October 6, 2015

Can a three month break be transformative?

I didn't think so, but after 18 straight years of directing TransForm, I was awarded an amazing sabbatical this summer. I enjoyed the profound beauty of the Bay Area and California on foot and bicycle. I deepened relationships with friends and family. And not only did I return with some new perspectives, my time away was a transformative experience for the organization as well.

I am now even more appreciative of the talents and vision of our staff, and recharged to continue TransForm’s work to win transportation choices, fight climate change, and connect more Californians to opportunity.

High on my list? Ending this wild legislative season on a high note with AB 744. I’m so excited about this bill – it can help alleviate our state’s housing affordability crisis while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s on the Governor’s desk waiting to be signed.

Please send Governor Brown an email now!

MORE THIS MONTH

CELEBRATE - CONTRIBUTE - CONNECT - LIVE

Don't miss out on an inspiring evening at this year's LIVE Awards + Benefit on Thursday, October 29! We’ll be celebrating Mary Nichols of the California Air Resources Board and Vien Truong of Green For All, sipping on our signature cocktail (the Climate Cooler), and enjoying a delicious dinner. We’re grateful for our many amazing sponsors, and hope that you’ll join us to make our night complete.

Get your ticket today!

GOVERNOR, SIGN THAT BILL!

There’s a parking revolution happening in California. AB 744 is a bill sitting on Governor Brown’s desk that could transform our parking problems into solutions. If signed, it would help us tackle our housing affordability crisis, reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions, and make taking public transportation easier. Learn more about AB 744 on our blogand then send an email to Governor Brown.

Tell Governor Brown to sign AB 744

YES ON PROPS A + K

San Francisco needs good, serious solutions to help tackle its housing affordability crisis – which is why we are endorsing Propositions A and K on this November’s ballot. Prop A is a $310 million housing bond that would build homes for low and middle income San Franciscans without raising taxes. Prop K will allow San Francisco to use surplus land for affordable housing.

Vote YES on Props A and K on November 3 to help bring more affordable homes to San Francisco, and register to phone bank to help spread the word!

Learn more about Props A + K and VOTE YES!

BART JUST TURNED 43, AND THINGS AREN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE

Last month, BART celebrated its 43rd birthday – and it’s feeling its age. BART has made so many memorable things possible for us (from PRIDE celebrations to championship parades). BART gets us to class, work, the doctor, and to friends. But delays and mechanical problems are becoming the norm and this aging system needs serious repair to stay safe, reliable, and fast. It’s up to BART’s Board of Directors to close BART’s $4.8 billion budget gap and invest in better BART service by putting a big funding measure on the 2016 ballot.

Show BART some love and tell your Director to go big on the 2016 ballot

THE REAL BENEFITS OF BUS RAPID TRANSIT

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along El Camino Real would cut bus travel times in half, make walking and biking safer, and reduce pollution. And a recent study proves that BRT with bus-only lanes can do all that without having a dire impact on traffic on El Camino.

In December, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will vote on bringing BRT to Silicon Valley. Yet despite the solid evidence, opponents are still trying to pressure VTA to kill the project. That’s why it’s so important that you speak up today to make BRT a reality along El Camino Real.

Please send an email to VTA in support of BRT

CALIFORNIA'S SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SEASON

During the state legislature’s final moments in session, California’s ambitious climate protection agenda took a hit. SB 350 was amended, SB 32 was defeated, and powerful oil lobbyists are to blame. But there is still a chance for good things to come out of Sacramento: Governor Brown’s special session on transportation is an opportunity to address climate change, improve public health, and make our state a more connected and fair place for everyone to live.

Read more about this special session on our blog

A GREENTRIP FIRST IN SAN JOSE

As the Bay Area’s largest city and a booming tech hub, San Jose is no stranger to the pressures of rising rents, gridlock traffic, and pollution. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that Core Companies is working towards San Jose’s first GreenTRIP Platinum Certified project on South First Street. Thanks to our GreenTRIP Program and the developer's vision, these homes will be close to transit stops, be within walking distance from Downtown, offer the right amount of parking, and come equipped with free Bay Area BikeShare memberships to help residents save money and get around car-free.

What's happening at 598 South First Street? Read more

TOMORROW WE'RE WALKING AND ROLLING TO SCHOOL 

Lace up those sneakers, strap on your helmet, and get ready to walk and roll! Tomorrow, October 7, is International Walk and Roll to School Day. Students around the world will walk, bike, scooter, and skate to school, which kicks off a whole year of Safe Routes to Schools events to come. Is your student’s school participating? If not, you can register your school to participate next year!

Visit our website for more information on Walk and Roll to School Day 2015

WE CELEBRATED PARK(ING) DAY, THE BEST HOLIDAY OF THE YEAR

On September 18, TransForm joined people around the world in a celebration of space for people, not cars, for PARK(ing) Day, our favorite day of the year! With the help of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, we set up a parklet downstairs from our office and spent the day playing games, eating ice cream, and hanging out with Janette Sadik-Khan (former NYCDOT Commissioner) and Matt Nichols (Oakland's first Transportation Policy Director).

Check out photos and more from PARK(ing) Day 2015!