While participating at the Children's Discovery Museum's Biking in the City event last week, I got flashbacks of when I first acquired my first bicycle. It was a green Ninja Turtles bike with black training wheels. I remember the joy and freedom I experienced while riding on the sidewalks, in my back yard and at the park. As I grew out of it, I always shopped around for new bikes wondering... read the whole blog post.
Terrifying snow photo credit pedbikeimages.org / Max Bushell With forecasters predicting snow at sea level in the Bay Area, commuting cyclists like myself are understandably a bit trepidatious. Will the pressure in my tires drop so low that I'm riding on rims? How can I pedal with a frozen chain? Can I mount a plow of sorts to my front fender, to clear the snowdrifts off the Guadalupe Trail? I... read the whole blog post.
Well, I'm the "back office" person at SVBC, and also the "late-in-life rider." I haven't been riding a lot, due to the weather and short days, and also it's not so easy to get from my home to the new office. It used to be a nice ride down the Los Gatos Creek Trail for a few miles, and thence down Willow in the bike lane (which is really nice now that they finally paved the road, which had to... read the whole blog post.
As some of you may know, I moonlight as a full-time Global Studies student at SJSU. I'm taking a class this semester called "Global Citizenship," in which we frequently welcome guest speakers. Last night's guest speaker was Dr. David Steele, Dean of the College of Business at SJSU and former President for Chevron Latin America. Being the environmentally and socially conscious young firebrand... read the whole blog post.
Carlos and I had a very interesting meeting with C/CAG this morning to discuss some of our ideas about San Mateo County. We have researched other counties (Santa Clara, Marin, and Alameda) with respects to their bicycle planning and have compiled some best practices, which include:Composition and charter of the bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee (B/PAC) The establishment of a... read the whole blog post.
In a series of stories related to the early release of the latest census data, NPR has been looking at different U.S. cities. This morning NPR's Morning Edition picked Portland; also known as Stumptown, Bridgetown, and PDX. The main focus of the story was demographics; mostly age and race, but woven through the story was issues such as cycling, brew pubs, quality of life, and outdoor sports.... read the whole blog post.
This weekend, as a precursor to Valentine's, some spirited Silicon Valley folks decided to have a pillow fight in downtown San Jose's Chavez Park. Although we pride ourselves on our innovation here in the valley, the modern day urban pillow fight was re-invented in Toronto, Ontario several years ago. Numerous North American cities have done the pillow fight thing, so on the pillow fight world... read the whole blog post.
Some cyclists are vehicular in nature - they want to be treated just like cars on the road. Others are fans of specialized bicycle infrastructure like bike lanes and cycletracks. Many of us employ a combination of these two views to get where we're going safely and quickly. Whatever your opinion on the subject, a new report in the Injury Prevention Journal provides some very... read the whole blog post.
SVBC members and staff have been working with the San Mateo County of Public Works in an effort to redesign the Alpine Road underpass at 280. This was precipitated by the recent death of Lauren Ward.
I was invited to attend the monthly meeting of the club that Lauren's husband rides with last night. They are, understandably, motivated to help make the roads safer for cyclists at this... read the whole blog post.
It's recently come to my attention that many of you out in the cycling community would like more news about what's going on at SVBC, and what SVBC staff are working on. We've always leaned more towards the "get things done" side of things than the "talk about what we've accomplished" side of things--after all, there's only so much time in the day--but at this point we've decided to renew our... read the whole blog post.