Make the Lincoln Avenue Road Diet Permanent in Willow Glen

Make the Lincoln Avenue Road Diet Permanent in Willow Glen

Since February of this year, Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen, a business district in San José, has been experiencing a pilot road diet, which has aimed to make the street safer and more friendly to all transportation choices, including people who bike. SVBC has promoted this project from the beginning and there was a lot of work that went into researching the best ideas and doing community outreach. A couple months ago, staff checked it out and the San José local team led a bike ride out to the district. We’ve been thrilled with the results and the improved accessibility to Willow Glen businesses for people who bike and walk. It has also created a safer streetscape. Not everyone is convinced however. We want to ensure that the community and businesses hear why these changes have benefited the residents and visitors to Willow Glen. Here’s what you can do: Educate yourself and read the City of San José’s report on the pilot. Sign the petition in favor of the road diet. Attend the public input meeting on June 18 to voice your...
$3 million for bike parking proposed for Caltrain

$3 million for bike parking proposed for Caltrain

Photo credit: Andrew Boone, Streesblog SF Today, Caltrain staff gave recommendations to the Caltrain Joint Powers Board of Directors (JPB) for the future of Caltrain: the proposed configuration of new train cars, or electrified motor units (EMUs), for electrification in 2020 and a proposal to invest $3 million in wayside bicycle facilities. The JPB will be voting on July 2 on these proposals to inform the future train car design. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition has enjoyed working with Caltrain over the years to ensure accommodation of bicycles both on-board and in bike parking. In December of last year, we joined San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) and BikeSMC to call for onboard bicycle capacity improvements and other consideration for people who bike. Due to this advocacy, Caltrain will add a third bike car to Bombardier train sets this summer, which will bring the on-board bike capacity more closely in line with the Gallery train sets. For the next iteration of Caltrain, we are advocating for an increase in on-board capacity as well as goals for bicycle access to stations and funding to match. Biking is a low-cost, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to access Caltrain and should be encouraged. As the economy on the Peninsula has grown, biking has continued to increase as a first- and last-mile solution for many people. Bike boardings have risen steadily and demand will continue to grow, and thus we urged Caltrain to increase on-board bike capacity beyond the current ratio to accommodate this growth. We are thrilled to support staff’s recommendation for $3 million in funding for wayside bike parking which is the first...
Write Menlo Park City Council to support bike lanes on El Camino Real

Write Menlo Park City Council to support bike lanes on El Camino Real

In case you missed it, the City of Menlo Park has been studying whether to add bike lanes or a third travel lane on El Camino Real. We at SVBC are supporting the protected bike lane option as we have an Initiative to see safe and comfortable bicycle facilities on El Camino Real throughout both counties. It is the most direct route between cities and hosts a number of businesses and residential areas throughout the region. El Camino Real also has one of the highest frequencies of collisions involving people who bike. Many people use this route and we want to make it safe for all users as well as creating a safer environment for crossing by schoolchildren and others. Cities like Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, and Atherton have planned or executed bike lanes on El Camino and we hope to continue this trend all along the Peninsula. This issue will soon be coming to a vote by City Council in July. They need to hear from you why bike lanes are a better option! The Bicycle, Transportation, and Planning Commissions have all voted to support bike lanes on El Camino Real. You can read up on the history of this study on our campaign page and then take action by writing a letter to City Council members. Write Menlo Park City Council today to support bike...
Bay Area Bike Share to expand throughout region

Bay Area Bike Share to expand throughout region

As we first teased last month, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) voted today to dramatically expand Bay Area Bike Share from 750 to over 7,000 bikes by the end of 2017. Of note for SVBC members, the San José system will expand to 1,000 bikes! The locations of new Bike Share stations will be determined, in part, based upon recommendations by individuals and businesses. Motivate — the new owner of the Bike Share system — is distributing a map to enable public requests for bike share stations. We urge you to submit requests for your city through the map. Where makes most sense for you as you work, shop, attend meetings, and more in San José? The pilot cities of Redwood City, Palo Alto, and Mountain View will have until June 2016 to make modifications to their station placement and work with sponsors and advertisers. This is key as the cities were limited in the pilot and will now be given more freedom to make the system work best for their needs, in particular as a way to get from Caltrain stations to destinations that aren’t within walking distance. With more usage, these cities will be able to maintain their system with lower levels of operating costs. Other cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties will be able to opt into the system using local funds. However, MTC will also be providing $4.5 million to assist emerging communities who would like to implement bike share. The expansion of Bay Area Bike Share and the introduction of discounted passes will allow more people to choose bicycles as a viable transportation...
Action Alert: Call Your Legislators NOW for More Active Transportation Program Funding

Action Alert: Call Your Legislators NOW for More Active Transportation Program Funding

Just a few weeks ago, we joined advocates from around the state to ask for increased funding for the state Active Transportation Program (ATP). The program creates safe streets and sidewalks in communities across the state, giving people the freedom to bicycle or walk to wherever they want to go. Last year, local projects funded include the East Palo Alto Pedestrian/Bike Bridge (above image) and Safe Routes to School programs for the San Jose Unified School District. On May 14th, however, the Governor released his “May revise” budget proposal, and despite over $1 billion in new available revenues, we were disappointed that the Active Transportation Program did not get a boost in funding. Earlier this spring, we joined 120 organizations statewide to call for an additional $100 million to build out bicycling and walking networks statewide, and high demand for the program locally far outpaced available funding in the first grant cycle. Traffic calming and pedestrian/bicycle improvements on Almaden Road in San Jose and Safe Routes to School programs in Cupertino, San Mateo and San Jose were not able to receive ATP funds. On Wednesday May 20 our champions in the Assembly budget committee stepped up and proposed a $25 million increase the the ATP. The final budget, which will be adopted by June 15, can still be modified to include more funding for the ATP. We have one chance to push back and ask the Legislature to counter Governor Brown’s proposal. Help us fight to increase the state’s investment in the Active Transportation Program so that all Californians can enjoy the freedom of walking and bicycling safely in...