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Category: Multi-Modal Transportation :: Pedestrians
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CDOT makes significant changes to Pine Grove Road intersection to make it safer 18.12.2014 Steamboat Pilot
By changing the traffic light configuration and geometry of the intersection of Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the city of Steamboat Springs are aiming to prevent tragedies like the death of Robert "Bob" Bear. The Steamboat resident was walking on the highway and crossing Pine Grove in 2009 when a pickup attempting to make a right turn on a red light hit him , knocking him to the ground and causing him to hit his head. Bear died as a result of his injuries. He was 77. Bear taught at The Lowell Whiteman School for 25 years and regularly crossed the busy intersection to get from his apartment to the Yampa River Botanic Park and back again. After the accident, the Steamboat Today reported that city officials agreed the city was "not safe enough for pedestrians" and the Pine Grove intersection was "particularly troubling." Five years after his death, significant changes are being made to the intersection that all aim to make it safer for the people who walk ...
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How it feels to be a pedestrian in cities today 17.12.2014 TreeHugger
Cities are dangerous places, because we prioritize mobility over safety.
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Denver police investigate "fatal" accident at RTD's Evans station 17.12.2014 Denver Post: Local
A pedestrian has been killed in an incident involving light rail in southeast Denver on Tuesday.
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Winter returns to Minnesota: Snow and slick roads 16.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Many Minnesotans are waking up to winter this morning after snowfall blanketed parts of the state.
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Disasters prompt $1 billion contest 16.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
From superstorms to floods, to historic heat waves and droughts, not a week goes by without a major disruption somewhere in our communities. Between 2011 and 2013, 48 states and two-thirds of American counties endured crises severe enough to be declared major disasters.
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From wayfinding to The Art Walk: a look at the latest designs for the $50 million remake of Nicollet Mall 15.12.2014 MinnPost
Those who were hoping a new Nicollet Mall would finally reconnect downtown Minneapolis’ two pedestrian worlds — that of the sidewalk and of the skyway — will have to rely on something other than a set of public stairways to make that connection:  Wayfinding. At a presentation of the latest designs for the $50 million redo of the city’s nearly five-decade experiment in giving pedestrians a fighting chance, planners said that a proposal to have stairways between a skyway and Nicollet Mall near 7th Street S. were not practical. David Frank, the city’s director of transit development, said the design got negative reviews from property owners and businesses as well as Metro Transit, the Downtown Improvement District and maintenance crews. “The stairs would be challenging to figure out, challenging to operate,” Frank said. “The businesses and property owners saw it as invasive and something they were not sure they could support.” So what now? In addition to a new design that Frank called “better in almost ...
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Contractors Killed By Falling 10,000-Pound Buoy In Pearl Harbor 14.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A 10,000 pound buoy accidentally fell on top of four civilian contractors at Pearl Harbor's Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility , killing two men and injuring two others. The four contractors were replacing a large buoy on the USS Tarawa on Wednesday when the platform holding a buoy 70 feet high collapsed, according to local news station KHON2. The safety lines attached to the buoy also failed, sending it crashing down on the workers who, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports , were standing on floating concrete platforms below. Witnesses told Hawaii News Now that a nearby worker noticed the falling buoy and yelled for the men to get out of the way. Two men were able to escape with leg injuries, but a 42-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene while another, age 30, suffered a critical head injury and died later at a hospital. They were wearing protective hard hats, according to Hawaii News Now's report . The white, circular buoy that crashed on the men was 15 feet in diameter . Sources familiar ...
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Hollywood sign access remains a battle between competing interests 14.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Way back in March, the Beachwood Canyon trail that leads to the Hollywood sign was temporarily closed so the city could install a new security gate.
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Major storm moves into California, prompts evacuations 12.12.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A major storm that pummeled northern California and the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain and high winds and killed two people moved south overnight, prompting evacuation orders in areas prone to floods and mud ...
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Major storm knocks out power, disrupts flights in California 12.12.2014 World
By Curtis Skinner and Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A major storm pummeled California and the Pacific northwest on Thursday with heavy rain and high winds, killing one man, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes, disrupting flights and prompting schools to close. Some 240 departing and incoming commercial flights were canceled at San Francisco International Airport and others were delayed for more than two hours, airport managers said. ...
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Richfield council approves 66th Street rebuilding plan; 18 homes will be demolished 11.12.2014 Star Tribune: Local
By a 3-2 vote, council adopts a plan requiring demolition of 18 homes.
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Richfield OK's revamping 66th St. and 18 homes must go 10.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The renovation will transform the busy four-lane street by adding protected bike lanes, wider and buffered sidewalks, medians and left-turn lanes.
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Omnibus Bill Allows Wealthy Donors To Give Even More to Political Parties 10.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Congressional budget negotiators from both parties have included a provision in the bill to continue funding the government into next year that dramatically changes campaign finance law to allow lawmakers to solicit even bigger contributions from the wealthiest donors. The omnibus bill includes a provision ( on page 1,599 ) to create three separate funds within the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee. Each fund would be allowed to accept $97,200 from just one donor per year. If this change becomes law, it would mean that a single donor could give up to $324,000 per year, or $648,000 for a two-year election cycle, to finance the party’s operations. The change would effectively obliterate campaign contribution limits to the parties, while eviscerating the limits placed by the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law on how much a political candidate can seek from a donor. The current maximum a donor can give to a national party committee is $32,400 per ...
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Pedestrian struck by car in East Oak Lane 10.12.2014 Yahoo: US National

Pedestrian struck by car in East Oak LaneA pedestrian is fighting for his life after being struck by a car in Philadelphia's East Oak Lane section.


Lawmakers Weigh Changes To Spending Bill 9.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Key lawmakers weighed legislation to permit a reduction of benefits for up to 1 million retirees at economically distressed multiemployer pension plans, officials said late Monday as Congress labored over a $1.1 trillion measure to keep the government operating past midnight Thursday. The officials said the goal of the secretive pension talks was to preserve benefits as much as possible and avert bankruptcies at troubled plans that could in turn endanger the stability of the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Few details of the proposed changes under discussion were available. Republicans and Democrats on the House Education and Workforce Committee issued a statement that said lawmakers "are still discussing the details about a possible legislative solution to the multiemployer pension crisis and remain hopeful Congress will act before the end of the year." Proposed changes have the support of many of the multiemployer pension plans in financial difficulty, but has drawn opposition ...
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New 18-mile bikeway along U.S. 36 to expand options 8.12.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
When the U.S. 36 Express Lanes project finishes construction in 2016, it won't be just drivers and bus passengers who have a faster trip to ...
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Military retailer is Leimert Park's unwelcome neighbor 8.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
In Leimert Park, neighborhood boosters dream of new markets, cafés and galleries springing up when a Metro station opens there in five years, drawing riders from across Los Angeles to this center of African American culture.
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Protected bike lanes also help protect pedestrians... in so many ways 7.12.2014 TreeHugger
Protected bike lanes are great for bicyclists, but they're also great for pedestrians.
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Charting a course for a more walkable Edina 6.12.2014 Star Tribune: Editorials
Edina city planners take steps to promote more active lifestyles.
Parents, kids traumatized after boy struck by Metra train 4.12.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Guadalupe Deluna can't stop seeing the image of a little boy lying in the street calling out for help after he was struck by a commuter train near the Burr Oak Station in Blue ...
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