Sep 13 by GJEL Staff

The complicated story behind widening Highway 1 in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County is in the midst of a debate over how to relieve gridlock along Highway 1. Traffic congestion has continued to worsen in recent years along the four lane freeway, to the point that an 18 mile one-way commute to or from Watsonville can take in excess of an hour each way.

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Jun 08 by jason

Should self-driving cars still have steering wheels and brake pedals?

Earlier this week, GM CEO Mary Barra said she believes self-driving vehicles should continue to include steering wheels, brake pedals and accelerators as the technology develops. The state of California has already taken this position, requiring a licensed driver at the helm of all self-driving cars.

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May 23 by jason

Self-driving cars are the future, but major questions remain

Whether you like it or not, self-driving cars are coming. Slowly. Over 30 different companies are working on some form of self-driving vehicle, with the highest profile entry coming from Google, which currently boasts over 1.4 million miles of driverless testing since debuting their first car in 2009. Until recently, self-driving cars have had an…

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Mar 07 by GJEL Staff

Vision Zero or Zero Vision: when will Berkeley fix its unsafe streets?

On February 2nd, Megan Schwarzman was run over by a car while bicycling along Fulton Street near Bancroft Way. Meghan was hit by Berwick Haynes, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. A mother and scientist at the Berkeley School of Public Health, Megan was wearing fluorescent green safety gear…

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Dec 30 by GJEL Staff

Should Bay Area carpool lanes be enforced 24/7?

Bay Area traffic is worse than ever. Whereas traffic jams were once restricted to typical rush hour (7-9 AM, 4-6 PM), congestion now extends earlier and later past the peak periods. For some corridors, such as the Eastshore, Nimitz, and Bayshore Freeways as well as most toll plazas, weekends are often just as bad as…

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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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Nov 23 by GJEL Staff

Sprawling freeway interchange wins ‘Best Urban Design’ award in Inland Empire

The American Planning Association (APA), a professional organization for urban planners, claims to “provide leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.” However, it’s often difficult to reconcile the organization’s principles…

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