While the coronavirus pandemic has grown in Texas, our traffic violence epidemic has waned slightly – down from the old normal of ten a day to about nine families unexpectedly losing a loved one while out running an errand. As of the beginning of May, more people have died in Texas from traffic violence than coronavirus, but that likely will change by the middle of May.
Farm&City is a startup 501c3 charitable nonprofit that changes Texas public policy to improve all of our daily lives. Since 2017, we've had the privilege of seeing some of our work bring amazing, important changes in Texas public policy, most importantly in the movement to end traffic deaths and serious injuries as the lead organization on Vision Zero Texas.
This summer, we are hiring four graduate students and the virtual Farm&City team is going to focus on what we do best: building long term meaningful change in Texas public policy that improves millions of Texans' lives.
It is time to invest in a transformative vision for the' future of Texas
On transportation safety policy in Texas, we don't want to get back to the old normal. We can make smart decisions at all levels of Texas governments to rebuild our economy without the old assumption that it is okay for ten people to die every day in traffic. Farm&City will not solve this problem, but we’re uniquely positioned to push for real change this summer.
Like most small nonprofits, the lockdown ground our fundraising efforts to a halt, but with a small boost in support, we can do a lot. With your help, we'll be able to tackle three key projects this summer, providing four young Texans with jobs building a stronger Texas:
1. Every City, Every County, Every Life
Empower activists to get their city, county, & Metropolitan Planning Organization to adopt Vision Zero goals and strategies to end traffic deaths. Last year our goal was to convince 10 governments and we reached 12, including the five largest cities in the state & the State itself, through the Texas Transportation Commission’s adoption of the Road to Zero goal of ending traffic deaths statewide by 2050 and a doubling of safety funding – adding $300 million a year. Our goal for this year is 100 new governments.
2. Vision Zero & Transit agenda for the 2021 Texas Legislative Session
To seize the opportunity that we built of having both the Senate and House transportation committees focused on traffic safety in their interim charges and the potential for a paradigm shift in transit funding. Our goal is to educate every House and Senate candidate, build a broad network of advocates, and change the narrative on these issues.
3. Build a Statewide Pro-transit Advocacy Leadership Group
We are partnering with the Tarrant Transit Alliance to build a statewide network of leading advocates to support each other’s work and support state policy change. The mission is to continue to build support for increased transit funding and to bring transit access and equitable transit strategies to the forefront of public policy discussions.