June 2, 2016

Is it just us, or was May really busy?

In the last 31 days, we've hosted summits in Silicon Valley and in Sacramento, got 4,500 kids in Alameda County biking, scooting, and skateboarding to school, and helped celebrate the ground breaking of 120 affordable homes for veterans in Long Beach.

When you do so much in so many different places, it’s sometimes hard to weave the threads that connect our work together. 

That’s why we’re very excited to share our brand new video that tells the story of what we do, and why we do it. Please take a few minutes to watch our video, share it with your friends and colleagues, and drop us a line to let us know what you think!

Watch our video here

More this month:

SPEAK UP FOR A BETTER STATE BUDGET

Safer crosswalks and better bike lanes don’t build themselves, and they certainly don’t pay for themselves. But Governor Brown’s new budget doesn’t allocate nearly enough money for the transportation programs (like Active Transportation and discount transit passes for students) that our state needs to keep everyone on our streets healthy, safe, and connected to opportunity. Read our blog post to learn more about the budget, and then take action! Email our state leaders and urge them to increase funding for walking, biking, and transit passes for students.

Speak up and take action now!

MAKING SURE EVERYONE BENEFITS FROM BIKE SHARE

Bike share is popping up all over the Bay Area, offering people a cheaper, quicker, and healthier alternative to driving in a city. But for a variety of reasons, low-income and people of color aren’t using bike share even when it’s in their neighborhoods. We want to change this. That’s why we are excited to be partnering with Bike East Bay, Bay Area Bike Share, and the Cities of Oakland and Berkeley to create a more equitable and accessible bike share network. Our goal is to reduce the barriers that keep low-income and people of color from using and enjoying bike share, while building a model for bike share equity that we’d like to replicate across the region.

Read our blog for more on how we're making bike share fair

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR SOCIALS

This summer we’re mixing it up and hosting our first-ever TransForm Socials! Join us in San Francisco on Thursday, July 21 and in San Jose on Thursday, July 28. Come mingle with TransForm staff and friends, enjoy drinks and food, test your smarts with a trivia game, and get the latest on what we’re doing to solve the Bay Area’s housing, transportation, and climate issues. Registration for both events opens on Monday, June 27. We’d love to see you there!

Save the date in your calendar for either San Francisco or San Jose

TWO ENERGIZING DAYS AT OUR STATE SUMMIT IN SACRAMENTO

Thank you to everyone who came to our 4th annual Transportation Equity Summit in Sacramento! Nearly 150 of us gathered to discuss, strategize, and collaborate on how to improve our state’s transportation system for people for all ages and incomes. We heard from amazing speakers – including leaders from the US Department of Transportation, the California State Transportation Agency, and Caltrans – and enjoyed the rare opportunity for facetime with the active and passionate people who are a part of this movement. For photos and more on the Summit and the excellent Advocacy Day that followed, read our blog.

Check out highlights and photos here

THOUSANDS BIKED AND ROLLED TO SCHOOL IN ALAMEDA COUNTY

What were you doing on the morning of Thursday May 12? If you were a student in Alameda County, you were probably strapping on your helmet and pedaling, scooting, or skateboarding your way to class for Bike to School Day. Thanks to the great work of our Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program, 132 schools participated and 4,500 kids rolled to school that day! Check out our blog for photos and more information on Bike to School Day.

Another great Bike to School Day!

MOVING AND SHAKING IN SILICON VALLEY

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

This quote from the great urban planner Jane Jacobs captures the spirit of our Let’s Get Moving! 2016 Silicon Valley Summit. Nearly 200 people came to Mountain View on May 7 for a day of serious thinking on how to solve the region’s most pressing issues: housing affordability, transportation, and health. And thanks to the opportunities we got to meet and talk with one another, plus rocking music by local band Candelaria, it was equal parts business and pleasure! Read more about the Summit and check out photos on our blog.

Relive - or experience - Let's Get Moving! 2016

MAKING BICYCLING BEAUTIFUL AT CESAR CHAVEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL

It’s usually not that easy to get 8th graders excited about school projects, but a few cans of spray paint helps. Last winter, Safe Routes to Schools Program Manager Carrie Harvilla worked with the Student Leadership Class at Cesar Chavez Middle School to encourage bicycling to school by painting a mural that would transform the drab bike rack space into a beautiful space. The students designed and painted the mural with help from local artists, and even set up a free helmet-decoration station to encourage students to ride their bikes safely. Read Carrie’s blog to see photos of the mural and hear sound clips from the students themselves.

Art + Bicycling = a beautiful combination

VTA’S SPENDING PLAN SHOULD CUT CARBON AND COMMUTES

Tonight, the VTA Board of Directors plans to vote on a spending plan for a $6 billion ballot measure that will likely be Santa Clara County’s single largest new transportation funding source for a generation. So it’s critical that these dollars put the South Bay clearly on the path toward meeting key goals for mobility and climate. Yet by our analysis, released yesterday in a new report, the highway and expressway projects proposed by VTA will nearly cancel out the benefits gained from BART extension and bicycle project funding in the measure.

Our new report, "Cutting Carbon as well as Commutes"analyzes the spending plan and recommends three key changes VTA should make to craft a measure that is a win for mobility, climate, health, equity, and the economy.

Read the full report here

CLIMATEPLAN REPORT: IS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ON TRACK?

In 2012, Southern California leaders passed a plan for reducing the region’s carbon pollution while improving mobility, housing, public health, and the economy. The quality of life of millions of people depends on the region achieving the plan’s ambitious goals. That’s why ClimatePlan, a statewide network TransForm helps lead, released a new report assessing just how much progress has been made, and offering four key recommendations for getting on track. One critical piece: the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) needs to do more to ensure that cities and counties are taking all the necessary steps to meet their targets, or else these goals are just words on paper.

Read more on the report