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...
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...
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...
Supporting Cities’ Funding Applications

Supporting Cities’ Funding Applications

As part of our work to get better biking infrastructure across our two counties, we offer our support to local jurisdictions as they apply for various funding pots. Whether it’s the statewide Active Transportation Program (ATP), nationwide grants, or local level funds, we reach out to cities and the counties to offer our review and support of their grant applications for better bike infrastructure and programs. Because these funding programs for bicycle and pedestrian improvements are always oversubscribed and there are a lot of good projects, support letters from relevant organizations make applications more competitive, can be worth several points in the ranking process, and can be the difference between being awarded a grant or not. However, we don’t blindly support every application that comes across our desk. We take the time to carefully review the project and supporting maps and diagrams and talk with the staff in charge so that we really understand the benefits of the potential project. In addition, we typically run the support letter requests by the relevant SVBC Local Team. In San Mateo County, there are two county-level funding sources for bicycle and pedestrian improvements: Transportation Development Act- Article 3 (TDA-3) administered by the City and County Association of Governments (CCAG) and Measure A, a local sales tax measure for transportation, administered by the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA). The latter is the most recent funding cycle that we were asked to provide support letters for. During this cycle, we received ten requests and wrote support letters for nine of those, after evaluating the projects and speaking with the relevant staff as well...
Update on Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan

Update on Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan

City Council of Millbrae will hold a study session on the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan (MSASP) on Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 pm at City Hall. Following that, there will be a public hearing on the MSASP and the Final Environmental Impact Report on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 pm at City Hall. This gives you two chances to provide your voice and comments to this plan, which will have a big impact on the future of regional transportation moving forward. SVBC first got involved over the summer, partnering with other organizations to educate residents and stakeholders on some of the key issues . After reviewing the documents, we submitted several comment letters to city council, met with the developer working on one of two large projects planned for the site, and communicated with the BART Board of Directors. Primarily, we have worked to make the bicycle circulation stronger, so that it is easy to access the station from north, south, east, and west. The Plan includes a new bike/ped bridge over Highway 101 at Millbrae Avenue, connecting to the Bay Trail. We also have encouraged the city to take a more detailed look at El Camino Real and provide safe and comfortable connections on and across that street. You can see what changes have been made to the plan outside of bicycling at our partner’s site. Plan to attend one of the meetings to make your voice...