Went to the on-bike education class hosted by SVBC and the City of Mountain View and taught by John Ciccarelli, a very able LCI (League Cycling Instructor) and transportation planner. It was so worthwhile. I had taken a similar class a few years ago when I was just starting out with street bicycling, and that was very helpful, but it was good to have a brush-up and pick up some pointers that I... read the whole blog post.
Fair readers, forgive me while this blog entry delves deep into the language of policy-wonkiness. Hopefully several of you will be interested--after all, SVBC is an organization focused on systems change.
Recently, several SVBC members, the San Mateo County Heath Department, and other advocacy group leaders were invited to meet with C/CAG staff. The purpose of the meeting was to hear... read the whole blog post.
I spent Sunday through Wednesday at the Alliance for Biking and Walking executive leadership retreat. The Alliance supports groups like SVBC across the country, and works with Bikes Belong, America Bikes, and League of American Bicyclists on national bicycling priorities.
They pulled 40 or so executives together from organizations like SVBC this weekend to discuss... read the whole blog post.
A typical night at Music in the Park in downtown San José.
Last Friday I spent all day at the Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) All-Sites meeting with my colleague Michele Beasley of Greenbelt Alliance. The meeting took place up at the San Francisco Foundation and included systems-change workers from all across the Bay Area who are focused on planning projects in areas chosen by the GCC. Michele and I are working on San Jose's Diridon Station--one... read the whole blog post.
This weekend I went to Park City, Utah, for some rest and cycling. For our road ride we decided to go down to the Glenview area, which is nestled in a nature preserve with lots of fancy houses in it (castles, really). When we passed under Hwy 80, we were greeted by a lot of water. Apparently they just decided to make their pre-existing culverts double as bike/ped paths. Ah, Utah.
A wet... read the whole blog post.
Despite what you might believe as a result of the Hollywood hype machine, the life of a non-profit grant writer can be occasionally dull. Just this morning I sat through a preliminary grant meeting that consisted primarily of reading the request for proposals out loud. We were assured that questions would be duly addressed in the forthcoming addendum, which would comply with Policy IV.3.i., as... read the whole blog post.
Last week, I complained about the lack of guidance that often occurs where bike lanes meet intersections. One reader sent some links that had good information on negotiating various difficult situations. I particularly liked http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/animations/. However, the point I was trying to make was not about my lack of knowledge so much as the fact that motorists need more... read the whole blog post.
Last week in Portland, Oregon, I was supposedly working, but the Pedalpalooza and the Portland Rose Festival proved far too distracting.
Inspired by Bike Summer in 2001, a group of folks decided that Bike Summer had been so much fun that they began to encourage cyclists to hold their own events throughout the year, with special emphasis on Rose Festival month. Shift 2 Bikes mostly hosts... read the whole blog post.
Last night I attended Greenbelt Alliance's Grow Smart Bay Area event, which featured a panel of experts who discussed the critical next steps that the city should take in order to protect its open spaces and maintain its vibrant neighborhoods--all while making them more bikable and walkable, of course.
It was very interesting, thanks Greenbelt--it's wonderful to have excellent partners... read the whole blog post.