The entities working on sustainable transportation on the South Coast present an update on collaborative and innovative efforts currently underway to enhance mobility in our community.

Santa Barbara MTD: MTD is deploying new technology in our local transit system to improve convenience, efficiency, and sustainability–including a real-time arrival app, state-of-the-art electric vehicles, and growing partnerships to better connect our community.

SBBIKE: Santa Barbara County took key steps to get 7% of the population biking to work (one of the highest mode shares in the nation). Come learn about the new design, policy, and funding tools being used as our region prepares to support bicycling to new, higher levels. Lessons for any city looking to maximize the contribution of biking to their quality of life.

COAST: Land use and transportation networks in southern Santa Barbara County can learn from best practices and policies being implemented in other metro areas to create more sustainable transportation options for all.

MODERATOR

Cameron Gray
Transportation & Climate Specialist, Community Environmental Council

Cameron Grey joined CEC in 2015 to support the non-profit’s alternative fuels and energy efficiency programs. He received a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013. He also holds a dual Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from UCSB. Before he joined CEC, Cameron supported community-based social marketing campaigns to promote sustainable transportation and energy conservation.

SPEAKERS

Hillary Blackerby
Marketing & Community Relations Manager, Santa Barbara MTD

Hillary Blackerby serves as the Marketing and Community Relations Manager for Santa Barbara MTD, the public transit provider on Santa Barbara County’s South Coast. In her role she manages the District’s marketing and design, customer service, media relations, and community partnerships. Prior to joining MTD, she worked for the California State Assembly for ten years, specializing in energy, housing, and transportation policy and constituent relations. Hillary serves as the Chair of the City of Santa Barbara’s Transportation and Circulation Committee, and is a proud UC Santa Barbara alumna.

 

Eve Sanford
Planning and Policy Coordinator, Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE)

Eve Sanford believes in bicycling as a means to making cities happier and more enjoyable places to live. She has worked both in city government and in advocacy to channel community input and grow support for biking. Eve has a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning and academic interests in cartography, trip-decision making, and bikeway design. She enjoys riding her bike, running, gardening, and most things outdoors in sunny Santa Barbara.

Joanna Kaufman
Program Director, Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST)

Since 2002 the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation has provided advocacy, education and outreach to improve transportation options in the Santa Barbara and Ventura Regions, promoting rail, bus, bike and pedestrian access. Joanna Kaufman wears many hats as COAST’s Program Director. She has previously worked for the Cities of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, with a background in urban planning and community development.