by the University of Bath, Department of Psychology, has concluded that, improving street safety for cyclists is more effective than information campaigns when it comes to encouraging people to start riding a bike. The study, published in this month’s Journal of Transport and Health, compared the effectiveness of various pro-cycling campaigns […]

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California’s doctrine of primary assumption of the risk: what, when, and how far?

California’s “primary assumption of the risk” doctrine was first set forth in Knight v. Jewett (1992) 3 Cal.4th 296. That case involved a plaintiff’s claim for personal injuries sustained when the defendant knocked her over and stepped on her finger while they were playing touch football. At issue was how the courts should apply the […]

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Caltrans’ zombie highways

Last week, we examined the I-80 Smart Corridor project and its highway-like approach to San Pablo Avenue. To recap, Caltrans has exercized its jurisdiction over San Pablo Avenue (as State Route 123) to provide capacity relief for I-80, despite San Pablo’s neighborhood-oriented characteristics and lack of statewide significance. As another proof of San Pablo Avenue’s […]

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The I-80 Smart Corridor’s dumb approach to San Pablo Avenue

If you’ve recently traveled along I-80 in the East Bay, you may have noticed new electronic signage and metering lights. Caltrans is currently putting the finishing touches on the I-80 Smart Corridor project, a new approach to managing traffic congestion along one of the region’s worst corridors. The Smart Corridor project uses a sophisticated Intelligent […]

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Photos from the 2015 Summer Intro to Careers in Law Program

For the past three summers GJEL has hosted high school students for a week long “Introduction to Careers in Law.” Over the course of the week students are exposed to different aspects of the legal profession and offered the opportunity to hear from attorneys across a variety of specializations. This year’s program took place during […]

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Engineers behaving badly: Oakland’s pedestrian signal fail

Oakland has a lot of strange, poorly-designed pedestrian signals, but we think we’ve found the worst example in the City at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Euclid Avenue. By over-engineering a simple sidewalk, Oakland has created a more hazardous condition where thousands of people break the law every day. Along Grand Avenue at Euclid […]

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Survey: most Temescal shoppers don’t drive

The City of Oakland, in partnership with UC Berkeley, recently conducted a survey of shoppers in Temescal along a controversial segment of Telegraph Avenue to better understand the travel behavior of shoppers. The segment under study between 40th and 52nd street represents the heart of the Temescal business district. Temescal was left out of the […]

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What is a protected intersection?

As protected bike lanes become more common across the U.S., the way in which we design intersections is also evolving. American cities are on the cusp of implementing the nation’s first protected intersections, a potentially revolutionary approach to intersection design for bicycle safety. This post offers an overview of what constitutes a protected intersection, why […]

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Bay Bridge contraflow bus lane and bike/ped path should be considered together

Over the past few months, a proposal to build a contraflow bus lane on the Bay Bridge has gained momentum among key transportation agencies such as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), BART, and AC Transit. The proposed contraflow lane would convert an underutilized eastbound lane to a westbound bus lane, providing much-needed capacity relief for […]

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The worst bike lane in the world?

Streetsblog California recently proclaimed a new bike lane in Orinda “The Worst Bike Lane in the World.” The bike lane sits outside of our office on Camino Pablo, straddling between two high-speed right turn lanes as it passes under Highway 24 and the Orinda BART Station. To put it simply, this bike lane is terrifying. […]

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