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...
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...

Upper Guadalupe River Trail closure

This just in from San Jose’s Trails Program: Please be aware that the Guadalupe River Trail between Blossom Hill Road and south of Chynoweth Avenue (Cilker Park river-side entrance) is currently closed for flood control work along the river channel. The trail is closed from June 10 to October 30 (or as further updated). The flood control project by the US Army Corps of Engineers will alter the channel and requires the removal of the existing trail. Through long-term and careful coordination between the City, Santa Clara Valley Water District and US Army Corps, a new paved trail will be in place with reopening, and generally follow the same river-side alignment (just at a different elevation). Please follow the posted detour during this time. Visit the city’s trails page for more...
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,...