Summer Bicycling Workshops for 100 San Jose Youth + Free Bikes!

Summer Bicycling Workshops for 100 San Jose Youth + Free Bikes!

Bikes and sunny days: what could be better? This summer, SVBC partnered with the City of San Jose’s Fit Camp program to deliver fun, engaging, and educational bicycling workshops to youth throughout the city. Nearly 100 youth from six community centers gained knowledge and confidence as they learned essential bike riding skills through instruction, fun games, bicycle rodeos, maintenance workshops, and rides. Some of the top highlights from camps included a couple of rides through neighborhood streets and along the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Through this program, we were also as able to donate 18 bikes and 39 helmets to youth in most need, as well as provide a fleet of bikes for the Roosevelt Community Center to utilize in future year-round bike programs. These bikes were donated by Palo Alto-based software company TIBCO, who also enjoyed a fun, team-building day of building the bikes and getting them ready for the youth. We thank TIBCO for their generous donation of bikes and the City of San Jose’s Safe Summer Initiatives program for funding these workshops that kept youth active and engaged through the summer. TIBCO bike donation — Thanks! Youth skills course Ride along the Los Gatos Creek...

Board of Directors nominations 2015

The SVBC Board of Directors is actively seeking new board members who share and support the vital interests of the SVBC. New board members will begin a two-year term beginning January 2016. We are especially seeking candidates with human resources and prior non-profit board experience, and we are focused on attracting candidates who represent the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The Board of Directors of SVBC is elected to serve the membership in guiding policy, conducting governance, and keeping the organization effective in pursuing our key mission to promote the bicycle for everyday use. Board members are expected to prepare for and attend all board meetings (currently four each year, plus an introductory dinner), and to actively participate on at least one of the standing board committees (currently governance, finance, and development). Board members are expected to make a personally significant financial contribution to SVBC, either directly or though their work on the board. Typical duties of the board include: Governing the organization by establishing broad policies and yearly goals Ensuring the availability of adequate financial resources through fundraising Reviewing and approving annual budgets Being accountable for organization performance to our membership and stakeholders Actively participating in one or more of the standing and ad hoc committees The board governs with an emphasis on outward vision and strategic leadership, and is committed to ethical, professional, and lawful conduct. We encourage prospective candidates to review the SVBC bylaws and descriptions of Board Committees. These documents specify the workings and size of the board, the number and roles of the officers, and the board selection...
Family Bicycling Fun

Family Bicycling Fun

Over the last two years, SVBC was able to offer and organize 20 free Family Bicycling Workshops reaching over 900 participants. From Morgan Hill to Half Moon Bay, SVBC partnered with community centers, schools, libraries, businesses, public agencies, and community organizations to put on educational, interactive, and fun Family Bicycling Workshops. These workshops incorporated information and activities about rules of the road, bike handling skills, ride planning, and even bike repair. In addition to promoting and encouraging safe bicycling for recreation and transportation, SVBC was also able to facilitate the distribution of 42 new and refurbished bicycles and nearly 300 helmets to those in need. Additionally, through a variety of partnerships with San Jose Bike Clinic, Bay Area Bike Mobile, and local bike shops, nearly 150 bikes were repaired free of charge. All of these free workshops were made possible thanks to a grant received from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) Spare the Air Youth program. We look forward to seeking similar funding in the future to offer this resource to even more...
Now hiring: Education Programs Coordinator

Now hiring: Education Programs Coordinator

Purpose: The Education Programs Coordinator will play an important role in supporting the varied work of the Education Programs department, with an emphasis on Safe Routes to School (SR2S) programs in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Education Programs are an important part of SVBC’s mission and integral to several of our strategic outcomes. Position reports to Education Programs Manager and works closely with Deputy Director and Outreach Manager. Description: Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Education Programs Coordinator supports the Safe Routes to School Program and other educational efforts by providing program coordination, education, and support to school districts, school sites, and community partners. This position will be running or supporting programs that engage youth grades K-12 as well as programs that provide bicycling safety and skills education to the general public, and shall assume accountability for the results in achieving the outlined goals and objectives of those programs. Primary responsibilities of the Education Programs Coordinator include (but are not limited to): Develop, plan, promote, implement, and evaluate a wide-range of youth and family-related events. Measure performance, relevancy, and effectiveness of assigned programs. Ongoing program development and strategic planning. Work with the Outreach Manager to use a range of communication and marketing tools to promote events and increase attendance. Coordinate with partner organizations and cities to schedule, promote, and design effective programs. Instruct in-class and on-bike lessons on bicycle and pedestrian safety to youth ranging in age from 6-18. Coordinate and instruct a variety of adult education classes and events, including workshops, presentations, and skills courses. Work with PTAs, principals, teachers, school staff, and public agency...
Lincoln Avenue Road Diet needs your help to survive

Lincoln Avenue Road Diet needs your help to survive

The June 18 community meeting to discuss the Lincoln Avenue road diet in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood had an impressive turnout of both supporters and detractors of the project. Several hundred residents filled the Willow Glen High School auditorium, with many donning extra large t-shirts with a red circle and stripe through the words “Road Diet” to show their disapproval. Despite the fact that most reactions to the road diet, and the data behind it, have been positive, there was an undeniable sense that the opponents were out in force that night. City staff presented the results of the three-month trial period road diet (PDF). Traffic had been reduced! Speeds had been reduced! Travel times were up by a few minutes during the worst times of day, true, but one of the goals of the project was to make Lincoln Avenue less appealing to commuter traffic using Willow Glen’s main drag as an alternative to Highway 87. Mission accomplished! Importantly, bicycling and walking had increased. And cut-through traffic on side streets was either not significantly increased or actually reduced. To us, to many residents and business owners, and to the city, these were all positive results. SVBC and our partners at California Walks had written a letter to Councilmember Oliverio, the Willow Glen Business and Neighborhood Associations, and the Department of Transportation to voice our support for the trial and celebrate the results. I also attended the community meeting with several SVBC members. We spoke about the multiple goals that have been achieved by the road diet: To reduce and slow vehicle traffic, shifting Lincoln Avenue away from...
Burlingame Criterium + Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Ride This Weekend

Burlingame Criterium + Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Ride This Weekend

The 12th Annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Bike Ride, part of the 29th Annual Burlingame Criterium, is one of the largest kids’ bike rides in the US. The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2015. Each year, close to 700 children twelve & under pedal to the finish with thunderous applause. Feeling proud of their “win,” each child happily receives a medal, popsicle and goody bag. Ryan’s Ride is a labor of love to memorialize Ryan, who died to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood in July 2003 at age 2 years old. Ryan and his twin brother Matthew were born after their father battled and survived cancer. While the event is free, children participants raise pledges for the Ryan Phua Memorial Fund, established through the LIVESTRONG Foundation to fund cancer-related programs in the Bay Area. Over $650,000 has been raised so far. There will be free entertainment for the whole family after the ride. Top fundraisers receive gift certificates to a local toy store or a brand new bike. Get the details about Ryan’s...