Women, Wine, and Chocolate–Sunday at the ladies’ bike social

Women, Wine, and Chocolate–Sunday at the ladies’ bike social

What a great event this was! Organized by two of our members, Candice Stein and Janet Lafleur. There was a group ride from the Diridon Station to the hostess’ house east of the SJSU campus. Then all that chocolate and other great food along with wine and good company! Had a chance to connect with some old friends I haven’t seen for awhile. The weather gods cooperated; the rain stopped and it was actually on the warm side. I hope we have some more events like this one. The day was charming down to the last detail. There was no shortage of wine, chocolate, or cheese! Thanks to Candice and Carmen for hosting us in their lovely home! Read Janet’s great recap of the day and see more photos at...

September 26, 2013 board meeting minutes

SILICON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION MINUTES OF MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS September 26, 2013 A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (“SVBC”) was held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, September, 2013, at 1922 The Alameda, San Jose. Board members present: Phil Brotherton, Gary Brustin, Ian Dewar, Dave Fork, Carolyn Helmke, Ann Jasper, Scott Lane, James Lucas, Jack Miller, Alyssa Plicka, Jeff Selzer, Cheryl Smith. Absent: Shiloh Ballard, Ted Huang, Jim Parker. Staff present: Corinne Winter, Anne Fisher, Colin Heyne, Gavin Powel, Intern Mariam Waliki. No members or guests were present. Vice Chairperson James Lucas called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. He noted that a quorum was present. Welcome and Announcements James explained the use of the consent calendar to streamline the meeting business: Noncontroversial items will be included either for information or decision, and voted on as a whole. If a board member feels there should be more discussion on a particular item, it will be pulled out for discussion. The board members noted that they appreciated the consent agenda format 6:35 Consent calendar • For decision: June meeting minutes • For information: Advocacy Report • For information: Campaign Restructuring Report • For information: Communications & Outreach Report • For information: Development Report • For information: Annual Dinner Report • For information: Membership Report • For information: SR2S Report • For information: Finance Update • For decision: Credit Card limit policies • For decision: Fiscal and Tax Year Alignment • For decision: Nominating and Board Election Timeline Motion: Moved by Jeff Selzer, seconded by Ann Jasper, to accept the consent...

*Board of Directors Minutes June 20, 2013*

SILICON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION MINUTES OF MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS June 20, 2013 A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (“SVBC”) was held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 1922 The Alameda, San Jose. Board members present: Shiloh Ballard, Phil Brotherton, Gary Brustin, Ian Dewar, Dave Fork, Carolyn Helmke, Ted Huang, Ann Jasper, Scott Lane, James Lucas, Jack Miller, Alyssa Plicka, Cheryl Smith. Absent: Jim Parker, Jeff Selzer. Staff present: Corinne Winter, Anne Fisher, Colin Heyne, Intern Mariam Waliki. No members or guests were present. Chairwoman Shiloh Ballard called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. She noted that a quorum was present. Welcome and Announcements Open member comments Scott Lane brought up that there have been 3 bicyclist deaths locally in the last 10 days. Those present observed a moment of silence to honor the deceased. Approval of prior meeting minutes Motion: Moved by Ann Jasper, seconded by Ian Dewar, that the minutes of the February 21, 2013 meeting be approved. Passed unanimously. Programs & Outreach Colin reported that we have had good media coverage, partly due to Bike to Work Day, but also covering other issues. We have done more adult bike ed at companies. For Bike to Work Day we had 15 new energizer stations, and new sponsors. Community Focus helped us with a generous donation to help with the Bike Away From Work Bash, which was very successful. The July 16 breakfast at SAP to honor Team Bike Challenge winners is taking shape with Cheryl Smith’s help. Safe Routes to School is going well:...

CA Department of Motor Vehicles: Our new best friend?

I had to take the test to renew my driver’s license the other day, so I read the Driver Handbook the evening before, just to be on the safe side. To my surprise and delight, the new 2013 Handbook gives a lot of attention to bicyclists. There are 2-1/2 pages devoted to bicyclists, bicyclists' rights, and safety issues such as watching out for bikes making right turns or opening the car door, giving enough space, etc. In addition, bicyclists are mentioned in other sections with reminders to be aware of bicyclists in various situations. You can check it out at http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl600.pdf. Turns out that this development owes a lot to SVBC. Through our Vision Zero program and our contacts with the DMV we pushed to get bicyclist safety featured in the Driver Handbook. I’m excited that this information is in it now. How did I do on my test? Fine, but I missed the question about the safety boxes at street car stops. Not really part of my experience, but now I know they are off limits for...

Stanford Mitigation Funds

On October 23, SVBC sent a letter to the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors with recommendations for use of the Stanford Mitigation Funds Honorable Supervisors: Thank you very much for considering the investments into recreational projects in the region as mitigation for loss of recreational opportunities on the Stanford Campus. The mission of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is to promote bicycling for everyday use in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Many strong projects have been submitted for the grant funding. As advocates of cycling, we have reviewed the proposals, and would like to share our recommendations regarding the trail projects that offer the greatest benefits. The trail projects that have the highest value for cycling are the Ravenswood Bay Trail Connection and the Adobe Creek Bridge over Highway 101. The Bay Trail connector adds value to Santa Clara County’s Bay Trail segments by connecting Santa Clara County riders to San Mateo County and the East Bay, and the Adobe Creek Bridge connects residents of Stanford and Palo Alto to the Baylands. These two projects provide world-class recreational facilities for residents in the area and have complementary benefits for commuting as well. There are other valuable projects that we would also strongly recommend for funding, including the El Corte De Madera Creek Trail Project, the Matadero Creek Trail, and project to close the gaps in the Stanford Perimeter Trail. Approximately 25% of the Stanford Perimeter Trail provides new facilities to improve a route that is valuable for recreation near Campus, and has complementary benefits for children and adults travelling to school, work, and other destinations. Finally, there are...