Over the weekend of November 16–17, more than 20 California College of the Arts (CCA) undergraduate design students participated in a “design sprint” for bicycle safety in Silicon Valley. Organized by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s Roadway Safety Solutions Team and CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life, the challenge asked students to create an intervention campaign that would 1) improve the relationship between motorists and cyclists in Silicon Valley, and 2) encourage behavior change to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
The wait is over! San Mateo County and City Association of Governments (C/CAG) has announced the post of Active Transportation Coordinator focusing on bike/ped planning and projects. The deadline to apply is October 17th.
Last week I met with an assistant district attorney in Santa Clara County to better understand how the office decides to prosecute in incidents that involve bicyclists.
Some new things that I learned:
In a collision between a vehicle and a bicycle, it is only considered a crime if 1) There is a resultant fatality or 2) There is an injury that involves gross negligence or reckless driving by the motorist.
There are three levels of negligence: