Build it and they will walk and bike: youth, government, and developer collaborate for expedited infrastructure changes

Author: Kevin Anderson, Center for Climate Protection

“They already made those changes?” a student excitedly asked during a recent discussion in Mrs. Marika Ramsden’s One Planet Living class at Credo High School in Rohnert Park. There were a number of Credo students surprised to find that some of their very own recommendations for bike and pedestrian-related infrastructure changes, made only last fall, had already been completed.

First, a little background on the project. Over the past couple school years as part of an Active Transportation Planning grant, ECO2school, in partnership with W-Trans Engineering, has been conducting Walk Audits at eleven public high school campuses throughout Sonoma County. Walk Audits involve the systematic gathering of information about environmental conditions around a school that impact students’ ability to bike or walk safely and easily to and from campus. This information is gathered through a community process that encourages various stakeholders to participate.

Credo’s Walk Audit took place last Spring with a handful students and teachers participating in the first inspection. Engineers then compiled a list of their infrastructure recommendations. We organized multiple follow-up meetings last Fall with students, parents, administration, Rohnert Park Public Works and Police, and community members reviewing the first round of initial recommendations and contributing their perspectives.

Students, staff, admin, and engineers conduct the initial Walk Audit

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Cross Town Trail Walk June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Join Walk SF’s Walk Lab on Saturday, June 8, for a special walk to christen and experience the new Cross Town Trail that officially opens in June 2019.

The full 16-mile route spans San Francisco from Southeast to Northwest. We will take you on a 8-mile guided walk along the southeastern part of the route on June 8, as we make history as some of the first people to walk the Cross Town Trail.

The walk goes through lesser known parts of the city, including Sunrise Point in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, the southern-facing waterfront, Executive Park, Little Hollywood, the Visitacion Valley Greenway, Philosopher’s Way, and University Mound, the bell-shaped neighborhood of St. Mary’s Park.

The walk will start at the Visitacion Children’s play area and the official end point will be Glen Park BART station, but participants will be given the full 16-mile route map and can continue as long as they want.

This walking adventure will be a memorable way to experience a new route through our city, plus connect with others who want to make our streets safe for all! Plus, your participation supports Walk SF’s urgent advocacy work.

Tickets: Single or group tickets can be purchased. We encourage you to team up with friends and colleagues to make it a social event of the season! In order to get group preferences, we encourage you to purchase up to 4 tickets together.

Be advised… the Cross Town Trail includes uneven paths, dirt trails, and stairways, as well as street terrain. Participants must be in good health, without any mobility limitations, and able to walk for several hours at a steady pace. Guides will lead walkers through 8 miles with bathroom, food, and water stops, but walkers should bring their own food and water for the walk.

We’re excited to walk the Cross Town Trail, which was a collaborative effort between several outdoor and trail groups:

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Marin grand jury calls for bolstering SMART transit options

A rider exits the SMART train at the Larkspur platform, steps onto a driverless shuttle waiting nearby and gets dropped off at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal for the commute across San Francisco Bay.

This is one vision the Marin County Civil Grand Jury has for how the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Authority can enhance its ability to connect riders to its Marin stations.

In its latest report, the grand jury heaped praise on SMART and other local transportation agencies’ efforts so far to provide riders ways to get to and from their stations since trains began running in August 2017.

“The expectation is that new options for first and last mile connections will be implemented as the system matures,” the report states.

Along with looking at the possibility of using driverless shuttles, the grand jury is recommending local transit agencies such as Marin Transit and the Transportation Authority of Marin expand the on-demand Marin Connect shuttle service; for SMART to complete its feasibility study by July on creating a east-west track to Napa County; and to conduct surveys and research on how best to get SMART riders to and from their stations.

“I think all of the recommendations have a lot of merit and are very good,” said Farhad Mansourian, SMART’s general manager, adding that some of the recommendations are already under discussion.

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Willard MacDonald Apr 20

I was compelled to write this article when my father sent me the book Inconvenient Facts — The Science that Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know by Gregory Wrightstone. He said it contained compelling arguments for why climate change is not really a problem and, in fact, demonstrates that we are being misled by a liberal agenda to scare the world into fighting a false threat. My father has an MBA from Harvard, an engineering degree from Cornell, and has been CEO of half a dozen companies. He’s smart, accomplished, and well-read. He’s also an open-minded man willing to adjust his own opinions in light of new information he encounters. Prior to reading this book, he believed that climate change was real, man-made, and required urgent attention. He and I even started a solar company together, both of us motivated by the desire to help address climate change.

My initial response to my father’s assertions about the book was surprise that he would question the truth about climate change. But then, as I thought about it, I became excited that maybe it could be true, and the world is, in fact, not heading toward climate disaster. I have a lot of fears about what we are doing to our world, and I hoped that Wrightstone was actually right. Maybe he had written the most important expose in modern times. Wouldn’t that be wonderful for us all? So, I read the book.

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