Cal Walks Newsletter
December 2017
Looking back at 2017 and ahead to 2018!

This year has been one of tremendous growth for California Walks, from changes in our leadership, to the addition of new staff, to the expansion of both new and continuing programs,

And we cannot do this work without your support! Please support California Walks with a donation before December 31 to take our work to the next level in 2018!



So what did we accomplish over the past 12 months? Here's a snapshot of our impact:
  • Broadened the reach our Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Training (CPBST) program, in partnership with UC Berkeley SafeTREC. In 2017, we delivered technical assistance training and education to over 450 people in 20 communities across the state-more than doubling the scope of our CPBST work in past years.
  • Provided capacity building and direct technical assistance to  California's seven Focus Cities . We were also able to support and convene local advocates in the California Focus Cities, and you can catch up on some of that work through their blog posts .
     
  • Partnered with the California Department of Public Health and local public health departments to train agency staff and community residents on senior pedestrian safety and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED).
  • Introduced the very first cohort of Walk & Bike Youth Leaders alongside the California Bicycle Coalition and the California Center for Civic Participation-the enthusiasm, creativity, and passion of these youth for advancing an intersectional approach to walking and biking safety in their communities have completely blown us away!
  • Kicked-off the the Walking Intersectionalities blog series. Spearheaded by Caro Jauregui, Senior Manager of Policy & Programs, this series aims to change the narrative around walking and active transportation to reflect and lift up all Californian's day-to-day experiences on our streets.
  • Expanded our team! Our Community Programs Manager, Miha Tomuta and Wendy Ortiz, joined us in late 2016 and are absolutely invaluable. In early 2018, Esther Postiglione, State Policy Manager, and Chris Johnson, Walk San Jose Program Manager, will come aboard . And, we're currently looking for a Central Valley Programs Manager -  perhaps that's you or someone you know?  
We appreciate your partnership and encourage you to support our work with an end-of-the-year gift that will strengthen our engagement with communities across the state in 2018.

Thank you!
Tony Dang  

We'd like to welcome two new team members who are joining us in January! We'll have more in-depth bios on our  Team page  soon-in the meantime, here's a quick introduction to Esther and Chris:

Esther Postiglione, State Policy Manager, Based in Sacramento
Esther comes to us from Cultiva La Salud where she was most recently a Program Manager. We've worked with Esther and Cultiva over the past few years on a number of projects in Fresno County, and we could not be more excited for her to join our team! In addition to being engaged in state policy, Esther will be the project lead for our Focus Cities work across the state.

Chris Johnson, Walk San Jose Program Manager, Based in San Jose
Chris comes to us from Bike Fort Collins where he's served as Executive Director since 2015. Chris will help us grow Walk San Jose with the ultimate goal of spinning it off as its own organization over the coming years. Chris' experience with the intersection of active transportation and equity, as well as his strength in fostering partnerships, makes him a wonderful addition to our team!

And, we are currently hiring for a  Central Valley Programs Manager. This is a dynamic and exciting position to strengthen and manage Cal Walks' regional community capacity building and technical assistance work to create healthier, more equitable transportation policies in the San Joaquin Valley. This position will lead community engagement and advocacy efforts to increase funding and improve local and regional transportation policies that further health, equity, and active transportation throughout the San Joaquin Valley region with an emphasis on the Fresno and Bakersfield metropolitan regions. Could that be you or someone you know? Please take a look and spread the word!
Californians for Safe Streets is a coalition - begun by California Walks, the California Bicycle Coalition, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership - to improve traffic and street safety in our state.

Antiquated state laws are preventing California from using speed safety cameras, a proven life-saving technology already used in over 140 communities! Portland, New York City, and Washington, DC have all reduced serious traffic crashes with this technology. Let's legalize them on dangerous streets in California!



Upcoming Events
January 18 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT | Hosted by America Walks

February 14| 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT | Hosted by  America Walks

March 14 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT | Hosted by  America Walks

[Webinar] Making the Case for Transit | 
April 11 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT | Hosted by 

May 9 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT | Hosted by  America Walks
June 13 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT | Hosted by  America Walks

April 3-4, 2018 | Nashville, TN | Hosted by The National Complete Streets Coalition

September 16-19, 2018 | 
New Orleans, LA | Hosted by