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Gov’s Report to Caltrans: Get Out of the Way of Protected Bike Lanes

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Caltrans needs to stop focusing so much on moving cars and let cities build safer street designs with protected bike lanes, says a new report commissioned by Governor Jerry Brown and CA Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly. The report [PDF] calls out Caltrans’ “archaic” practices when it comes to imposing outdated, automobile-centric design standards on city streets in California, and says […]

City Council Takes Aim at CALTRANS Safe Routes to Schools

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(Editor’s note: I sat on the Caltrans’ Safe Routes to School Committee for District 7 during the last cycle.  Any opinions expressed in this piece are mine and not necessarily the opinions of Caltrans staff or other committee members.) A resolution on today’s City Council Transportation Committee Agenda expresses their frustration with the amount of […]

CALTRANS Thinking of Congestion Pricing on Highways

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Just a day after Democrats in New York decided that New York City traffic conditions are just fine and congestion pricing isn’t needed there, alert LA Streetsblog reader Radical Transportation Engineer sends news that CALTRANS is looking for consultants to help study how best to convert carpool lanes into High Occupancy Toll lanes.  CALTRANS’ request […]
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New Bill Could Free CA Planners to Use More Innovative Bikeway Designs

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Physically protected bikeways have been implemented with great success in cities like New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC. But in California, where such facilities are still considered “experimental” by Caltrans, outdated state standards make it difficult for transportation planners to implement them. That could change under a state bill called AB 819, which would give […]