As many of you know, the condition of Highway 35 (Skyline Road) has been seriously degraded after a recent chip seal paving job. With your help, I believe we can get Skyline repaved. Please read on for more background and what specific action you can take today to make it happen.
For my vacation this summer, I am--FINALLY--cycling in Tuscany, Italy, and an area in north Lazio known as Tuscania. I have stayed in some interesting places--a farm practicing sustainable farming and olive oil production (they sell to tony New York restaurants) as well as the typical places in Florence and Rome and a hotel in the Tuscan countryside.
The collaborative Roadway Safety Solutions Team (RSST), part of our Vision Zero initiative, recently adopted its two-year strategic plan.
The work of the collaborative will focus on the following areas--with the first two being the primary focal areas:
A couple of weeks ago I went on my first multi-day supported ride--the Climate Ride--320 miles down the northern California coastline from Fortuna to San Francisco. What an amazing experience! We rode through the giant redwoods and along a beautiful coastline with perfect weather. My first century was tucked into it on the third day, as well--thank goodness for tailwinds and cappuccinos.
Last Friday, SVBC hosted a meeting with local advocates and Caltrans representatives to discuss the recent chip seal maintenance job on Highway 35. SVBC heard from a number of our members that the riding experience on Highway 35 had been significantly degraded as a result of the recent chip seal--and we responded.
Our invitation to Caltrans resulted in eight of their staff members meeting with us on site to discuss the issues that cyclists face on Highway 35, and how those have been affected by the recent resurfacing.
On a recent ride from San José to a meeting in Palo Alto, I was checking out the different facilities in each city along the way. Every city has distinctive signage and street markings; It's really fascinating. I found myself thinking that it would be wonderful to have a better understanding of the actual conditions on the ground--so to speak--in all of the communities that SVBC serves.
This Sunday, SVBC member John Novitsky hosted a ride (not a date) and brunch with special guest rider, racer Alison Tetrick. This event was an auction item at our Annual Dinner last October, won by a couple of our friends in the Over the Hill Club.
Unfortunately I have the flu and couldn't join them but it sure looks like they had fun!
San Mateo County Department of Public Works has prepared a modified design of Alpine Road under Highway 280 after incorporating some of our input. Due to their grant funding timeline, this is moving very quickly and they will be submitting their encroachment permit to Caltrans in the very near future--probably next week.
We’ve received encouraging news from San Mateo County’s Public Works Department regarding the Alpine Road/Highway 280 underpass, a project that we’ve previously discussed here and here. Essentially, Caltrans regulations have put Public Works in a position where the department either needs to proceed with a design that SVBC did not originally support, or do nothing at all to the highly problematic interchange.
As announced last month, San Mateo County Public Works has finally found funding for the dangerous underpass at Alpine Road and Highway 280. Unfortunately, the design the County will move forward with was not SVBC's preferred option. This has created some worry in the cycling community that the redesign will not hold up to safety concerns.
I had the opportunity to check out some of the innovative bike facilities in New York last week--in the best way possible: riding around on a rented tourist bike.
SVBC members were invited this year to join our first team ride effort at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's King of the Mountain (KOM) charity ride. Much to our surprise, and to the credit of team leaders and board members Shiloh Ballard and Alyssa Plicka, we were able to recruit 16 people to the SVBC team! It was great fun--and, we took third place in the "largest team" competition!
I'd like to thank the SVBC members who attended Liz Kniss' press event this morning, where she officially announced a proposal to invest $5 million in the Adobe Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge over Highway 101 in Palo Alto and $3 million in the Dumbarton link to the Bay Trail in East Palo Alto (a project SVBC advocates have been working on in conjunction with our Facebook campaign).
SVBC is thrilled to have an amazing Policy Advisory Committee. This election cycle, the committee has decided that SVBC will survey candidates in key races regarding their commitment to advance the cause of biking. While as a 501(c)3 we can't endorse candidates, we can ask them questions and publish their responses to help guide voters. We have determined a set of questions to ask candidates, and now we need your help in determining what races are key in your community!