January 7, 2014

TransForm e-news: January 7, 2014
Your monthly pass to world-class public transportation and more wonderful, walkable communities.

Looking back on 2013, we are inspired by the changes we see happening all around us.

A new report showed Americans continue to drive less and take public transportation more – and it’s not related to the economy.

We’re on the verge of a bicycling revolution: since the launch of the Regional Bay Area Bike Share program, people have taken over 80,000 rides and traveled more than 178,000 miles in just three months.

And thanks to so many of our supporters, we reached our goal of $50,000 by the end of 2013 for TransForm’s advocacy work. It’s not too late to become a part of our movement to win better public transportation, safer streets, cleaner air, and livable communities for all. Donate now.

From all of us, Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014!
 

Read on for the latest news, events, and more in the New Year:


Save the date for TransForm's Transportation Choices Summit in Sacramento on April 22
 
Be part of a growing statewide movement for transportation choices and sustainable communities for all. On Tuesday, April 22, join advocates from across California for the third annual Transportation Choices Summit. Coordinated by TransForm, the Summit is an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and strategize with leaders from around the state. On Wednesday, April 23 you can join participants in meeting with legislators about these issues at the optional Transportation Choices Advocacy Day.

To get information on registration, early bird rates, or full scholarships please contact Joshua Stark

Dr. Manuel Pastor and Harrison Fraker to speak at TransForm event in Palo Alto on February 22

As the world center of innovation, Silicon Valley should also be the center of healthy communities and transportation choices. TransForm’s Silicon Valley Transportation Summit on February 22 brings together community members, local leaders, organizations, public officials, and city planners to learn and strategize how to make that a reality in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Joining us will be two renowned and inspiring speakers: Dr. Manuel Pastor and Harrison Fraker. The event is likely to sell out. Register before February 1 for early bird registration rates.

Contact Chris Lepe regarding volunteer opportunities and scholarships.

TransForm's new report shows how we can transform Highway 101
 
To those who think more highway lanes are how you solve traffic problems, we say: there is a better way!

TransForm’s new report, Innovation Required: Moving More People with Less Traffic shows how Highway 101 could be transformed with a high-occupancy toll lane that funds more public transportation options, without adding any highway lanes. Check out our cool infographic, which explains how our proposal is different from San Mateo’s current plans – and how it could could create a model for the entire Bay Area. Read our blog post to learn more.

Final plan for the Bay Area's transportation just released
 
It’s official: the final long-term plan for the Bay Area’s transportation, housing, and land use that we watchdogged for three years (aka Plan Bay Area) has been released! While the plan goes farther than any other in the country to support more infill development instead of sprawl, we’ve got to make sure the best parts are brought to life. Thank you to the many awesome activists and partner organizations we worked with to create the region’s transportation blueprint for the next 25 years. Read the plan or our blog that recaps its highs and lows.

Take our website survey and let us pay for your next commute
 
We’re long overdue for an update of TransForm’s website, but before we make changes we want to know what you like most and least about it.
 
Complete our very short survey (takes about 5 minutes) and be entered to win a $25 transit voucher for the bus/train/ferry service of your choice!  

TransForm is hiring

Want to help TransForm have a big impact at the State Capitol and bring together activists from across California?  TransForm seeks a full-time event planner for January - May 2014 to work with our state staff to organize the third annual Transportation Choices Summit and Advocacy Day in April. Sound interesting or know someone who might be interested? Read or share the job posting.

Meet TransForm's new "plan-gineer" and Office Manager
 
We are excited to welcome two new members to our TransForm team: GreenTRIP* Planner Jean Long and Office Manager Craig Davini. Jean brings her unique training in “plan-gineering” from her dual masters in planning and transportation engineering. Craig comes to TransForm with an extensive background as a business and operations manager.

*GreenTRIP is TransForm’s certification program for developments that reduce parking plus offer incentives for tenants to drive less and own fewer vehicles. 

Love riding your bike? Hate climate change?

You should join TransForm’s team on Climate Ride, the 4-day cycling adventure that raises awareness and funds to fight climate change. The TransForm team had a blast last year and this year we are already 10 riders strong, including our three newest staff and executive director.  We’d love to have you on our team!

Pedal over here to check out our team and learn more.

Calendar of events

Below are a few of the upcoming transportation-related events in the Bay Area and beyond. View all events on our website.
 

Climate Reality Presentation
Wednesday, January 22 6:00pm-8:00pm
Learn about climate change through a cool this multimedia presentation as part of Al Gore's Climate Reality Project. Followed by discussion and brainstorming.
 
9th Annual Green California Summit
Wednesday, January 29 from 8:30am-4:30pm in Sacramento, CA

The 9th Annual Green California Summit brings together environmental leaders, allies, and legislators to plan for 2014. Register for the Summit and/or the reception online no later than January 15.
 
An Evening with Donald Shoup
Wednesday, March 19 6:30pm-8:30pm in Berkeley, CA
Join us for an interactive evening with renowned urban environment and parking planning expert, Professor Donald Shoup. Registration opens Tuesday, January 21.