At TransForm, we believe safety on transit means more than just protection from crime. For us, "safety" also means protection from discriminatory policies and over-policing of Black and Brown bodies. True safety is not just lacking for immigrants on transit, but for communities of color who are routinely profiled, harassed, threatened, or sometimes much worse, by transit police.
Six months ago, Kailei Johnson was on the Internet when something caught her eye. It was an article about a new affordable housing development opening up near her in West Sacramento called West Gateway Place.
At the end of April, advocates from aross California came to Sacramento for our annual Transportation Equity Summit and Advocacy Day, co-hosted by TransForm and the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike). The event was a big success, and we are excited to share some sights, sounds, and ideas from both days.
AB 17 would create a state-level program to provide funds for reduced-fare or free transit passes for California's public student body. Student transit pass programs have been shown to significantly increase student transit ridership, reduce the cost of education, and cut climate pollution.
Brytanee Brown is a Community Planner for TransForm. Brytanee leads TransForm's shared mobility outreach campaigns. She is an urban planning professional passionate about engaging communities in the development of places and programs that support the creation of wealth for all residents. Prior to TransForm, Brytanee worked as a project manager at the Tenderloin Economic Development Project in San Francisco. She has a background in economic and community development with a particular focus on developing social impact strategies for food enterprises. In college, she traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to facilitate a community engagement process with Mathare Valley residents and stakeholders around plans that avoided widespread displacement and granted land tenure to residents.
Brytanee holds a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies with minor in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. On the weekends you can catch her attending a concert, cheering on a local sports team with her friends, or working in her garden. Brytanee is originally from Berkeley, California.
Save the date! LIVE is back and ready to celebrate Kate White, Deputy Secretary of Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination at California State Transportation Agency, and Guillermo Mayer, President & CEO of Public Advocates.
White and Mayer have been instrumental in creating a walkable and affordable California with quality transportation choices for people of all incomes, while helping solve our climate crisis. And we’re thrilled to honor them with this year’s LIVE Awards!
2016 can be the year for equity in transportation, but we need you to be part of the change! Join us as we gather together to discuss, learn, and send a signal to California’s leaders that we want real choices and real change for all of our communities.
The California Transportation Equity Summit is where this happens. Join us for the Summit from 12:00-5:00PM on Monday May 16, with an evening reception until 7:00PM. We are also hosting an optional Advocacy Day on Tuesday May 17. Get the details.
The Let’s Get Moving! Summit is back for its fourth year in Silicon Valley!
Come be a part of this gathering of hundreds of community and business leaders, practitioners, policy makers, and advocates from Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Whether you're a planning expert, a student who rides the bus, or someone who cares about the future of this region, there's a place for you at our Summit.
During her time as New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan did what could have been deemed impossible: transform a network of streets that had long been dominated by the car into spaces safe for pedestrian and bicyclists. Starting with simple paint cans, she and her team made the streets quantifiably safer and unquestionably more dynamic, increasing foot traffic, reducing congestion and improving the bottom line of businesses practically overnight.
We are experiencing the phenomenon of peak car use in many global cities at the same time that urban rail is thriving, central cities are revitalizing, and suburban sprawl is reversing. How can practitioners, public officials, and concerned citizens capitalize on this transformation? What measures must be taken to ensure that multi-modal transportation improves the quality of human and natural life?
Bianca Taylor is TransForm’s Communications Manager, working within the Communications and Development Team to produce, edit, and manage the organization’s external communications.
Bianca comes to TransForm with deep interest in social and environmental justice, and a background in writing and non-profit communications. She earned her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and French from UC Berkeley, where she also played club water polo and danced in the West African Music Ensemble. Bianca has worked previously with the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) in San Francisco and Bay Localize in Oakland. She has served as a volunteer with the Sacramento Tree Foundation, People’s Grocery in Oakland, and the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley.
Bianca lives by the saying “think globally, act locally". While she loves living in Oakland, she'll never grow tired of visits to her hometown of Sacramento for the hot summers, French Film Festival, and her cats Homer and Marge.