On Apr 26, SF made permanent a car-free JFK Promenade. Urban Environmentalists joined a broad coalition of San Franciscans that helped spur legislation from the mayor, ultimately supported by 7 of 11 city supervisors after a 12 hour meeting. This is a key step, but only a first step, towards creating the complete active transportation network that will be needed to meet the city's climate action target of 80% trips on active or shared travel modes by 2030. Walk SF has a recap of more ways to celebrate in the coming weeks.
We've been busy with other advocacy and events:
Letter campaign to the SF Planning Commission in support of more homes in the SF Housing Element Update
Urban Environmentalists have created an action letter to send to the SF Planning Commission demanding more housing and greater equity in the Housing Element Update. Join the campaign here.
As part of its Vision Zero Strategy update, the SF MTA has proposed weaving together the city's protected bike lanes with nascent Slow Streets and car-free streets into a connected network. We could not be more excited about this concept, but it will take sustained political support to make it a reality. Read more and sign our petition.
Urban Environmentalists has had three Meet & Greets with candidates for State Assembly district 17, corresponding to Eastern SF. We have hosted Bilal Mahmood, David Campos, and Thea Selby, and the final event with be with Matt Haney on Dec 13. We have cohosted with Streets for People and SF YIMBY. You can catch the event videos at Streets for People's YouTube page.
SF-based Urban Environmentalists will be participating in SF YIMBY's endorsement process: stay tuned for their endorsements by early Jan 2022.
We're proud to join over 200 other organizations in calling on COP26 leaders to commit to boosting bicycling as a way to quickly and effectively make progress on our climate goals. Learn more and sign your organization on too!
Last week, the California Efficiency + Demand Management Council invited us to speak at its Fall Conference on the essential topic of aligning climate policies with equity priorities.
Our Executive Director, Joanna Gubman, spoke about how land use reform is both a fundamental equity issue and an essential tool in fighting and adapting to climate change. She shared our vision of how the energy efficiency and demand management industry can prioritize climate and land use equity today - we just need more holistic, human-centered approaches and a willingness to fund low-tech measures like bollards and infill housing. We also encouraged attendees to move forward in a way that amplifies marginalized voices and invests in the solutions underserved communities really need.
Many thanks to fellow panelists Megan Day (NREL) and Quinn Parker (Encolor) for their inspiring words as well, and for the good conversations they sparked. Let's get to work!
Join us for an urban hike following the "Stairways to Heaven" route from Urban Trails SF. This walk will showcase some beautiful pedestrian oriented alleys and streets in a part of the city built before car-centric planning became the norm. It includes well known attractions like Coit Tower as well as gems like Macondray Lane, the inspiration for Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City.
Near the end of the hike (about 12:30pm), we will relax in Washington Square Park for lunch and write postcards to our elected officials asking to sustain Car Free JFK and extend a citywide network of safe places to walk and bike in the city.
This event is cohosted by Northern Neighbors and Walk SF.
San Francisco is having a special election for our State Assemblymember! Several candidates have announced their campaigns, and Urban Environmentalists wants to give you the opportunity to meet each one. We'll be starting with Bilal Mahmood at 6pm on October 27.
Bring your questions - this is your chance to get past the campaign ads and learn where the candidates stand on the issues that matter most to you. This event is cohosted with Streets for People.
Sign up for this virtual event at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuduCsqTkuGdd4BX4lpqMcGCf1ri7D7VvC
Please join us for a thoughtful discussion of residential street parking, happening this evening at 7pm! The event is hosted by our friends at the Richmond Family Transportation Network, and we're thrilled to be on the panel. Register for free, bring your questions, and we'll see you at 7pm!
Update: If you missed the event, you can now watch it on video! https://youtu.be/sFDSzq4Y_4I