Today’s Headlines

  • Sacramento identifies downtown alleys as potential walkable corridors (Sacramento Business Journal)
  • Vision Zero is increasing pedestrian safety (Next City)
  • California Transportation Commission to hold town hall in Weaverville on Friday (Trinity Journal)
  • High Speed Rail Authority to hold workshop in Morgan Hill on Sept 23 (Morgan Hill Times)
  • People who work near transit are more likely to use transit (CityLab)
  • Another reason to ditch your car: bicycles can be the path to early retirement (Daily Finance)
  • A neighborhood in Nashville pledges to go car-free for a week (Nashville Business Journal)
  • Video: Hyperloop is serious about itself (CBS)
  • Video: giant insect puppet bicycles (PBS)

More California headlines at Streetsblog LA and Streetsblog SF

  • Gezellig

    Re: Sacramento alleys, there’s some great potential there. Liestal Alley is already a really successful public space:

    http://www.sacgrid.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Liestal-Alley.jpg

    http://www.urbanophile.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/alley1.jpg

    Sacramento’s alleys are often used as informal bike routes especially when parallel arterials are particularly hostile to biking (whether due to lack of bike lanes or one-way streets, etc.).

    The big problem for both walking and biking through continuously on any given alley is that their intersections with main roads and arterials are tough if not impossible to negotiate.

    The city would need to redo arterial/alley intersections in ways that slow/stop arterial traffic to make them viable as continuous through routes for people on foot and bike in alleys. Sac already has some bike-boulevard treatments on some of the main roads–would be nice to see more, especially in conjunction with alleys.

    Another strategy that could be used would be to turn some alleys into Bike Streets, where both bikes and cars can go but for which bikes have priority. This hasn’t really been tried yet in the US, but here’s an example of an alley in Philadelphia reworked this way:

    http://thisoldcity.com/sites/default/files/images/19-JuniperSouth.jpg

    http://thisoldcity.com/vignettes/photos-visualizing-phillys-juniper-street-bike-boulevard

  • lunartree

    Hyperloop shouldn’t be used as an argument against high speed rail because it’s a new experimental technology, and we can’t ignore today’s problems assuming magic new technology will come along in 5 years and fix everything.

    That said, I really hope hyperloop makes our existing transit infrastructure obsolete. Our world needs a breakthrough, and this system looks plausibly revolutionary.

  • Guest

    Re CityLab, makes perfect sense now that I think about it. My walk from home to transit is 11 minutes, from transit to work is 26 minutes (according to Google) and includes a pedestrian (and bike) unfriendly crossing of 101. If I take transit, I show up at work stressed and sweaty.

    This is an urban to suburban commute. I’ve thought about using my car as a last mile device, parking in a suburban neighborhood near the Caltrain station overnight.