About the Transportation Committee

Our Mission: To promote the most cost-effective, equitable, least polluting, and least sprawl-inducing transportation system possible. Special attention needs to be given to rectifying the imbalance between the resources devoted to automotive transport, and other modes, specifically, bicycle, pedestrian and mass transit. The Sierra Club's challenge is that woodland, waterway, and grassland should be expanded perhaps sevenfold instead of falling victim to the latest subdivision at the end of the latest infill roadway to accommodate demand from free parking.
 
Sierra Club supports transportation policy and systems that:
  • minimize the impacts on and use of land, airspace and waterways, minimize the consumption of limited resources, including fuel, and reduce pollutant and noise emissions;
  • provide everyone, including pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users, with adequate access to jobs, shopping, services and recreation;
  • provide adequate and efficient goods movement and substitute local goods for those requiring long distance movement, where feasible;
  • encourage land uses that minimize travel requirements;
  • strengthen local communities, towns and urban centers, and promote equal opportunity;
  • eliminate transportation subsidies which handicap achievement of the above goals; and ensure vigorous and effective public participation in transportation planning.
 
Top issues: Walkable communities, modern transit, and traditional transit.
 
Interested? Contact Gladwyn d'Souza, Transportation Committee Chair - godsouza@mac.com - to get added to the listserve
 
How to get involved: We ask volunteers to get involved with Pedestrian Master Plans, Bicycle Master Plans, Station Area Plans, Circulation Elements etc. We will provide input on how to work with staff and commissions on these plans through our the list serve. There should be no duplication of traditional transit service in any corridor and access priority should start with pedestrians, followed by bikes, modern transit, traditional transit and finally automobiles.