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Is Jaywalking Really the Problem?
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Is Jaywalking Really the Problem?

Posted August 15, 2014 by Renee

Whenever you read an article about changes the City of Rochester wants to make to improve traffic safety, you inevitably see comments about the real problem being all the jaywalkers. But is jaywalking really the rampant problem many drivers in our city say it is? And if so, is the cause simply that in our effort to make streets better for driving, we have made it worse for crossing streets by foot? Less crosswalks, less safe passageways? [...]

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Crosswalks in Rochester -- Stripes Versus Lines
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Crosswalks in Rochester -- Stripes Versus Lines

Posted July 29, 2014 by Renee

Since moving to Rochester, I've walked everywhere in the city. And I've noticed that not all pedestrian crossings are created equal. The crosswalks in my neighborhood, for example, are those parallel lines (called "standard" or "transverse"). They are in such faded condition that they are hardly visible. [...]

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Rochester Receives Approval to Continue Red Light Camera Program
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Rochester Receives Approval to Continue Red Light Camera Program

Posted July 25, 2014 by Renee

This week Governor Cuomo gave Rochester, among other cities in New York, permission to begin or continue red light programs until 2019. Red light cameras are one of the things many drivers love to hate in Rochester. Cities all over the country are renewing their commitments to their programs, in spite of controversy over the costs and benefits. [...]

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Can Lower City Speed Limits Make Streets Safer?
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Can Lower City Speed Limits Make Streets Safer?

Posted July 11, 2014 by Renee

All across the country, state legislatures are raising speed limits on roadways. I think the highest I’ve read about is a tollway in Texas, which is taking on the Autobahn with an 85 mph limit. Highways are getting faster it seems. New York City, however, has been pushing for the authority to lower speed limits on its streets. And in June, the New York State legislature passed a bill to let NYC lower its default limit to 25mph (from the default of 30 mph). Lowering default speed limits on its 6000 miles of roads is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024. [...]

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Do Red Light Cameras Make Rochester Streets Safer?
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Do Red Light Cameras Make Rochester Streets Safer?

Posted June 27, 2014 by Renee

The City of Rochester began installing red light cameras in 2010. There are currently over 30 intersections equipped with red light cameras. The cameras are active 24/7 and get still photos and video anytime a vehicle runs a red light. Registered owners of vehicles that are “captured” running red lights in those intersections are sent a Notice of Liability in the mail. The big question -- Does the presence of red light cameras make streets safer? [...]

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ROC City Skatepark's CriticalSlash

ROC City Skatepark's CriticalSlash

Roc City Park has been fighting the good fight to bring a public urban skatepark to our city for years and years. The park's fearless leader, Jim Maddison, broke it down in years, months and minutes this morning when we chatted with him before this start of today's #CriticalSlash ride down Park Ave.
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Crosswalks in the Park Ave Neighborhood

Crosswalks in the Park Ave Neighborhood

We live in one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Rochester, yet we still have very few designated places for pedestrians to safely cross. There are crosswalks (not the stripey, noticeable kind, but the parallel line kind) at the traffic lights. But it’s rare to find them elsewhere. On Park Avenue, for example, you can either safely cross at Culver Rd or all the way down at Berkeley St. There are a lot of businesses in between, so people end up walking across willy-nilly at their own peril, rather than at some designated midway crosswalk between the two.
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Parking in Rochester

Parking in Rochester

Rochesterians love their parking. And they love to talk about it. I can’t tell you how many neighborhood meetings I have attended where parking was the issue so many people clung to when opposing any development, even when the developer planned an underground parking garage. “More people will be taking up parking on my street.” Not “More people will be in my neighborhood helping the local businesses flourish.”
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NYC:  Striving to Make Streets Safer for Everyone

NYC: Striving to Make Streets Safer for Everyone

Striving to make streets safer for everyone is a win-win. Regardless of how you traverse city streets -- by bike, foot, car, bus, skateboard -- we are all in this together. And since NY's Mayor Bill de Blasio came into office, safer streets has been one of his major goals. His Vision Zero plan strives to bring traffic fatalities down to zero by 2024.
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Reinventing a More Walkable Phoenix

Reinventing a More Walkable Phoenix

Reversing sprawl in Phoenix? It warmed my heart to read about another city making changes to reverse years of sprawl and car-centric thinking -- Phoenix, AZ. Like Oklahoma City, “walkable” is not a word that comes to mind when you think about Phoenix. Phoenix is a sprawling city known for being located stubbornly in the middle of the desert far from a water source. Growing up in New Mexico where handling the hot dry summers were a badge of courage, we heard legends of misters all over Phoenix sprinkling people with water to keep them cool. And green lawns being grown instead of desert landscaping. I will admit, I attached myself to all that water wasting as a reason not to like Phoenix back in the day.
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Walking in Rochester:  Intersections, Driveways & Pedestrians

Walking in Rochester: Intersections, Driveways & Pedestrians

Back in February, I wrote about the NY laws regarding pedestrians and vehicles. My friends who drive everywhere give me a blank stare when I go on a bender about pedestrian safety. But here I go again with another reminder to watch for things other than cars when driving, especially now that more people are out and about on feet, bikes, scooters and skateboards.
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Rochester Downtown Performing Arts Center

Rochester Downtown Performing Arts Center

A downtown performing arts center is something Mayor Lovely Warren has said she wants to see happen for Rochester. And she and County Executive Maggie Brooks met earlier this month to discuss the possibilities. The City is willing to contribute $30,000 to do a feasibility study for a downtown performing arts center. The mayor announced that the City has applied to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council for additional funding, as well.
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Conference Planning and Walkability -- No Offense, Orlando

Conference Planning and Walkability -- No Offense, Orlando

I have attended many a conference in Orlando and I have to tell you that I hate everything about going there. Nothing is walkable. (And inside Disneyland totally doesn’t count.) What’s worse, if you TRY to walk to a restaurant outside your hotel, every fiber of your being will be challenged trying to get across many lanes of traffic whose drivers are not expecting to see pedestrians. I much preferred the ones in cities like Toronto, Chicago and San Francisco where a combination of my two feet and mass transit made it easy to get around.
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Rochester Day Trippin': Skaneateles, NY

Rochester Day Trippin': Skaneateles, NY

On our way back from a road trip this weekend to help some family move, we added a little adventure (as we are known to do). A little work; a little play. That brings us to this installment of Rochester Day Trippin'. This time to Skaneateles, NY.
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