The Big Picture of Envision Silicon Valley

The Big Picture of Envision Silicon Valley

As many of you have heard, VTA and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group have spent much of the past year and a half researching projects and public opinion for a potential 2016 transportation sales tax ballot measure, a process and product called Envision Silicon Valley. Though the primary motivation for placing such a measure on the ballot is Phase II of the BART extension, additional revenue from the tax could provide a significant source of funding for bike, pedestrian, transit, and general roadway projects. In Alameda County, a similar tax known as Measure BB passed last year, resulting in $1 billion for bike and pedestrian projects. Think of what we could do for biking and walking with that kind of money in Santa Clara County! SVBC has been working closely with VTA and other involved organizations to better understand the parameters of any potential ballot measure, as well as to determine how much money might become available for active transportation projects, weigh in on the goals and metrics associated with the measure, and solicit input from our members about what kinds of projects they would like to see funded. I sit on the VTA B/PAC, where VTA staff gives monthly updates on the Envision Silicon Valley process; I have also participated on the VTA advocates stakeholder group. At SVBC, each of our three Santa Clara County Local Teams have discussed the tax measure, and we dedicated our most recent Policy Advisory Committee meeting to presentations by VTA and the Leadership Group on the topic, followed by a discussion of SVBC’s priorities. Yesterday was the due date for public agencies...

Board of Directors nominations 2015

The SVBC Board of Directors is actively seeking new board members who share and support the vital interests of the SVBC. New board members will begin a two-year term beginning January 2016. We are especially seeking candidates with human resources and prior non-profit board experience, and we are focused on attracting candidates who represent the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The Board of Directors of SVBC is elected to serve the membership in guiding policy, conducting governance, and keeping the organization effective in pursuing our key mission to promote the bicycle for everyday use. Board members are expected to prepare for and attend all board meetings (currently four each year, plus an introductory dinner), and to actively participate on at least one of the standing board committees (currently governance, finance, and development). Board members are expected to make a personally significant financial contribution to SVBC, either directly or though their work on the board. Typical duties of the board include: Governing the organization by establishing broad policies and yearly goals Ensuring the availability of adequate financial resources through fundraising Reviewing and approving annual budgets Being accountable for organization performance to our membership and stakeholders Actively participating in one or more of the standing and ad hoc committees The board governs with an emphasis on outward vision and strategic leadership, and is committed to ethical, professional, and lawful conduct. We encourage prospective candidates to review the SVBC bylaws and descriptions of Board Committees. These documents specify the workings and size of the board, the number and roles of the officers, and the board selection...
Peninsula bike advocacy roundup

Peninsula bike advocacy roundup

It’s been a busy week for bike advocacy on the Peninsula! We sent out comment letters on three issues affecting bicycling: one discussed a new redesign proposal for the Page Mill Road crossing of Highway 280, one weighed in on the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan, and one urged the City of Belmont to utilize a scheduled repaving of Old County Road as an opportunity to add bike lanes that connect to neighboring communities. Have an issue you’d like to see SVBC act on? Attend a meeting of one of our Local Teams or send us a Position Recommendation Form to...
Now hiring: Education Programs Coordinator

Now hiring: Education Programs Coordinator

Purpose: The Education Programs Coordinator will play an important role in supporting the varied work of the Education Programs department, with an emphasis on Safe Routes to School (SR2S) programs in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Education Programs are an important part of SVBC’s mission and integral to several of our strategic outcomes. Position reports to Education Programs Manager and works closely with Deputy Director and Outreach Manager. Description: Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Education Programs Coordinator supports the Safe Routes to School Program and other educational efforts by providing program coordination, education, and support to school districts, school sites, and community partners. This position will be running or supporting programs that engage youth grades K-12 as well as programs that provide bicycling safety and skills education to the general public, and shall assume accountability for the results in achieving the outlined goals and objectives of those programs. Primary responsibilities of the Education Programs Coordinator include (but are not limited to): Develop, plan, promote, implement, and evaluate a wide-range of youth and family-related events. Measure performance, relevancy, and effectiveness of assigned programs. Ongoing program development and strategic planning. Work with the Outreach Manager to use a range of communication and marketing tools to promote events and increase attendance. Coordinate with partner organizations and cities to schedule, promote, and design effective programs. Instruct in-class and on-bike lessons on bicycle and pedestrian safety to youth ranging in age from 6-18. Coordinate and instruct a variety of adult education classes and events, including workshops, presentations, and skills courses. Work with PTAs, principals, teachers, school staff, and public agency...
Lincoln Avenue Road Diet needs your help to survive

Lincoln Avenue Road Diet needs your help to survive

The June 18 community meeting to discuss the Lincoln Avenue road diet in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood had an impressive turnout of both supporters and detractors of the project. Several hundred residents filled the Willow Glen High School auditorium, with many donning extra large t-shirts with a red circle and stripe through the words “Road Diet” to show their disapproval. Despite the fact that most reactions to the road diet, and the data behind it, have been positive, there was an undeniable sense that the opponents were out in force that night. City staff presented the results of the three-month trial period road diet (PDF). Traffic had been reduced! Speeds had been reduced! Travel times were up by a few minutes during the worst times of day, true, but one of the goals of the project was to make Lincoln Avenue less appealing to commuter traffic using Willow Glen’s main drag as an alternative to Highway 87. Mission accomplished! Importantly, bicycling and walking had increased. And cut-through traffic on side streets was either not significantly increased or actually reduced. To us, to many residents and business owners, and to the city, these were all positive results. SVBC and our partners at California Walks had written a letter to Councilmember Oliverio, the Willow Glen Business and Neighborhood Associations, and the Department of Transportation to voice our support for the trial and celebrate the results. I also attended the community meeting with several SVBC members. We spoke about the multiple goals that have been achieved by the road diet: To reduce and slow vehicle traffic, shifting Lincoln Avenue away from...