Fear of being hit and seriously injured by a car is a major deterrent for people considering whether to bike on city streets. At the same time, city transportation departments use historical crash data to prioritize street design projects where people have been killed and seriously injured. But new research shows that for cyclists, near misses, close calls, and aggressive behavior from other road users can also have a significant effect on people’s biking behaviors or even their decision to ride at all. How can data about these cycling near-misses better inform city transportation policy and street design?
Join NACTO for a conversation with Dr. Rachel Aldred, founder of the UK’s Near Miss Project, to learn how her research has been used to create cycling policy and design improvements in the UK before injuries occur, and why high-quality design is crucial for increased ridership. Dr. Aldred will touch on various approaches to near miss data collection, and how they can help cities provide a more comfortable biking experience, improve biking rates, and make streets safer for everyone.
Any progress since June on this topic? As someone who lives adjacent to the 980 I'd like to make it a reality and have the freeway removed. I've spoken with CalTrans on a number of occasions regarding excess land and trash clean-up but never proposed removal of the 980. Any idea of who best to approach with this idea? City or state representatives?
"In April, [Nicole] Ferrara is leaving Walk SF to lead pedestrian safety efforts at the newly formed Oakland Department of Transportation. Ferrara says her role will be to develop policies and projects that prioritize safety of people walking, and bring those to the mayor and City Council. She recognizes that in doing so, “it’ll be really important to engage communities that are historically underrepresented. … Under the framework of the strategic plant here’s a lot of goals around building authentic community engagement.”
After launching Vision Zero efforts in San Francisco, Nicole Ferrara is bringing her inclusive mobility expertise to Oakland's new DOT.
Next week, I begin a series of community conversations across Oakland to hear directly from you about your priorities for the city's FY 2017-19 budget.
These informal gatherings aim to make the budget process as fun, engaging and accessible as possible, and are consistent with the events I convened in the previous budget cycle (FY 15-17), which encouraged residents to attend neighborhood discussions, participate in online conversations, and to make their voice heard through budget surveys available on the City website and via social media (#oakbudget).
We currently have the following neighborhood forums scheduled, and look forward to announcing others in the Fruitvale district, Chinatown, and Eastmont neighborhood in the coming days.
Wednesday, March 8, 7 - 8:30PM, North Oakland Community Charter School, 1000 42nd Street, hosted by the Longfellow Community Association.
Monday, March 13, 11AM - 1PM, East Oakland Senior Center, 9255 Edes Avenue.
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 - 8:30PM, East Oakland Boxing Association, 816 98th Avenue, hosted by East Oakland Collective.
Wednesday, March 22, 6:00 - 8PM, Sullivan Community Space (West Oakland), 1671 8th Street, hosted by the Prescott Neighborhood Council.
Wednesday, March 29, 7 - 9PM, Hiller Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, hosted by the North Hills Community Association.
As in 2015, my forthcoming budget proposal will keep a focus on investments that will help responsibly grow the City's economy and permanent revenue base so we're able to meet our long-term financial obligations and provide all of the vitally needed services in the future so Oakland can become a healthier, safer, more equitable, and prosperous community. After hearing from you, I will present my proposed budget to the City Council.
I look forward to making sure the diverse voices of Oakland are reflected in my budget proposal, so please let your friends and neighbors know how they can make their voices heard.