In March, Caltrans released the results from its latest California Household Travel Survey (CHTS), which looks at how we in California travel. The primary finding echoes what many suspect– Californians are driving less. The percentage of California residents walking, biking, or using public transportation more than doubled since 2000; the three modes increased in mode-share, collectively, from 11 percent to 23 percent.  Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty notes of the survey’s findings, “Based on this research, we can make good decisions about transportation that will improve mobility, air quality, and travel choices for all Californians and make our state a better place to live and work.” The table below from the recent CHTS shows the exact breakdown of travel mode distribution, and how it compares to the 2000 survey:  Single-occupancy cars remain the most prevalent travel mode.... Read the rest
Caltrans, regional transportation agencies and the federal government have combined funds to provide $360 million in grants for the Active Transportation Program (ATP).  Active Transportation is a term used to describe walking, biking, and transit.  The funds for ATP will be targeted at projects like bike lanes, safer intersections for pedestrians, safety improvements leading to and around transit stops, and non-infrastructure programs like Safe Routes To School safety education outreach. Jeanie Ward-Waller is the California advocacy organizer for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.... Read the rest
You are invited to participate in the development of the Walnut Creek Pedestrian Master Plan The Pedestrian Master Plan is the first citywide planning effort focused on making walking in Walnut Creek safer, easier and more popular. The Plan will assess existing conditions for walking; develop goals and policies to guide the implementation of walking facilities; recommend programs and activities to promote walking; and formulate guidelines for the implementation of sidewalks, crosswalks and footpaths.... Read the rest
Safe Walking with Bikes to School A family participating in National Bike to School Day. Photo credit: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition As if there weren’t enough economic, social, environmental, safety, or physical health benefits of walking and cycling, one new study is showing yet another reason to embrace active transportation, especially among children– better concentration ability. The Atlantic Cities summarized the findings of this new study, which comes to us from Denmark – perhaps no surprise since the country is home to Copenhagen, one of the great cycling cities in the world: The survey looked at nearly 20,000 Danish kids between the ages of 5 and 19.... Read the rest
Pedestrian mode share on the way to East Bay BART stations Digital map-maker Eric Fischer is at it again! 511CC previously highlighted a fascinating, Twitter data driven map Fischer had created that clearly showed the majority of people tweeting about BART are riding BART. This time we would like to share more compelling and intriguing data Fischer has put into digestible map format. All images below are from Eric Fischer’s Flickr page. Pedestrian Mode Share on the way to East Bay BART Stations The blue lines represent where almost all people on their way to BART are walking.... Read the rest
a perfectly squared vision of the embarcadero Market Street, San Francisco. Photo credit: torbakhopper Head’s up! 511CC has a new commuter incentive program page! Learn how you can partake in the Drive Less Commuter Incentive Program and get a cash reward for switching from commuting in a single-occupant motor vehicle to carpooling, transit, bicycling or walking. Driving less really can help reduce environmental impacts and relieve traffic congestion for all, even if you only ditch the car once a week for your work commute.... Read the rest
It’s back! The Great Race for Clean Air is a friendly competition between Bay Area companies to encourage the use of commute alternatives such as transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and bicycling rather than driving alone to work to reduce greenhouse gases and smog levels in the Bay Area. Last year, 190 companies throughout the Bay Area saved 435 tons of CO2 by using commute alternatives. Register your company to get started by August 31, 2012.... Read the rest
Tokyo - Intersection Get your walking shoes on, Friday April 6th is “Walk to Work Day”! Photo credit: KanKaiEn The first Friday of April has marked this yearly event since 2004, in attempts to encourage a more active lifestyle in an increasingly sedentary age. The goal is straightforward, and perhaps more easily accomplished in San Francisco, one of that nation’s most walkable cities, than elsewhere. But what if you’re in a more suburban area, living more than a couple of miles from work but still wish to participate?... Read the rest
Daylight Savings Time ends for most of the United States at 1 AM on Sunday November 6. As we fall back the sun will set earlier in the evening. By by the end of November, the sun will set as early as 4:51 PM.  This means a lot of people will be commuting home in the dark. Though fewer miles are driven at night relative to the day, more than half of all traffic deaths occur after dark.... Read the rest
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 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?... Read the rest