Category Archives: Public Safety

Walk Score: How an Online Tool is Changing the Way We Think About “Walkability”

Walk Score is a website that takes a physical address—enter yours here—and uses software to compute data that can measure the walkability of the surrounding neighborhood. Once you type in an address, data is aggregated into an intuitive interface, showing you … Continue reading

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Bike…To The Future!: How Cycling Infrastructure is Making a Comeback in LA

It goes without saying that altering transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles is a momentous task. Moreover, it will take a combination of successful implementation of public transit and cultural change to relieve the overwhelmed roads in California, especially Los Angeles. What is Los Angeles … Continue reading

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A Hole Lotta Problems

Photo: Contra Costa Times It’s a little bumpy out there isn’t it? I’m referring to those pesky potholes that have littered roads throughout California.  These unnerving and annoying holes are a consequence of heavy rains in past weeks.  In response … Continue reading

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It’s Time For A Change

Photo: LRC Blog It turns out the the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is now requiring signage to use mixed case lettering as opposed to the traditional all-caps.  In other words, instead of seeing MAIN ST., you will see Main St.  … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Safety: An Epidemic?

Pedestrian deaths have decreased 16% since 1998 according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fact sheet.  Yet, that hasn’t stopped a coalition of housing, business, environmental, public health, transportation, equitable development, and other organizations, who refer to their … Continue reading

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Whose Fault is it Anyway?

Traffic map of Monday rush hour gridlock caused by street closures due to President Obama’s motorcade. Days after President Obama’s trip to Los Angeles, residents and business owners are still frustrated at the mayhem that was caused during the busiest … Continue reading

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Look Ma, No Hands!

Photo: Gadget Magazine There is a sort of irony inherent in the idea that driver-less cars, those functioning entirely on technology, could actually improve the safety of our roadways.  After all, the basic idea that a vehicle would operate on … Continue reading

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