March 3, 2015

Here in California, we enjoy weather that lets us walk and bike year-round (although some determined cyclists in Boston make it work in winter, too.)

But what if it’s not snow that prevents you from getting around without a car, but unsafe sidewalks, a lack of bike lanes, and unreliable (or nonexistent) bus service? This is the reality for too many Californians.

You can help us improve transportation in your community, and make our state a place where no one is left behind because they can’t get around. Register to attend an upcoming summit in Silicon Valley or Sacramento, or take action on an issue that you care about (we’ve included a few in this month’s e-news). However you get involved, thank you for joining our movement!
 
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More this month:

LAST CALL FOR SILICON VALLEY SUMMIT

Astronomical rents, suburban sprawl, air pollution, and unreliable transit don't have to be the future of Silicon Valley. Come to the Silicon Valley Let's Get Moving Summit on March 7 to join with hundreds of community leaders, advocates, public officials, transportation experts, and city planners as we plan for a healthier and more sustainable Silicon Valley. Which session will you go to first? Don't miss out: register now for the March 7 Summit.

SUPPORT BUS RAPID TRANSIT FOR SAFER, TRAFFIC-FREE STREETS

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along El Camino Real would make riding the bus faster than driving, alleviate traffic, and make the street safer for people walking and biking. Listen to Chris Lepe’s interview with KQED for more on why car-centric Silicon Valley needs BRT, and then take action to support it! Send an email today to the VTA and your city council to support BRT.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION EXTENDED FOR OUR CA TRANSPORTATION CHOICES SUMMIT

This year we have huge opportunities to improve transportation in California and fight climate change – but we need your help! Register by March 9 to take advantage of early bird ticket prices for the CA Transportation Choices Summit in Sacramento on Monday, April 27. Renowned urban planner and social justice advocate Dr. Manuel Pastor will inspire us as the summit’s keynote speaker, kicking off a day of sessions on how we can strengthen California’s climate change law, the case for affordable homes near transit, updates on high speed rail, and more. On Tuesday, April 28 you can stay for the optional advocacy day and tell your legislators what you want transportation to be like in California. Get your early bird tickets today.

SIGN THE PETITION FOR WALKABLE, BIKEABLE STREETS

Here’s a staggering number that might make you think twice about driving a car to run your next errand: if Californians walked or biked instead of drove for all trips under one mile, we would prevent 1.3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions from polluting our air. That’s huge! But we need Governor Brown to invest in better streets, bike lanes, and infrastructure in order to make walking and biking safer for everyone. Join thousands of Californians in telling our state leaders to increase funding for walking and biking in the upcoming state budget.

MILLENNIALS IN MOTION (BUT NOT DRIVING)
Today’s twenty- to thirty year-olds are calling for more transportation options, and cities are answering. The reasons why this millennial generation is ditching their cars may be economic, environmental, or social, but whatever the cause, the result is more options for all of us. In Silicon Valley, millennials are inspiring cities and transportation agencies to re-think their car-centric status quo, and this is a good thing for everyone (no matter how old you are.) Read about how millennials move, and why it matters.

BART SHOULD GO BIG ON THE BALLOT IN 2016

It may come as little surprise that the number of satisfied BART riders has dropped to its lowest level in over a decade. The BART Board of Directors can give riders the comfortable, reliable commute they deserve and keep the Bay Area running smoothly if they do two things: focus on fixing BART’s core system instead of expensive extensions, and put a significant funding measure on the 2016 ballot to help make sure these repairs and upgrades can happen ASAP. Tell your BART Director that you want BART to go big on the ballot in 2016.

GREENTRIP CERTIFICATION DEADLINE APRIL 4

There has been a lot of buzz on GreenTRIP’s new Platinum Certification level, and for good reason! GreenTRIP Platinum Certification can help save developers and families money by replacing parking spaces with strategies to help residents get around without owning a car (like free transit passes and bike sharing). If you know of a planned residential project that should be considered for a free or discounted certification, be sure to let them know about the April 4 application deadline. Learn more about GreenTRIP Platinum and how to apply!

MEET GOLDIE, THE GOLDEN SNEAKER SUPERHERO

Sometimes all it takes to get kids moving is some friendly competition and a little bit of bling. The Golden Sneaker Contest (March 2-March 13) is the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program’s annual competition to encourage more kids to walk, bike scoot, skateboard, carpool, or ride the bus to school. For Goldie, the Golden Sneaker Superhero, awarding the winning classrooms their own Golden Sneaker trophy is second only to seeing how many kids get to spend their mornings walking and rolling to school with their friends and family. Meet Goldie, the Golden Sneaker Superhero.

SHARING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The Live Ride Share Conference that took place in Los Angeles last week was the first of its kind to focus on shared mobility in Southern California and the “profound changes occurring in transportation around the world”. TransForm Executive Director Stuart Cohen spoke on the session “What Shared Mobility Means for Developers and the Affordability of Housing.” Check out LA Streetsblog’s recap for the best of the conference, quotes from speakers, and more. Read the highlights from Live Ride Share.

JOIN OUR OPERATIONS TEAM: WE’RE HIRING!

TransForm’s dynamic and fun Operations Team seeks a Human Resources and Administration Associate to join our group. We are a three-person ops team with the goal of fostering a welcoming, fun, equitable, and inclusive work culture that supports staff in efficiently executing their program work. Key responsibilities for this position include the administration of HR benefits and the employee review process. Check out our Jobs page for more information, and share this information with anyone who you think would be interested.

THE CARBON CRUSHERS WANT YOU

The TransForm Carbon Crushers are back for Climate Ride 2015! It’s not too late to join our team and ride with us. The team will be training by taking shorter after-work rides (15 - 20 miles) and longer rides on the weekend (20+ miles). If you are interested in pedaling with us, contact team captain Jo Ann. Riders of all levels are welcome to join. If biking isn’t your thing, you can always support us by donating to a Carbon Crusher today. Pedal on! Join our team or donate to a Carbon Crusher!