Tell the Super Bowl Host Committee you support bike parking

Tell the Super Bowl Host Committee you support bike parking

Free valet bicycle parking, which is available at all 49ers home games and most events at Levi’s Stadium, will not be offered at Super Bowl 50. In fact, no option for arriving by bike is mentioned on the Super Bowl 50 website. We feel this is a wasted opportunity to provide and promote sustainable transportation at the most-watched television broadcast in the nation. If you agree, please sign our petition urging Super Bowl organizers to support biking to this and future events. We will send the signed petition to organizers on February...
Support studying Vision Zero in Sunnyvale

Support studying Vision Zero in Sunnyvale

Thanks to bike advocate and Sunnyvale BPAC member Kevin Jackson for sharing this call to action with the SVBC community. SVBC submitted a letter (PDF) to the Sunnyvale City Council about the proposed Vision Zero study issue last week. You probably know about the Vision Zero program, but if not you can read about it here. An obvious question is: Why would anyone be against this? Beats me, but in Sunnyvale a proposal to study developing a Vision Zero plan needs council’s vote of approval in a workshop this Friday. Some in the city don’t see the value in a Vision Zero program, so I’m asking for your help to make it happen. The Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) sponsored the study issue last year in order to develop such a plan for our city. Even if you don’t normally ride here, you have a vested interest in the outcome, because mainstreaming this enlightened approach to traffic safety will promote wider adoption. And that benefits all road users everywhere, especially the most vulnerable ones (that’s us). The BPAC study issue proposal is DPW 16-01 (PDF) and the staff description can be found in the 2016 study issues listed here. Click on the link for 2016 study issues and look for DPW 16-01 near the bottom. If you still wish to support our efforts you can write to the Sunnyvale council at council@sunnyvale.ca.gov. They will be making the final decisions about this year’s study issues at their January 29 workshop, so be sure to send your thoughts in before then. No need to be eloquent, the important thing...
San Jose Bike Party Celebrates its 100th Ride

San Jose Bike Party Celebrates its 100th Ride

This Friday, January 15, San Jose Bike Party (SJBP) will ride for the 100th time since October 2007. With a simple mission of building community through bicycling, SJBP has made a tremendous impact in increasing bicycle use among people of all ages and backgrounds. They have also collaborated with city leaders and groups like SVBC to promote bike-friendly programs and advocate for better bike infrastructure in San Jose. Mark Hirsch, SJBP Organizer, GiDM Co-Founder, and SVBC member, shares with us his thoughts on SJBP’s 100th ride. We have come a long way from our humble beginnings as a fun group ride from the Campbell Water Tower, and then Dick’s Center on Bascom Avenue. We have covered a great deal of miles and spread the joy of Bike Party throughout the South Bay. Our style of social ride as a more rule-abiding group than Critical Mass has helped to spread this format around the U.S. and beyond to different countries. Over the last few years we have attracted riders of all kinds. We have our road cyclists in lycra, our every day commuters, BMX riders, Fixie Riders, Stretch Cruisers & OBC’s, and our beloved Music Bikes. Bike Party is the one time where riders of all kinds come together to celebrate not only the joys of cycling, but to also come together as a community at least once a month. We hear the same story repeated over and over again about people’s experience with San Jose Bike Party. They get pulled into this event by a friend or they see us riding by. After a while, the joy of riding...
SVBC Spotlight: San Jose Fighting to Improve Safety

SVBC Spotlight: San Jose Fighting to Improve Safety

Being an advocate for a healthier community, environment, and economy across multiple communities is a lot like being a parent: We love all our cities and towns like children, but we have our favorites (Don’t tell your brother!). Of course we have great expectations for each and every one of the 30-odd municipalities we serve. Still, we can’t help but feel a fondness for the places that are leading the way in getting more people out of their cars and onto bikes. Today, we take a look at the biggest sibling in our family (okay, I may be stretching the metaphor a little thin): San Jose. The largest and most populous city in the Bay Area is not necessarily an easy place to promote bicycling. Though flat and sunny, the Capital of Silicon Valley is a 189-square-mile study in sprawl, with a crisscrossing network of freeways and expressways dividing neighborhoods and forcing traffic onto just a few main roads that traverse the city. In order to ride from one neighborhood to the next, people on bikes often have to share fast-moving, high capacity streets with motorists while navigating past on ramps, free right turns, and seemingly endless parking lot driveways. Nevertheless, San Jose is a city striving to become a leader in moving people by bike, and it has big goals. In 2009 the city adopted its Bike Plan 2020, which calls for five percent of all trips to be taken by bike by 2020. To accomplish this, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) are working together to complete a 500-mile...
San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Now Accepting Applications

San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Now Accepting Applications

The County of San Mateo has issued a call for applicants for their newly formed Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Applications are due Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5 pm. The BPAC will advise the Board of Supervisors on policies, programs, funding, and other issues that relate to improving and increasing walking and bicycling transportation in San Mateo County. Eligible applicants are people who live in San Mateo County (either in incorporated cities or in unincorporated areas). Members will be selected to represent the interests of older adults, safe routes to schools, bicycling, and other walking/bicycling interests. This comes after over five years of advocacy from SVBC for the county to create a BPAC. You can read previous blog posts here and here that summarize the history. Joining this BPAC is your opportunity to provide feedback to the County staff and Board of Supervisors on what would make San Mateo County a better and safer place to bike. Please consider applying and making your voice heard. Applications are available from Alicia Garcia, Deputy Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 400 County Center, Redwood City or by calling (650) 363-4634. Applications are also available at: https://bnc.smcgov.org/vacancies For more information about this Commission, please contact: Ellen Barton, Active Transportation Coordinator in the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability at (650) 599-1420 or ebarton@smcgov.org. Three other new BPACs have been created this year, including Redwood City, Belmont, and Atherton. Redwood City held the first meeting of their Complete Streets Committee in December and Atherton held their first BPAC meeting in...
Results of SVBC Survey on Caltrain Use

Results of SVBC Survey on Caltrain Use

We recently partnered with San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to gather your thoughts on our work towards Caltrain’s bike-friendly future through on online survey. A huge thank you to everyone who took their survey and provided feedback! Following a successful campaign to increase bike capacity on future electrified Caltrain trains (coming 2020) and secure $3 million in funding for bike parking at stations, we wanted to hear from you on what improvements would help make accessing Caltrain as easy and convenient as possible for you. The results of this survey will give us a data-driven approach to our future Caltrain advocacy work and help us accurately communicate the needs of our members to Caltrain. With over 300 responses, we heard that: Most are long-time riders: over 50% of respondents have been riding Caltrain for more than five years. The majority of respondents ride Caltrain every weekday or multiple days a week to commute to and from work. Almost all respondents bike from home to the station and from the station to their final destination. Most common origin: San Francisco 4th and King San José Diridon San Francisco 22nd Street Mountain View Palo Alto Sunnyvale Most common destination: San Francisco 4th and King Palo Alto Mountain View San José Diridon Menlo Park Redwood City If they could not bring their bike on the train, most respondents would drive alone to their destination (45%). This question allowed users to choose all that apply. Ranking second were: not making the trip or locking their bike at station and taking Caltrain (30% each). The latter is where there is a lot of opportunity for...