Events/Development Assistant

Events/Development Assistant

Purpose: Provide general Bike to Work Day assistance and development support Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is seeking an organized, creative Event and Development Assistant to help coordinate activities related to Bike to Work month. Bike to Work month is an annual program that organizes events, rides, and media coverage in order to entice people to try riding a bicycle throughout May. Other responsibilities include managing t-shirt inventory, packaging and shipping posters, keeping the Energizer Station map up to date, organizing the Bike Away from Work Bash, managing sponsor relations and other general administrative support as needed. This is a contracted position starting March 14 through mid-May for 12-20 hours per week. The hours during Bike Week, May 9-13, will increase to 30. Availability on Bike to Work Day, May 12 is a must. Primary responsibilities of the Event and Development Assistant include (but are not limited to): ● Research and coordinate the Bike Away from Work Bash ● Organize Bike to Quakes game ● Inventory t-shirts, package and ship orders ● Package and ship posters ● Update energizer station map online ● Work with local retailers to secure donations ● Support mailing of energizer station tool kits ● Schedule commute workshops and meetings with sponsors ● Oversee sponsor benefit fulfilment ● General administrative support as needed Essential skills required: ● Strong organizational skills and ability to run an event ● Upbeat and engaging personality, even in adverse circumstances ● Strong sense of urgency and problem solving skills ● Ability to integrate with a close knit team Requirements: ● Must be available to work all day on Bike to Work...
Bicycle Advocacy /Community Organizer Intern

Bicycle Advocacy /Community Organizer Intern

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s (SVBC) mission is to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. You can read more about our advocacy campaigns and initiatives on our Better Biking http://bikesiliconvalley.org/betterbiking/ page. We are looking for interns who can help support our work at the community level and gain political and organizing skills. Responsibilities: ● Attending public meetings and workshops ● Research policy issues related to bicycling ● Design and writing of relevant blog posts, factsheets and other organization materials ● Creating and distributing surveys; entering and analyzing data ● Assisting staff with administrative duties Requirements: ● 10-15 hour per week, 3 month minimum commitment ● Demonstrated experience or interest in bicycling, walking, active transportation, policy, planning, governmental processes or other related field ● Strong oral and written communications skills ● Ability to work independently towards goals ● Strong proofreading and editing skills ● Desire to be a team player in a fast paced and fun non­profit office environment ● Flexible schedule:­ work may include some evening and weekend commitments ● Access to reliable transportation: work covers a large geographical area and often multiple commitments in a given day will require significant travel ● Computer literacy in MS Office and Google Apps ● Strong social media experience Specific Campaigns and Projects ● City general plan review to assess Complete Streets policies ● Building relationships with all the city bicycle advisory commissions (BPAC) ● Help win city support of a Vision Zero policy ● Research and update SVBC website pages such as contact info for...
Volunteer for Bike to Work Day 2016

Volunteer for Bike to Work Day 2016

May is National Bike Month, and Bike to Work Day, this year on May 12, 2016, is our biggest event of the year. We can’t make it happen without your help! We have a few open volunteer positions to support Bike to Work Day and other Bike Month Activities. Volunteer positions available: • Bike to Work Day Coordinators: We have an opening for two Bike to Work Day Coordinators who can help out weekly with poster shipments, t-shirt inventory and shipments, and other general Bike to Work Day and SVBC assistance as needed. These are two volunteer positions. This position will start in early April and each will require a commitment of one day a week (preferably Monday or Thursday), 2-4 hours a day, through mid-May. • Bike to Work Day Coordinator – Day of: We have a need for one stellar volunteer on Bike to Work Day itself to inventory t-shirts and to collect and arrange IOUs. This position will require a commitment on May 12, 2016 from 8am-3pm. • Energizer Station Map Creator: Do you have experience with Google Maps, or another GIS mapping software? We have a need for a volunteer to dedicate a few hours to set up the initial map of Energizer Stations in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. This volunteer opportunity requires only one day of commitment, likely 4-6 hours, in early April. • Outreach Captain: With more than 100 Energizer Stations spread throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo County, we are in need of volunteer Outreach Captains to represent SVBC at these locations. Encourage people to join SVBC by buying a...
Join, Renew Your Membership and Enter to Win a Bike, More

Join, Renew Your Membership and Enter to Win a Bike, More

Become an SVBC member or renew your membership during the months of February and March 2016 and be entered into a drawing for a Premium Fixed Gear Bike, Artist Series by Peter Shire, a one month couples membership at CrossFit San Jose, or two Belay Lessons from Planet Granite. Why become an SVBC member? For $35, your one-year membership will support current projects like: Working with transit agencies like Caltrain and VTA to make sure the trains and buses of tomorrow are more bike-friendly. Working with local agencies to construct an interim and long-term solution to making Page Mill Road, and other freeway crossings, safe for bicyclists. Creating a continuous, protected bike lane on El Camino Real. Providing input on bike and pedestrian bridge projects in San Carlos, Menlo Park, Redwood City, and others. Producing programs like Bikepool and Route Scouts that utilize tech and community solutions to help make bicycling more safe and efficient. Already a member? Your new membership will begin the day after your current membership ends. Join the more than 2,200 members of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Become a member...
Tell the Super Bowl Host Committee you support bike parking

Tell the Super Bowl Host Committee you support bike parking

Free valet bicycle parking, which is available at all 49ers home games and most events at Levi’s Stadium, will not be offered at Super Bowl 50. In fact, no option for arriving by bike is mentioned on the Super Bowl 50 website. We feel this is a wasted opportunity to provide and promote sustainable transportation at the most-watched television broadcast in the nation. If you agree, please sign our petition urging Super Bowl organizers to support biking to this and future events. We will send the signed petition to organizers on February...
Support studying Vision Zero in Sunnyvale

Support studying Vision Zero in Sunnyvale

Thanks to bike advocate and Sunnyvale BPAC member Kevin Jackson for sharing this call to action with the SVBC community. SVBC submitted a letter (PDF) to the Sunnyvale City Council about the proposed Vision Zero study issue last week. You probably know about the Vision Zero program, but if not you can read about it here. An obvious question is: Why would anyone be against this? Beats me, but in Sunnyvale a proposal to study developing a Vision Zero plan needs council’s vote of approval in a workshop this Friday. Some in the city don’t see the value in a Vision Zero program, so I’m asking for your help to make it happen. The Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) sponsored the study issue last year in order to develop such a plan for our city. Even if you don’t normally ride here, you have a vested interest in the outcome, because mainstreaming this enlightened approach to traffic safety will promote wider adoption. And that benefits all road users everywhere, especially the most vulnerable ones (that’s us). The BPAC study issue proposal is DPW 16-01 (PDF) and the staff description can be found in the 2016 study issues listed here. Click on the link for 2016 study issues and look for DPW 16-01 near the bottom. If you still wish to support our efforts you can write to the Sunnyvale council at council@sunnyvale.ca.gov. They will be making the final decisions about this year’s study issues at their January 29 workshop, so be sure to send your thoughts in before then. No need to be eloquent, the important thing...
Join the SVBC Team for Climate Ride 2016

Join the SVBC Team for Climate Ride 2016

Ever wanted to explore the gorgeous Northern California coastline by bike? Here’s your chance! We are looking for folks to join SVBC in May for the Climate Ride, a gorgeous five-day ride to raise funds and awareness for Climate Change and the bicycle as the best form of active transportation. As a member of Team SVBC, you will help further our work to create a community that values, includes, and encourages bicycling for all purposes for all people. Fundraising minimum: Raise $2,800 by May 13, 2016 Team SVBC goal: $20,000 About the ride: May 22 – May 26, 2016 Redwood Empire to San Francisco Climate Ride California is a stunning cycling adventure that begins in California’s historic Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. It is more than a bike trip – it’s an inspiring journey with like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles – the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation. The professional Climate Ride volunteers take care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 40-60 miles per day of carefully planned routes on scenic back roads. It’s challenging yet doable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. Meals, snacks, bike support, luggage transport, and all of the logistics are included. On the road, the Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable. How to participate: To register, go...
San Jose Bike Party Celebrates its 100th Ride

San Jose Bike Party Celebrates its 100th Ride

This Friday, January 15, San Jose Bike Party (SJBP) will ride for the 100th time since October 2007. With a simple mission of building community through bicycling, SJBP has made a tremendous impact in increasing bicycle use among people of all ages and backgrounds. They have also collaborated with city leaders and groups like SVBC to promote bike-friendly programs and advocate for better bike infrastructure in San Jose. Mark Hirsch, SJBP Organizer, GiDM Co-Founder, and SVBC member, shares with us his thoughts on SJBP’s 100th ride. We have come a long way from our humble beginnings as a fun group ride from the Campbell Water Tower, and then Dick’s Center on Bascom Avenue. We have covered a great deal of miles and spread the joy of Bike Party throughout the South Bay. Our style of social ride as a more rule-abiding group than Critical Mass has helped to spread this format around the U.S. and beyond to different countries. Over the last few years we have attracted riders of all kinds. We have our road cyclists in lycra, our every day commuters, BMX riders, Fixie Riders, Stretch Cruisers & OBC’s, and our beloved Music Bikes. Bike Party is the one time where riders of all kinds come together to celebrate not only the joys of cycling, but to also come together as a community at least once a month. We hear the same story repeated over and over again about people’s experience with San Jose Bike Party. They get pulled into this event by a friend or they see us riding by. After a while, the joy of riding...
SVBC Spotlight: San Jose Fighting to Improve Safety

SVBC Spotlight: San Jose Fighting to Improve Safety

Being an advocate for a healthier community, environment, and economy across multiple communities is a lot like being a parent: We love all our cities and towns like children, but we have our favorites (Don’t tell your brother!). Of course we have great expectations for each and every one of the 30-odd municipalities we serve. Still, we can’t help but feel a fondness for the places that are leading the way in getting more people out of their cars and onto bikes. Today, we take a look at the biggest sibling in our family (okay, I may be stretching the metaphor a little thin): San Jose. The largest and most populous city in the Bay Area is not necessarily an easy place to promote bicycling. Though flat and sunny, the Capital of Silicon Valley is a 189-square-mile study in sprawl, with a crisscrossing network of freeways and expressways dividing neighborhoods and forcing traffic onto just a few main roads that traverse the city. In order to ride from one neighborhood to the next, people on bikes often have to share fast-moving, high capacity streets with motorists while navigating past on ramps, free right turns, and seemingly endless parking lot driveways. Nevertheless, San Jose is a city striving to become a leader in moving people by bike, and it has big goals. In 2009 the city adopted its Bike Plan 2020, which calls for five percent of all trips to be taken by bike by 2020. To accomplish this, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) are working together to complete a 500-mile...
San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Now Accepting Applications

San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Now Accepting Applications

The County of San Mateo has issued a call for applicants for their newly formed Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Applications are due Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5 pm. The BPAC will advise the Board of Supervisors on policies, programs, funding, and other issues that relate to improving and increasing walking and bicycling transportation in San Mateo County. Eligible applicants are people who live in San Mateo County (either in incorporated cities or in unincorporated areas). Members will be selected to represent the interests of older adults, safe routes to schools, bicycling, and other walking/bicycling interests. This comes after over five years of advocacy from SVBC for the county to create a BPAC. You can read previous blog posts here and here that summarize the history. Joining this BPAC is your opportunity to provide feedback to the County staff and Board of Supervisors on what would make San Mateo County a better and safer place to bike. Please consider applying and making your voice heard. Applications are available from Alicia Garcia, Deputy Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 400 County Center, Redwood City or by calling (650) 363-4634. Applications are also available at: https://bnc.smcgov.org/vacancies For more information about this Commission, please contact: Ellen Barton, Active Transportation Coordinator in the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability at (650) 599-1420 or ebarton@smcgov.org. Three other new BPACs have been created this year, including Redwood City, Belmont, and Atherton. Redwood City held the first meeting of their Complete Streets Committee in December and Atherton held their first BPAC meeting in...