Barcelona is making headway on its "superblocks," clusters of nine city blocks where car traffic is restricted and public space is expanded. This BBC video shows how a superblock functions: Most of the street space is reserved for walking and biking, while motor vehicles are limited to narrow, indirect rights-of-way.
Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar: Wednesday Exploring McLaren Park. The second-largest park in San Francisco is undergoing a community engagement process to better understand how to spend $10 million in improvement funding. Join SPUR to explore the park and discuss how it can be enhanced. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. Meeting details […]
- SF Supervisors Caused SFMTA Spending Delays? (SFExaminer)
- Legislation to Lower Transport Funding Threshold (SFExaminer)
- Muni Gets New Radios (SFBay)
- BART Station Set for Remodel (EastBayTimes)
- BART Warm Springs Station Staffed but Not Open (SFChron)
- Helping Refugees Navigate Bay Area Transit (Hoodline)
- Plans for More Density in SoMa (Socketsite)
- ACE Train Out of Service (SFGate, Kron4)
- California High Speed Rail Getting Built (SFChron)
- San Ramon Bike and Ped Bridge (EastBayTimes)
- Ferry Bike Escalator Cartoon (MarinIJ)
Transforming from a car city to a transit city is no easy task. Just ask Denver and Los Angeles, which have spent billions to build rail systems but struggled to reduce solo car commuting rates. But Seattle shows it can be done: The share of downtown commuters who drive alone dropped from 35 percent in 2010 to 30 percent last year.
- BART as Sanctuary (SFExaminer, SFChron, EastBayTimes)
- Silicon Valley Fights for Caltrain (BizTimes)
- More on Redesigning Civic Center Plaza (SFChron)
- More on Removing Seats on BART (SFGate)
- More on Muni’s Unspent Bond Money (Hoodline)
- Fighting Traffic Via Development (Wired)
- Another Development for Market Street (Socketsite)
- Shooting on Muni Bus (SFExaminer, SFBay)
- Bicyclist Killed in Berkeley (EastBayTimes)
- Police Seek Help Finding Perp in San Bruno Hit and Run (DailyJournal)
- San Rafael Food Truck Hit and Run (MarinIJ)
- Reactions to Calls for Geary BRT Delay (SFExaminer)
Yesterday afternoon, representatives from the city, charity groups, and the Exploratorium, gave a presentation at SPUR‘s downtown San Francisco center about their collaborative efforts to clean up the Civic Center Commons/UN Plaza area and make it into an attractive and inviting urban forum, while helping the homeless and drug addicts who congregate there. This is no […]
It was never going to be easy to shift Los Angeles decision-makers' attitudes to care more about keeping people alive than about moving cars. Nonetheless, L.A.'s mayor and city council have approved the city's Vision Zero policy, and directed city departments to work together to reduce L.A. traffic fatalities.
Signalized intersections carry special risks. Drivers often accelerate during the yellow phase to "beat the light," for instance, leading to high-speed crashes. Federal officials warn that improperly placed signals can "significantly increase collisions." So Seattle is reviewing 10 intersections to see if traffic signals should be replaced with stop signs.