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Cal Bike Coalition - Draft Policy Vision and Framing Paper

Publication date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017

Low-income communities and communities of color have been left out and left behind by public policy and investment, both historically and up to the present day. As a result, our communities are organizing and fighting to overcome a litany of inter-connected challenges: unaffordable housing; inadequate transit service; inequitable development and a growing threat of displacement; unhealthy neighborhoods; an inability to access quality jobs; and an absence of even the most basic infrastructure and services.

In this context, our communities, across California’s metropolitan regions, both urban and rural, saw California’s efforts to encourage Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), curb sprawl, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as an opportunity to address these longstanding challenges at both the regional and local levels. We engaged actively in the first round of regional planning under the state’s groundbreaking Senate Bill 375, working with our regional agencies to promote long-range transportation and land use policies in the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) that would truly benefit low-income communities and communities of color. We also continued our longstanding work on local land use and transportation policies, a key component of SCS implementation and critical to achieving equity outcomes. We engaged in these efforts to bring a strong community voice to the decision making table, to close gaps in health outcomes, and to expand access to opportunity.

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