Thanks to an assignment from Laura Melendy, assistant director at UC Berkeley's Institute of Transportation Studies, I'm privileged to have co-written this article about in-person technology transfer in TR News, the bimonthly magazine of the Transportation Research Board. Laura's stellar co-writing included, well, all the key ideas and sources, and her usual unfailing eye for what works and what doesn't as I developed and structured the narrative. TR News is copyright National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; posted with permission of the Transportation Research Board.
When a car ran over a school crossing guard’s foot—inside a crosswalk—a messy local traffic situation came to a head. Tensions were already running high at Pyles Elementary School in Stanton, California; the principal called the Public Works Department of the suburban Southern California city, complaining that parents were not respecting the crosswalk even when children were walking in it. Public Works Director Allan Rigg then called in surveyors from the Complete Streets Safety Assessments program based at the University of California, Berkeley to evaluate the school environs, as well as other serious traffic safety issues in the town. Read the whole article.