Thank you San Jose!

Last week the whole crew at SVBC took a ride to check out the great new bike lanes that San Jose recently installed. To get there, we took Hedding from the Alameda to 11th Street. Hedding is a busy street that cries out for a bike lane. For me, not a really strong cyclist, the narrow lanes and heavy traffic are daunting. I probably would not ride it by myself. Fortunately, others led the way. Then we turned south on 11th. What a treat! Here is a picture of the buffered bike lane, with plenty of room for the parked cars, and a “safety zone” between the bike lane and the car lane, and a picture of us riding down 11th. I really felt safe here. I've heard complaints that the new lanes are not being used, but I am sure when more people realize how great they are, it will be filled with bicyclists. Downtown, we took the San Fernando bike lane over to 4th, and down 4th a few blocks. Here, the bike lane actually has a barrier between it and the car lane. There is a picture of us riding down it. These new bike lanes are great! I appreciate any bike lanes, but I can't say enough about these buffered lanes. They are wide enough, and give bicyclists a good margin of safety. I look forward to a bike lane on Hedding. After all that riding, we stopped to refresh ourselves and relax a little. There's a picture of us. From the left, that's Corinne, Ernesto, Megan, Ashley, me, and Jen. You don't see Colin...

Stanford Bike Parking on its way!

Jen Brecheen and I, along with SVBC members Jim Manitakos and Rob Robinson, met with Stanford Athletic Department staff to review the plans for our annual bike parking at the Stanford football games. SVBC has been a fixture at the Stanford games for many years, going back to the 1990’s. Longtime volunteer Jim is leading the bike parking again this year, with assistance from seasoned volunteer Rob, and our many volunteers. The first game is August 31 against San Jose. Consider volunteering at this or subsequent games. Volunteers get a chance to see part of the game, a free lunch, and are entered in drawings for prizes. And, you are helping to promote bike culture. To volunteer, email Jim at jmanitakos@yahoo.com. See the full schedule at http://bikesiliconvalley.org/2012/07/volunteer-for-stanford-footbal-home… There will be at least three bike corrals, all of which are manned by SVBC volunteers A couple of pictures to get you in the mood: The bike racks are at the corral just outside Gate 6. Fencing will be added before the season starts. Another corral is on MacDonald Drive, near Gate 2. Racks and fencing will appear in the next couple of...

Check out the art show

I’ve been hearing a lot about our First Friday People-Powered art show, but didn’t have a good idea what it would be like. Last Tuesday we all went over to the Art Ark Gallery on Sixth Street in San Jose to finish hanging the pictures. Here’s a picture of us at work. This is a really good show, in a nice space. I was amazed at the quality of the work; paintings, photos, and 3-dimensional art. Most, but not all involve bicycling. Kudos to Colin Heyne for putting all this together. So if you’re interested, or even want to purchase some bike related art, come to the show at 1035 South 6th Street this Friday, May 4, 6 to 9 PM. This is the only time it will be open to the public. (If you’re a member, you can also come to our Bike Away From Work Bash the evening of May 10 which will be held at the Art Ark.) We’ll be selling discounted memberships at the show and at the Bike Away From Work Bash, and you’ll get a free Bike to Work Day t-shirt (as long as supplies...

New Pollard Road Bike Lane

We were excited to hear about new bike lanes on Pollard Road in Campbell, particularly as they would serve Rolling Hills Middle School, creating a safer environment for children to bike to school. Pollard is a 4-lane through street which has a fair amount of traffic, particularly before and after school. I decided to ride out last weekend to take a look. The bike lanes appear incomplete, so I am hoping that there will be a Phase II to ensure bicyclist safety, particularly for children biking to school. Here are some...

Bike Ed at Sunday Friends

We’re excited about the bike safety classes for children that we are sponsoring at Sunday Friends, a San Jose organization which has activities for families every (you guessed it!) Sunday. Super volunteer Dave Fork of SVBC Bicycle Exchange arranged for a grant from the Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation, which enables us to hire League Certified Instructors (LCIs) and provide materials for five Sunday sessions this spring. Sunday Friends is one of the recipients of the bicycles (and helmets) that the Bike Exchange donates to needy children, and Dave wanted to help ensure that the children knew how to ride safely. There have been two class days so far and there will be three more classes, led by LCI Amos Rendler. For the March classes, he has had the assistance of Spanish speaking LCI, Gabriela Gonzalez McNamara, as well as Tom Cassera and Chris Blancett. The day includes a 45-minute class, attended also by the parents, on rules of the road with slides and a video, and then on-bike sessions with the children covering ABC quick-check, hand signals, traffic signs, and skill-building drills. Twenty-five children completed the March...