Connecting Our Communities

The small-town nature of Silicon Valley means that you may live in one city, work in another, and do your errands in a third. It is our goal to expand transit options by making sure that people and families of all ages and abilities can get to all your destinations in a safe, comfortable and convenient way – on a bike! We would like to connect our communities, from end to end. This means working with cities and the counties to improve local bike facilities and routes, and ensure that they are working to fill in the gaps and make their jurisdiction a welcoming place for people to choose a bike as transportation. These types of campaigns focus on implementing city bike plans, creating neighborhood bikeways, improving local streets and creating North-South bike routes.

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  • Ralston Avenue corridor bike lanes in Belmont

  • Recent News

    Tell the Super Bowl Host Committee you support bike parking

    Free valet bicycle parking, which is available at all 49ers home games and most events at Levi’s Stadium, will not be offered at Super Bowl 50. In fact, no option for arriving by bike is mentioned on the Super Bowl 50 website. We feel this is a wasted opportunity to provide and promote sustainable transportation at the most-watched television broadcast in the nation. If you agree, please sign our petition urging Super Bowl organizers to support biking to this and future events. We will send the signed petition to organizers on February...

    San Jose Bike Party Celebrates its 100th Ride

    This Friday, January 15, San Jose Bike Party (SJBP) will ride for the 100th time since October 2007. With a simple mission of building community through bicycling, SJBP has made a tremendous impact in increasing bicycle use among people of all ages and backgrounds. They have also collaborated with city leaders and groups like SVBC to promote bike-friendly programs and advocate for better bike infrastructure in San Jose.

    Mark Hirsch, SJBP Organizer, GiDM Co-Founder, and SVBC member, shares with us his thoughts on SJBP’s 100th ride.

    San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Now Accepting Applications

    The County of San Mateo has issued a call for applicants for their newly formed Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Applications are due Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5 pm. The BPAC will advise the Board of Supervisors on policies, programs, funding, and other issues that relate to improving and increasing walking and bicycling transportation in San Mateo County. Eligible applicants are people who live in San Mateo County (either in incorporated cities or in unincorporated areas). Members will be selected to represent the interests of older adults, safe routes to schools, bicycling, and other walking/bicycling interests.

    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 [link] 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.

    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.

    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 .

    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.

    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 member, 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 wheel and deal with other organizations intent on carving out a place in the measure for their interests.

    Holly St. and Highway 101 update

    Freeway crossings are one of the biggest barriers to biking and walking and discourage people from biking for transportation. As highway interchanges are updated, they should include safe and comfortable facilities for all roadway users, for all ages and abilities, which is the definition of Complete Streets. The Holly Street overcrossing of Highway 101 in San Carlos currently has a narrow sidewalk on one side, some fading sharrows, and shoulders adjacent to 4-6 lanes of fast-moving traffic entering and exiting the freeway. Even the most experienced bicycle riders are intimidated by this interchange, with good reason.

    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...