September 5, 2012

Your monthly pass to world-class public transportation and more wonderful, walkable communities. 

What happens when Californians overwhelm their legislators with support for a common-sense bill to require drivers passing bicyclists to give at least three feet of clearance?

Legislators listen! Thanks to thousands of emails combined with direct advocacy in Sacramento, the California Assembly passed SB 1464. Now the bill heads to the Governor’s desk, where he’s expected to sign it into law. Click here to urge Governor Brown to sign SB 1464 ASAP.

This is one small – but important – step towards making our communities better places for biking, walking and public transportation. Thanks for your help and congratulations!

Now on to the rest of the news:

  • Get your tickets now for ‘15 Years of TransForming the Bay Area & California’ on September 27

  • Health, bikes, and more head to the Governor's desk

  • TransForm endorses November 2012 ballot measures

  • We need YOU to inspire kids to walk and bike to school

  • Stop by TransForm's temporary Parklets as part of PARK(ing) Day on September 21

  • “Cross-trainings” offered on transportation and affordable housing for sustainable communities

  • Join the “Rail~Volution” at national conference in L.A. this October

Get your tickets now for ‘15 Years of TransForming the Bay Area & California’ on September 27

TransForm is having a birthday party, and yes, there will be cake. But this party is about more than that. It’s a night for you to be inspired, celebrate our growing movement, and invest in our vision for the next 15 years. Please join us and show your commitment to transforming the Bay Area and California. Tickets are just $15 in advance and include birthday cake, beer, wine, and appetizers. This fundraiser in downtown San Francisco is likely to sell out, so get your tickets now!

Health, bikes and more head to the Governor's desk

We are thrilled that the legislature passed AB 441, a bill to help make sure health and equity are taken into account in regional transportation planning. TransForm co-sponsored this bill with the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, and we need your help to make sure it is signed into law. Click here to tell the Governor you want him to sign this bill now.
 
Several bills related to cap-and-trade policies were also passed by the legislature. Read our round-up of state legislation on our blog.

TransForm endorses November 2012 ballot measures

TransForm’s Board of Directors voted to endorse several initiatives that will be on the November 2012 ballot. Here’s a quick roundup of our election recommendations:
 
  • Statewide: YES on Proposition 30, Governor Brown’s tax plan to protect education and health services.
  • Statewide: NO on Proposition 32, which would weaken the voice of workers in elections while allowing Super-PACs and billionaires to continue to spend without limits.
  • Alameda County: YES on Measure B1 to renew, increase, and extend the countywide sales tax for transportation and approve a 30 year expenditure plan.
  • San Francisco: YES on San Francisco Housing Trust Fund (Prop. C), which will provide $1.2 billion for affordable housing over the next 30 years.
Read more on our blog here and don’t forget to register to vote by October 22 in order to cast your ballot this fall.

We need YOU to inspire kids to walk and bike to school

Want healther kids, cleaner air, and less traffic during rush hour? Then give an hour of your time to inspire more kids to walk and bike safely to school as part of International Walk or Roll to School Day during the week of October 1.

We need folks to help pass out prizes at 75+ schools around Alameda County. And if you're a parent, urge your child's school to participate in International Walk to School Day. Email Nora to volunteer in Alameda County during the week of October 1.

Stop by TransForm's temporary parklets as part of PARK(ing) Day on September 21

In just a few weeks, streets will come alive with the 7th annual PARK(ing) day, a worldwide celebration of turning metered parking spaces into temporary public places. This year, TransForm will host two PARK(ing) Day locations:
 
  • Oakland: A playtime-themed spot on 14th Street between Broadway and Franklin. Stop by for bike-powered smoothies, games, and more.  Email Hannah if you want to volunteer with our Oakland parklet.
  • San Jose: Contact Chris Lepe for details on where to find us in San Jose and how to get involved.
Want to help show how we can transform parking to make better cities?  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details as the date gets closer. Or, check out parkingday.org for a worldwide map of parklets and add your own!

"Cross-trainings" offered on transportation and affordable housing for sustainable communities

East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) is offering two trainings to educate the transportation community about affordable housing, and vice versa, to help build sustainable communities and influence regional planning. TransForm’s Jeff Hobson will be one of the speakers at Transportation 101 for Housing Professionals and Advocates on Monday, October 1. Affordable Housing 101 for Transportation Professionals and Advocates will follow on Thursday, October 4.
 
Both of these free trainings will be held in downtown Oakland and include lunch; pre-registration is required. Questions? Visit www.EBHO.org or contact Amie Fishman.

Join the “Rail~Volution” at national conference in L.A. this October

Rail~Volution is the place for people who want to bring livable communities with transit to life across the country. The conference brings together some of the best minds on livability in the world with 75 workshops, networking events, charrettes and toolbox sessions. TransForm’s own Ann Cheng and Joél Ramos will present this year, so learn more and register now!