Make the Case for Walking & Walkable Communities: WALK Every Day Everybody
Everyone walks every day, whether we can use our feet or not. Every walk we take improves personal health and makes the world a better place. walk alone, walk together, join a walk club, walk for a cause, walk to get where you want and need to go. Talk to your neighbors, friends, colleagues and explain the benefits of walking everyday. Remind them that Alone is Ok, Together is Better. And even consider starting a walking group.
If you need to testify or meet with local, regional or state officials, you will need facts, data, and talking points to help you make the case. California Walks has compiled anything you could possibly need from sample letters and op-eds, to facts and figures and quotes on our Making the Case page.
Be at the Table! Make your voice heard!
Much of the time, pedestrian issues are not considered at state agency advisory committees or working groups by virtue of pedestrian advocates not being at the table. This lack of a pedestrian voice leads to policies and procedures that may inadvertently create unsafe walking conditions and environments. So it’s important to get at the table to make sure that pedestrians ARE considered in state policymaking. California Walks sits on the following state committees and workgroups and welcomes you to get involved!
- California Pedestrian Advisory Committee (CalPED) (facilitated by the California Pedestrian Safety (PedSafe) Program)
- Caltrans Active Transportation Livable Communities (ATLC) Group
- Caltrans Complete Streets Advisory Review Committee
- Caltrans District 4 Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Caltrans Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee
- Caltrans Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Advisory Committee for Challenge Area 8-Making Walking and Street Crossing Safer
- Statewide Transit Strategic Plan (STSP) Advisory Committee
- California Transportation Plan Active Transportation Focus Group
- Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) AB32/SB375 Guidelines Committee
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) Template Advisory Committee
- Smart Mobility Framework Focus Group
Please contact us for more information on how to get involved.
SB375 is a state bill that requires Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)/Regional Transportation Planning Agencies to align transportation and housing policies in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a part of this process, each region’s MPOs/RTPAs is required to develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) that includes investments in walking and walkable communities to encourage more people to walk, bike, or take transit for the vast majority of daily trips that tend to be less than 1 mile. These are the trips (along with travel over 55 mph) which generate the most greenhouse gas emissions. To learn more, visit ClimatePlan’s SB 375 resources and publications.
You can get involved by educating your local, regional and state officials on how and why active transportation, universally accessible complete streets, and opportunities to walk without fear of injury is important to you and your community. By becoming involved, you can your part to save our air and improve your community with sustainable transportation and land use–creating safe, healthy, and equitable communities where it’s possible to walk safely to school, the park, the post office, or work each and every day.
Learn about your region’s t target greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan from the California Air Resources Board. To find out more about your MPO, click here or contact your local Regional Transportation Planning Agency.
Find out if your city/county/region has a Pedestrian Safety Master Plan or Traffic Calming Policy. Please contact us for assistance in your city/county/region.
A Pedestrian Safety Executive Order from your City’s Mayor or County Board of Supervisors can prioritize and give visibility to your pedestrian safety or walkable community agenda. See the San Francisco example here.