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 […]

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 […]

Unique Walking School Bus Paves the Way for Similar Programs

November 8, 2018

Alta Planning + Design teamed with non-profit Amigos de los Rios to implement a unique walking program that addressed public health, safety, and environmental sustainability, as well as economic stability in El Monte, CA. After a full year of daily walking school bus trips, we can confidently say that the program built community, supported families, […]

Understanding the “Four Types of Cyclists”

August 10, 2017

The balance between improved perception of safety and improved connectivity can be difficult to strike. Bikeways are often considered safer if they involve little, if any, interaction between people bicycling and people driving or if greater degrees of physical separation are placed between a bikeway and a travel lane with heavy traffic volumes and/or high […]

Improving our Communities for Active Transportation Requires Change

August 8, 2017

Improving our communities for active transportation requires change. This change must occur at a political level, continue to be supported at the staff level, and be accepted by the public in order to achieve success. This change is frightening for many as it represents extra effort, unknown consequences, and fears of liability, and it requires […]