Family Bicycling Fun

Family Bicycling Fun

Over the last two years, SVBC was able to offer and organize 20 free Family Bicycling Workshops reaching over 900 participants. From Morgan Hill to Half Moon Bay, SVBC partnered with community centers, schools, libraries, businesses, public agencies, and community organizations to put on educational, interactive, and fun Family Bicycling Workshops. These workshops incorporated information and activities about rules of the road, bike handling skills, ride planning, and even bike repair. In addition to promoting and encouraging safe bicycling for recreation and transportation, SVBC was also able to facilitate the distribution of 42 new and refurbished bicycles and nearly 300 helmets to those in need. Additionally, through a variety of partnerships with San Jose Bike Clinic, Bay Area Bike Mobile, and local bike shops, nearly 150 bikes were repaired free of charge. All of these free workshops were made possible thanks to a grant received from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) Spare the Air Youth program. We look forward to seeking similar funding in the future to offer this resource to even more...
Vision Zero Toolkit to debut at Silicon Valley Bike Summit

Vision Zero Toolkit to debut at Silicon Valley Bike Summit

On August 26, attendees to the Silicon Valley Bike Summit will get to hear the debut of our Vision Zero Toolkit, in collaboration with California Walks, and take home a copy to help them implement this important program in their communities. SVBC has been working towards Vision Zero, the goal to have 0 deaths and life-altering injuries on our roadways, since the early part of this decade. This was the impetus to create the Roadway Safety Solutions Team with Stanford Healthcare, in which we work with stakeholders from around San Mateo County and Santa Clara County on safety initiatives. Vision Zero has been gaining attention nationally and worldwide over the last year, with the United States Department of Transportation Mayors’ Challenge, and San Francisco and New York City adopting Vision Zero policies and implementation plans. Locally, City of San Mateo and City of San Jose have adopted Vision Zero policies this year as well. With all this movement, we’ve had cities from San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties asking us how they too can adopt and implement such plans and create safer streets for their communities. To address this need, we are developing a Vision Zero Toolkit in collaboration with California Walks. This Toolkit will provide a guide for city staff and policymakers with key steps to take towards achieving Vision Zero. The Toolkit will be organized using the “Five E’s,” a common framework in street safety to categorize the types of projects and improvements that will lead to systematic change. These are engineering, enforcement, education, encouragement, and evaluation. We’ve added a couple other E’s that we think are...
Friends of Future Millbrae launched to educate residents on Station Area Plan

Friends of Future Millbrae launched to educate residents on Station Area Plan

On Tuesday night, a group of non-profits (including SVBC) and local residents called Friends of Future Millbrae convened a community workshop to educate residents about the potential benefits, impacts, and concerns of Millbrae’s Station Area Specific Plan (MSASP). The plan is an update from the original 1998 plan. It includes updates to zoning, circulation, design, and other guidelines for the specific plan area, immediately surrounding Millbrae’s BART and Caltrain station. This multimodal transit station is one of the busiest on the Peninsula, servicing not only the two train lines, but also connections to San Francisco Airport. It will also serve as one of a few High Speed Rail train stops in the Bay Area (the other two being San Jose and San Francisco) on a blended system with Caltrain. Currently, the station is surrounded by parking lots and effectively disconnected from the Millbrae community through the barriers of Millbrae Ave. and El Camino Real. However, this station is a commute hub for Millbrae and other nearby communities like San Bruno, Burlingame, and San Mateo to access employment and other destinations north and south. This plan and two proposed Transit-oriented Developments could be a real game changer in terms of connections for Millbrae and nearby cities. Friends of Future Millbrae is an ad hoc group of local Millbrae residents and non-profit organizations including the Millbrae Cool Cities Team, the Sierra Club Sustainable Land Use Committee, the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, Friends of Caltrain, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and public health advocates. We are dedicated to making the proposed (MSASP) the best transit-oriented development possible to benefit the...
Now hiring: Education Programs Coordinator

Now hiring: Education Programs Coordinator

Purpose: The Education Programs Coordinator will play an important role in supporting the varied work of the Education Programs department, with an emphasis on Safe Routes to School (SR2S) programs in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Education Programs are an important part of SVBC’s mission and integral to several of our strategic outcomes. Position reports to Education Programs Manager and works closely with Deputy Director and Outreach Manager. Description: Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Education Programs Coordinator supports the Safe Routes to School Program and other educational efforts by providing program coordination, education, and support to school districts, school sites, and community partners. This position will be running or supporting programs that engage youth grades K-12 as well as programs that provide bicycling safety and skills education to the general public, and shall assume accountability for the results in achieving the outlined goals and objectives of those programs. Primary responsibilities of the Education Programs Coordinator include (but are not limited to): Develop, plan, promote, implement, and evaluate a wide-range of youth and family-related events. Measure performance, relevancy, and effectiveness of assigned programs. Ongoing program development and strategic planning. Work with the Outreach Manager to use a range of communication and marketing tools to promote events and increase attendance. Coordinate with partner organizations and cities to schedule, promote, and design effective programs. Instruct in-class and on-bike lessons on bicycle and pedestrian safety to youth ranging in age from 6-18. Coordinate and instruct a variety of adult education classes and events, including workshops, presentations, and skills courses. Work with PTAs, principals, teachers, school staff, and public agency...
Lincoln Avenue Road Diet needs your help to survive

Lincoln Avenue Road Diet needs your help to survive

The June 18 community meeting to discuss the Lincoln Avenue road diet in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood had an impressive turnout of both supporters and detractors of the project. Several hundred residents filled the Willow Glen High School auditorium, with many donning extra large t-shirts with a red circle and stripe through the words “Road Diet” to show their disapproval. Despite the fact that most reactions to the road diet, and the data behind it, have been positive, there was an undeniable sense that the opponents were out in force that night. City staff presented the results of the three-month trial period road diet (PDF). Traffic had been reduced! Speeds had been reduced! Travel times were up by a few minutes during the worst times of day, true, but one of the goals of the project was to make Lincoln Avenue less appealing to commuter traffic using Willow Glen’s main drag as an alternative to Highway 87. Mission accomplished! Importantly, bicycling and walking had increased. And cut-through traffic on side streets was either not significantly increased or actually reduced. To us, to many residents and business owners, and to the city, these were all positive results. SVBC and our partners at California Walks had written a letter to Councilmember Oliverio, the Willow Glen Business and Neighborhood Associations, and the Department of Transportation to voice our support for the trial and celebrate the results. I also attended the community meeting with several SVBC members. We spoke about the multiple goals that have been achieved by the road diet: To reduce and slow vehicle traffic, shifting Lincoln Avenue away from...
Congrats Team Bike Challenge Winners!

Congrats Team Bike Challenge Winners!

Last week at LinkedIn headquarters, we honored the team and company bike challenge winners from May’s Bike to Work Month successes. View the photos on our Facebook page. Between all teams and companies competing, there were: Trips taken: 21,910 Miles logged: 149,480 Calories burned: 6,427,623 Pounds of CO2 spared: 150,000 Riders on Bike to Work Day: 30,231 Staggering! The Team Bike Challenge is a fun competition during National Bike Month in May where friends and colleagues form teams to compete against other teams and companies throughout the Bay Area, earning points every time they ride their bikes and for every mile they pedal. Click here to see the 2015 Team Bike Challenge winners and 2015 Company Bike Challenge...
New Caltrain Car Design Directive: More Space for People Who Bike

New Caltrain Car Design Directive: More Space for People Who Bike

For those of you that couldn’t skip work to attend Caltrain’s Joint Powers Board (JPB) meeting this morning, I have some good news to share after our call for action last week. Thanks to all of your petition signatures and comments (there was over 150 at last count), letters to Board members, in-person comments, and other outreach, the JPB voted to increase future bike capacity on electrified vehicles (coming in 2020) and commit to a minimum of $3 million for wayside bike parking improvements. Now, this isn’t everything we asked for. We were hoping to get 16% of bike passengers able to bring their bike on board. The JPB decision didn’t go that far, but didn’t preclude it either. Basically, they decided to dictate an 8:1 seats to bikes ratio when telling train manufacturers what to design, which is greater than staff recommendation of 9:1 seats to bikes ratio. This will increase bike capacity over today’s levels and allow for future increases as the cars will be designed with flexibility to take seats out. There will be further opportunities to influence the car design over the next year, so stay tuned. As for bike parking, the Board took a strong stance that this is a priority for their agency, and added a resolution to commit to at a minimum $3 million in funding for bike parking improvements. This is a great start and we will be working with other local partners to help Caltrain get this and other money so that there are safe and secure options for people who bike. There’s more work to do. We want to...
Burlingame Criterium + Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Ride This Weekend

Burlingame Criterium + Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Ride This Weekend

The 12th Annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Bike Ride, part of the 29th Annual Burlingame Criterium, is one of the largest kids’ bike rides in the US. The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2015. Each year, close to 700 children twelve & under pedal to the finish with thunderous applause. Feeling proud of their “win,” each child happily receives a medal, popsicle and goody bag. Ryan’s Ride is a labor of love to memorialize Ryan, who died to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood in July 2003 at age 2 years old. Ryan and his twin brother Matthew were born after their father battled and survived cancer. While the event is free, children participants raise pledges for the Ryan Phua Memorial Fund, established through the LIVESTRONG Foundation to fund cancer-related programs in the Bay Area. Over $650,000 has been raised so far. There will be free entertainment for the whole family after the ride. Top fundraisers receive gift certificates to a local toy store or a brand new bike. Get the details about Ryan’s...
SVBC on KQED’s Forum – View the Google Bike Plan

SVBC on KQED’s Forum – View the Google Bike Plan

What does it take to make a whole region “bicycle friendly?” How can we double the number of people riding bikes in northern Santa Clara County? What do bike networks look like when they’re built for residents of all ages and abilities, from 8 to 80? Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Google went on KQED’s Forum program to discuss the Google Bike Vision Plan, a new look at what it’s like for people riding bikes in northern Santa Clara County today and what our region could look like with 8-to-80 bike networks. Click here to hear the segment. Download the Google Bike Vision Plan...
Announcing Silicon Valley Bike Summit 2015

Announcing Silicon Valley Bike Summit 2015

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is excited to announce our Fifth Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit, with co-host and presenting sponsor, Stanford Health Care. The annual summit is the region’s largest gathering of active transportation leaders and organizers from government, law enforcement, non-profit, and the public. If your organization or agency is actively involved in active transportation issues, wishes to get involved, or if you are passionate about a healthy environment, economy and community for Silicon Valley, this is the Summit for you. Registration is $35, and you can sign up here. This year will focus on how San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties are addressing safety for people who bike and how we can all work together toward achieving Vision Zero, the goal to have zero deaths and major injuries on our roadways. Our Keynote Speakers are Nuria Fernandez and Jim Hartnett, both relatively new to their positions of head of Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and San Mateo County Transit District, respectively. They’ll discuss how their agencies approach bicycle issues and what is in the works for the future. Next we’ll hear the results from over a year’s worth of research from San Mateo County Health System and Santa Clara County Health Department, who have both produced collision reports that focus on the what, where, why, and how of bicycle collisions in our region. These reports dig deep into existing data from a multitude of sources to provide a baseline snapshot of crashes in our area. However, there’s much more work to do! Using those data reports as a launching point, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will debut our Vision...