Apr 04 by GJEL Staff

San Francisco’s safest streets aren’t safe enough

As San Francisco’s Vision Zero campaign struggles to reduce traffic deaths, a sobering video posted last week of a bicycle crash along Valencia Street provides yet another reminder of the City’s significant safety challenges. On Tuesday, March 29th at about 5:40 PM, a female bicyclist traveling on Valencia between 18th and 19th Streets was hit…

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Dec 10 by jason

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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Oct 23 by jason

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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Sep 17 by jason

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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Sep 08 by jason

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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Jul 23 by jason

‘Human’ provides good (albeit incomplete) transportation data

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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Jul 02 by jason

Could Strava be good tool for planning and policymaking?

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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Jun 27 by jason

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

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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Jun 19 by jason

Five major bike gaps in the Bay Area

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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May 27 by jason

How dangerous is your street?

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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