San Jose announces Vision Zero program

San Jose announces Vision Zero program

Last Monday, May 4, the City of San José announced it is refocusing its annual traffic safety report and moving forward with a Vision Zero plan (PDF). The plan, signed on to by Department of Transportation Director Hans Larsen, Chief of Police Larry Esquivel, and Mayor Sam Liccardo, outlines current efforts to improve engineering, education, enforcement, and outreach, and adds an emphasis on technology, policy, and partnerships. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition was specifically called out in the Partnerships section, along with other community-based groups and agency partners that promote safety as a goal. We have also been asked to partner with California Walks to co-chair a task force, led by Vice Mayor Rose Herrera, that will conduct community outreach meetings and strategy sessions in San José neighborhoods that have been most affected by traffic violence. The announcement of a Vision Zero goal was big news – roadway deaths now significantly outnumber homicides in San José. We’re excited to tackle this problem alongside our partners at California Walks, with support from city agencies, our elected leaders, and the police department. San José has done a great job at improving its built environment for bicyclists and pedestrians in recent years. Now its time to identify the biggest threats to safety and begin eliminating them so that people feel more confident choosing to travel by foot or by...
Corinne Winter honored with City of San Jose commendation

Corinne Winter honored with City of San Jose commendation

On Tuesday April 14 our Executive Director, Corinne Winter, was honored with a commendation from Mayor Sam Liccardo and the City of San José. The Mayor spoke about the amazing growth in both bicycling in San José and SVBC as an organization over the past decade, and wished her well in her next adventures. We were all honored to have our fearless leader and our organization recognized. Many thanks to the Mayor, the City Council, and all the staff at the City of San José who have been our determined, hardworking partners in making the city a MUCH more bike-friendly place! Last night, we presented a commendation to Corrine Winter for her years of excellent service as the ED of @bikesv. http://t.co/n3l44t7rpK — Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) April 15,...

Get a job: Cupertino Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Cupertino’s first Safe Routes to School Coordinator will help launch the City’s first Safe Routes to School Task Force Pilot Program in partnership with local School Districts and relevant stakeholders. This effort will formally ally the School Districts with the City and relevant stakeholders to educate school site administrators, parents, and students about pedestrian and bicycle safety; build multigenerational pedestrian and cyclist awareness; and mitigate traffic concerns by promoting a comprehensive, proactive behavior and infrastructure-based approach to securing safety along school routes and within school sites. This position requires an energetic self-starter with excellent communication, diplomacy and leadership skills, and determination to make the City of Cupertino a safer place to bike and walk for students and adults alike. This is a part-time temporary non-benefitted position limited to no more than 995 hours per fiscal year. Get all the info at...
Whole Foods’ Nickels for Nonprofits benefits SVBC

Whole Foods’ Nickels for Nonprofits benefits SVBC

Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives customers a five-cent credit for bringing your own shopping bags? Did you know that they also have a program where customers can donate that credit to local nonprofit organizations? In the next few months, SVBC will be the primary beneficiary of the Nickels for Nonprofits Program in Cupertino. Just bring in your own bags when you shop and let them know you would like to donate the five cents back to...

San Mateo County Committee minutes from April 2, 2015 meeting

SVBC – Peninsula Group Meeting; April 2, 2015: Minutes Attendance: Billy James, Vickie ?, Emma Shlaes, Ellen Barton, Al Meckler, Tim O’Brien, and John Langbein (scribe) Called to Order @ 6:45 Staff report; New outreach coordinator has been hired. Lindsay and Emma went to DC for Bike Summit where they helped to lobby/advocate for Vision Zero and bike funding to be included in upcoming transportation bill before Congress. Bike to work day is May 14 – SMC bike to work day coordinated by Commute.org rather than SVBC. Emma announced that there will be changes in the existing Bike Share program (its announce has been in the news). Locally, he main impact will be that RWC (and PA) could be loosing their bike share programs but bike share will be greatly expanded in the larger cities (SF, San Jose, Oakland, etc). For RWC to have continuing bike-share, the City would need to find an other source of funding. Vickie discussed bike to shop day in Redwood City. She is the City’s environmental coordinator. She will be recruiting merchants to participate in this event set for early May. ECR in Menlo Park. Three public workshops have been completed where the consultants presented their analysis of 3 (actually 4) alternatives; do nothing, remove parking and make it a third motor vehicle lane, remove parking and either make it a buffered bike lane or a cycle track. All alternatives provide the same car capacity. The proposals are now before the planning commission and then on to the Council. CCAG/BPAC and TDA proposals. Amongst winners and losers that affect the south county are: 1)...