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Posts Tagged ‘CA’

Getting to Great Places

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
Photo by Aya Brackett

SPUR – San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association
The city of San Jose is critical to the future of the Bay Area. The Association of Bay Area Governments projects that San Jose will add more new residents in the coming decades than any other city in the region — more than San Francisco and Oakland combined. The shape of that growth is critically important to the sustainability, livability and economic vitality of the region. San Jose faces a particular set of challenges — shared by many American cities — around how to retool environments built for the automobile for a future that better supports walking, cycling and transit.

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Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Harris Fire, San Diego County, October 2007. Photo Credit: CAL FIRE - Wes Schultz

The Safeguarding California Plan provides policy guidance for state decision makers, and is part of continuing efforts to reduce impacts and prepare for climate risks. This plan, which updates the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy, highlights climate risks in nine sectors in California, discusses progress to date, and makes realistic sector-specific recommendations.

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More Setbacks for California’s Embattled High Speed Rail Project

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 24, No. 17
The Sacramento Court’s November 25 decision denying the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) access to Proposition 1A bond funds (see our column of November 26) was the first in a series of setbacks suffered by the high speed rail project in recent days. The project was dealt another serious blow on November 26, when two influential members of Congress, Jeff Denham (R-CA), Chairman of the Railroads Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Tom Latham (R-IA), Chairman of the House Transportation Appropriation Subcommittee requested the General Accountability Office (GAO) to review the federal grant agreements with the Authority in light of the Court’s rulings.

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Riding the Bike Share Boom

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Riding the Bike Share Boom

Without a doubt 2013 has been a banner year for bike share in the United States with large systems implemented in New York City (Citibike) & Chicago (Divvy) and many others debuting (or expanding their size) in cites big and small. In fact, Citibike now boasts over 10 million bike miles travelled and is inching closer to 100,000 members!

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A Major Setback for California’s High Speed Train

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 24, No. 16
The future of the California High Speed Rail project hangs in a precarious balance as a result of two rulings handed down by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny on November 25. “The Judge’s ruling will prevent the [California High-Speed Rail] Authority from spending bond measure funds for construction until the funding plan is brought into compliance,” said Michael Brady co- lead attorney on the case…The Authority’s Chairman, Dan Richard, tried to cast the Court decision in a more positive light. “The judge did not invalidate the bonds as approved by the voters,” he said. “Like all transformative projects, we understand that there will be many challenges that will be addressed as we go forward in building the nation’s first high-speed rail system.”

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San Diego Investing $200 Million in Regional Bike Network

Thursday, November 28th, 2013
The San Diego region is investing $200 million in bicycle facilities. Image: oyonabike!

Our hometown Seattle will soon be eclipsed by another city (a more conservative one!) when it comes to bicycle infrastructure. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently approved a $200 million, ten-year plan to build out 77 miles of new bikeways. Many of the 42 projects are focused on completing two bike corridors that have been on the drawing board for years, the 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail and the 21-mile Inland Rail Trail…It’s another example of a region taking charge of its transportation future, and not waiting for Congress to fund its needs.

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Los Angeles County: Clean Energy Investment Potential

Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Arroyo Verdugo: MAP Statistics

Changes in energy conservation and generation began decades ago in California, but transformation will involve a sustained effort with benefits for action realized now. For one, there are state and local funding vehicles to support investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects such as rooftop solar installations.

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Los Angeles: Dealing With Door-Zone Bike Lanes

Friday, November 8th, 2013
Los Angeles: Dealing With Door-Zone Bike Lanes

This short video shows cyclist passing distances provided by the same Culver City bus operator for cyclists (a) on the left edge of a door-zone bike lane (DZBL) and (b) leaving the bike lane to control the right general travel lane. I am riding my 1978 Jack Taylor tandem here with my wife and our audible conversation is also relevant to what we are experiencing. – Gary Cziko on Vimeo

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The Los Angeles Equity Atlas

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
LA equity atlas

How can the largest voter approved transit initiative in the nation translate into a stronger regional economy, accessible living-wage jobs, reduced congestion, healthier people and places, greater affordability and an overall improved quality of life, particularly for low- and moderate-income people who comprise the majority of the population and workforce in Los Angeles County?

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San Francisco: The MUNI Mash

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
San Francisco: The MUNI Mash

A humorous music video encouraging Muni riders to yield their seats to seniors and people with disabilities. Produced by the SFMTA Multimodal Accessibility Advisory Committee with help Access SFUSD: The Arc, a community based program for students 18-22 with disabilities that focuses on teaching functional life skills within a community setting. – ktoran on YouTube

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