Creating Healthier Regions through Better Transportation Planning
Decades of sprawling development has led to dramatic reliance on cars for most trips, and contributes to some of our greatest environmental and public health crises, including asthma, obesity and, of course, traffic fatalities. Low-income communities and communities of color continue to suffer the worst impacts.
But there is a better way. That’s why since our founding, TransForm has been at the forefront of shifting how regional planning happens in the Bay Area, and more recently throughout California. Now, we’re making sure that successful models are spread far and wide through:
- An online library highlighting great projects and programs that can help regions meet health, equity and environmental goals. Launching in fall 2014, it will serve as a resource for advocates, transportation planners, and health leaders.
- Training and technical assistance to metro regions around the county to help them win stronger regional transportation plans. We are working with Circulate San Diego on their plan, and are partnering with Transportation for America to support partners in Detroit, Nashville, Portland, and Seattle.
TransForm also fiscally sponsors and provides support for ClimatePlan, California’s leading network of organizations working together for smarter regional planning. ClimatePlan will soon launch a tool to track the implementation of Sustainable Communities Strategies statewide.
SB 375, passed in 2008, requires that each major region in California create a Sustainable Communities Strategy: a plan for how to meet climate reduction targets through better public transportation, integrated land use planning, more affordable homes near transit, and bicycle/pedestrian improvements.
For more information, contact Stuart Cohen.