Jan 29 by GJEL Staff

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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Jul 28 by jason

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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Jun 22 by jason

Oakland’s new pedestrian signal policy: a half-step forward

The City of Oakland recently unveiled a new pedestrian signal policy intended to streamline the implementation of more pedestrian-friendly intersections. We’ve written at length about how Oakland’s implementation of automobile-oriented traffic signals threatens its walkability. As the City has switched from pretimed to actuated signals, pedestrian circulation has often been an afterthought. In essence, new…

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May 11 by jason

Oakland’s walkability threatened by misguided traffic engineering

Crossing the street in Oakland’s Rockridge District just got a lot more difficult due to “improvements” by the City’s traffic engineers. Along College Avenue, one of Oakland’s most walkable streets, the city recently changed the configuration of several traffic signals, dramatically lengthening the amount of time it takes to lawfully cross the street. Eric Fischer,…

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Feb 20 by jason

Is it legal to ride my bike in a crosswalk?

Technically, you are supposed to walk your bike in a crosswalk. But even if you are riding your bike in the crosswalk, that is no excuse for a negligent driver to hit you in the crosswalk. And, even if the police officer notes that you were riding your bicycle in the crosswalk that does not…

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Nov 07 by jason

Signal timing: a critical element of safe, livable streets

For the vast majority of people, signal timing is not an exciting subject. Apart from traffic engineers and a select group of superwonks, few people pay attention to or advocate for better signal timing. Whereas the physical designs (and deficiencies) of streets are tangible, signal timing is less discernible. It’s not uncommon for communities to…

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Aug 07 by jason

Pedestrians dying at disproportionate rates in America’s poorer neighborhoods

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: street safety is about equity. Streets designed for speeding cars are inherently designed dangerously, leaving people who do not drive at higher risk of getting hit and killed. We already know that children, seniors, and people of color make up a disproportionately high share of pedestrian…

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May 19 by jason

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

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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Jun 28 by jason

What if I’m hit while crossing an intersection at an unmarked crosswalk?

A very common question is: what if I’m hit at an intersection crossing the street at an unmarked crosswalk? Under California law, every intersection is a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Obviously it’s safer to cross in a crosswalk. However, the more rural the area, the less likely the intersection is to be painted as…

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