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)...
Press release: Proposal for 7,000 more Bay Area Bike Share bikes

Press release: Proposal for 7,000 more Bay Area Bike Share bikes

An agenda posted today by the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission for an upcoming meeting included an item that bicycle advocates around the region are celebrating: a proposal to dramatically expand the Bay Area Bike Share program by adding as many as 7,000 bikes by the end of 2017. The Bay Area Bike Share program, which launched in August 2013, provides a fleet of bicycles for affordable, easy short-term rentals from secure docking stations 24 hours a day. Bike share bicycles can be rented from and then returned to any station, creating a convenient transportation option between different locations. Bicycles are available at 70 stations in San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San José. But currently there are only 700 bicycles, and residents and visitors to the Bay Area have been clamoring for more. “This 7,000-bicycle expansion of bike share will be a game changer for our transportation system,” said Noah Budnick, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. “When we saturate our biggest cities with bike share stations and bikes, riding a bike will become as convenient as walking around the block.” Since launching less than two years ago, nearly half a million rides have been logged on Bay Area Bike Share bicycles, according to data from Motivate, which operates the system. “Even with the limited number of bike share stations and bicycles we have currently, bike share has proven immensely popular,” said Renee Rivera, executive director of Bike East Bay. “This expansion means many more residents will be able to bridge key gaps in getting around without a car; for example taking a...
Bikepool test ride sets a fun precedent

Bikepool test ride sets a fun precedent

Thanks to Beth Martin with the City of San José Department of Transportation for this guest piece! Bikepooling to work Picture your morning commute. Do you spend too much time behind your steering wheel stuck in traffic or lacking companionship while driving alone in your car? What if, instead, there was an option that let you get some fresh air, be in good company, and still get to and from work? In other words, what if commuting to your job could be more than just a means to an end? The City of San José and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition are piloting the first formal San José Bikepool. Bikepooling, akin to carpooling but on bikes, is a group commute solution designed to get people out of their cars and onto bikes. With designated routes and pick up locations, you can easily join a route and bike with others to and from work. Beta Testing Bikepool Wednesday, March 18 marked the first beta Bikepool of City Hall employees who live in South San José. On the way home, a group of City Hall employees met up with SVBC in front of City Hall after work and rode down the Guadalupe River Trail to Almaden Valley, peeling off in different locations to bike the final leg of the trip to their homes. Alisar Aoun, a Department of Transportation employee and one of the beta-testers, stressed the value of having a defined route and route leader. She had tried to bike home from City Hall before but was originally thwarted by the confusing connections between different portions of the trail. Alisar reported...