Asking the Bay Area to Do Better on Active Transportation

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) unanimously approved adjustments to Plan Bay Area 2040 and the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) at a joint meeting on Wednesday, July 26. Plan Bay Area 2040 is a long-range plan to guide transportation investment and land-use decisions through 2040, while accommodating future population growth and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in accordance with SB 375. The National Partnership believes in strong planning efforts to address the health, safety, and climate goals of the region and are pleased that MTC and ABAG have committed to reducing by 10 percent the adverse health impacts associated with air quality, road safety, and physical activity. However, the adopted plan falls far short, with only a very small reduction of 1%. In a comment letter, the National Partnership recommends MTC and ABAG take stronger steps to create a healthier and more active Bay Area by hiring additional planning staff, devoting more resources to improving active transportation data, and increasing support for active transportation programming.

Apply for a Youth Leaders Training

CalBike and California Walks have released a call for applications for the Walk & Bike Youth Leaders Program. They are aiming to invite a diverse group of 10 youth between ages 16-23 to participate in the program, which will include a four month satellite advocacy training curriculum and culminate in October with a youth advocacy summit in Sacramento in conjunction with the CalBike Summit. The goals of the program are to provide youth an opportunity to build advocacy skills and learn about the policy process, to engage their ideas and energy in our summit as well as in CalBike’s and CA Walk’s future policy agenda, and to contribute to development of a pipeline of future walking and biking leaders. Deadline to apply is May 31!

Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference

Some 500 junior high and high school students from around the region swarmed the Bay Area Metro Center in February for the fourth annual YES Conference. Teen activists presented to their peers on such topics as “Proving That Climate Change Is Not a Hoax” and “Go Away, Throwaway,” to inspire participants to be environmental leaders in their schools and communities. Read more on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission News Page.

Transportation Equity Act Advances

AB 179 (Cervantes), which aims to restructure the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to ensure diverse representation that promotes equitable transportation planning and protect public health, passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is headed to the Assembly floor. This bill would require that at least one of the eleven voting members of the CTC have qualifications working directly with those communities in the state that are most significantly burdened by, and vulnerable to, high levels of pollution, including, those communities with racially and ethnically diverse populations or with low-income populations. Find a letter of support that you can send here.

Caltrans Finalizes Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Caltrans has adopted “Toward an Active California,” the State’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. This document is California’s first statewide plan that lays out the policies and actions that Caltrans and its partner agencies will take to achieve the department’s ambitious statewide goals to double walking and triple bicycling trips by 2020. The plan’s vision statement is that by 2040, people in California of all ages, abilities, and incomes can safely, conveniently, and comfortably walk and bicycle for their transportation needs. We have provided comments on the plan before, and are pleased with how the plan has clear action steps to advance Safe Routes to School, biking and walking. Read more on Steetsblog.

California State Budget and the Active Transportation Program

The Governor Jerry Brown administration released its May Revision to the State budget on May 11. The May Revise does not include major changes to transportation funding, as that was handled in a major transportation deal that resulted in the the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, SB 1. SB 1 provides ten years’ worth of funding for transportation improvements across the state, including $100 million a year in new funding for the Active Transportation Program (ATP). The May Revise includes an additional $395,000 and two positions for the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to manage the expanded Active Transportation Program. In addition, at its last meeting, the CTC adopted a plan to use some of the funding that is immediately available to the ATP from the passage of SB 1 to fund some of the high scoring projects from the last ATP round of applications (cycle 3).

Planning for Madera County’s Active Future

The Madera County Transportation Commission (MCTC) is currently preparing an Active Transportation Plan for Madera County.  The plan will provide recommendations to assist in the planning and delivery of cycling and walking infrastructure in the years to come.  MCTC have prepared a couple ways to provide initial feedback to shape this process:

Complete the Active Transportation Plan Stakeholder Survey by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCTCATP_Survey

You can also help identify key walking and biking locations in Madera County using MCTC’s Interactive Webmap:http://bit.ly/MCTCBikePedSurvey

 

Join Us for ENACT Day 2017

Join us in Sacramento to support healthy food and physical activity environments in California and tell legislators that investing in health and safety now will benefit all Californians! ENACT Day is a day of learning and advocacy in the state capital, where community members and advocates from across the state come together to:

LEARN about legislation that supports healthy eating and physical activity

NETWORK with community leaders and advocates

MEET with your representatives

Registration Link: https://enact2017.eventbrite.com

ENACT Day is a great opportunity for community members, grassroots organizers, and advocates to develop their policy advocacy skills. All you need to bring is your passion, and an optional donation to support the costs associated with the day or sponsor youth who otherwise would be unable to attend! Spanish interpretation, breakfast and lunch will be provided!

If you are unable to attend the event in person but would still like to participate, follow #ENACT2017 on social media or connect with our sponsors to learn about Virtual ENACT Day, where we will work with you to use your email, telephone and social media accounts to tell your story and get your message across. No matter where you are, we welcome you to join us!

A limited number of travel scholarships are available. Please apply HERE by APRIL 2nd.

Ready to register? PLEASE NOTE: if you will be registering for more than one individual, please have the names, HOME ADDRESSES and email addresses (if applicable) of each individual attendee ready before registering your group!

DATE AND TIME

Mon, May 1, 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT

LOCATION

St. John’s Lutheran Church

1701 L Street

Sacramento, CA 95811

Organizer: ENACT Day Planning Group

Organizer of ENACT Day 2017

ENACT Day is hosted collaboratively by: CA4Health, California Food Policy Advocates, California State University – Chico’s Center for Healthy Communities, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Prevention Institute, Public Health Advocates, Public Health Institute, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and others.

Registration Link: https://enact2017.eventbrite.com

 

2017 Transportation Equity Summit

Come together with advocates, experts, state leaders, students, and community groups from across the state at the 2017 Transportation Equity Summit. This year’s summit will focus on connecting state transportation funding to concrete goals that both fight climate change and promote social equity. The Summit is April 24 in Sacramento, with an advocacy day in the capitol the following day. Register today!

Provide Feedback for Development of CalTrans District 4 (Bay Area) Bicycle Plan

Caltrans is developing a Bicycle Plan for the Bay Area district to improve bicycling on and across the State-owned transportation network. Take a moment to complete a brief survey for the Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Plan. This survey is one of the opportunities to help shape the bicycle network in your local community and the Bay Area region. The District 4 Bicycle Plan builds on the goals and objectives being developed in the policy-level California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, with specific projects and strategies for the State transportation network in District 4.

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