Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 2018 Book Club Selection: "Energy: A Beginner's Guide"

For the February 2018 Book Club selection, TransportiCA has chosen Energy: A Beginner's Guide, by world-renowned author and Distinguished Professor, Vaclav Smil.

Given the federal administration's detrimental decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and because fossil fuels, and other traditional energy sources, are the leading cause of destructive and irreversaible climate change, TransportiCA's Book Club is highlighting energy sources - a major component of sustainable transportation!  Smil is long considered a global expert in energy.


Unlike with other months, because TransportiCA was delayed in selecting this publiciation, we have waived the quiz requirement - as is typically required for Book Club raffles.  However, please submit your name and email address to us, as listed in the next paragraph.

No purchase is necessary,  Submit your name and email address via TransportiCA's "Contact Form" on the front-page (bottom left).  The deadline for submission is 23:59, Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

Thank you for your interest in the Book Club, and best of luck!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Questions for the January Book Club Selection: "Beyond Mobility"

For the January 2018 Book Club selection, TransportiCA has chosen Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places, by Drs. Robert Cervero, Erick Guerra, and Stefan Al.

With every month's selection, TransportiCA provides three questions, and if you send us all three correct responses by the end of the month, and your name is drawn, you will win a copy of the book.

The contest questions for Beyond Mobility are:

(1) Although currently an Emeritus Professor, Dr. Cervero is also the Director of what institution?

(2) Besides instructing at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Guerra also has taught bicycle planning, where, outside the U.S.?

(3) Dr. Al has authored many books.  Which one will be released this year?


No purchase is necessary, as questions are not taken directly from the publication, but from respective technical information and publicity.  To send-in your responses, submit via TransportiCA's "Contact Form" on the front-page (bottom left), sending your name, email address and answers.  The deadline for submission is 23:59, Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

Thank you for your interest in the Book Club, and best of luck with the contest!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Book Club Returning to Normal Operations

As many of you noticed, the Book Club was on hiatus, from mid-September to this last week.  With TransportiCA having been taken over by the California Green Academy (01 July 2017), the amount of work for our staff has increased significantly.  Leadership at TransportiCA has also gone into full professional development mode, from re-entering higher education for management and administrative studies, to undergoing other development scholarship and avenues.

However, the Book Club returns to full force, remaining committed to the mission and vision of TransportiCA and the program.

This month, we are proud to feature the incredible publication, Start-Up City, by Gabe Klein and David Vega-Barachowitz.  As always, the selection features a quiz for the book, and a winner will receive a signed copy.  Contest submissions conclude at 23:59, Sunday, 31 December 2017.

Continuing our tradition, we will also be launching the second annual "New Year, New Reads" contest, in which one lucky winner can receive all of the Book Club's selection for 2017!  Stay tuned next week for further developments on this contest!

We are glad to be back in service, and for more information, please feel free to contact us at bookclub[at]transportica.info.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Questions for the December Book Club Selection: "Start-Up City"

This contest has since concluded; congratulations to Sharif Mahmud of Bangladesh for answering all three questions below.  Please feel free to visit the January 2018 contest.


For the December 2017 Book Club selection, TransportiCA has chosen Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun, by Gabe Klein and David Vega-Barachowitz.

With every month's selection, TransportiCA provides three questions, and if you send us all three correct responses by the end of the month, and your name is drawn, you will win a copy of the book.

The contest questions for Start-Up City are:

(1) In Chicago, and when Klein served as the Transportation Commissioner, it was said he and Mayor Emanuel were, "getting shit done."

(2) Name one of two organizations where Klein has served as a Fellow.  Centre for Livable Cities and Urban Land Institute.

(3) It has been said Klein, "has transportation in his blood."  Growing up, Klein worked with his parents where?  At their bicycle shop.


No purchase is necessary, as questions are not taken directly from the publication, but from respective technical information and publicity.  To send-in your responses, submit via TransportiCA's "Contact Form" on the front-page (bottom left), sending your name, email address and answers.  The deadline for submission is 23:59, Sunday, 31 December 2017.

Thank you for your interest in the Book Club, and best of luck with the contest!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Questions for the September Book Club Contest: "Resilient Cities, Second Edition"

For the September 2017 Book Club selection, TransportiCA has chosen the Resilient Cities, Second Edition, by Heather Boyer, Peter Newman, and Timothy Beatley.

With every month's selection, TransportiCA provides three questions, and if you send us all three correct responses by the end of the month, and your name is drawn, you will win a copy of the book.

The contest questions for Resilient Cities:

(1) Dr. Timothy Beatley expertise has been in what type of cities?

(2) What is Heather Boyer's other connection to the publisher?

(3) A resilient city is one that: _______________________________________________.


No purchase is necessary, as questions are not taken directly from the publication, but from respective technical information and publicity.  To send-in your responses, submit via TransportiCA's "Contact Form" on the front-page (bottom left), sending your name, email address and answers.  The deadline for submission is 23:59, Saturday, 30 September 2017.

Thank you for your interest in the Book Club, and best of luck with the contest!

Monday, August 7, 2017

2017's Silcon Valley Bike Summit (08 Aug)

We are absolutely excited to be covering tomorrow's 2017 Silicon Valley Bike Summit in Mountain View, this being our second year of coverage.  Join TransportiCA from 09:30-17:00 PST, as well report live via our Twitter feed - @transportica.  Official agenda information can be found here, and, as always, our greatest appreciation to the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition for convening such a profound gathering, and Microsoft Silicon Valley for hosting this event.  (Even if you do not live in the Silicon Valley, the Coalition's state advocacy efforts should be enough to support membership from anyone.)

Keynote Speaker - Tamika Butler, J.D.

The Coalition has never experienced a shortage of policy giants and change makers as keynote speakers, and this year is no exception.  Formerly Executive Director of the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition (yes, there is such a thing...), Tamika Butler brings her passion and insight into LACBC's work with LA's Vision Zero plan.  Working on its development with the City of Los Angeles, Butler's leadership has been paramount in making sure low-income and minority bicyclists are not disproportionately targeted around enforcement, especially given the paltry bicycling infrastructure available in may low-income communities, as well as, historic and institutionalized racial profiling.

“I would say, for all folks who want to ride bikes or take public transportation, that no matter whether or not they are doing it by choice, as a privilege, or because they have to for whatever economic reason, that there is infrastructure that is connected and makes sense.”

Given Butler will be in Silicon Valley, we would also hope to hear her take on the City of San Jose not having a timeline for accomplishing its Vision Zero objectives, which TransportiCA has long argued as disingenuous and antithetical to accountability.  Lastly, her expertise will be especially appreciated if she can explain to attendees, as she is a trained lawyer, why law enforcement routinely blames the victims (bicyclists), instead of motorists; last time we checked, a car is literally driven to fatalities.


TransportiCA looks forward to tomorrow's event, and during the multi-session breakout period, we will be covering the event, "Discussing Main Street: Should El Camino Real be the Peninsula’s Main Bike Route?," from 13:45-15:15.