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...

Upper Guadalupe River Trail closure

This just in from San Jose’s Trails Program: Please be aware that the Guadalupe River Trail between Blossom Hill Road and south of Chynoweth Avenue (Cilker Park river-side entrance) is currently closed for flood control work along the river channel. The trail is closed from June 10 to October 30 (or as further updated). The flood control project by the US Army Corps of Engineers will alter the channel and requires the removal of the existing trail. Through long-term and careful coordination between the City, Santa Clara Valley Water District and US Army Corps, a new paved trail will be in place with reopening, and generally follow the same river-side alignment (just at a different elevation). Please follow the posted detour during this time. Visit the city’s trails page for more...

Campbell BPAC update for May 2015

Thanks as always to Laura Smith for this update from the Campbell Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Want to share news from your BPAC, BAC, or Complete Streets Committee with SVBC’s readers? Send an email to submissions@bikesiliconvalley.org with your latest news and we’ll publish it! Campbell Avenue Portals Project: The project is really moving along now. Daylight can be seen at both ends of each portal. Construction is still on track to be completed by August 2015. This project is going to vastly enhance the safety of both pedestrians and cyclists using Campbell Avenue. Hacienda Avenue Improvement Project: Work was delayed first by the weather in late 2014 and later by the presence of underground cobblestones. The good news is that the project is still to be completed this summer. Virginia Avenue Sidewalk Project: The project received federal environmental clearance and in February, City staff requested authorization from Caltrans to proceed with the construction phrase. It’s possible that construction could start this summer. Harriet/McCoy/San Tomas Aquino Signalization Project: The staff awarded the contract for the topographic survey. Their design will serve as the groundwork for the project. Potential Sharrow Locations: There was much discussion about using sharrows and where to put them. Potential locations were based on proximity to parks, schools, and other existing bikeways. Some of the street segments included: Virginia Avenue, Budd Avenue, Chapman Drive, East and West Hacienda Avenue and East Rincon Avenue. Several street segments, Eden Avenue and McCoy Avenue, would require input from City to San Jose. More on this project as information is...
Bay Area Bike Share to expand throughout region

Bay Area Bike Share to expand throughout region

As we first teased last month, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) voted today to dramatically expand Bay Area Bike Share from 750 to over 7,000 bikes by the end of 2017. Of note for SVBC members, the San José system will expand to 1,000 bikes! The locations of new Bike Share stations will be determined, in part, based upon recommendations by individuals and businesses. Motivate — the new owner of the Bike Share system — is distributing a map to enable public requests for bike share stations. We urge you to submit requests for your city through the map. Where makes most sense for you as you work, shop, attend meetings, and more in San José? The pilot cities of Redwood City, Palo Alto, and Mountain View will have until June 2016 to make modifications to their station placement and work with sponsors and advertisers. This is key as the cities were limited in the pilot and will now be given more freedom to make the system work best for their needs, in particular as a way to get from Caltrain stations to destinations that aren’t within walking distance. With more usage, these cities will be able to maintain their system with lower levels of operating costs. Other cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties will be able to opt into the system using local funds. However, MTC will also be providing $4.5 million to assist emerging communities who would like to implement bike share. The expansion of Bay Area Bike Share and the introduction of discounted passes will allow more people to choose bicycles as a viable transportation...
Action Alert: Call Your Legislators NOW for More Active Transportation Program Funding

Action Alert: Call Your Legislators NOW for More Active Transportation Program Funding

Just a few weeks ago, we joined advocates from around the state to ask for increased funding for the state Active Transportation Program (ATP). The program creates safe streets and sidewalks in communities across the state, giving people the freedom to bicycle or walk to wherever they want to go. Last year, local projects funded include the East Palo Alto Pedestrian/Bike Bridge (above image) and Safe Routes to School programs for the San Jose Unified School District. On May 14th, however, the Governor released his “May revise” budget proposal, and despite over $1 billion in new available revenues, we were disappointed that the Active Transportation Program did not get a boost in funding. Earlier this spring, we joined 120 organizations statewide to call for an additional $100 million to build out bicycling and walking networks statewide, and high demand for the program locally far outpaced available funding in the first grant cycle. Traffic calming and pedestrian/bicycle improvements on Almaden Road in San Jose and Safe Routes to School programs in Cupertino, San Mateo and San Jose were not able to receive ATP funds. On Wednesday May 20 our champions in the Assembly budget committee stepped up and proposed a $25 million increase the the ATP. The final budget, which will be adopted by June 15, can still be modified to include more funding for the ATP. We have one chance to push back and ask the Legislature to counter Governor Brown’s proposal. Help us fight to increase the state’s investment in the Active Transportation Program so that all Californians can enjoy the freedom of walking and bicycling safely in...