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Why We Should Walk Our Kids to School at Least Once
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Why We Should Walk Our Kids to School at Least Once

Posted October 08, 2014 by Renee

Today is International Walk to School Day. Every year, more and more communities across our country participate in the event that started in 1997, raising awareness about pedestrian safety issues, walkability and creating more livable neighborhoods and communities. [...]

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Do Digital Speed Display Signs Work?
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Do Digital Speed Display Signs Work?

Posted October 07, 2014 by Renee

With all the feedback we’ve received about the red light camera program, I have been curious to look at other measures that cities use to make drivers mindful of their speed and help make streets safer for all who traverse them. Digital speed signs are one of those measures. Cities deploy them in both temporary (via trailers) and permanent ways. They seem to be more effective on streets with slower speed limits (40mph or less). They cost less than other physical design changes and non-physical measures (cameras, police enforcement), but they provide data already available to the driver. [...]

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Americans Walk & Use Transit the Least of Anyone in the World
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Americans Walk & Use Transit the Least of Anyone in the World

Posted October 01, 2014 by Renee

You won't be surprised, but people in the US walk, bike and use mass transit less than those living in other countries. And those behaviors correlate with our sustainable behaviors as a whole. The latest National Geographic Greendex study concluded that "U.S. consumers’ behavior still ranks as the least sustainable of all countries surveyed since the inception of the Greendex study in 2008." [...]

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A Culture of Mass Transit
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A Culture of Mass Transit

Posted September 30, 2014 by Renee

We attended last night’s talk given by transit advocate Benjamin Ross at the Monroe Library. It was hosted by Reconnect Rochester. And I am happy to say that the place was PACKED with people of all ages. That’s good news for those of us that are striving to create a more walkable, less car-centric Rochester. [...]

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Rochester Red Light Cameras up for Vote in October
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Rochester Red Light Cameras up for Vote in October

Posted September 27, 2014 by Renee

Mayor Lovely Warren has proposed legislation to extend Rochester's red light camera program for another five years. The City Council will meet on October 9 and vote on October 14. [...]

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How Safe is Driving in Rochester?

How Safe is Driving in Rochester?

I focus on pedestrians a lot. It's true. I super dig walkable communities. And we know that Rochester has some challenges for those who get around via something other than a car. But what about drivers? How safe is driving in Rochester? Allstate puts out a Best Drivers Report each year that ranks the 200 largest cities in the US. Where does Rochester rank? 144.
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Benjamin Ross:  Rethinking Rochester Streets, September 29

Benjamin Ross: Rethinking Rochester Streets, September 29

Making city streets safer and better for all who traverse them is, as you know, one of my favorite topics. Our streets need to allow pedestrians, cyclists, mass transit riders, drivers, those in wheelchairs, etc. to coexist and mingle. Rochester's complete streets ordinance was a huge step forward in the way we think about our city streets. And we have a lot of great organizations and smart people putting time and effort into helping our city streets become happier places.
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Hart's Steals My Urban Heart

Hart's Steals My Urban Heart

We were super excited when we heard the news this winter that Hart's market would be opening later this year. We were out of town for the big grand opening this summer, but hit the store once we were back in town and our kitchen needed restocking. I was not messing around. I needed groceries. And I would have two kids in tow, so this was going to be serious business.
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Draft Results of Rochester Red Light Camera Study

Draft Results of Rochester Red Light Camera Study

The City of Rochester has completed data collection in its second red light camera program study. Some draft results were presented to the City Council last week. The official public report isn't yet available, but the findings presented at that meeting as reported by the Democrat & Chronicle are quite compelling.
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Is Jaywalking Really the Problem?

Is Jaywalking Really the Problem?

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

Crosswalks in Rochester -- Stripes Versus Lines

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

Rochester Receives Approval to Continue Red Light Camera Program

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?

Can Lower City Speed Limits Make Streets Safer?

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?

Do Red Light Cameras Make Rochester Streets Safer?

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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