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One of the primary social and environmental determinants of health that we focus on at CPEHN is access to healthy transportation options. From our health to our environment to the earth’s climate, how we get around has a tremendous impact on our daily lives. At CPEHN, we often work with our partners to promote the concept of complete streets, which are safe for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders.
Each year, our partners at TransForm put on an excellent event in Sacramento, the California Transportation Choices Summit. The 2015 event, ”A Year of Action,” will be held on April 27th in Sacramento. The next day is an advocacy day, which will allow attendees the opportunity to meet with policymakers and their staff and represent their communities’ transportation needs. Here’s a summary from their website of what to expect at this year’s event:
“The Summit and Advocacy Day brings together advocates and leaders from across the state from every issue area: public health, bicycle and pedestrian, social justice, affordable housing, disability rights, labor, transit and more. At the daylong Summit, legislative leaders and expert panels present on a range of topics, plus attendees break into groups based on geography and issue areas to discuss strategy.”
There will also be information on California’s cap and trade program, which has brought new funds to help California fight climate change. At the event you’ll be able to learn how these investments impact Californians and the environment, and what can still be done to make sure all of California’s communities are benefiting. The lineup of speakers includes notable urban planner and social justice advocate Dr. Manuel Pastor and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.
As a member of the steering committee, CPEHN is proud to be a part of the California Transportation Choices Summit, which for years has served as California’s premier transportation advocacy event. Early-bird rates end this weekend, so be sure to register today!