I went to a regional Bike to Work Day Marketing Committee meeting up in Oakland this week. It was attended by representatives from the other Bay Area bike coalitions. The main meeting agenda was to review the design concepts for this year's BTWD event. The graphic designer presented three ideas to the group and the vote was close to unanimous on one of the designs. The graphic designer will go... read the whole blog post.
I attended the Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting on Monday night to deliver some comments regarding the Facebook environmental impact report (EIR) on behalf of SVBC. I mentioned the fact that the bicycle would be a great way to mitigate some of the traffic, noise, and air pollution that the EIR cites as "areas of controversy." It's not unusual for me to visit such meetings and comment on... read the whole blog post.
A pass in the Indian Himalayas.
After taking a one-year sabbatical to bike tour through Asia, I'm excited to announce that I am back working with SVBC as their Membership and Event Coordinator. Life on the road traveling to places I've never imagined biking through was amazing; it broadened my awareness of people and cultures as well as myself and what I was capable of. I am now ready... read the whole blog post.
What a great office we have now! The week after Christmas, when most of the staff was on vacation, Jen and I oversaw some serious renovations.
We completely cleaned out the front office, which had become our default storage area, and got the ugly and worn out old built-ins removed. Now it is fit for our Deputy Director, and Colin has moved in. He won't be mistaken for the... read the whole blog post.
I must admit that after having the last two weeks off work, it was a bit difficult getting up to the sound of an alarm in the morning once again. During my two weeks off I did a lot of eating and nothing. Now that I am back to work, I must also go back to school.
On my first day back, we met with the principal and teachers at a City of Santa Clara school (one of seven) where Safe... read the whole blog post.
If you missed the Annual Winter Party last week, you're probably kicking yourself right about now after hearing how great it was. Allow me to deepen that regret with a quick photo recap of a really fun night!
About 90 people showed up for the getdown at Palo Alto Bicycles. The valet bike parking was well used, and everybody that rode to the party spent a bit of time out in the corral,... read the whole blog post.
As you all may have heard, we are extremely excited about partnering with the San Mateo County Office of Education to implement Safe Routes to School programs at eleven schools in East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood City School District. The program will focus on promoting safety for all students and parents while they travel to and from school, whether they’re walking, bicycling or driving. But of... read the whole blog post.
There isn't much that will get me out of bed at 6:30 on a Saturday morning. The (very) short list of motivational morning events includes flights to tropical destinations, medical emergencies, earthquakes (magnitude 6.0 or above), and waffles. I can now add youth-centric bike bridge ribbon cuttings to that list.
On Saturday, November 19, I was invited to speak at the ribbon cutting for... read the whole blog post.
Santa Clara County residents, get ready for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)! This modern form of public transit is coming soon to the Alum Rock/Santa Clara/El Camino Real Corridor, and could change the way the corridor looks and functions.
You can learn all about BRT in Santa Clara County in this beautiful video:
You can learn more about Valley Rapid at www.valleyrapid.org.
Last week I needed to get to Santana Row to buy my partner a tie for his birthday at the Farragamo shop. I was on my bike in Palo Alto at a meeting when it started raining, and then I rode in the rain (and of course, I haven't put my fenders on yet) to Sunnyvale for a physical therapy appointment. While there, I debated--could I really roll up to a poshy store in Santana Row and walk in scummy... read the whole blog post.