Cal Walks works to advance our vision where all Californians can move in public spaces under their own power. To advance this vision, we work with our partners, allies, and youth leaders to actively shift decision-making power to communities most affected by transportation and land-use decisions. By facilitating engagement between residents, agencies, industries, and movements, we envision communities that come together to address the adverse effects of climate change through sustainable and equitable development and a transition to a just and fair economy.
Cal Walks Network
Cal Walks works with a network of allies across the state to break down the black box of state legislation and administrative policies and systems. This collaborative network shares state issues and opportunities and also solicit guidance from partners to ensure that Cal Walks’ positions aren’t in conflict with local views. The network also advocates for legislative and administrative transformation, and network allies are able to provide real-time, local examples of the impacts of state policies on health and mobility equity.
Working with youth as equal partners in community health and pedestrian safety is critical to lasting community change and success. California Walks is pleased to have a groups of youth we work with who are advancing public health and pedestrian policy.
Using tools like PhotoVoice and VideoVoice, South Kern County Youth Leaders successfully advocated for improved sidewalks and crossings in their community. These inspiring youth have also presented their work at the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2018 PedsCount! Summit, and 2017 CalBike Summit. Most recently the Youth Leaders worked on a grant proposal to create Safe Routes to Parks in their South Kern Community. They were the only community in California to be selected and will create a community led process to create a Safe Routes to Parks plan for their South Kern community.
At our biennial PedsCount! Summits, we join forces with our partners across the state to lift up our collective successes and to confront the increasing challenges we face while walking, particularly in our low-income communities and communities of color. Each PedsCount! builds upon our previous Summits’ holistic discussions on how to create more just and equitable communities. We recognize the complex and interlocking challenges our communities face, including the housing crisis in all corners of the state, gentrification and anti-displacement, climate change, and aging in place. Our goal is that participants leave with renewed energy and with the tools, research, and strategies for empowerment and successful community-driven change.
Mobility Justice Labs
The BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Mobility Justice Labs are rooted in a partnership between People for Mobility Justice (PMJ), Cal Walks, PolicyLink, and CalBike. With a goal of bringing mobility justice principles—like those drafted in Untokening 1.0—to the forefront of state, regional, and local transportation equity advocacy, the labs are focused on shifting the traditional narrative and siloed work in transportation, housing, and environmental justice. Local communities and advocates know their needs best, and the mobility justice movement brings holistic solutions to the table to force action to correct historic injustices, particularly those inflicted on BIPOC communities.
The Untokening is a collective that brings together various advocates both locally and nationally to center equity and mobility justice on the experience of marginalized people. Cal Walks has worked to advance the principles of untokening in our work to ensure that equity and mobility justice form the foundation of new policies and systems rather than being considered as an afterthought, and we co-empower and elevate the voices of marginalized communities and the community based organizations that advocate for them.