I almost feel like a little kid again when I get on one of the Bay Area Bike Share bikes. I can’t believe that these are here for my use, anytime! As a founding member and annual pass holder I am having fun using the new bike share program. Getting an annual pass wasn’t something that I needed, because it actually doesn’t work for me where I live in South San Jose, but I do attend meetings in Mountain View and Palo Alto and thought it would be the perfect way to get around in those cities.
I had the pleasure of joining the Ladies’ Tea and Bike Social at the Elizabeth Gamble Garden last Saturday. The event was organized and lead by SVBC member Janet Lafleur. I have to say, she knows how to put on a party! Everyone was asked to bring their favorite tea cup and a tea time snack and Janet brought, in a trailer pulled on her bike, all the tea and hot water for over 15 ladies. We had a great time sitting around a park bench in the garden getting to know each other, enjoying yummy treats and sharing bike stories.
SVBC coordinated an awards breakfast this week for the winners of the Team and Company Bike Challenges. It's the enthusiasm from teams like these that help encourage cycling in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Bike to Work Month is an important opportunity for us to raise awareness of riding a bicycle for transportation, and the Bike Challenges help to show how fun and easy it is as well as provoke some exciting competition.
It’s been a couple of busy weekends with the help of some amazing bike parking volunteers!
The month started off with Sunset Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park on June 1 -2. We had two beautiful days of bike riding weather where over 350 cyclists took advantage of our valet bike parking to enjoy the event.
Our 2013 Bike to Work Day poster is ready to be seen and help spread the word about Bike to Work Day! Download a copy and hang it on your cubicle wall, above the water cooler, in the break room, around campus, at a parking lot, in the elevator, over the sink, or on your living room wall… anywhere and everywhere will do. Be creative. And feel free to post pictures if you're proud of your display.
Are you passionate about doing more to help combat climate change? Or maybe making our cities more sustainable, bike-friendly places to live? Or maybe you just want to ride through the epic coastal scenery of Northern California. To fulfill any or all of these desires, we have a great ride and an amazing adventure for you! Join Team SVBC for the Climate Ride California 2013.
If you were one of the over 270 guests that attended our Fifth Annual Dinner last week, then you know what fun we had. We would like to thank all our sponsors* who helped us make the dinner possible and the evening very special. In addition, we'd also like to thank the local businesses and industry partners for their generous donations of all the great product, vacations and services for our auctions.
Wow! What an incredible ride and an inspiring group of people. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, and I did have my fingers crossed for no rain (success!). There were so many people with very different backgrounds, all with a common interest of making the planet a better place to live. It is no surprise then that many of the people who work in green energy, sustainability, and climate change policy are also cyclists. There was a certain feeling of enthusiasm being around a large group of like-minded people.
As the sun set Sunday Monica walked the last, lonely bike over to the Lost and Found. Then she saw a man running quickly toward the bicycle corral as if he forgot something. Could this be a match?! It was! Success! This weekend's Sunset Celebration in Menlo Park brought a record-breaking number of bikes to the event. Maxing out our space with over 375 bikes over the two days, the bike corral was a hubbub of action. All kinds of bikes and riders were in attendance, from the littlest kids on the tiniest bikes, to the full family set-up with generator powered everything.
Our 2012 Bike to Work Day poster is ready to be seen and help spread the word about Bike to Work Day! Download a copy and hang it in your cubicle wall, above the water cooler, in the break room, around campus, at a parking lot, in the elevator, over the sink, or on your living room wall… anywhere and everywhere will do. Be creative. And feel free to post pictures if you're proud of your display.
We had a room packed full of amazing volunteers last night as we stuffed envelopes full of Bike to Work Day information for employers. I blinked and before I knew it, they were all done; they were finished in record time! A great time was had by all, thanks to an ample supply of burritos and candy. We hope to see everyone again, and more, at our Bike to Work Day bag stuffing party on May 5 at Sports Basement in Sunnyvale. Get all the details by clicking here.
We have been receiving a lot of great support from the local business community for the biggest bicycle celebration in the Bay Area!
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition sponsored our first team meeting in San Jose last night at Pho69. We were joined by several members who work for the City of San Jose as well as other local residents. We all had one vision in mind: to make San Jose a safe and fun place to ride a bike.
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 back to the drawing board and provide us with a couple more renditions of the concept we agreed on. Once approved by the group it will be sent off to be printed on the bags.