Bike to Shop Day 2015

Like Bike to Work Day, Bike to Shop Day is an annual program that encourages people to ride bicycles for everyday transportation as part of National Bike Month celebrations. This day is to encourage people to shop by bike at local businesses. Bike to Shop Day for Silicon Valley is May 23, 2015. Shopping by bike is a great way for people to have fun and get a little exercise while taking care of our daily or weekly errands. Unlike most work commutes, most errands are local trips of under 2 miles. That’s less than 15 minutes of bicycling for most people and only about 5 minutes more than a trip by car. Other benefits include: Shopping by bike is an easy way to get the recommended 30 minutes a day of exercise health professionals recommend. Plus you’re “double dipping” by using errand time as exercise time. Bike parking is usually closer to the shop door. It’s great to roll right up to premium parking. Since you’re buying only what you can carry, there’s less temptation to buy more than you need. Many bike shoppers come home feeling energized instead of drained, especially after a chain of errands. Shoppers that arrive by bike are great for local businesses. Where parking is limited, having people arrive by bike means more customers with fewer parking spaces as well as less street congestion. Customers that shop by bike are more loyal. They shop at businesses closer to home, shop more frequently and do less shopping around for the best deal. For many shoppers, pedaling to another city to save a buck isn’t...

CANCELLED: Ride to Downtown Willow Glen

UPDATE 4/7: This ride has been cancelled, as it is literally going to rain on our parade. Check back with the SVBC calendar for a rescheduled ride soon! Join the SVBC San José Team on a casual bike ride from the SVBC office to downtown Willow Glen to check out the new trial road diet and bike lanes on Lincoln Avenue. We’ll leave the office at 5:00 pm to see the new facilities in the height of rush hour traffic. While in Willow Glen, we’ll tour the new bike lanes, then take some time to patronize the Willow Glen business(es) of your choice. We’ll leave Willow Glen at 6:15 and return to downtown San José at approximately 6:45. Though we love the new roadway layout, not all businesses and residents are convinced of the benefits of the Lincoln Avenue road diet. Let’s put our money where our advocacy is and show the merchants of Willow Glen just how much we appreciate the chance to arrive and shop by...

Bike to Shop Day

Like Bike to Work Day, Bike to Shop Day is an annual program that encourages people to ride bicycles for everyday transportation as part of National Bike Month celebrations. This day is a one-day promotion to encourage people to shop by bike at local businesses. Bike to Shop Day for Silicon Valley is May 17, 2014. Shopping by bike is a great way for people to have fun and get a little exercise while taking care of our daily or weekly errands. Unlike most work commutes, most errands are local trips of under 2 miles. That’s less than 15 minutes of bicycling for most people and only about 5 minutes more than a trip by car. Other benefits include: Shopping by bike is an easy way to get the recommended 30 minutes a day of exercise health professionals recommend. Plus you’re “double dipping” by using errand time as exercise time. Bike parking is usually closer to the shop door. It’s great to roll right up to premium parking. Since you’re buying only what you can carry, there’s less temptation to buy more than you need Many bike shoppers come home feeling energized instead of drained, especially after a chain of errands. Shoppers that arrive by bike are great for local businesses. Where parking is limited, having people arrive by bike means more customers with fewer parking spaces as well as less street congestion. Customers that shop by bike are more loyal. They shop at businesses closer to home, shop more frequently and do less shopping around for the best deal. For many shoppers, pedaling to another city to save...
Shopping by bike really registers

Shopping by bike really registers

As you may have heard, SVBC is sponsoring something called Bike to Shop Day. We were approached by our super volunteer (and blogger extraordinaire) Janet Lafleur with this wonderful idea. Bike to Work Day is great, she said, but why limit it to work commutes? People can use their bikes for all types of trips, and we should be working with businesses to show them just how important it is for them to support their pedal-powered clientele. Plus, she said, it will be fun! Like, with candy and stuff! How could we turn her down? We’ve been mulling over small business outreach for a long time here at SVBC. We know that bike mean business, but sometimes it’s difficult to convince our local business owners. If only everybody knew that bike infrastructure can boost retail sales (even as car travel gets slowed), or we could effectively show our neighbors that people who shop by biking or walking actually tend to spend more than people who drive to shop, we could create new allies in our small business community. Well, Janet’s idea was simpler than anything my colleagues and I came up with: show people how easy it is to shop by bike, let businesses know that people are headed their way by bike, and throw some discounts and goodies into the mix to make it fun. Voilà! Bike to Shop Day was born. I hope you’ll join me for a little car-free consumerism on May 17. It’s easy! We have tutorials, a map of all the participating businesses, and a drawing you can enter when you show us how...

Bikecrawl: Bikes mean business (and bulbous bellies)

There are few things that pair better with a nice bike ride than food. What better excuse to ride your bike than the opportunity to dine on a sunny patio at your destination? We rolled with this notion last Saturday, when we partnered with Dishcrawl to organize the first ever Bikecrawl, a two-wheeled tour of Downtown San José eateries. We began our epicurean journey at On a Roll, located in the beautiful San Pedro Square Market. The spring rolls were the perfect appetizer for our moveable feast. Next, we ventured down San Pedro Street to bike-friendly San Fernando Street, jogged northward on First Street and walked our bikes half a block to The City Fish, a new offering from a long-established San José restaurateur family. The fish was hot and crispy and generally regarded as delicious. Our group of 30 rider-eaters completely took the joint over for half an hour as we dined. Our next destination, Taqueria San José, was just a few blocks down Santa Clara Street, so we took the long route down First Street and St. John Street. I was so happy to hear participants ooh and ahh over tacos from a place I've patronized for years. ¡Que ricos! Everybody was quite full after stop the third, but there was more eating to be done! The Pita Pit on Second Street was our final stop of the day. The Pit was generous to us Bikecrawlers, doling out well-stuffed half pitas to all. It was too much for a few, who decided to take their final sampling to go. Full and happy, we returned to San Pedro...