Hello my friends,
Did you know? Throughout the month of June, TransForm is hosting the Car-Free Challenge. I've joined, and I'm heading the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition team.
Sign up here: http://transformca.org/car-free/sign-up
You should sign up, it's pretty much the coolest group of kids in town. Plus, you get to ditch your car - maybe even more than you already do... read the whole blog post.
Wow. As a recent transplant to San Jose and the Bay Area I was already impressed by the local effort to promote bicycling. I've never lived anywhere with such an avid biking populous, and I was certainly not expecting this kind of enthusiasm in a giant metropolis.
That said, you all awed me again on Bike to Work Day last Thursday. The multitudes of bicycle commuters, and the success of... read the whole blog post.
I think most of us value our bicycle commutes for a number of reasons, mostly positive. We get some exercise, get to know our cities better, and, most importantly, we have fun! Our friends at 511.org remind us that by biking to work, we're also missing out on the daily slog through traffic, costly gasoline, and, of course, the hazards of stale pastries.
Check out their video, "How Was... read the whole blog post.
The subsets of cycling are sociologically fascinating to me… and it’s always fun to explain them to noncyclists. Lately in my own life I’ve been having a bit of an identity crisis as a cyclist.
I started out mostly a transportation cyclist, with the occasional recreational weekend mountain bike ride. But after I joined the SVBC staff, somehow at some point riding also became a serious... read the whole blog post.
Major public policy failures occur routinely all around us. Demand for transit has continued to increase yet budget and services are being cut, particularly in buses. Bicycles gaps remain unfilled- we are cognizant of the choke points over freeways, San Carlos Ave over the railroad tracks in San Jose, Stevens Creek entering San Jose from Cupertino (more at the bottom).
Gaps persist... read the whole blog post.
On Tuesday a cyclist told me that the 9:15 train coming in to MP southbound was going to have only one bike car! She said twitter told her.
It's easy to sign up for the twitter feeds.
1) Create an account at twitter.com and set it up the way you want it. 2) Follow "bikecar" (http://twitter.com/bikecar) for bike car info. (There is also a "caltrain" (http://twitter.com/caltrain)... read the whole blog post.
Our calendar is looking kinda bare for this next month. Here is a friendly reminder that if you have information to share with the cycling community you can submit it directly to the site (by logging in) or by sending your info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure that if you have an event you include the date, time and location. The more information you can provide the... read the whole blog post.
If you follow the general RSS feed you may have noticed some spam popping up. That is because the forums are included there, and that is the one place that posts are added to the site without a moderator looking at them first.
I just activated reCAPTCHA, which will hopefully curb the amount of spam accounts that get created. The CAPTCHA will only show up on the create accounts form, so... read the whole blog post.
Well, I didn't have any to begin with, so there are no old cards to compare to. But you get two photos anyway!
Business cards are hard to take photos of!
It's simply amazing to me how much we've been accomplishing the last couple of weeks. Thanks to everyone, it seems like we are on a fast track towards complete mission fulfillment!
Our staff especially have simply amazed me... they've been working together very well gearing up for Bike to Work Day as well as the Tour of California and all sorts of other interesting opportunities.... read the whole blog post.