2015 Voting and Election Information for SVBC Members

Share Tweet Our December 2015 election is now open and all current SVBC members are being contacted to be involved in this crucial process. This year’s election includes voting on a new Bike to Work Day role for SVBC and on eight candidates for the Board of Directors: five returning and three new. The entire slate of candidates and the merger have been strongly recommended by the current SVBC Board; we think you will agree when you read their statements, but they need your votes! Voting is open from November 23 through December 6. The election is being held online, and an email with the link and information was sent to all current members for whom SVBC has an email address. If you are a member and did not receive notice of the election on December 2, then it is possible we do not have your correct email. Please send inquiries regarding the ballot to Anne Fisher, afisher@bikesiliconvalley.org. There will also be an opportunity to vote at the Winter Party on December 4. Vote to approve merger of Bay Area Bicycle Coalition into Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition ACTION: Approve the recommendation from SVBC Board of Directors to have Bay Area Bicycle Coalition merge into SVBC, and coordinate the regional Bike to Work Month. Summary The Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is recommending a merger with Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC), in which SVBC will assume all of BABC’s assets and liabilities. This includes BABC’s existing contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to coordinate Bike to Work Day (BTWD). SVBC would continue with the regional Bike...
A Potential New Bike to Work Day Role for SVBC

A Potential New Bike to Work Day Role for SVBC

This update on SVBC’s role in Bike Month was authored by our executive director Shiloh Ballard. Having come from the world of policy advocacy, many of my friends ask how the new job is going and whether I miss advocacy. Yes and no. It’s easy for me to gravitate towards the work of our policy team – working with Caltrain to increase bike capacity, figuring out the next phase of bike share on the Peninsula, or coordinating with Santa Clara County leaders on a potential new transportation sales tax. But instead I’m focused on what many might characterize as the more mundane but necessarily elements of the Bike Coalition: reviewing contracts, raising money, and playing a support role to a great team. One project that is on my plate is something that you don’t often hear of in the nonprofit world but is rampant in the for-profit sector – a merger and acquisition. In this case, the intent isn’t to gobble up competition, but rather to leverage SVBC’s strengths to improve how a regional program is run. Bike coalitions are often best known for their Bike to Work programs. This is certainly true in the Bay Area, where Bike to Work Day and Bike Month (in May) gets tens of thousands of people on their bikes. Financial backing for Bike Month comes from two main sources, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and corporate sponsorships. Currently, MTC contracts directly with the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) to run the program for the nine-county Bay Area. BABC was formed years ago for several reasons, one of which was to oversee Bike...
Spotlight: Google, SVBC’s 2015 Corporate Cycling Champion

Spotlight: Google, SVBC’s 2015 Corporate Cycling Champion

Tweet Share Friday’s SVBC Annual Dinner will be an opportunity to honor some of this year’s biggest bicycle advocates in Silicon Valley. Along with Janet Lafleur being honored with the 2015 Ellen Fletcher Volunteer Award, Google will be honored with the 2015 Corporate Cycling Champion Award. Google has shown a commitment to reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips and encouraging healthy transportation options for their employees. But beyond its employees, Google understands and appreciates the myriad of societal benefits that come with more people riding bikes in their communities. With their Google Bike Vision Plan, published in partnership with Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Google envisions a place where anyone from ages 8 to 80 can ride a bike safely and comfortably. Google’s Jeral Poskey and Brendon Harrington took some time to answer some questions from us. Enjoy, and be there on October 30 as we honor their efforts at our Annual Dinner! 1. Can you tell us why supporting a safe and accessible bicycling environment, both at Google and in Silicon Valley, is a priority for Google? Biking is a great way to commute, has a low carbon footprint, and it improves riders’ health. Biking is also the best way to add new capacity to our transportation networks. If we can shift more people from cars to bikes, everyone benefits. In addition to building infrastructure, we’re doing a variety of other things to encourage cycling. Our gbikes are probably the largest community bike share program in the Bay Area. We also have a fleet of commuter bikes we loan to Googlers visiting from other offices, people who would ordinarily assume they...

Questions for Redwood City Council Candidates

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is permitted to educate our members about where candidates for public office stand on our issues. We are not permitted to endorse candidates. Questions were developed with the SVBC San Mateo County Local Team. We emailed all the known candidates for Redwood City City Council and received responses from the following: Alicia Aguirre, Ian Bain, Janet Borgens, Rosanne Foust, Shelly Masur, and Tania Sole. Candidates’ responses are listed in alphabetical order following each question. 1. Should bicyclists be accommodated on El Camino Real through your city? If so, how should the roadway be designed to accommodate them? Alicia Aguirre: Bicyclists [should be accommodated] on El Camino and throughout our City. Unfortunately, not all streets, even El Camino are wide enough. My main concern is safety. We have restriped many streets and are in the process of adding more for bicyclists. Sharing the road with automobiles is a good option, as long as it is safe for all. Ian Bain: I have supported the expansion of bike lanes throughout the city, however, I’m not sure about El Camino. The road is very congested, even during non-peak times, so I’m not sure how well that would work. I will be watching Menlo Park very closely to see how their proposal plays out. Janet Borgens: El Camino is heavily traveled by cars and buses. When I bike El Camino I feel much safer when there is a designated bike lane. As we move towards the Grand Boulevard discussion we should look at opportunities that would accommodate both public transportation, cars and bicycles...

Questions for Belmont City Council Candidates

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is permitted to educate our members about where candidates for public office stand on our issues. We are not permitted to endorse candidates. Questions were developed with the SVBC San Mateo County Local Team. We emailed all the known candidates for Belmont City Council and received responses from Davina Hurt and Dwight Looi. The candidate’s responses are listed following each question. 1. Should bicyclists be accommodated on El Camino Real through your city? If so, how should the roadway be designed to accommodate them? Davina Hurt: Several modes of transportation should be accommodated and supported on El Camino Real. We can look to cities with successful bike programs to see how they have implemented a complete streets application. Personally, I have heard from many bicyclists that protected lanes whether by barriers or clearly outlined on the street surface are needed for safe passage. Close attention needs to be made to retrofitting, signage, and intersections. All in all, the roadway needs to be such that safety is integrated into the design and it is a pleasurable experience that will insight more and more people to get out of their cars for a better and healthier environment. Dwight Looi: Given the small number of bicyclists, I do not believe that it is wise to have a dedicated lane for bicycles. This will take away from flow capacity for cars and exacerbate congestion. 2. A generation ago, half of schoolchildren walked or biked to school. Now, only 15% do. Meanwhile obesity and chronic disease linked to inactivity are soaring. How can your...
Mixed-Use Development Project in Santa Clara Needs Your Input

Mixed-Use Development Project in Santa Clara Needs Your Input

They City of Santa Clara and developer Related Companies have partnered to create City Place, a multi-phased, mixed-use destination adjacent to Levi’s Stadium. This 240-acre, 9M square foot development will create a new downtown for Santa Clara and have a significant impact on the surrounding communities and the region at large. The City released the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the development this past Friday, with a 45-day period for review and comments from various stakeholders and the public. There will be two public meetings hosted by Related to answer questions concerning the project. The evenings will start with a presentation at 6:30pm, followed by a chance to speak one-on-one with project experts from a variety of areas of expertise. October 20, 2015 6:30pm-8:00pm Hilton Santa Clara 4949 Great America Pkwy. October 26, 2015 6:30pm-8:00pm Santa Clara Senior Center 1303 Fremont Street Whether your interest is bike/ped connectivity, transit viability, roadway expansion, environmental health, or housing and land use, you are encouraged to attend one of these meetings to learn more – this project is of unprecedented scale for a mixed-use development in the Bay Area. If you would like to peek at the EIR, you will find it here:...