Across the US, roughly two-thirds of reported bicycle crashes happen at intersections. Detecting the presence of people bicycling at or approaching signalized intersections and roadway crossings can offer traffic engineers additional tools and flexibility to improve the comfort and safety for this vulnerable group.

The implementation of modern bikeway projects often require our traffic signals to partially or fully protect people bicycling and walking from motor vehicle traffic. Solutions are often customized to the particular location and involve increasing usage of technology to make the intersection smarter and move more users with less delay.

By: Britt Storck, PLA and Will Hargrove, PLA, Alta; Additional credit: City of Sheffield Mayor Steve Stanley

“Tuscumbia Landing became part of the Trail of Tears when the US government forcibly removed Cherokee and Creek tribes in 1838–39 from their homelands in the southeastern United States to new locations hundreds of miles to the west 170 years ago.”

There was only one way to react upon reading the description of the project — complete sadness and shame reflecting on this painful occurrence in American history. But coupled with that feeling was a sense of opportunity to use meaningful design to tell a story.

Located in Sheffield, Alabama on the banks of the Tennessee River, Tuscumbia Landing has been largely untouched since the Civil War. The historic site retains many above-ground ruins from the extensive stone construction of its early industrial heritage…

By: Libby Nachman, Planning Associate, Alta

Bikeshare is coming in hot to two California cities, thanks to grants from the new statewide Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO). The project is part of the California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Alta is pleased to announce that we supported two award-winning grant applications for clients in Redding and Rialto, CA.

In Redding, CA, bikeshare for residents at an affordable housing facility will provide…

Fostering professional growth and creating employee leadership opportunities are built into the core values Alta was founded on 25 years ago. Even the name Alta reflects a decision by founder Michael Jones to choose a name not tied to him, recognizing that the company is the sum of its people and its greatest success is in giving them opportunities to realize their passions and carry the mission forward.

Leadership development opportunities exist at all levels of Alta–from growing our service areas and participating in our R&D Incubator program, to joining our Mentorship Academy or any of our geographic leadership committees…

At Alta, health and wellness isn’t just part of what we do, it’s built into who we are. We know our physical and mental health is vital to a balanced life and it’s part of the reason we’re so passionate about creating active and livable spaces alongside the communities we work with.

We are a team of 170 staff across North America and SE Asia, and along with unique perspectives and different areas of expertise, we also have a diverse range of interests and ways of staying healthy. That’s why, in addition to our five-year travel benefit and professional development…

By: Lydia Kenselaar and Sam Zneimer, Alta

If you’ve visited Hermosa Beach or Beverly Hills recently, you might’ve noticed things look a little different. As part of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)’s broader regional planning priorities, the two cities have installed safety improvements on a trial basis that reflect the iconic characteristics of each area.

With funding from SCAG, the two projects were selected with the aim to improve safety for all users, specifically for people walking and biking. Alta led this work in collaboration with Street Plans.

In Hermosa Beach, the project titled “A Safer Prospect” speaks…

Active transportation is changing in Southern California. Starting this summer, communities throughout the six-county Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region will have access to an Active Transportation Plan Toolkit, empowering communities with both ample and limited resources to create their own visions and plans for walking and biking.

This Toolkit marks the culmination of the Disadvantaged Communities Active Transportation Planning Initiative (DCPI), a two-year effort to respond to an unfortunate and stark reality for many communities in Southern California: fatalities and serious injuries from traffic collisions are concentrated on a subset of streets and are increasing, disproportionately impacting people…

By: Kalle Hakala and Kate Whitfield, Alta

When traveling around Ottawa, Ontario by the surface mode of your choice, you can easily experience what it’s like to move through a protected intersection. There are a number already constructed and many in the design queue, in part because the City has taken a protected intersection design approach to rebuilding its existing intersections and when constructing new ones.

Toronto has moved in a similar direction with more recent commitments to include protected intersections in targeted design projects. These elements have recently gained prominence, including forward bicycle queuing areas protected by corner islands…

By: David Wasserman, Data Science Practice Leader, Alta

As a global community, we have experienced a staggering growth of available data over the last few years and have heard about the promise it holds. But what is that promise? And how does that translate to making positive change in our communities? Alta’s Civic Analytics practice is rethinking how data can provide actionable metrics to inform planning and design decisions, grounded in Alta’s people-focused values.

Reflecting Our Values

Data is often presented as an objective view of reality to justify decisions, but the values underlying the analytical frames that inform everything from presentation to…

By: Courtney Wood, Planning Associate, Alta

A lot has changed in the past year, including in-person learning and after school activities for students. As virtual learning continues, our Safe Routes to School (SRTS) team has used their creativity to use digital platforms in projects as well.

Most recently, our SRTS team conducted a virtual walk audit in Wasco, CA after the in-person walk audits were cancelled. …


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