Willow Glen begins pilot road diet

Willow Glen begins pilot road diet

di·et noun noun: diet; plural noun: diets 1. the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. "a vegetarian diet" 2. a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons. "I'm going on a diet" road di·et noun: 1. Like #2 above, but with stripes on roads. "This street is scary! I wish the city would put it on a road diet." A major thoroughfare/quaint business district main street in San Jose is going on a diet – temporarily, at least. Lincoln Avenue in the Willow Glen neighborhood will begin a trial road diet at the end of this month. San Jose District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio has been working with the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA), the Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA) and the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to plan and implement a temporary re-striping of the neighborhood’s main drag for three months. The hope is that, by taking the road from two lanes in either direction to one lane either way plus a center turning lane, speeding will be reduced, pedestrians will have an easier time crossing the street, and space on the road will be freed up for bike lanes. SVBC was in favor of a road diet for this section of Lincoln since we first saw a proposal for nearby bike lanes a year ago. As part of San Jose’s impressively proactive effort to reach its goal of 400 miles of on-street bikeways, the DOT was proposing bike lanes on the northern section of Lincoln Avenue, stopping at Willow Street. Where Lincoln...

Campbell BPAC update for January 2015

Thanks as always to Laura Smith for this update from the Campbell Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Want to share news from your BPAC, BAC, or Complete Streets Committee with SVBC’s readers? Send an email to submissions@bikesiliconvalley.org with your latest news and we’ll publish it! Campbell Avenue Portals Project: There was a groundbreaking ceremony in October. The contractor began work on November 10th. Construction is to be completed in August 2015. So far, everything is on track. This project will make bike riding and pedestrian use in this area much safer. Renditions of the finished project are available on the City of Campbell’s web site. Hacienda Avenue Improvement Project: Work on the project began on September 16th. Due to weather delays from last December’s storms, the completion date has been moved from April 2015 to June 2015. Virginia Avenue Sidewalk Project: Environmental clearance has been received and will be submitted to Caltrans February 1, 2015. Harriet/McCoy/San Tomas Aquino Signalization Project: These are very unusually configured intersections. Of major concern is the safely of children getting to Forrest Hills Elementary School. The City is in the process of hiring a survey consultant. Getting the survey performed is the first step in the design process. The survey will serve as a base for the traffic signal...
Introducing Shiloh Ballard, SVBC’s new Executive Director

Introducing Shiloh Ballard, SVBC’s new Executive Director

Following a nationwide search, SVBC’s Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the selection of a new Executive Director for the organization. Shiloh Ballard will be stepping into the executive role in April and using her extensive nonprofit and advocacy experience to continue the organization’s growth. Shiloh is a highly respected member of the Silicon Valley community who has long been involved in active transportation issues as an advocate and a bike-commuting resident of San José. Shiloh comes to SVBC after 14 years at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, where she currently serves as Senior Vice President for Housing and Community Development. As a member of the executive team, Shiloh plays a support role in the growth and development of the Leadership Group while managing the organization’s policy advocacy for land use, housing and transportation. She is an expert on local transportation and land use issues and is known as someone who gets things done. Among her many accolades, Shiloh was recognized as one of San José Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2008 and was named a “Woman in Leadership”” by the YMCA in 2011. She has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Great Communities Collaborative Advisory Board, the California Housing Consortium Board of Governors, and the Association of Bay Area Governments Regional Planning Committee. Her leadership experience gives Shiloh invaluable relationships and insight into local government processes. “I can’t think of a community leader with greater passion, intellect, or collaborative skills to lead SVBC than Shiloh Ballard,” says the newly elected Mayor of San José, Sam Liccardo. “Under her leadership,...

Now hiring: Outreach Coordinator

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) is a non-profit membership-based organization that seeks to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. We have a goal of 10% of trips taken by bicycle by 2025. In the past decade, SVBC’s staff size has grown from one to ten employees, and our impact can be seen across the two counties we serve. There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition! SVBC is hiring an Outreach Coordinator to oversee all outreach efforts, including membership development, volunteer management, external communications, and media. The Outreach Coordinator will create and maintain an active and effective marketing, communications, and public relations program for our organization’s major programs. Additionally, this position will oversee our membership development and volunteer management efforts. If you are an effective and engaging communicator who is passionate about improving our world by making bicycling easier for everyone, this is the position for you! Responsibilities will include: Program-specific communications and outreach Serve as project manager for communications, marketing, and engagement functions of a large outdoor event that touches numerous neighborhoods and business districts Manage marketing and communications for large event, including website, social media, email list, press communications, printed collateral, and general inquiries. Coordinate community outreach and engagement strategy for large event, in collaboration with Deputy Director. Manage teams of volunteers to implement outreach and evaluation plans related to event. Support Development Director to ensure financial sustainability of event – potential outreach to sponsors and donors. Membership development Coordinate SVBC’s...

Jessica Herrera, 1979-2014

It is with gratitude and sorrow that we share with our members the news that SVBC Board of Directors member Jessica Herrera has passed away. Jessica was involved with SVBC in various capacities over the last four years. She spoke on the “Bikes and Business” panel at our very first Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit in 2010, worked hard to make the new Facebook campus a model of bike-friendliness, got her company increasingly involved in promoting bikes for transportation in Silicon Valley, and joined our Board of Directors last year. Jessica’s passing represents a tragic loss for her family, friends, and colleagues. She will be missed. Read more about Jessica’s life and contributions to her community at the Mercury...