Ride with Corinne in the Climate Ride!

Ride with Corinne in the Climate Ride!

Climate Ride is just less than two months away, but it isn’t too late to join the team and start training. We would love to have you join our team and ride with us this May! Corinne Winter, our departing Executive Director, will be riding this year, leading the team one more time on this epic adventure. The ride is fully supported and goes from Eureka to San Francisco along gorgeous coastline from May 17-21. SVBC’s goal is to raise $15,000 this year. To join the team, go to the Team SVBC Page, and you’ll be able to register online and customize your own personal web page. Choose Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and no more than one other organization as your beneficiary to get an SVBC jersey. Once you join, we can connect you with Karl, our Team SVBC Training Captain, and he can get you out on those training rides that are oh so important for making the journey more fun come May. As a team, we will be doing most of the Awesome Ahead Rides – check out their Facebook page to learn more. You can contact Lyndsey at lyndsey@bikesiliconvalley.org if you’d like more information about becoming a team member or visit the Team SVBC Page. Can’t ride this year, but want to support SVBC’s Team? You can make a tax-deductible donation right from the Team SVBC Page. Just click the “Donate” button and enter our team name, “Team Silicon Valley Bicycle...
Recapin’ Freewheelin’

Recapin’ Freewheelin’

SVBC members didn’t let a little rain stop them from bringing down the house at Freewheelin’ last Friday, December 5. Our annual winter party was held at the Historic Adobe Building in Mountain View. In addition to delicious food and drinks, the night’s celebrations included a silly photo booth, a fun (and slightly precarious) giant Jenga, and an exciting silent auction. We also held a drawing for a shiny, new Linus Dutchi. The lucky winner of which, Karl Danz, is pictured below along with the 2nd and 3rd place winners who received a case of Gordon Biersch beer and a bicyclist wine stopper respectively. We can’t thank our dedicated members and volunteers enough for a wonderful year! Special thanks to our donors: Gordon Biersch Hobee’s Rock Bottom Safeway Blaze Planet Granite Monkeylectric Savvy Bike National MS...
SVBC’s Seventh Annual Dinner: A FUNdraising Evening

SVBC’s Seventh Annual Dinner: A FUNdraising Evening

SVBC’s Seventh Annual Dinner was wonderfully successful – thanks to the support of our sponsors, local clubs, industry leaders, and – of course – all of our wonderful guests. The evening kicked off with the reception – featuring a live band, passed wine, and a silent auction – on the lovely Crowne Plaza patio. The silent auction included items ranging from camping gear to bikes. We can’t thank our donors enough! Guests then made their way into the ballroom to enjoy an elegant meal followed by our live auction. Bidders enthusiastically competed for a BMC Teammachine, Ritchey Breakaway, Santa Cruz Tallboy, private ride with Bob Roll, Transportation Dinner, Tuscan getaway, and Trek Travel trip for two. Carl Guardino and Shiloh Ballard kept things lively as they led the paddle raise. Thanks to everyone who helped make the paddle raise wildly successful – we were overwhelmed by the show of support. The funds raised will go towards supporting our Safe and Comfortable Freeway Crossings Initiative. The Ellen Fletcher Volunteer Award went to the glowing, passionate Candice Stein. Candice’s work with SVBC includes letting us use her Caltrain tag prototype and distribute the tags to 1,000 to train riders. Additionally, she organizes community rides that show how fun, easy, and accessible biking truly is. Her work has been invaluable! The 2014 Corporate Cycling Award was given to KLA-Tencor, a company that is an avid proponent of bicycling and takes other Silicon Valley workplaces to task each year in the Team Bike Challenge, which its teams have won twice. Bruce Hildenbrand, Bob Roll, and Jim Ochowicz took the stage to conclude the...
Successful Summit

Successful Summit

The fourth annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit was a success! One hundred forty people packed the Cultural Arts Hall at the Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto to learn and be inspired to act from a day of presentations and panel discussions. Mark Fenton, national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, jump started the day with an invigorating keynote about our nation’s inactivity crisis, and how better-planned cities can help get people active. The audience was reminded that kids in particular used to be free-range, far-roaming, active young individuals, and that our current policies and mindset have created a culture and environment that no longer permit such easy activity. The day continued with panel discussions focusing on getting more people on bikes and incorporating the corporate world into biking. The top transportation officials from San José, Redwood City, and Palo Alto discussed the infrastructure changes and programs their cities are working on in order to promote more bicycling for transportation. They were joined by blogger Janet Lafleur, who discussed the many events, activities, and communications media she employs to get friends, family, and neighbors on bikes. Mia Kohout’s lunchtime keynote was an inspirational virtual tour of bicycle facilities and success stories from around the continent. Like the magazine she runs, Momentum, Mia’s presentation showcased the fun, style, and economic benefits that bicycling brings to a community. The theme of bikes boosting business continued after the lunch hour, as representatives from Google, LinkedIn, and Stanford University discussed why they promote bicycling (happier, healthier, more productive employees and students) and how they do it (bike friendly facilities and programs that seek...
Bike to Work Day Happy Hour with surprise bike giveaway

Bike to Work Day Happy Hour with surprise bike giveaway

Last week was our Bike to Work Day Partner Appreciation and Team/Company Bike Challenge Celebration. Big thanks to SAP who were gracious enough to host the celebration on their campus again. This year we changed the event from a breakfast to a happy hour – because who doesn’t enjoy a nice happy hour? We thanked our amazing Bike to Work Day sponsors who helped make BTWD a huge success. We also honored our team and company bike challenge winners who all together logged 167,424 miles and spared 150,000 pounds of carbon dioxide throughout May. Impressive! Apple – large and in charge, a perennial first place Company Bike Challenge finisher. An awards happy hour draws a bigger crowd than an awards breakfast. Who knew? United Velo – the regional Team Bike Challenge champs. Throughout the evening we held raffle giveaways with a bike as the grand prize thanks to a generous donation from La Dolce Velo. The lucky winner was Beth Macall from REI Mountain View. Don’t be green with...