A Bike to Work Day to remember!

Although I’ve ridden on Bike to Work Day for the past five years, Thursday was my first time behind the table, passing out coffee cake, bagels, and bananas to all of my fellow cyclists. I was posted at the California Avenue Energizer Station, right near the Caltrain station, so we had lots of visitors, including quite a few of my neighbors! When we started closing up shop around 9:00 am, the count was close to 700 cyclists passing by, with 373 stopping for goodies. I’m always happy to get up early as long as there is a sunny day and a bike ride ahead of me, but it was particularly energizing to be out and about with so many other cyclists. Everyone had smiles on their faces, and it was clear that it was a special day for those of us who love to ride. I personally enjoyed the opportunity to talk about bikes and SVBC with everyone who passed through, including Palo Alto mayor Yiaway Yeh, who stopped by on his bike to read a proclamation about Bike to Work Day. The end of the day brought us to the Bike Away From Work Bash. There was live music, great art, good food, and lots of conversation- what more can you ask for? All in all, it was a Bike to Work Day to...

Santa Clara Safe Routes program really gets rolling

After weeks of planning, researching, and scheduling, we finally had our first opportunity to take our youth bike education to the streets! We went to Scott Lane and Montague on Monday, and Sutter, Haman, Bowers, and Briarwood on Tuesday, bringing our games and videos along with us. The fourth-grade students we met were all fun and funny kids – very enthusiastic about everything we did, and they can’t wait for us to come back so they can show us their bikes and their riding skills. It was great to see all of our hard work in practice, and it gave us lots of feedback for how we can continue to fine-tune our curriculum and make it the best it can be. Our next step, in two weeks, is to go back to these same schools and hold bike rodeos so that students have a chance to practice applying all the skills they learned this week. The bike rodeos are a great chance for students to become stronger and safer cyclists, and we need help to make them a success! If you are interested in volunteering with one of our bike rodeos in Santa Clara, please e-mail me at Anna@bikesiliconvalley.org and I can fill you in on the different opportunities we have coming...

Getting rolling at the new job

As the newest member of the SVBC team, my first few days were spent getting to know the office, finding my way around Santa Clara, and learning how to use a PC. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I’ve been getting down to business on the Safe Routes to School curriculum. It’s been exciting to look around at the other counties and states doing different Safe Routes programs, and see what everyone else has been doing that seems to work well. I got inspiration from programs in Michigan, Iowa, and Oregon, as well as other cities and counties in California, while also brainstorming entirely new activities that will get kids excited about biking AND being safe. So far I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to create a program from scratch that I think will really have an impact on students in the City of Santa Clara, and I can’t wait to start taking it to the...