Help close out Bike Month with exciting stories by Chris Morfas on his work in Bogota, Colombia, one of the Americas’ Leading Bike & Transit Cities
What happens when a city builds 200 miles of protected bikeways? How did CicLAvia get its name? Lessons from Bogota, Colombia one of the world’s most interesting cities for bicycling and placemaking boasting 5.5 million transit trips and 600,000 bike trips per day!
We will hear about this and more from Chris Morfas who since 2014 has been Senior Advisor to Despacio, a nonprofit based in Bogota, Colombia, a city with rates of transit and bicycle use that are among the highest in the world. Morfas is a longtime transportation reformer, the founding executive director and former Board Chair of the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), a senior policy coordinator with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. At CalBike, Morfas directed award-winning successes that launched the nation’s strongest Safe Routes to School program, Complete Streets policy, and the innovative Bicycle Transportation Account that funds bike infrastructure like bikeshare and more.
Don’t miss this evening with delightful snacks, delicious Sierra Nevada beer, sweet raffle prizes and exciting tales of travels and transportation from Chris Morfas.
The tickets are on a sliding scale donation and support Santa Monica Spoke and the California Bicycle Coalition. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
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Despacio, is an NGO based in Bogota, Colombia that advances sustainable mobility internationally via research, advocacy, and training; its recent publications include robust studies of bicycle and motorcycle use in Latin America. Chris helps Despacio with organizational structure, program development, and outreach. He will regale you with tales of Ciclovia, TransMilenio, and more while carefully avoiding any bragging regarding his much-improved salsa dancing.
You’ve probably heard about how our state transportation bill, which California Bicycle Coalition / CalBike has been working on for the past two years, has been poisoned by a last-minute deal with the trucking industry that would exempt large dirty diesel trucks from air pollution regulations.
Support us today to defeat this deal.
The policy team at CalBike is fighting right now in Sacramento for a better deal for people biking and walking, and to protect communities that have suffered decades of crummy transportation policy that has put cars first instead of people. We can’t let our state government sell these communities’ clean air and healthy lungs to the trucking industry.
With your support, we can stop this deal and get a great transportation bill with more money for biking, walking, and transit, and no dirty trucks loophole.
Donate right now to help the policy team defeat the dirty trucks loophole.
Cynthia Rose, Board Member
Jenn Guitart, Development Director
California Bicycle Coalition
P.S. People are counting on us to fix this deal, and we’re counting on you. Join us today in this fight.
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It’s Monday morning and if you’re anything like me, you’re back at work with a list of to-dos to tackle. We have one more very important, yet fun item to add to your list: register for the California Dream Ride.
The California Dream Ride is a scenic, relaxed 285 mile ride from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles October 3rd to 8th. The ride will take you along quiet beach bike paths, skyline ridge roads, and scenic canyons. You’ll make new friends, eat amazing food, and see a whole new side of California.
Half off registration through Saturday, August 20th.
But don’t delay, spaces are limited!
As you might have seen a few weeks ago, the California Assembly Transportation Committee killed a bill that would have ensured that our neediest communities are represented in state transportation decision-making. Apparently, some on the Transportation Committee think the interests of the freight industry are more important than those of disadvantaged communities.
The fact is, oil industries dump millions of dollars into ensuring that they can continue polluting our communities and limiting people’s transportation options to the one mode—driving—that requires buying more gasoline. The oil industry spends more money on lobbying in California’s capital in one year than the California Bicycle Coalition spends on our entire operation in twenty years. Our state lawmakers take money from the oil industry, and then roll over and play dead when pressured by their lobbyists.
Sign your name immediately to tell lawmakers: You represent us, not Big Oil.
As some California lawmakers are more willing than ever to take bold action to work to help our communities be less dependent on automobiles, lawmakers backed by secretive PACs and oil companies regularly disappoint us. Most recently they killed our bill to ensure the most environmentally burdened communities are represented on the California Transportation Commission; they gutted the provision of SB 350 that would have cut petroleum use in half by 2030. The members that take oil money talk about “pavement health” more than public health.
That’s why the California Bicycle Coalition is teaming up with a dozen partnering organizations in getting our collective members to demand that California’s elected officials stop taking money from oil companies.
Take action now. Demand that California lawmakers stop taking oil money.
Thanks for your support,
Jeanie Ward Waller
California Bicycle Coalition
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