LA’s Next Generation of Planners

June 26, 2019

Systemic issues have led to a lack of diversity in the planning field. The injustices this has created and perpetuated are large and complex, however that doesn’t mean we as individuals and as a company don’t have a responsibility to engage with them. Alta has been working to build this into our company with our […]

Building Better Mode Shift Programs: Now With Science

June 18, 2019

My team (Alta’s unique Programs Team) exists to help people walk, bike, and take transit more often. More specifically, we help public agencies design, run, and evaluate behavior change campaigns. If you were asked to design a campaign like this, what would you do? You might tell people about the health benefits of walking and […]

Partnerships in SRTS: Who should take the lead?

June 13, 2019

Some of the most common questions clients ask me are: who should hire a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Coordinator? Are SRTS Coordinators most effective when they’re housed in school districts, cities, counties, regions, or even state agencies? What about in transportation or planning departments? The department of education? Or public health? My answer is […]

The Empire State Trail: What’s Next with Jeff Olson

June 10, 2019

Blog 4 of 4 on the Empire State Trail When complete, the Empire State Trail will be the longest statewide multi-use trail in the US. We caught up with Jeff Olson, one of Alta’s principals working on this project to hear about what’s next. What are you hoping the impact will be for a project […]

The Empire State Trail: Talking Teamwork with Kristie Di Cocco

June 3, 2019

Blog 3 of 4 about the Empire State Trail When complete, the Empire State Trail will be the longest multi-use trail in the US. We caught up with Kristie Di Cocco, one of Alta’s senior engineering associates working on this project. Who are the key players? Are there other organizations or stakeholders that were involved […]

Rising to the Challenge of the Climate Crisis

May 30, 2019

We all know that access to safe, comfortable, and convenient active transportation options is good for the environment. Every time a driving trip is replaced with a bicycling or walking trip, our air and water get a little cleaner. Alta’s work of creating healthy, active communities has been helping to reduce emissions from the day […]

How Racial Justice Concerns Tie Into Vision Zero Policies

May 21, 2019

Last year, Alta Planning + Design supported a UCLA grad student, Rabi Abonour, in a research project to examine how racial justice concerns around enforcement practices tie into Vision Zero policies and projects. In his own words, he explains his research process and findings. By: Rabi Abonour As a street safety advocate, I have spent […]

Urbanism Next Recap: Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know

May 17, 2019

The Urbanism Next Conference, held in Portland, OR last week, is emerging as one of the premier events focused on the impacts that new technology, new transportation options, and new data are bringing to the way we plan, build, and interact in our communities. This was the second annual event, hosted by researchers from the […]

6 Lessons Learned from the International Trails Symposium

May 16, 2019

Last month, Alta Planning + Design staff from around North America gathered in Syracuse, New York to attend the 2019 International Trails Symposium. Here’s what they learned. 1. Trails are a tool for justice One of the most memorable sessions at the conference was the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion discussion, led by Charles Thomas from […]

How a Trail Logo Comes to Life

May 15, 2019

The Singing River Trail in North Alabama will connect communities in three counties and serve as an approximately 70-mile active transportation corridor linking to other trail systems throughout the region. The client committee wanted their logo to feature Native people’s presence in the region, and to celebrate their historic connection with the river. As outsiders, […]

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