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The next general meeting of the Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN) in
Santa Clara County will include a special presentation and discussion on:
The New National Pedestrian Poll: Americans Support Increased Spending for
Safer Walking Environments & Improved Public Transportation
With Guest Presenter:
Kristi Kimball, Deputy California Director
Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP)
Wednesday, May 14, 2003 1:30 - 3:30 PM
United Way, 1922 The Alameda, Room 105
San Jose, CA
A national survey released on April 1 found that Americans are eager to
walk more places, more often, and willing to invest in making it possible.
The STPP poll was made possible by the support of the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation and found that 55% of adults would like to walk more. The poll
shows overwhelming support for policies that make the walking less
dangerous for people of all ages, especially children. A majority (68%)
favors spending more federal dollars to improve walkability, even within a
constrained budget. Kristi Kimball will present an overview of the poll
results and make copies available.
This year, Congress must reauthorize the federal transportation law
TEA-21. The poll shows that Americans want more of the nearly $300
billion that will be spent in the new law to go toward building walkable
communities. In California, only 0.6% of federal funds were spent on
pedestrian/bicycle facilities. Kristi will provide an update on STPP's
work in Washington DC on the national TEA-21 reauthorization debate and
share information about how this bill impacts California, as well as, ways
to become involved.
TSCN members and public health officials want to make walking and
bicycling easy options for people of all ages, especially as they face the
epidemic rise in obesity, diabetes, and asthma. In California, 22 percent
of adults are considered obese. This can be done if policies are designed
to alter land use patterns and the transportation system in order to
reduce health and safety risks to people and the environment. Meanwhile,
47 percent of all trips in California under a half-mile are made in a
motor vehicle -- trips that could be taken by foot or bicycle. Often,
barriers such as wide, high-speed streets, large parking lots, or lack of
sidewalks/bike paths make walking and bicycling unsafe. In California,
pedestrians comprise more than 18 percent of all traffic deaths.
STPP is a national coalition of more than 800 organizations working to
ensure that transportation policy and investments strengthen the economy,
promote social equity, protect neighborhoods, provide better travel
choices, and make communities more livable. STPP has become the
nationally recognized coordinator of the U.S. transportation reform
movement ? working with policy makers, grassroots groups, citizens,
community and environmental organizations, and the media to shape the
massive federal transportation system. In California, their efforts have
shifted millions in state transportation funds into livable community
projects and new incentives for smart growth. STPP was a sponsor of the
popular Safe Routes to School Act, which has sparked similar proposals in
nine other states.
Kristi works on STPP's state-level policy initiatives and legislation
related to transportation and smart growth. Also, she is involved in local
policy reform efforts in the San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area.
Members and public invited. RSVP Lisa McFarlane at (408) 494-7853
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