Volunteers Needed at Key Measure J Meetings

Author: Bike East Bay

Date: May 31, 2015

Elected officials in Contra Costa County are starting to look at which projects to fund with new Measure J monies and how much of that money to allocate to highways, roadways, BART, bus service, walking and bicycling. We want 15% for walking and bicycling.

Help us make a strong showing at an upcoming meeting of these officials. All we need you to do is attend and make a brief comment about two things: 1) why more funding is needed to improve walking and bicycling in your city, and 2) how you are ready to volunteer on the campaign trail in 2016 to reauthorize Measure J. Or just bring a sign that says “BIKES.”

Key Upcoming Committee Meetings:

  1. September 14: Expenditure Plan Advisory Committee, (tentative) 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Embassy Suites Walnut Creek, Contra Costa Ballroom, 1345 Treat Blvd

  2. August 10: Expenditure Plan Advisory Committee, 11:30am-4:00pm, Embassy Suites Walnut Creek, Contra Costa Ballroom1345 Treat Blvd View the agenda and presentations at CCTA’s website (found under “Archived Meetings”).

  3. August 3: SWAT Board Mtg, 3:30-5:30pm, offices of Supervisor Candice Anderson, 3338 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

  4. July 24: WCCTAC Board Mtg, 8:00-9:30am, El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave

  5. July 9: WCCTAC Technical Advisory Committee Mtg, 9:00-11:00am, City of San Pablo, City Council Chambers at 13831 San Pablo Avenue (@ Church Lane) in San Pablo, CA

  6. July 16: SWAT Committee Mtg, 3:30-5:00pm, District II Supervisor Candice Anderson’s Office, 3338 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Bike East Bay serves on the Expenditure Plan Advisory Committee (EPAC) for a new Measure J, a committee that includes many other community organizations, labor leaders, business leaders and faith-based groups. The EPAC will function as an advisory committee to the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Board. In addition to 15% of funding for projects that improve walking and bicycling, we want all roadway projects be complete street projects. We also support significant funding for better transit service throughout Contra Costa County. The goal is to give Contra Costa commuters options so that they don’t feel compelled to drive everywhere.

What you can do:

  1. Sign up on our Measure J mailing list to keep informed
  2. Get trained as a Measure J outreach volunteer
  3. Come to an upcoming meeting for Measure J and show support for more walking and bicycling projects in Measure J

Our Project List for the Countywide Transportation Plan

More information on CCTA website about Countywide Transportation Plan

Points to Make:

  1. Public opinion surveys show strong support for complete streets, where traffic functions better, and safety is improved for walking and bicycling
  2. Bike East Bay committed 1,000 hours of volunteer time to help pass Measure BB in Alameda County in 2014. We are ready to do the same in Contra Costa County in 2016
  3. Residents in Contra Costa County want options. They don’t want to be compelled to drive everywhere. They also want more walkable neighborhoods
  4. Contra Costa voters like BART. We do too. To maximize BART’s effectiveness, Measure J needs to give commuters attractive options to bike to BART. For this, we need better bikeways designed to separate bicyclists from moving traffic

 

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