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...

Need a Bike Route to Work, School, or the Store? Virtual Bike Route Scouts Can Help!

Ever been stuck in traffic while a bike commuter breezes past you with a big smile on her face? Or maybe you’ve seen someone merrily riding along, with groceries in his bike bags? You’d love to try commuting or shopping by bike, but aren’t sure how to find a bike-friendly route that will work for you. If only someone could help … You’re in luck! SVBC will soon be launching Virtual Bike Route Scouts, our personalized route advice service! If you want to ride your bike from “point A to point B” but aren’t sure how to find a route, you’ll soon be able to get the help you need from the Route Scouts. You’ll tell the Route Scouts where you’re starting your ride and where you want to go. Just answer a few queries about your riding preferences so that your Route Scout can craft a route you’ll enjoy. For instance, are you interested in the most direct route or would you prefer a route that might be longer but has many bike-friendly features (green lanes, light traffic, etc.)? Maybe you’re looking for a route that doesn’t involve lots of hills, or you need a route that will take the least amount of travel time. If there are specific roads that you don’t want to use, the Route Scouts will want to know that, too. Based on your answers, you’ll receive a suggested route complete with turn-by-turn directions, total distance, estimated travel time, and descriptions of hills along the way (if any). All you have to do is enjoy your new route! Want to Help Others Use Bikes...
Envision Tax Dollars Being Spent

Envision Tax Dollars Being Spent

The latest step in our campaign to get quality bike and pedestrian projects included in the (potential) upcoming transportation sales tax measure took the form of a survey, sent to our members, to gauge their support for different project types. The results are in! Some priorities were expected, some were a surprise. All will help guide our work as we collaborate with other organizations intent on carving out a place in the measure for their interests. Didn’t fill out the survey? The first time we sent it out, we focused on current SVBC members who live in Santa Clara County. Now, we’d like to open it up to the general public. Click here to share your thoughts on Envision Silicon Valley! Read on to see what we learned from the member-focused poll: San Jose represented Of the 110 responses, 41 were from San Jose residents. At 37%, that rate exceeds the representation of San Joseans in our membership overall (25%). Respondents from Mountain View and Sunnyvale were tied for second place, at 12.7%, with a 10% response rate from Palo Alto after that. Take our money, please! We asked people, “In general, do you support the idea of a sales tax of up to 1/2 cent to fund transportation projects in Santa Clara County?” The response was an overwhelming “Yes,” at almost 78% (a transportation sales tax needs a two-thirds vote to pass). Pick and choose The bulk of the survey presented participants with 17 project types and 8 program types and asked them to choose those that fell to the top and bottom of their wish lists. Some...
Page Mill/280 Interim Improvement Process

Page Mill/280 Interim Improvement Process

In the six weeks since cyclist Jeff Donnelly was fatally struck by a vehicle on Page Mill Road near Highway 280, staffers at all the involved agencies have been working to improve, fund, and construct an interim design solution that will boost safety in the short term. SVBC has proposed a forum intended to gather public input and come to consensus on a design. The County Roads and Airports Department would prefer to first meet with technical staff from Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Caltrans, then bring a more fleshed-out design to local cyclists for input. In any case, finding the money necessary for detailed design and construction is first on the to-do list. Here is the timeline proposed by the County: Find the money and agree on implementation roles. VTA has identified some potential funding sources but more will be needed. County is refining the cost estimates and will be talking to Caltrans and the cities about what they can contribute. The County expects to have a proposed funding plan in January. Also, this is all in Caltrans’ right-of-way and further discussion is needed about whether Caltrans could deliver the project and to clarify Caltrans’ role in the design. Design. The County’s concept was preliminary and needs refinement and more thorough design. There will be a technical working group consisting of Caltrans, Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, and VTA staff as well as a couple of representatives from the VTA/County BPAC to provide input into certain design questions. Public outreach. Supervisor Joe Simitian has generously agreed to facilitate a forum once agency technical...