Volunteer for Bike to Work Day 2016

Volunteer for Bike to Work Day 2016

May is National Bike Month, and Bike to Work Day, this year on May 12, 2016, is our biggest event of the year. We can’t make it happen without your help! We have a few open volunteer positions to support Bike to Work Day and other Bike Month Activities. Volunteer positions available: • Bike to Work Day Coordinators: We have an opening for two Bike to Work Day Coordinators who can help out weekly with poster shipments, t-shirt inventory and shipments, and other general Bike to Work Day and SVBC assistance as needed. These are two volunteer positions. This position will start in early April and each will require a commitment of one day a week (preferably Monday or Thursday), 2-4 hours a day, through mid-May. • Bike to Work Day Coordinator – Day of: We have a need for one stellar volunteer on Bike to Work Day itself to inventory t-shirts and to collect and arrange IOUs. This position will require a commitment on May 12, 2016 from 8am-3pm. • Energizer Station Map Creator: Do you have experience with Google Maps, or another GIS mapping software? We have a need for a volunteer to dedicate a few hours to set up the initial map of Energizer Stations in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. This volunteer opportunity requires only one day of commitment, likely 4-6 hours, in early April. • Outreach Captain: With more than 100 Energizer Stations spread throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo County, we are in need of volunteer Outreach Captains to represent SVBC at these locations. Encourage people to join SVBC by buying a...
Join, Renew Your Membership and Enter to Win a Bike, More

Join, Renew Your Membership and Enter to Win a Bike, More

Become an SVBC member or renew your membership during the months of February and March 2016 and be entered into a drawing for a Premium Fixed Gear Bike, Artist Series by Peter Shire, a one month couples membership at CrossFit San Jose, or two Belay Lessons from Planet Granite. Why become an SVBC member? For $35, your one-year membership will support current projects like: Working with transit agencies like Caltrain and VTA to make sure the trains and buses of tomorrow are more bike-friendly. Working with local agencies to construct an interim and long-term solution to making Page Mill Road, and other freeway crossings, safe for bicyclists. Creating a continuous, protected bike lane on El Camino Real. Providing input on bike and pedestrian bridge projects in San Carlos, Menlo Park, Redwood City, and others. Producing programs like Bikepool and Route Scouts that utilize tech and community solutions to help make bicycling more safe and efficient. Already a member? Your new membership will begin the day after your current membership ends. Join the more than 2,200 members of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Become a member...
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...
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...