Tell the Super Bowl Host Committee you support bike parking

Tell the Super Bowl Host Committee you support bike parking

Free valet bicycle parking, which is available at all 49ers home games and most events at Levi’s Stadium, will not be offered at Super Bowl 50. In fact, no option for arriving by bike is mentioned on the Super Bowl 50 website. We feel this is a wasted opportunity to provide and promote sustainable transportation at the most-watched television broadcast in the nation. If you agree, please sign our petition urging Super Bowl organizers to support biking to this and future events. We will send the signed petition to organizers on February...
Support studying Vision Zero in Sunnyvale

Support studying Vision Zero in Sunnyvale

Thanks to bike advocate and Sunnyvale BPAC member Kevin Jackson for sharing this call to action with the SVBC community. SVBC submitted a letter (PDF) to the Sunnyvale City Council about the proposed Vision Zero study issue last week. You probably know about the Vision Zero program, but if not you can read about it here. An obvious question is: Why would anyone be against this? Beats me, but in Sunnyvale a proposal to study developing a Vision Zero plan needs council’s vote of approval in a workshop this Friday. Some in the city don’t see the value in a Vision Zero program, so I’m asking for your help to make it happen. The Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) sponsored the study issue last year in order to develop such a plan for our city. Even if you don’t normally ride here, you have a vested interest in the outcome, because mainstreaming this enlightened approach to traffic safety will promote wider adoption. And that benefits all road users everywhere, especially the most vulnerable ones (that’s us). The BPAC study issue proposal is DPW 16-01 (PDF) and the staff description can be found in the 2016 study issues listed here. Click on the link for 2016 study issues and look for DPW 16-01 near the bottom. If you still wish to support our efforts you can write to the Sunnyvale council at council@sunnyvale.ca.gov. They will be making the final decisions about this year’s study issues at their January 29 workshop, so be sure to send your thoughts in before then. No need to be eloquent, the important thing...
SVBC Spotlight: San Jose Fighting to Improve Safety

SVBC Spotlight: San Jose Fighting to Improve Safety

Being an advocate for a healthier community, environment, and economy across multiple communities is a lot like being a parent: We love all our cities and towns like children, but we have our favorites (Don’t tell your brother!). Of course we have great expectations for each and every one of the 30-odd municipalities we serve. Still, we can’t help but feel a fondness for the places that are leading the way in getting more people out of their cars and onto bikes. Today, we take a look at the biggest sibling in our family (okay, I may be stretching the metaphor a little thin): San Jose. The largest and most populous city in the Bay Area is not necessarily an easy place to promote bicycling. Though flat and sunny, the Capital of Silicon Valley is a 189-square-mile study in sprawl, with a crisscrossing network of freeways and expressways dividing neighborhoods and forcing traffic onto just a few main roads that traverse the city. In order to ride from one neighborhood to the next, people on bikes often have to share fast-moving, high capacity streets with motorists while navigating past on ramps, free right turns, and seemingly endless parking lot driveways. Nevertheless, San Jose is a city striving to become a leader in moving people by bike, and it has big goals. In 2009 the city adopted its Bike Plan 2020, which calls for five percent of all trips to be taken by bike by 2020. To accomplish this, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) are working together to complete a 500-mile...
Envision Tax Dollars Being Spent

Envision Tax Dollars Being Spent

The latest step in our campaign to get quality bike and pedestrian projects included in the (potential) upcoming transportation sales tax measure took the form of a survey, sent to our members, to gauge their support for different project types. The results are in! Some priorities were expected, some were a surprise. All will help guide our work as we collaborate with other organizations intent on carving out a place in the measure for their interests. Didn’t fill out the survey? The first time we sent it out, we focused on current SVBC members who live in Santa Clara County. Now, we’d like to open it up to the general public. Click here to share your thoughts on Envision Silicon Valley! Read on to see what we learned from the member-focused poll: San Jose represented Of the 110 responses, 41 were from San Jose residents. At 37%, that rate exceeds the representation of San Joseans in our membership overall (25%). Respondents from Mountain View and Sunnyvale were tied for second place, at 12.7%, with a 10% response rate from Palo Alto after that. Take our money, please! We asked people, “In general, do you support the idea of a sales tax of up to 1/2 cent to fund transportation projects in Santa Clara County?” The response was an overwhelming “Yes,” at almost 78% (a transportation sales tax needs a two-thirds vote to pass). Pick and choose The bulk of the survey presented participants with 17 project types and 8 program types and asked them to choose those that fell to the top and bottom of their wish lists. Some...
Page Mill/280 Interim Improvement Process

Page Mill/280 Interim Improvement Process

In the six weeks since cyclist Jeff Donnelly was fatally struck by a vehicle on Page Mill Road near Highway 280, staffers at all the involved agencies have been working to improve, fund, and construct an interim design solution that will boost safety in the short term. SVBC has proposed a forum intended to gather public input and come to consensus on a design. The County Roads and Airports Department would prefer to first meet with technical staff from Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Caltrans, then bring a more fleshed-out design to local cyclists for input. In any case, finding the money necessary for detailed design and construction is first on the to-do list. Here is the timeline proposed by the County: Find the money and agree on implementation roles. VTA has identified some potential funding sources but more will be needed. County is refining the cost estimates and will be talking to Caltrans and the cities about what they can contribute. The County expects to have a proposed funding plan in January. Also, this is all in Caltrans’ right-of-way and further discussion is needed about whether Caltrans could deliver the project and to clarify Caltrans’ role in the design. Design. The County’s concept was preliminary and needs refinement and more thorough design. There will be a technical working group consisting of Caltrans, Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, and VTA staff as well as a couple of representatives from the VTA/County BPAC to provide input into certain design questions. Public outreach. Supervisor Joe Simitian has generously agreed to facilitate a forum once agency technical...