Buffered Bike lanes to be Piloted on El Camino in Menlo Park

Buffered Bike lanes to be Piloted on El Camino in Menlo Park

After a rousing City Council study session that went past midnight on August 25, Menlo Park has directed staff to scope out a buffered bike lane pilot for El Camino Real. Since this was only a study session, a final decision by Council is still anticipated. That will determine the design of the bike lane, the length of the pilot (6 months or a year), and the criteria for making the pilot permanent. SVBC strongly supports adding bike lanes on El Camino Real and has been involved with Menlo Park’s process over the last year. I spoke in favor of adding protected bike lanes (alternative 3) to El Camino Real over a third vehicle lane (alternative 1). Buffered bike lanes were alternative 2. The San Mateo County Health System has found that though El Camino Real makes up only 1% of streets in San Mateo County, it is the location of nearly 15% of bike collisions and 20% of pedestrian collisions. We urged Council to consider the dire safety issues and plan for a vision of Menlo Park for future generations: a lively place that draws people for shopping, transportation, recreation, and community events rather than a traffic-congested highway. With Menlo Park taking the lead, neighboring Atherton and Redwood City may follow suit with bike facilities on their portions of El Camino Real. There were over 15 speakers present who supported bike lanes on El Camino Real and only a few against. One of the highlights was a middle school student who would like to bike on El Camino Real with her friends. SVBC will be following up with...
2015 Silicon Valley Bike Summit Recap

2015 Silicon Valley Bike Summit Recap

Thanks to all who attended the 5th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit! Did you miss it? See below for more information and a chance to hear a podcast of the day. You can also view the archive of all tweets from the Summit as well as photos from the event. The Summit was a great day learning about safety and active transportation in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties and we enjoyed seeing people from the non-profit, private, and public sectors as well as local residents and advocates! A special thanks to our high level sponsors. Stanford Health Care was our presenting sponsor and co-host, and many thanks to Microsoft and Emison Hullervson LLP for their generous support. We would like to also thank Genze, Palo Alto Bicycles, Paoli & Geerhart, Gary Brustin, Dero, Bank of the West, and M-Group. The opening plenary featured Nuria Fernandez, head of VTA, and Jim Hartnett, head of the San Mateo County Transit District. Our own President Shiloh Ballard moderated a fascinating conversation between them about their respective counties’ involvement in bicycling, safety, and the future of transit. Audience questions touched on funding through sales tax measures, bike access on trains and buses, bike maps, El Camino Real, and equity in transportation. Next, Jessica Osborne and Corina Chung of San Mateo County Health System (SMCHS) and Susan Lowery and Pamela Amparo of Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) presented on collision and injury data involving people who bike and walk. Check out the presentations from San Mateo County Health System and Santa Clara County Public Health Department. We learned that: In SMC,...
The Big Picture of Envision Silicon Valley

The Big Picture of Envision Silicon Valley

As many of you have heard, VTA and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group have spent much of the past year and a half researching projects and public opinion for a potential 2016 transportation sales tax ballot measure, a process and product called Envision Silicon Valley. Though the primary motivation for placing such a measure on the ballot is Phase II of the BART extension, additional revenue from the tax could provide a significant source of funding for bike, pedestrian, transit, and general roadway projects. In Alameda County, a similar tax known as Measure BB passed last year, resulting in $1 billion for bike and pedestrian projects. Think of what we could do for biking and walking with that kind of money in Santa Clara County! SVBC has been working closely with VTA and other involved organizations to better understand the parameters of any potential ballot measure, as well as to determine how much money might become available for active transportation projects, weigh in on the goals and metrics associated with the measure, and solicit input from our members about what kinds of projects they would like to see funded. I sit on the VTA B/PAC, where VTA staff gives monthly updates on the Envision Silicon Valley process; I have also participated on the VTA advocates stakeholder group. At SVBC, each of our three Santa Clara County Local Teams have discussed the tax measure, and we dedicated our most recent Policy Advisory Committee meeting to presentations by VTA and the Leadership Group on the topic, followed by a discussion of SVBC’s priorities. Yesterday was the due date for public agencies...
View, Download the Vision Zero Toolkit

View, Download the Vision Zero Toolkit

Our Vision Zero Toolkit is designed for city and county staff, elected officials, and other transportation and planning professionals who would like to see their jurisdiction adopt and implement Vision Zero, the goal to eliminate traffic deaths and life-altering injuries on our roadway. SVBC, along with California Walks, created the Toolkit to provide the short-, mid-, and long-term steps that a city can take to reduce major collisions. Informed by best practices from around the globe, we hope that this Toolkit will provide a roadmap for cities to work toward this important goal. Advocates can also use this guide to understand what actions to ask their jurisdictions to implement at the local level to end roadway fatalities and life-altering injuries. The Vision Zero Toolkit is framed using the “Five E’s” of street safety improvements (Evaluation and Planning Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement). It is essential that municipalities also think of Engagement and Equity as they work toward a Vision Zero program that is inclusive and impactful. Vision Zero cannot be achieved without looking at changes in each of the categories. Download the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition / California Walks Vision Zero...
Help  Guide Our Work Towards Caltrain’s Bike-Friendly Future

Help Guide Our Work Towards Caltrain’s Bike-Friendly Future

Tweet Share As you may know, Caltrain voted on a bike-friendly future for its transit service at their July 2, 2015 meeting. Caltrain’s Board committed to providing more bike space on the trains as well as significant improvements to bike parking at their stations. This win would not have been possible without the support of you, our members. We want to make bike parking at Caltrain as easy and convenient as possible for you, so you have more options on how to get around. To do that, we need to hear from you about how you connect your bike with Caltrain and what are the challenges and desired improvements. We’ve put together a brief survey with our partners at San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, please take a few minutes to fill it out and better inform our work. Please share this survey broadly! Jim Hartnett, head of Caltrain and Samtrans, will be one of the opening plenary speakers at the 5th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit next Wednesday, August 26. This is another great opportunity to hear directly about Caltrain’s plans for bikes and provide your input on the future of bike...
Summer Bicycling Workshops for 100 San Jose Youth + Free Bikes!

Summer Bicycling Workshops for 100 San Jose Youth + Free Bikes!

Bikes and sunny days: what could be better? This summer, SVBC partnered with the City of San Jose’s Fit Camp program to deliver fun, engaging, and educational bicycling workshops to youth throughout the city. Nearly 100 youth from six community centers gained knowledge and confidence as they learned essential bike riding skills through instruction, fun games, bicycle rodeos, maintenance workshops, and rides. Some of the top highlights from camps included a couple of rides through neighborhood streets and along the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Through this program, we were also as able to donate 18 bikes and 39 helmets to youth in most need, as well as provide a fleet of bikes for the Roosevelt Community Center to utilize in future year-round bike programs. These bikes were donated by Palo Alto-based software company TIBCO, who also enjoyed a fun, team-building day of building the bikes and getting them ready for the youth. We thank TIBCO for their generous donation of bikes and the City of San Jose’s Safe Summer Initiatives program for funding these workshops that kept youth active and engaged through the summer. TIBCO bike donation — Thanks! Youth skills course Ride along the Los Gatos Creek...

Board of Directors nominations 2015

The SVBC Board of Directors is actively seeking new board members who share and support the vital interests of the SVBC. New board members will begin a two-year term beginning January 2016. We are especially seeking candidates with human resources and prior non-profit board experience, and we are focused on attracting candidates who represent the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The Board of Directors of SVBC is elected to serve the membership in guiding policy, conducting governance, and keeping the organization effective in pursuing our key mission to promote the bicycle for everyday use. Board members are expected to prepare for and attend all board meetings (currently four each year, plus an introductory dinner), and to actively participate on at least one of the standing board committees (currently governance, finance, and development). Board members are expected to make a personally significant financial contribution to SVBC, either directly or though their work on the board. Typical duties of the board include: Governing the organization by establishing broad policies and yearly goals Ensuring the availability of adequate financial resources through fundraising Reviewing and approving annual budgets Being accountable for organization performance to our membership and stakeholders Actively participating in one or more of the standing and ad hoc committees The board governs with an emphasis on outward vision and strategic leadership, and is committed to ethical, professional, and lawful conduct. We encourage prospective candidates to review the SVBC bylaws and descriptions of Board Committees. These documents specify the workings and size of the board, the number and roles of the officers, and the board selection...
VTA’s Nuria Fernandez Shares Top Priorities, Projects to Support Biking in Silicon Valley

VTA’s Nuria Fernandez Shares Top Priorities, Projects to Support Biking in Silicon Valley

Tweet Share Nuria Fernandez, the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), is one of the highlighted speakers at the 5th Annual Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit, hosted by SVBC and presenting sponsor, Stanford Healthcare, next week, Wednesday, August 26 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto. The future of safety and bicycling in Santa Clara County are key issues for the Summit, and Nuria took the time to share how VTA is addressing these issues and give us a sneak peek at what she’ll be talking about at the Summit. What are the top priorities and projects for the Valley Transportation Authority? VTA’s Envision Silicon Valley process, which began last year and will continue into 2016, is gathering elected officials and stakeholders to examine our transportation network, identify the gaps and find ways to fill those in. It’s a big job that could result in VTA going to voters with a sales tax to help fund the identified projects. VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension: Phase I, the extension from Alameda County to the Berryessa area of San José, is halfway through construction, and it’s time for work to begin on Phase II. The preliminary work includes community meetings and pursuing funding for VTA’s extension of the line farther into Santa Clara County. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): VTA broke ground on the first BRT line in the Bay Area last year, and this year will continue planning for a second line, down El Camino Real. As a viable alternative to trips made in cars, BRT is expected to help relieve...
Peninsula bike advocacy roundup

Peninsula bike advocacy roundup

It’s been a busy week for bike advocacy on the Peninsula! We sent out comment letters on three issues affecting bicycling: one discussed a new redesign proposal for the Page Mill Road crossing of Highway 280, one weighed in on the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan, and one urged the City of Belmont to utilize a scheduled repaving of Old County Road as an opportunity to add bike lanes that connect to neighboring communities. Have an issue you’d like to see SVBC act on? Attend a meeting of one of our Local Teams or send us a Position Recommendation Form to...
San Mateo County Transit District’s Jim Hartnett on Future of Transit Safety and Bicycling

San Mateo County Transit District’s Jim Hartnett on Future of Transit Safety and Bicycling

Peninsula native and Redwood City resident Jim Hartnett is the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the San Mateo County Transit District, a title he has held now for four months. Though new to the job, he is not new to transportation here in Silicon Valley, having served for many years on the board of directors for the District, Caltrain, and California High Speed Rail Authority. He also served 15 years on the Redwood City City Council, including terms as mayor and vice mayor. He is one of the highlighted speakers at the 5th Annual Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit, hosted by SVBC presenting sponsor, Stanford Healthcare on Wednesday, August 26 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto. The future of safety and bicycling in San Mateo County are key issues for the Summit, and Jim took the time to answer some questions about these issues from us in advance of Aug. 26. What are the top priorities and projects for the San Mateo County Transit District and the agencies that you lead? Long-term financial sustainability for both Caltrain and SamTrans are a top priority. Caltrain is one of the only transit systems in the country that does not have its own dedicated, permanent source of revenue. SamTrans’ financial uncertainty inhibits its ability to do more and expand the reach of its mobility options. What do you see as the role of your agencies in promoting bicycling and walking in San Mateo County? The San Mateo County Transit District defines itself as a leader in mobility management, not only a provider but a catalyst for improved...