Family biking workshop in San José

Family biking workshop in San José

On February 22nd, families from San Jose’s McKinley neighborhood gathered to enjoy a day of bicycling and fun. Through a partnership with CommUniverCity of San José, the McKinley/Bonita Neighborhood Association, and McKinley Elementary School, SVBC was able to lead a family biking workshop where adults and youth learned how to ride safely, as a family around their neighborhood. Participants had the opportunity to get their bikes inspected by volunteer mechanics from SVBC’s San José Bike Clinic to ensure they were safe to ride. Many bikes got a quick tune up, while others just had some air put in their tires. Once all participants were equipped with the right safety gear, including helmets, we were off to learn what it means to be a safe bicyclist. Everyone practiced checking for traffic over their shoulder, signaling, and proper lane positioning, as well as other bike-handling drills. Then came the ride, during which families traveled on neighborhood streets, bike paths, and green bike lanes as we made our way to San José State University. At the university, participants received a short tour of the school from CommUniverCity staff, including a visit to the statue of SJSU’s 1968 Olympians. After the short visit the group made their way back to McKinley Community Center where we all enjoyed some lunch. We would like to thank our community partners who allowed us to bring the joy of bicycling to their residents around their own neighborhood. Through these efforts we hope to promote bicycling as a form or transportation, recreation, and fun that can be enjoyed by all. We are looking forward to offering more of...
Bright Lights, Bike City party recap

Bright Lights, Bike City party recap

No year of SVBC bicycle advocacy is complete without a winter celebration complete with food, music, and the people that make it all happen – our dedicated members and volunteers. This year’s Winter Party took place on Friday, December 6 at the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto. This year's celebration was kicked off by… yes, you guessed it – a bike ride! Roughly 25 winter weather warriors met ride leader Janet Lafleur at the Downtown Palo Alto Caltrain station. They paraded their brightly lit bikes through streets full of bedazzled homes to the party where they were, of course, greeted by a bike valet. All in all, nearly 90 members braved the cold and rain to meet and talk to other fellow cyclists while enjoying the delicious food, lively music, and exciting silent auction and prize drawing. We would like to express our greatest appreciation to all the members and volunteers who helped us accomplish so much this year, particularly our event planning committee, who took the lead in planning and putting on another fun winter party – Thanks! Check out many more photos of the fun at Janet Lafleur's Flickr...

Say YES to this conference: Youth for the Environment and Sustainability

Students, educators, youth leaders, and Safe Routes to School participants: On November 2nd, join SVBC and students from around the San Francisco Bay Area to discuss transportation issues in our communities. Share stories from events you’ve hosted at your school and discuss what changes have to be made to encourage transportation alternatives at your school. Whether you are there to learn about innovative projects school groups have worked on, to advocate for your elected officials to promote sustainable modes of transportation, or to win raffle prizes, we hope you will join us in Oakland! Registration is free and even includes free breakfast and lunch: http://yesconference-estw.eventbrite.com/ Free shuttles are available from the North Bay and South Bay. The South Bay pick-up/drop-off location will be: Diridon Caltrain Station at 65 Cahill St. in San Jose (8:30 am pick-up/5:00 pm drop-off) Check out the YES Conference 2013 website for more information: http://www.sparetheairyouth.org/summit2013/ Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland Breakfast and lunch will be...

San Jose youth participate in summer biking workshop

While many kids around San José enjoyed their last days of summer freedom by watching television and playing video games, sixteen youth participants from the Alma Youth Center took part in a fun, sweat-inducing, environmental-stewardship-building summer biking program. For the second year in a row, SVBC returned to the Alma Youth Center to teach better bicycling as kids aged nine to fifteen learned essential bike riding skills through interactive bicycle safety instruction, fun games, bicycle rodeos (on-bike skills trainings), and an eight-mile bike ride. Participants also learned about the many health and environmental benefits bicycling has to offer, which incorporated a field trip to the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. At the Conservancy, participants learned about the local watershed system and about the native habitat in and around the Guadalupe River. We would like to thank the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation, for making this two-day workshop possible, and for allowing us to bring joy to the youth through bicycling and environmental stewardship. If you would like to help out with similar bicycle safety education programs, don’t hesitate to email Ashley@bikesiliconvalley.org to get on our volunteer...

SR2S rocks in Ravenswood

The Safe Routes to School program in Ravenswood City School District (East Palo Alto and Menlo Park) has kept my colleagues and me fairly busy over the last couple of weeks, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Recently, we organized a pair of fun, community-building bike rides around town and a poster contest that made three particular students very happy. On April 30 and May 29, SVBC partnered with the Ravenswood City School District, the City of East Palo Alto, and the East Palo Alto Police Department to host a set of Bike Safety Days where we taught safe bicycling skills, provided free helmets to youth participants, and rode bikes around town as a group. Both of these events allowed us to provide over 100 free helmets, and helped engage many youth and adults in fun three to five-mile bike rides through city streets and on the Bay Trail. On May 9, three winners of the district-wide Safe Routes to School Poster Contest were recognized at the Ravenswood City School District Board of Directors meeting where they were presented with certificates and prizes. The grand prize winner struck gold, taking home a free bicycle, lock, and helmet, courtesy of SVBC and Mike's Bikes. The second and third place winners took away some cool hydration packs, generously provided by Camelbak. The Safe Routes to School program in Ravenswood City School District is expected to continue through the 2013-2014 school year, and we expect to reach many more thousands of students, parents, and community members through in-class and outdoor instruction, walk and bike to school days, family bike rides,...