June 5, 2015

When is two better than one? When California’s climate program could get double the funding in Governor Brown’s proposed state budget. That would mean $700 million for the things we care most about: public transportation, affordable homes, and sustainable communities. 

But it could be even better! The Assembly added an amendment with critical funding to protect people who walk and bike and to support free transit passes for youth.

Send an email now to make sure these funds make the final cut!

More this month:

CALTRANS' NEW PLAN

Caltrans, California’s state Department of Transportation, has a new Strategic Management Plan – and it’s actually great.The plan marks an incredible shift in direction towards making it safer for people to walk and bike. It even includes goals to double the number of walking trips and triple the number of bike trips by 2020! But we aren’t going to get there without dedicated funding, which is why we need you to send an email to our state leaders urging them to fund safer walking and biking.

Take action now!

AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

May was a month for celebrating! We were honored by Breathe California as a winner of their 2015 Clean Air Awards in recognition of our work to promote transportation for cleaner air quality. In Silicon Valley, our own Chris Lepe was celebrated by Santa Clara County Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN) for his leadership in making transportation safer, less car-centric, and fair. These accolades only inspire us to work harder to make California a better and healthier place to get around, no matter where you live or how you get there.

Check out photos from the 2015 Clean Air Awards

BART BEHIND THE SCENES

For transportation professionals, a trip to a BART maintenance facility is pretty much like a trip to Disneyland. Some of our staff and friends took a tour of South Hayward’s maintenance shop and learned about all the work it takes to keep BART’s many moving pieces in good shape for a safe ride. But we also saw how much work there is to do, and how severely BART needs more money to do it all. 

You have an opportunity to ask your BART Directors questions about the budget process during BART’s second online town hall on Wednesday June 3.

Support a 2016 BART funding measure so we can ride safely!

OAKLAND'S GOING PLATINUM

Bordered by Macarthur BART, AC Transit, and miles of bike lanes, Temescal is one of the Bay Area’s most transit-accessible neighborhoods – and it will soon be home to the first ever GreenTRIP-certified development in Oakland! We got on the phone with Nautilus Group project manager Andrew Cussen to talk about bikeshare, the expensive problem of parking, and the Oakland A’s.

Read our interview with Andrew

COMING THIS FALL - LIVE!

Save the date for our 2nd annual LIVE Awards + Benefit on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in San Francisco! This year, we're celebrating the achievements of Mary Nichols, Chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board and Vien Troung, Environmental Equity Director at The Greenlining Institute. Please join us to honor their commitment to a better California and invest in TransForm’s future.

Registration opens September 8

PLANNING FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS OF CLIMATE FUNDING

That cap-and-trade investment plan that’s directing hundreds of millions of dollars to sustainable communities? That’s so three years ago. As soon as Friday, state leaders will release their initial thoughts on the investment plan for 2017-2020, and workshops to get your feedback on the plan start next week. That means our Climate Benefits for California map will come online at the perfect moment to show how investments from cap-and-trade are improving people’s lives and our communities. Let’s make the next three years even better!

Learn about Climate Benefits for California

THE CARBON CRUSHERS THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who helped TransForm’s Climate Ride 2015 team blow past their fundraising goal and hit the trail to ride 300+ miles for walkable, healthy communities! Special gratitude goes to Sports Basement, BarLago, Left Coast Power Yoga, Berkeley Bowl, King of Kog Bike Shop, Line 51, and the many people who generously donated to our team. Our team could not have done it without you!

See photos, stories, and more from the Carbon Crushers' ride

EXPRESS LANES PICKING UP SPEED

Cars on the Bay Bridge may move slowly, but Bay Area transit agencies are picking up speed to improve your commute along Highway 101 between San Francisco and San Jose. There is growing interest in TransForm’s proposal for express lanes which move traffic faster and fund more transportation choices. Santa Clara is already starting to implement some of these strategies, and San Francisco is close behind.

Read how a good express lane can make everyone's trip faster and more fair

BIKE TO SCHOOL BOOM

Bike to School Day was a festive affair all over Alameda County! 98 schools participated, and we counted a whopping 3,758 students who biked, scooted, or skateboarded to school. That’s nearly three times the number of kids who roll on a normal day! Thanks to all the parents, teachers, and Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools’ (SR2S) staff who helped make this day such a big success.

Learn how SR2S keeps kids rolling to school safely all year long