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Lots of New Stuff

February 7, 2016: You can now make a donation to the Campaign, either on-line, or by mail. Just click here, or on the new green Donate tab in the navigation bar.

January 23, 2016: We have a new slide show! We are working to get an improved sales tax ballot measure for the upcoming election on November 8—one that does not waste over $100 million to widen Highway 1. Such an expenditure (a) would not provide congestion relief on the highway, (b) would not work to increase mobility, (c) would significantly contribute to global warming, and (d) would be contrary to current Caltrans policies and goals.

We would be pleased to give strong support to an improved ballot measure. Please click on the above link to watch the slide show.

And after you've watched the slide show, consider signing our petition to the RTC. More details are elsewhere on this page.

November 18, 2015: We have new information regarding the status of Highway 1 projects, including the just-released Draft EIR for the proposed widening of the highway. Click here to read it. We also have a new page about “Congestion Relief”. It is here. We have also posted our proposal for a Draft Sustainable Transportation Expenditure Plan. Finally, we have the latest report, right here, regarding Vehicle Miles Traveled.

October 27, 2015: Please see our new updated Rail Line Info page, with lots of facts and figures about the RTC's Passenger Rail Feasibility Study. There are also a couple of informative videos. Click here to read it.

July 3, 2015: A summary of a transportation survey of County voters, done in early May, 2015, is now available here. Please read it and let us know what you think.

June 25, 2015: We've updated our Big Basin and Fall Creek pages. We've added a new loop hike in Big Basin, to visit the park's main waterfalls, and you can also download Bob Garrison's notes about our county's geology from the Big Basin page. Also updated: our time table for the 17 Express-Caltrain transit service.

April, 2015: Weekend bus service to Big Basin began March 14, 2015, and will run through the summer and fall until mid-December. The #35A leaves Santa Cruz at 8:30 am and 6:30 pm each Saturday and Sunday, arriving at the Park Headquarters at 9:45 am and 7:45 pm. You can hike down to Waddell Beach on the coast, where the #40 will pick you up at 5:15 pm for the trip back to Santa Cruz, arriving by 5:55 pm. A complete description for possible hike routes (with useful maps) is available here.

March, 2015: Responding to the proposal by Caltrans to widen Highway 1 in Pacifica (through Vallemar), Pacificans for a Scenic Coast, Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives and the Center for Biological Diversity are planning to file a second lawsuit. See this link for details. See also the PH1A Facebook Page.

March, 2014: We are proud to be a participant in the Caltrans Watch Coalition, a group of some 28 organizations who are keen to “put the brakes on Caltrans”, campaigning to stop some five egregious highway widening projects being pushed by Caltrans in Northern California. This coalition was formed through the efforts of the Center for Biological Diversity. Click on the above link for details.

February, 2013: Be sure to check out our special page: Car-free hikes. At the moment there are descriptions of good hikes in both Big Basin and the Fall Creek watershed. We expect to add more hikes in this category.

Anytime: Be sure to write to us (click here) if you have any comments or suggestions or if something about this website does not work for you.

Watch The Slide Show

There are traffic jams on Highway 1
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How can we relieve this congestion?

Click on the image above to watch the slide show. It's best viewed in the Full Screen mode. There are many clickable links in it. They are yellow.

Please Sign Our Petition to the RTC

Watch Two Good Videos

Here are two good videos by renowned planner Peter Calthorpe. Click on the links to watch them.

  1. Here Calthorpe describes what Portland did in 1990—a key decision that encouraged sustainable transportation and resulted in a livable downtown.
  2. Here Calthorpe summarizes the steps to take to achieve Transit Oriented Development, with excellent illustrations, both negative and positive.

New definitions are needed

It has long been the case that the phrase “alternative transportation” has meant walking, or riding a bicycle, or using the bus or other modes of public transportation. The implication is that the primary mode is driving a car. However, everyone walks. Unless you are disabled, you cannot get through the day without walking.

Furthermore, in our planning for the construction of transportation-related projects, short shrift is frequently given to pedestrian amenities such as sidewalks and crosswalks. Bicycle amenities, such as bike lanes or bike paths, are often only added as an afterthought.

Therefore: It's time to re-define what we mean by “alternative”:

Alternative Transportation Mode: Driving in a car, especially as a single occupant.

Primary Transportation Modes: Walking, and bicycling or using public transportation.

Speed kills

If you're driving a car and there are pedestrians around, speed matters a lot. Data for this graph come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Traffic jams. Lots of cars. Parking problems. Air pollution, neighborhood degradation, global warming.
Nearly 90% of the cars on our streets and roads have only a single occupant.
In California, roughly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation (50% in the Bay Area), mostly from private cars.
What shall we do?