Needed: Boots on the ground (for transit)

parters for transit - bus stop photos

We’re proud to be supporters of Partners for Transit (P4T) — a coalition dedicated to the improvement of transit, in the belief that better transit means better communities. P4T works to expand and improve the transit system so that more people can use it and more often.

There’s some argument over who should pay for what when it comes to transit improvements and we think that’s because people don’t get how important transit is. We’re looking for folks to help us spread the word that transit…

  • …helps build vibrant, livable communities by connecting people to educational, cultural, and recreational destinations such as schools, museums, malls, and concert halls

  • …makes traveling more efficient for everyone, bus riders and drivers alike, by alleviating traffic congestion and reducing travel delays

  • …fuels local economic activity by creating new jobs, attracting commerce and investment, and enhancing business profits and productivity

  • …saves costs for households and businesses and expands the workforce and customer base available to local businesses, promoting regional prosperity

  • and so much more!

 

Will you help?

P4T is looking for folks to hang out on buses and bus stops to engage riders and table at local events so community members know how important transit is. We’re open to other skill sets and interests too!

You can attend a volunteer orientation on Thursday, August 15th or contact Martha, Ecology Center’s transit campaign organizer, to get plugged in.

Support transit? Help us improve it

 



Take action today

Transit improvements are important to more than 220,000 people living Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, Pittsfield Township or Scio Township  – the “urban core” of Washtenaw County.

We need your help to make these improvements happen. Please visit http://bit.ly/WashtenawTransit to take action on transit.

Better transit means increased connectivity to nearby cities, townships and villages; reduced urban congestion; less pressure on limited parking resources; and increased services, extended hours and more direct routes for people who rely ontransit for work, school, medical appointments and other basic needs.

Local officials are currently working on a transit plan for Washtenaw county’s urban core. Although the case for improved transit is overwhelming, this issue is not a slam dunk. Without strong public support for new funding streams, we could see service cuts instead of improvements.

That’s why we’re asking you to sign this petition to local elected officials. Let them know how important transit is to you, and to Washtenaw County’s future.

Complete Streets Public Meetings Tuesday May 24 and Thursday May 26

Complete Streets Logo

Complete Streets Logo

Our streets should be designed for everyone within the context of area type, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider, farmer or shopkeeper.

Help assemble the complete streets needs in your community. Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) staff will be on hand to answer questions and explain our local complete streets planning initiative. A fun, family friendly activity lets you and your children be the planner and design your own complete street.

Tuesday, May 24: 5:00-7:00 PM
Ypsilanti Township Hall - 7200 South Huron River Drive
Ypsilanti
Thursday, May 26: 5:00-6:30 PM
Ann Arbor City Council Chambers - Guy C. Larcom, Jr. Municipal Building,
301 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor

May 28: Join the 350 bicycle ride!

To celebrate the end of Commuter Challenge month here in Ann Arbor, we’re organizing a ride to show folks that bicycles aren’t only for commuting! We thought that highlighting visible, edible gardens would be a fun way to connect food/gardening with transportation-related climate-friendly activities.
Riders will gather outside of People’s Food Co-op by 9:50am. Use the registration form above to confirm you’ll be riding with us, and we’ll wait for you if you’re a little late.

When: Saturday, May 28, 2011 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (ET)
Where: Start outside PFC, 215 N. Fifth, Ann Arbor, MI

We’ll confirm the route on May 25th — if you’d like to be a stop on the route email us ASAP. There are no guarantees, but we’ll try to get as many featured stops on the ride as possible. Currently, we’re planning a visit to the Farmers Market to see Common Cycle, the registered residential 350 Gardens, and a school garden (with an incredible project happening right now).

RAIN PLAN: Flash Mob at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market

P.S. Here’s a look at the t-shirt you get if you pay $20:

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Ann Arbor 350 Commuter T-shirt

Ann Arbor 350 Commuter T-shirt

December 2010 Newsletter

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December 2010

Contents:

Welcome

This is the Ann Arbor 350 e-newsletter! We aim to keep you informed about local activities to reduce climate change pollution that are easy, fun, and inclusive.

Thank you for your support of our work!


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Michigan By Rail Public Forum

Thurs, Dec. 9th, 6-8pm

Washtenaw Community College – Morris Lawrence Building

The Michigan By Rail public forum will be in Ann Arbor this Thursday, December 9 from 6-8pm at Washtenaw Community College’s Morris Lawrence Building. This is one of 16 forums being held around the state.

Confirmed participants for Ann Arbor’s forum include:
* Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje
* Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber
* Congressman John Dingell
* State Representative Alma Wheeler Smith
* State Representative Pam Byrnes
* State Senator-elect Representative Rebekah Warren
* State Representative-elect Jeff Irwin
* Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith

For more information, visit www.michiganbyrail.org.


Mark Your Calendar – February is Energy Challenge Month!

This February, the City of Ann Arbor is hosting an Energy Challenge. Ann Arbor 350 will form a team to “compete against” other households. It’s really a win-win (dollar- and kilowatt-saving) for everyone who participates.

The Energy Challenge website isn’t quite ready yet, but if you sign up at aa350.org, you’ll be one of the first to know. Tell your friends too — you may be able to start your own team (we’re itching for competition!).

If you’d like to help with the Energy Challenge in January, let us know.


350 Gardens Survey

Emily and Alyse (two UM students who volunteered for the 350 Garden Challenge in October) wanted to do more. They asked how they could volunteer after the Challenge also. The answer: Figure out how we continue to support the existing gardens and assess our accomplishments.

In addition to all the weeding, raking, mulching, and building they did at Dicken Elementary, they’ve developed this short and sweet survey to help our community take food gardening to new heights in 2011. Please take a minute to tell us about your 350 garden and what you’d like to learn more about next year.


Ann Arbor 350 Mission & Values

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To get the most for our community from this collaboration, we decided to do a mission and values exercise. Since the most valuable thing about Ann Arbor 350 is that it leverages the incredible, already-existing resources in our community, we would love to have your feedback.

To participate, please email us or join the Google Group by December 15th.


Facebook: It’s True!

Ann Arbor 350 has a “Community Page” on Facebook. It’s a place for you to share links with others interested in local climate issues — and to tell us what you’re interested it.

Click here to visit the page.



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The Bike Tour!

The 350 Gardens Bike Tour was an amazing time. Cyclists stopped at 4 sites — 2 residences, 1 school (Dicken Elementary), and 1 business (Downtown Home & Garden) and got a peek into the behind-the-scenes action taking place here in Ann Arbor. Also, they ate paw paws and got honked at!