The Wall Street Journal reports on studies that visualize the private corporate bus network that transports the equivalent of one-third more Caltrain riders from San Francisco to Silicon Valley. I am certain that a smaller but similar network is growing in the East Bay as well.
According to the Urban Land Institute: "Living smaller, closer to work, and preferably near mass transit holds increasing appeal as more people look to manage expenses wisely."
The East Bay Bicycle Coalition's September member meeting let EBBC members give input on the EBBC's strategic plan. This recording captures the start and the end of the meeting, but not the middle which broke into small groups. The meeting took place at the Rockridge branch of the Oakland Public Library in Oakland, California. Listen. (Stereo recording, 1:04:55, 119MB)
Advocates of "streetscape improvements" for bicyclists are fond of saying that such things as dedicated spaces for bicycling will add to the perception that bicycling on the street is safe. But now they are going too far -- saying that such facilities are, in fact, safer. But the jury's still out -- and it may be that while you're less likely to be injured while in such side paths, the absolute number of injuries to bicyclists will go up. So let's have some restraint, streetscape advocates, or else cough up some hard data.
The United Nations has declared 2011-2020 the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The Association of Health Care Journalists recently held a panel discussion about road safety.
Amanda Thompson: "If there was such a thing as designer malpractice we would be in a lot of trouble right now. We have created a land use and transportation system that actually prevents a healthy lifestyle."