“…almost all of Alameda’s emissions will come from the transportation sector (about 70 percent)”.
Alameda’s 2019 Climate Action and Resiliency Plan, pages 15-16.
Reducing our use of carbon-fueled vehicles is the single most impactful way Alamedans can help fight climate change. As islanders, climate change is a serious concern: we are vulnerable not only to sea level rise, but to ground water rise as well. CASA is working with the City to get people out of their cars and using mass transit, biking, and walking, as a healthy alternative. For those who must drive, CASA is helping to promote emission-free electric vehicles.
CASA’s MISSION IS TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF:
- Reducing the number of drive alone trips on and off the island
- Encouraging Alamedans to choose the bus, bike, or their feet over driving their car
- Supporting the City in its goals of creating safe streets for bicyclists and pedestrians
- Reducing pervasive car-centric behavior and attitudes
- Acknowledging that cars are part of our culture so mitigate the environmental damage by supporting electric vehicles over fossil-fueled vehicles
- Shifting transportation modes from cars to “active transportation,” which is any self-propelled human powered transportation
- Supporting companies that provide shared mobility
In 2019 CASA joined the City’s Transportation Awareness Committee. As a first step in helping target the points listed above, the City and CASA launched the Line 19 BART Shuttle project. The Line 19 runs between Oakland’s Fruitvale BART and 12th St. BART via Buena Vista Avenue. CASA members knocked on doors in a targeted area of Alameda, explaining the Line 19 and its advantages over driving for commuters, senior citizens and youth. The Pilot results are being reviewed now so a successful strategy can be developed to get more Alamedans riding the bus.
CASA will be contributing its expertise in the development of the City’s upcoming Active Transportation Plan. This plan is the update to the previous Bike and Pedestrian Plans. It will be focusing on the latest science of street and infrastructure design geared towards Vision Zero, a safety project adopted by many nations that aims to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries involving road traffic.
In the upcoming year CASA’s Transportation committee will be focusing on projects that reduce Alameda’s green-house gas emissions. Many of these projects are listed in the City of Alameda Transportation Choices Plan, Final Report, January 2018 and Alameda’s 2019 Climate Action and Resiliency Plan.