Apr 21 by GJEL Staff

A foolish outcome for Novato’s SMART stations

As the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) corridor nears opening day this fall, the City of Novato is having buyer’s remorse on the placement of its stations. Although SMART has already built two stations in Novato, the Novato City Council recently approved adding a third station to serve Downtown. While Downtown Novato warrants a station,…

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Aug 04 by GJEL

Golden Gate Bridge Construction Raises Safety Dilemma for Pedestrians & Cyclists

An ongoing seismic retrofit project to make California’s Golden Gate more secure in the event of an earthquake has created an unexpected safety dilemma for the up to 6,000 cyclists and 10,000 pedestrians who cross the famous bridge each day. Construction crews have temporarily closed the bridge’s west sidewalk, meaning that pedestrians and cyclists alike must share the east sidewalk, which gets as slim as 5.5 feet. While there have so far been no accidents, the Marin Independent Journal reports that sharing the sidewalk has created a clear safety dilemma and sparked disputes between cyclists and pedestrians forced to share the space.

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Jun 29 by GJEL

Marin County California Still Vulnerable to Bike Accidents

California’s Marin County has rightly earned a reputation as a mecca for cyclists. The cluster of San Francisco suburbs is consistently sunny, has mostly flat riding surfaces, and has fostered a culture that promotes cycling in cities and on bike paths. And in 2005, Marin County was one of four jurisdictions nationwide to receive $25 million in federal funds to improve bicycle infrastructure and increase ridership. The program was successful, and contributed to the fact that Marin County only had one bike accident death between 2005 and 2010, the lowest total throughout the Bay Area.

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