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It’s back-to-school time! If you live within walking distance of your child’s school, you might consider forming a walking school bus. A walking school bus can be as simple as two families taking turns walking their children to school. You can definitely go bigger, by including more parents and children, but it’s easiest to start […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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; […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

As daylight savings time ends, more people will be commuting in the dark. What can you do to be safe?

What is a legal crosswalk? Hint: it may not be marked!

Looking for some walking motivation? Consider a pedometer!

American author and avid walker, Henry David Thoreau on walking.

How walkable is your neighborhood? Use WalkScore to find out!

Take a hike with the Mayor of Oakley.

What does California’s Vehicle Code require of drivers and pedestrians to ensure a safe road for everyone?

A blast from the past: this 1934 illustration shows the force of a car traveling at 20, 40, and 60 mph.

Where would you like to see a parklet in Contra Costa County?

The earliest shoes were more foot bags that Prada.  Moccasin-type shoes (and their footprints) have been found in modern day Armenia and Iran, and lacked soles – the piece of material between the foot and the ground.  Ouch.


511CC wins Safe Routes to School Mini Grant.  The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced today that 511 Contra Costa was one of 25 national applicants to receive a $1000.00 mini grant for Spring 2010. The National Center received 247 Safe Routes to School applications from across 44 states and the District of […]


This year’s Walk to School Day, which is organized by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, is coming up soon! October 7 to be precise. You can register for the event here. Walking to school is not only fun, but also great for the environment and your kid’s health. The more people we […]


The 2009 Contra Costa Countywide Bike and Pedestrian plan is now available for review on the CCTA website. There are three community workshops scheduled to discuss the proposed bike plan. Two of the workshops will be held this week on Monday and Thursday. The third and final workshop will be held Monday June 29th. The […]