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STOP Highway 1 Expansion:
Support the Lawsuit

The Campaign for Sustainable Transportation and the Sierra Club are partners in the lawsuit against Caltrans, claiming that Caltrans' Environmental Impact Report is inadequate.

Among other deficiencies, the EIR failed to consider alternatives to highway expansion, other than the No Build Alternative. The EIR didn’t consider any transit measures to address our County’s transportation needs.

This lawsuit can be the catalyst for changing our County's course from the futile and environmentally destructive expansion of Highway 1 (See this page) to investing in more sustainable modes of transportation.

Please DONATE!

If you would like to claim a tax deduction, make your check out to the Sierra Club Foundation, write “Caltrans Litigation Project” in the memo line and send to CFST, PO Box 7927, Santa Cruz, 95061.

If you do not need a tax deduction, donate from this website through PayPal (Click here) or send a check made out to CFST, PO Box 7927, Santa Cruz, 95061.

Please say NO to a giant garage, and support a Downtown Commons in Santa Cruz

We now have several pages on this website relating to the current primary issue involving Downtown Santa Cruz. The issue concerns the future of the space bounded by Lincoln, Cedar and Cathcart Streets, now used as a surface parking lot.

Below is a Google satellite image of this space, on which, in the northern part, the weekly Wednesday afternoon Farmers Market takes place.


The City Council and its staff have proposed that the entire space be occupied by a five-level garage, with a new library placed at ground level under the garage. The Farmers Market would be moved to a different (less-desirable) location.

We propose that the entire space instead be transformed into a “Downtown Commons”, one that would accommodate the Farmers Market along with many other activities, similar to the much-loved “Pioneer Courthouse Square” in Portland, Oregon.

How to read more, and how to write to our City Council:

Many relevant issues are discussed on the pages revealed by clicking on the “Garage” tab above in our navigation bar. On the “Garage” tab itself (or here) you will find “Ten Reasons Why Downtown Santa Cruz Doesn't Need A New Garage”. The first item in the dropdown (“Write to City Council”) allows you to do just that.

Then follow other pages, including two columns by Stephen Kessler, and testimony by fourteen Downtown business owners.

Particularly relevant is a page that reviews Mark Lakeman's presentation from March 19, 2019, entitled “Imagining the Downtown Commons”. We strongly recommend this page. It's here.

Say YES to Trail Plus Public Transit on the Rail Corridor

The Campaign for Sustainable Transportation supports the development of public transit on the rail corridor, alongside a beautiful bike and pedestrian trail. The corridor offers a unique opportunity for transit vehicles to operate without getting stuck in vehicle traffic. This will transform our public transit system, moving us towards our goals of environmental sustainability and social equity in transportation.

We are open to considering a variety of forms of transit that may be appropriate for the corridor. In the pages on this website we have posted articles on rail transit, bus rapid transit, and various forms of automated transit. To read more, click here, or here, or on any of the nine tabs in the “Rail Corridor” dropdown above.

Dangerous Streets:
Bike and Pedestrian Injuries

The table below is copied from this site, which uses data from the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (CHP-SWITRS). While the “Non-Fatal Bicylist Injury Rate” numbers may be somewhat misleading (the numbers are per the numbers of people, not the numbers of bicyclists), it is clear that Santa Cruz County suffers from too many bicyclist injuries.

Please take action:

If you know of a street or intersection anywhere in Santa Cruz County where there are hazardous conditions for pedestrians or bicyclists, please consider filing a “Hazard Report”. This is the most effective way to get improved conditions. It's very easy. Anyone can do it. Just click here and fill out the form.


Lots of New Stuff

Coming up on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Cabrillo College: The Transportation Justice Conference. This is not to be missed! Click right here for the details.
If you want to register now for tickets, click this link.

Regarding the issue of whether we'll get a “Downtown Commons” in Santa Cruz, please take the time to send a note to our Santa Cruz City Council members. It's easy: Just click here. And to bring yourself up to speed on this issue (lots of new and updated pages), click here.

We have another new page, about Mark Lakeman's recent talk, entitled Imagining the Downtown Commons. It's here, and well worth checking out. What Lakeman has to say is timeless, and highly relevant for us right now.

Please take action to help fix our Dangerous Streets. Santa Cruz County ranks way too high when it comes to “Non-Fatal Bicyclist Injury Rate”, and you can do something about it. Go here to get the details, and to take action.

We've updated this page, our Highway 1 page, our Congestion Relief page and our Donate page to provide information on how to help fund our new lawsuit (recently filed jointly with the Sierra Club). Please check these pages out, consider helping (and donating), and spreading the word.

We've updated our 17 Express/Caltrain timetable to reflect recent changes (effective June 13, 2019) by our Transit District and Caltrain. So if you're thinking of a low-stress, inexpensive and relaxing way to get to San Francisco or SFO or Palo Alto or Berkeley or Sacramento, check it out. Just click here. If you're 62 or over and have a Clipper Card you can get from Santa Cruz to SFO for only $8.95.

We have uploaded “The Climate Fight Goes Local”, an article from the American Planning Association that just appeared in their Planning magazine of April 2019. It's worth a read, and we can take action. Click here to read it.

If you missed Mark Lakeman's presentation on March 29, we still have the video of a TEDx talk he gave here in Santa Cruz in 2014. It is here, and worth watching.

We have posted a new 13-minute video about a lawsuit: “Juliana v. United States”. This is no ordinary lawsuit. The video is from 60 minutes. Click here to watch it. If you watch it, it will warm your heart.

We also have a new header image of Hagar & Coolidge on the UCSC campus. There are too many cars. Click here, or here to help the East Meadow Action Committee prevent the construction of new housing on the East Meadow.

We have posted a new short video, with Adam Millard-Ball talking about “Parking” of self-driving cars. Click here to watch it.

We have updated our Links menu tab in the navigation bar above. Now included is a post of Len Beyea's essay on New Urbanism. Click here or on the link in the navigation bar's Links tab to read it.

The strongest argument for opposing Highway 1 widening is contained in Bill McKibben's article, published in the New Yorker—the November 26 (1918) issue. Please read it. (You can download the pdf if you wish.)
A direct link to the article is also here,where you may listen to it being read aloud.

Here are three links to short videos about new bike parking facilities in the Netherlands: Utrecht Centraal is the largest bike parking facility in the world. Delft Central Station is also large, with spaces for several thousand bicycles. And if you want some good laughs along with information, try this one. It's also about the Delft Station.

Links to the first two are also available from a header image of this home page.

Bike culture is rampant in the Netherlands. Can we learn from the Dutch? Click here to read a good interview.

A new slide show: Bruce Sawhill has contributed a new slide show, entitled “A Vision for Rail in Santa Cruz County”. To view it, click here. There is also an addendum about decibels and how quiet our trains could be, which is here.

Here's a new video—an interview about electric bicycles:
interview Click on the image to watch the video.

Read Lewis Mumford's essay:The Highway and the City”. To find out more, click here. Your homework is to read it!! We recently updated this page. This nine-page essay is our guiding document. It's more relevant today than when it was written—sixty years ago!

Working Group Meetings: The Campaign for Sustainable Transportation meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 12:30pm. Contact Rick Longinotti for location: "Rick [at] SustainableTransportationSC [dot] org".

Zero New UCSC Traffic
King Street Traffic Jam

About the image: Traffic on King Street at 4:40pm jams up, waiting for the signal light at Mission Street.

A video of our May 23 (1918) event is still available. Click here to watch it.

If Stanford has achieved zero increase in peak period vehicle trips to campus since 2001, UCSC can do the same. Rick Longinotti, Co-chair of Campaign for Sustainable Transportation, describes the strategies to keep traffic from getting worse and what we need to do to advocate for them.

Read what Santa Cruz downtown business owners have to say about the plan to build a new five-level garage (with a new library on the ground floor). The link to this new page is here.

We have upgraded our presentation of videos by the renowned planner and architect Peter Calthorpe. Calthorpe describes key decisions that have resulted in livable and safe communities, and in reduced vehicle miles traveled per household. His primary example is Portland, Oregon. The three videos are short, and relevant for our times and our community. Have a look at them. They are excellent. Just click on this link.

Don't tear up the tracks:
We have posted two opinion pieces—one by Paul Schoellhamer that appeared in the Sentinel, and the other by George Dondero that appeared in the Aptos Times, the Scotts Valley Times and the Capitola Times—explaining why tearing up the tracks is a bad idea. To read them, click here.

Top 10 Reasons to Build the Rail Trail. A new video created by Friends of the Rail & Trail and the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County and sponsored by seven other Santa Cruz County organizations, it's a good one, and at only a minute and 19 seconds, easy to view. Click here to watch it.

Please consider making a donation to help us pay for our website charges, which are very reasonable. Just click here, or on the green donate button above to learn how to do it.

We have a page of songs, which is right here. We would welcome additional songs, if you would like to contribute any. Just write to us here if you would like to.

We have a page of Stories by Bus Riders! Put together by Dana Bagshaw, it is right here. These are folks who enjoy using the bus to get around, and on this page, they tell you why.

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.