April 2, 2015

“I don’t want to say they’re unsafe, but they’re dangerous.” 

Like us, you may have laughed at former Secretary of Transportation’s Ray LaHood’s quote on John Oliver’s segment: “Last Week Tonight: Infrastructure.”

But the reality is far from funny. Too many of our nation’s roads, bridges, and sidewalks are dangerous and need serious repair. And we don’t just need new pavement. We need streets that are safe and accessible for everyone. We need laws that help us pave bike lanes, improve transit, build affordable homes, and invest in other infrastructure that gives us more options, help us drive less, and protects our climate.

That’s why we need you at our 2015 California Transportation Choices Summit, on April 27 in Sacramento. The Summit is the place where hundreds of advocates, community members and leaders like you gather to network, foster innovative solutions, and advocate on California’s biggest issues in transportation, housing, and land use (Oliver needs to see our ideas for infrastructure!). With great free events on either side of the summit, you won’t want to miss it.

Register today!

More this month:

STUART'S UPCOMING SABBATICAL AND A STRONGER TRANSFORM

A big congrats is due to our executive director Stuart Cohen. Stuart is a recipient of an O2 Sabbatical Award, a new Bay Area program that rewards nonprofit leaders with the gift of time to recharge their batteries, and helps grow more resilient organizations as staff and board take on new leadership roles. Read about Stuart's summer sabbatical and the O2 Awards.

BRING A FRIEND (OR TWO!) TO OUR OAKLAND MIXER

Great people and great beer come together at our first Bring a Friend Mixer of the year! Come hang out with us on April 9 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Lost & Found in Oakland. Bring along your friends and colleagues to this free event where you can learn more about TransForm, and meet other people who care about transportation, the environment, and social equity. RSVP to our free event on April 9.

#SVGIVES2015 ON MAY 5

We’re thrilled to be participating in this year’s Silicon Valley Gives (#SVGives2015) on May 5th! Silicon Valley Gives is a 24-hour online day of giving, encouraging people to make an impact in their communities. We want to raise ten thousand dollars in 24 hours. Microsoft is helping us reach this goal by offering up to a $3,000 dollar-for-dollar match to help your donation make an even bigger impact! We want to make Silicon Valley a more affordable and healthy place for people of all incomes to live, get around, and thrive. Schedule your #SVGives2015 gift today!

IS BART READY FOR OPENING DAY?

Spring is in the air, which for baseball fans means one thing - Opening Day. Whether your home base is AT&T Park or the Oakland Coliseum, chances are you rely on BART to get you there. But no one wants to get stuck on the train and miss the first pitch. As more people ride BART to get to work, ball games, and more, it’s critical that the BART Board of Directors put a BART funding measure on the 2016 ballot to start fixing and improving the system. Email your BART Director to go big on the ballot in 2016.

KIDS GO FOR THE GOLD IN ALAMEDA COUNTY

Last month, kids across Alameda County refused to get in the car – but not because they don’t like school. By walking, biking, carpooling, or taking public transportation to school, they earned points for their classroom in the hopes of winning the Golden Sneaker Contest and a special visit by Goldie, bike blender smoothie parties, and the title of most pollution-reducing class! See photos, quotes, and more from the 2015 Golden Sneaker Contest.

BRINGING GREENTRIP CONNECT TO LIFE

GreenTRIP Connect is an online tool that will let city officials, developers, and community members everywhere map out the benefits of great transit access, more affordable homes and implementing GreenTRIP strategies to reduce traffic and parking. We’ve been busy fundraising to bring this tool to life, and we’re well on our way to meeting our goal of $60,000 by May 1. Founding sponsors as diverse as Enterprise Community Partners, Microsoft, RideScout, TMG, Bridge Housing and many others are stepping up - and you too can help make GreenTRIP Connect a reality by becoming a sponsor today. Still curious? Learn more about GreenTRIP Connect and see how it works.

MEET STELLA

Stella Yip has been living the aspiring planners dream. As the Research Assistant for the Safe Routes to Transit (SR2T) Program, she’s traveled all over the Bay Area, speaking with community members who are directly impacted by the program’s mission: to make walking and bicycling to transit stations safer. Since 2005, SR2T has awarded almost $20 million to restripe crosswalks, create secure bike stations, and much more. Learn more about Stella, and the Safe Routes 2 Transit Program.

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY IN SILICON VALLEY

Our third annual Let’s Get Moving, Silicon Valley Summit was our best yet! Workshops like “Reimagining our Communities through Play”, led by James Rojas, created a “feeling of euphoria” as participants worked in teams to build their “Ideal Street”. The result was people from all age, racial, economic, and professional backgrounds creating solutions to Silicon Valley’s mobility problems that most transportation planners would never think of. Rojas reports: “Participants developed never-before-seen solutions which gave everyone hope for the future of mobility in Silicon Valley.” For the full Summit recap, photos, and materials, read our blog.