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...
Join the SVBC Team for Climate Ride 2016

Join the SVBC Team for Climate Ride 2016

Ever wanted to explore the gorgeous Northern California coastline by bike? Here’s your chance! We are looking for folks to join SVBC in May for the Climate Ride, a gorgeous five-day ride to raise funds and awareness for Climate Change and the bicycle as the best form of active transportation. As a member of Team SVBC, you will help further our work to create a community that values, includes, and encourages bicycling for all purposes for all people. Fundraising minimum: Raise $2,800 by May 13, 2016 Team SVBC goal: $20,000 About the ride: May 22 – May 26, 2016 Redwood Empire to San Francisco Climate Ride California is a stunning cycling adventure that begins in California’s historic Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. It is more than a bike trip – it’s an inspiring journey with like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles – the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation. The professional Climate Ride volunteers take care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 40-60 miles per day of carefully planned routes on scenic back roads. It’s challenging yet doable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. Meals, snacks, bike support, luggage transport, and all of the logistics are included. On the road, the Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable. How to participate: To register, go...
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...
2015 Successes at SVBC

2015 Successes at SVBC

As the year comes to a close, we would like to take a moment to celebrate the 2015 biggest wins for SVBC and the bicycling communities in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. First, thank you. Thank you to the membership, volunteers, partners, staff, and board for helping to improve the community, economy and environment through bicycling. Below is an outline of some of our favorite successes this year but it’s not comprehensive. Please feel free to share your favorite accomplishments with us by email or through social media by tagging us (@BikeSiliconValley) and using the hashtag: #BikeWins. Advancing Vision Zero: Arguably the most poorly named initiative around, since 2010 SVBC has been working toward “Vision Zero,” the goal of zero deaths and life-altering injuries on our roadways. This year, SVBC partnered with California Walks to release the Vision Zero Toolkit, a roadmap for city staff and policymakers to adopt and implement a Vision Zero policy and plan. This Toolkit will help more cities move towards safer streets and provides a how-to manual for making Vision Zero easy to implement. Educating New Bicyclists: Kids are the future which is why SVBC dedicates so much time getting in to schools and teaching kids how to safely ride. SVBC’s Safe Routes to School education team taught over 100 bicycle and pedestrian safety workshops in 2015, reaching nearly 3,000 youth participants in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. We anticipate reaching over 6,000 students by the end of the 2015-16 school year. 35,000+ Bicyclists and Pedestrians Take Back San Jose’s Streets: SVBC partnered with the City of San Jose to produce the...
Games, Grub, and Gifts at Freewheelin’

Games, Grub, and Gifts at Freewheelin’

SVBC members showed up to Freewheelin’ ready to party last Friday, December 4. LinkedIn generously hosted our Annual Winter Party at their Sunnyvale location. The evening festivities included tasty food and drinks, a goofy photo booth, an exciting silent auction, and a game room featuring pool, Foosball, and giant Jenga. Click here for more great photos from the evening. We can’t thank our dedicated members and volunteers enough for a wonderful year! Special thanks to: Gordon Biersch, Dolan Law Firm, and...
Today, Help Get More People Like Sal on a Bicycle

Today, Help Get More People Like Sal on a Bicycle

Today, December 1, is Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving to nonprofit organizations doing important work. Invest today in SVBC and support programs that get more people on bikes and make streets safer for everyone. Sal Alvarez, an SVBC member, decided last spring that he wanted to ride a bike for transportation. He had watched his father’s health fade and wondered, “How can I improve my health to make sure I am around a long time for my children?” An employee with the City of San Jose, Sal also realized that his meetings were generally downtown – a couple miles from each other at most – and he felt that biking made good sense. Like anyone trying something new, he had a few hurdles. He was nervous because he hadn’t been on a bike in a while, and the only bike he had wasn’t comfortable to ride. He had a lot of questions about the bike, the gear, the clothing, and his safety. Problem solver that he is, Sal asked the advice of SVBC staffers and other bike commuters. He found the right bike, realized he didn’t need special clothing, and discovered a route that could take him home safely and quickly. Now Sal rides 2-3 times per week and has lost 25 lbs. He enjoys his morning commute and is figuring out the next hurdle – riding in the dark. We have already been chatting about lights and reflective clothing. Sal is not unique. Sixty percent of people say they are interested in riding regularly but have concerns. We know that to get people out there on...