What We’re Reading 12.21.18


 Pedestrians cross at the intersection of Slauson and Western Avenues in Los Angeles on April 14, 2015. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times).
Pedestrians cross at the intersection of Slauson and Western Avenues in Los Angeles on April 14, 2015. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times).

WALKSacramento staff finds helpful resources and timely articles throughout the week and this is an effort to share these resources widely with our active transportation community. Keep an eye out for more frequent Friday posts sharing interesting, helpful and informative resources and articles. Here is what we are reading this week!

“Curb Appeal: Curbside Management Strategies for Improving Transit Reliability”

NACTO’s curb appeal white paper talks about how local governments can better manage curb space to accommodate competing needs such as transit, freight delivery, protected bike lanes, parking, passenger loading and public space. This is a great resource to reference when talking about utilizing limited curb and street space for the many modes that need to use it. Read the white paper here!

“The LAPD’s pedestrian safety program is just a jaywalker’s Get Out of Jail Free Card”

This opinion article in the LA Times talks about the new pedestrian safety program being launched by the Los Angeles Police Department. This new safety program gives “jaywalkers” reflective gear and LED lights instead of tickets. This article calls out the program for reinforcing the larger narrative of “victim blaming” the pedestrian and fails to address driver behavior or inadequate pedestrian facilities. This article explores how making pedestrians more visible is important, but argues that more important than providing a reflective vest, is providing pedestrians with adequate crossing facilities. Read more about the safety program here.

“Minimum parking requirements on their way out in SF”

The City of San Francisco voted on Tuesday to eliminate parking minimums, becoming the first major city in the country to do so. The article explores the 6-4 vote with statements from opposing Supervisors and why they opposed the legislation. The Mayor and other Supervisors that supported the legislation argue that every development is different and parking should not be required especially in transit rich areas. This legislation is an exciting step forward into a new age of city planning in a world increasingly threatened by climate change. Read more about the legislation here!

“The Pedestrian”

Ray Bradbury wrote a short story about man going for a walk on a chilly quiet winter day in November, published in 1951 it is just as haunting and timely today as it was in post-war America. A commentary on a car centric, media obsessed population, Bradbury reflects on the simple pleasure of a night stroll with a dark twist. Bradbury follows a man who participates in the ultimate revolutionary act in this dystopian world, taking a walk. Read the story here