Posted Oct 10, 2011

Crosswalks are those stretches of pavement (and sometimes paint) that make our cities walkable. Did you know:

Any time a sidewalk ends, whether it is at an intersection or in the middle of a block, the extension of that sidewalk into the street is a legal… Read the rest crosswalk?
Many legal crosswalks are unmarked, especially in residential neighborhoods?
A vehicle is required to stop whenever a person is in a crosswalk, marked or unmarked?

Posted Oct 5, 2011
Smog over Los Angeles

During this time of year, we all hear about Spare the Air Days. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District puts out the call, and everyone is encouraged to leave their cars at home and take less polluting modes of transportation.
How does BAAQMD decide we’re going to have a Spare the Air Day?
Two things make summer Spare the Air Days special… Read the rest:

Hot temperatures, and
Low wind.

When the weather is warmer, our pollutants “bake” into ground-level ozone.

Posted Oct 4, 2011
Caldecott Tunnel Progress

The Caldecott Tunnel fourth bore is moving along, and grabbing some great media attention along the way!

The New York Times interviewed miners working hard on the tunnel, and used the tunnel as an example of a successful stimulus project, in their piece: Caldecott Tunnel Edges Forward, Tribute to Stimulus Bill.
The San Francisco Chronicle… Read the rest takes a deeper look at the machinery and methods behind the project: “This is an awesome job right here,” said Bill Monahan, 70, a construction manager for Tutor-Saliba who’s been working on tunnels since 1965.

Posted Oct 3, 2011
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Have you ever looked down a street and imagine what the space could be used for other than parking?  Residents in Walnut Creek must have ponder the idea this summer, because Walnut Creek hosted a beautiful “parklet” on PARK(ing) Day last month.
What’s a parklet? A parklet is a tiny park in a parking space. In downtown business districts with high auto and pedestrian traffic outdoor gathering spaces are sometimes scare and desired by some.  … Read the rest

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Read the restIdling, or letting the engine run while the car is parked, is a  point of argument. How long is too long? At what point does the engine use more gas than if you just turned off the engine and restarted?
Families, couples, and friends go back and forth on this, with everyone quoting different statistics and numbers. Here’s the straight truth – idling uses more fuel than you think. The general rule of thought is that if you are are waiting more than 10 seconds it’s more cost effective and cleaner to turn off your engine and restart.

Posted Sep 26, 2011

It may not look like much, but that two-wheeled contraption in your garage is a lean, green, health, economic and safety machine.
We rounded up some facts and stats from the Bikes Belong Coalition. Consider these talking points when you ask your employer to install a free bike locker.
1. Bicycling is for everyone

Bicycling is the second most popular outdoor activity in the United States. (Outdoor Foundation, 2010… Read the rest)
47% of Americans say they would like more bike facilities in their communities.

Posted Sep 22, 2011

511CC has been assisting adults with information on ways to minimize the use of the car for errands and commutes for 20 years.  However lasting behavior change starts at a young age and with Safe Routes to Schools, walking, bicycling, and alternative transportation education is being implemented in the primary schools.
Safe Routes to Schools programs across the country educate school-aged children and their parents on ways to bike and walk to school safely with practical hands-on training…. Read the rest

Posted Sep 21, 2011

What’s your preferred  mode of public mass transportation? The bus or the train?
There are plenty of reasons to like trains. Trains run on the same fixed route  with predictable stops and if the tracks are separated from the street, they don’t have conflicts street traffic.
Usually when you are waiting for a train, you are at least waiting in a station that’s usually lighted, had places to sit, and has shelter…. Read the rest

Posted Sep 20, 2011

You’re waiting on the bus, and your stomach starts to rumble. Or you see a book in a store that looks interesting. Or you want to know how fast to run to catch the bus. If only there were a way to know when the next bus will arrive with your phone…
Aha! Of course there is, and it’s called Next Bus… Read the rest. Right now, in Contra Costa County it only supports AC Transit, but Tri Delta Transit is coming soon.

Posted Sep 19, 2011

Bicycle and Pedestrian funding is under threat in Washington. Act now to tell your Senator that you want to see these defended… Read the rest!
What’s happening?
The Federal Government hasn’t created a new budget for transportation spending in years. The last FAA bill was in 2007, and the last highway bill was in 2009. After years of haphazard funding patches, Congress is finally close to passing a bill extending the budget, and another bill with a new forward-looking budget, but one Senator from Oklahoma is set to derail the whole thing over bike and ped funding.