Investigating the Bay Area’s “Vital Signs”


The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the metropolitan planning organization for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, recently released Vital Signs, a new interactive tool to track the region’s progress toward key transportation, land use, environmental, and economic policy goals.

SHSP Public Comments Deadline Is February 25


The draft Strategic Highway Safety Plan Update is open for public comment until February 25, 2015. The SHSP Update is an opportunity for safety stakeholders to work together to improve highway safety.

Proposed Bicycle Helmet Law Sparks Debate


California would become the first state in the nation to require bicyclists of all ages to wear a helmet under a bill introduced last week.

Oakland’s First Protected Bike Lanes Underway


In spring 2015, bicyclists will be able to enjoy Oakland’s first protected bicycle lanes on Telegraph Avenue, a busy thoroughfare in the East Bay.
The protected bicycle lanes are a result of extensive planning, analysis, and outreach efforts to improve the safety and accessibility of Telegraph Avenue. Under the Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Plan, the avenue will be redesigned to:

U.S. DOT Requests Public Input on "Beyond Traffic"


The U.S. Department of Transportation has just published "Beyond Traffic," its 30-year framework for the future. The Department requests public input on the framework and sees it as the beginning of a national conversation about the future of the U.S. transportation system.

Safety in Numbers for Walkers and Bicyclists - Why?


Why are we safer when we walk or bicycle in places or at time periods when more people are walking or bicycling? On January 30, 2015, Peter Jacobsen appeared at the Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar series to discuss his findings. 

California Walks Announces Strategic Framework for Increasing Walkability in California


In November 2014, California Walks met with nearly 40 walkability leaders and visionaries to create a shared action plan to increase walkability in California.  In January 2015, California Walks announced the Strategic Framework for Increasing Walkability in California.
2025 Vision

U.S. Transportation Chief Challenges Mayors to Improve Safety for Pedestrians and Bicyclists


U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has issued a challenge to mayors and local elected officials to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists over the next year.  Mayors' Challenge participants will be invited to attend the Mayors' Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets in March 2015, and their cities will spend a year helping their communities undertake seven activities to improve safety.

TRB Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection Published


The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 797: Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection has just been published. The book describes methods and technologies for counting pedestrians and bicyclists, offers guidance on developing a non-motorized count program, gives suggestions on selecting appropriate counting methods and technologies, and provides examples of how organizations have used non-motorized count data to better fulfill their missions.


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