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By: Kristie Di Cocco, PE, Senior Engineering Associate, Alta

At their worst, roundabouts fail to safely address the presence of bicyclists. At their best, they are a great way to calm traffic and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing dedicated space and safe crossings for people walking and biking.

Roundabouts…


By: Erin David, AICP, Alta

Master plans establish the vision for a community’s transportation system. Often, this reflects an ideal network that emphasizes complete and connected low-tress travel options. Yet, with limited resources, we understand that achieving this vision will take time and usually a little creativity. …


By: Hannah Day-Kapell, Principal, Alta

Planners rarely ask teens for their opinions about long-range planning efforts, even as we are influencing the future places where they will live and work. …


By: Hannah Day-Kapell, Principal, Alta

The Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) community, like many others, has shifted and adapted to our changing world over the last 18+ months. With many schools remote or limiting on-campus activities and visitors, we’ve all had to find new ways to reach students and families…


By: Lydia Kenselaar and Olivia Burry-Trice, Alta

We’ve seen unprecedented heat waves throughout North America this summer, and predictions indicate these weather patterns will increase in severity unless drastic climate mitigation efforts succeed. We’ve also seen what the effects of extreme heat have on active transportation.

A new Toolkit, created…


By: Maria Wardoku, Kristen O’Toole, and Colin Harris, Alta

Public health and transportation are intrinsically linked, but it’s rare for these two industries to work together on pushing their goals forward.

In 2019, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), This Inclusive Life, and Alta joined to create statewide guidance on…


ACCESS THE BICYCLE DETECTION WHITE PAPER

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.


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. …


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…


Fostering professional growth and creating employee leadership opportunities are built into the core values Alta was founded on 25 years ago. …

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