We hope you enjoyed our bike parking panel last Thursday, with helpful ideas for how to make biking more practical for SF residents and workers, especially tenants and gig economy workers. If not, stay tuned for the recording on our Youtube channel, or read our livetweet thread.
Please support our priority bill AB 1401 THIS WEEKEND
AB 1401 is a clear statement of Urban Environmentalist values, and its fate in the legislature may be decided this week.
AB 1401 eliminates parking requirements in neighborhoods near high-quality transit, which will make housing more affordable, make our cities healthier and more livable, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Not only does mandating parking inherently raise the price of new housing, but the requirements preclude some of the best "Missing Middle" home types we learned about in last fall's Beyond Towers and Sprawl event, capable of providing more affordable housing without subsidy. They certainly preclude exciting projects like Culdesac's new car-free neighborhood in Tempe, AZ.
Worst, recent research has shown a large, direct connection between building parking and more car ownership, and car ownership is a top predictor of household carbon footprint. California is at risk of falling behind in meeting its climate goals, and car-dependence is the biggest reason.
Support AB 1401
June 7: Fair Housing Elements + East Bay Candidate Meet & Greet
For our June meeting, hear from Jes McBride about the Campaign for Fair Housing Elements, how fairer Housing Elements support our values as Urban Environmentalists, and how you can help. Stay on for a meet & greet with Janani Ramachandran, a social justice lawyer, activist, and artist running for special election in State Assembly District 18 (Alameda and neighboring East Bay cities). RSVP here.