At Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, we have been very fortunate to not only have the support of great corporate sponsors that allow us to fund programs such as Bike to Work Day, Share the Road campaigns, bicycle education, and other advocacy efforts, but we also receive tremendous support from several local merchants that want to see bicycling grown in Silicon Valley and the Peninsula. From... read the whole blog post.
Bikes for miles
I got the first back-of-the-calves sunburn this weekend while parking bikes at the Tour de Cure in Palo Alto. Knowing full well that my mom reads this blog, I must point out that I was well sunblocked on my face, arms, and neck - the usual suspects. Even the tips of my ears were sporting 50 SPF. I had not thought, however, to apply just south of the kneepit, which is... read the whole blog post.
I love bike lanes. I feel much more comfortable on streets that have them. But sometimes they are inexplicable and frustrating. No, make that always! For example, the way they often interact (if it can be called that,) with right turn lanes at intersections. At least in Campbell and San Jose, which is where I mostly ride.
Take an intersection with a traffic light and a right turn lane.... read the whole blog post.
It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks for me--here are just a few recent highlights:
Yesterday John Hoang from C/CAG called me to discuss our letter regarding the San Mateo Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan update. Apparently, based on SVBC's comments, they rethought a few things. I'll learn more at our meeting in a few weeks, but it looks like the plan will be downplaying the Priority... read the whole blog post.
Now that I have finished up what was perhaps the most lengthy bachelor's degree in history (it's a long story), I have finally begun to work as a full-time employee of SVBC. Little did I realize that this shift from school to work would also move my entire schedule several hours forward in the day. I've gotten used to early morning classes, work in the afternoon, and then studying in the... read the whole blog post.
Last night I attended a meeting of community leaders (ahem!) to discuss the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), how it could affect people in Santa Clara County, and how we could communicate the process to our communities. So, in the spirit of communication, gather 'round Grampa Colin's rocking chair, readers, and I'll tell you all about the transportation/land use/housing strategy that... read the whole blog post.
Well over one hundred cyclists convened at Las Palmas Park on Saturday, May 21 to take part in the celebratory kickoff ride promoting Safe Routes to Schools in Sunnyvale. The easy three mile ride that looped around two elementary schools allowed families to ride together and discover how fun bicycling around the neighborhood can be.
Before going on the ride, Supervisor Liz Kniss,... read the whole blog post.
At the risk of inflating some office egos, I have to admit that here at SVBC I have the distinct pleasure of working with people that I actually like. I know, right? This office camaraderie is especially appreciated when we lock ourselves in a room for six hours, load up on corn syrup, and map out our schedules for an entire year, which is what we decided to do yesterday.
We gave... read the whole blog post.
We would like to congratulate new SVBC member Shawn Fernandez for winning the $100 Sports Basement gift certificate that was up for grabs during the latest membership drawing . As you all may recall, anyone who joined between March 31 – May 21 would be entered to win a $100 gift certificate, and if he listed a referral while joining, his friend would have won one as well. Luckily for you,... read the whole blog post.
We will soon be full swing with bike parking season. It's something I really enjoy, as long as it's not toooo hot. A chance to be out of doors, meet a lot of people, and do something of service.
I spent some time with bike parking at the Maker Faire in San Mateo this weekend. We parked a lot of bikes, over 600 each day with a combination of guarded and valet parking. The people that put... read the whole blog post.