Changelog

This will be the inaugural changelog. I am not going to follow any particular standard; rather, I will try to make it as readable as possible, so folks at home can play along. Feel free to leave comments if you want clarification on anything. ^_^ Upgraded from Drupal 6.22 to Drupal 7.10 Migrated to a new host, as the old host sucked on many levels. Applied new theme (it is called Velocipede; not to be confused with the raptors with a similar name). New site structure (ongoing; we are still sorting through the links, so leave a comment if your favorite page is missing). Set up Mollom text analysis on the contact form to prevent the massive amount of spam we received in a single day. A bunch of other stuff. Seriously, a lot happened over the weekend. We are doing a lot of work on the site, so look forward to more updates, and please send us your feedback, either in the comments, the contact form on every page, or at one of our...

2010 SVBC Board of Directors Election

It's time for our annual election of new directors to the SVBC Board. There are five open seats to be filled for the coming year. The Board reviewed a number of candidates and has chosen a slate of five to recommend to the membership. These candidates were chosen for their commitment to the mission of SVBC; specific skills, such as organizational development and fundraising; and ability to further the development of bicycling in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Members will also have the opportunity to list a write in candidate. This election is open to current members in good standing. We are doing something new this year, which we hope will make it easier for you to vote; online voting. You will receive instructions for this in the next few days, to the email address you have on file with us in our membership list. The voting will be open through December 14. If it is not convenient for you to vote from home, come to the Winter Party on December 9. We will have computers available for people to vote then. Candidates Ian Dewar I am excited about the opportunity to join the SVBC board and contribute to the ongoing success of building cycling momentum in the Silicon Valley. My experience as a cyclist began where most people’s did – I rode my bike to elementary school. I continued to do so through high-school, university, graduate school and my first job. I didn’t intend to make a statement about cycle commuting – it was just easier and more efficient. I have worked in cycling related employment for...

New bicycle!

It has been too long. This one is much better than the Dahon, which in hindsight was much too small for me. First impressions and run-ins with irrational motorists abound!

City of San Jose is updating its Sign Code

The City of San Jose is planning to update its Sign Code. Currently there are signs directing motorists to freeways throughout the city, but there are no signs directing bicyclists to bike routes. Please attend one of the meetings noticed below to ask for bike route destination-based signage for all routes in the San Jose bicycle master plan and the VTA bicycle map. Ask that San Jose use the same signage concept as used in SF and Marin. For a picture of the SF signs see http://cs.cementhorizon.com/archives/sf_bike_route_sign.jpg, and for a map of the routes in San Francisco see http://www.sfbike.org/?maps. The City of San Jose is beginning a major update of the Sign Code, and they need your input. Please join them for a community discussion of signs and help them identify the key issues that should be addressed in the update. For more information: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/planning/zoning/ComMtgFlyer.pdf Sign Code Community Meetings: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 7 pm Roosevelt Community Center 901 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose or Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 7 pm Pearl Library Community Room 4270 Pearl Avenue, San...

Caltrain – Trains with two cars

Caltrain bike car update: Caltrain has posted information on its Web site as to which trains have two bike cars. Please let your members and other interested bicyclists know that the information is posted at http://www.caltrain.com/bicycle_trains.html. Rita P. Haskin Chief Communications Officer Caltrain From the site: Caltrain schedules two bike cars – total capacity of 64 – on the 36 weekday trains listed below. These trains are operated with the stainless steel, fluted-side gallery cars, and the bike cars are the northernmost car and the fourth car from the north. Caltrain crews will strive to maintain this customer enhancement; however, the second bike car is not guaranteed because of equipment maintenance and other operational needs. Total on-board capacity will increase by 8 bikes per bike car in mid-2009, and bike capacity per train will vary from 24 to 80, depending on whether a train has one or two bike cars. This info can be verified in the Feb 5, 2009 JPB minutes, page 10 Check http://www.caltrain.com/bicycle_trains.html for the train...