*SMC BPAC Stakeholder workshop

Member Login Username: Password: A stakeholder workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 3 from 6 to 7:45 pm, at the San Mateo Public Library, Laurel Meeting Room. The workshop will be an opportunity for members of the public to help identify the priority skills and expertise that members of the newly-formed San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee should have, and to discuss priority topic areas for the Committee to consider. The County of San Mateo invites applicants for the newly-established County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Members of the Committee will advise the Board of Supervisors on policies, programs, funding, and other issues that relate to improving and increasing walking and bicycling transportation. People who live in San Mateo County (either in incorporated cities or in unincorporated areas) are eligible to apply and serve. Members will be selected to represent the interests of older adults, safe routes to schools, bicycling, and other walking/bicycling interests. Provide input on-line: An on-line survey will be posted in January at the Active Transportation website for those who wish to provide input or are unable to attend the stakeholder meeting. For further information, contact Ellen Barton, Active Transportation Coordinator, at ebarton@smcgov.org or (650)...
Support studying Vision Zero in Sunnyvale

Support studying Vision Zero in Sunnyvale

Thanks to bike advocate and Sunnyvale BPAC member Kevin Jackson for sharing this call to action with the SVBC community. SVBC submitted a letter (PDF) to the Sunnyvale City Council about the proposed Vision Zero study issue last week. You probably know about the Vision Zero program, but if not you can read about it here. An obvious question is: Why would anyone be against this? Beats me, but in Sunnyvale a proposal to study developing a Vision Zero plan needs council’s vote of approval in a workshop this Friday. Some in the city don’t see the value in a Vision Zero program, so I’m asking for your help to make it happen. The Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) sponsored the study issue last year in order to develop such a plan for our city. Even if you don’t normally ride here, you have a vested interest in the outcome, because mainstreaming this enlightened approach to traffic safety will promote wider adoption. And that benefits all road users everywhere, especially the most vulnerable ones (that’s us). The BPAC study issue proposal is DPW 16-01 (PDF) and the staff description can be found in the 2016 study issues listed here. Click on the link for 2016 study issues and look for DPW 16-01 near the bottom. If you still wish to support our efforts you can write to the Sunnyvale council at council@sunnyvale.ca.gov. They will be making the final decisions about this year’s study issues at their January 29 workshop, so be sure to send your thoughts in before then. No need to be eloquent, the important thing...

*Millbrae Station Area Plan Public Hearing

Millbrae City Council will conduct a public hearing on the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan Update and Final Environmental Impact Report. There will also be a study session on January 5, 2016. Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan was initially developed and adopted in 1998 and is being proposed to be updated. The updated Plan would guide future public improvements and private development in the Plan Area over the next 25 years. Associated with the Specific Plan update are amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The project is composed of the update to the Specific Plan and two specific Oriented Development (TOD) proposals, referred to as TOD #1 and TOD #2. While the approval and construction of the two TOD proposals are part of the overall project studied in the EIR, the findings and approvals being considered at this meeting relate only to the Specific Plan and not to either of the TOD proposals, which would be considered at a later date. The City Council will consider 1) certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report, and 2) adoption of the Specific Plan and related General Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments. See Millbrae’s page on the project for more...

*Millbrae Station Area Plan Study Session

Millbrae City Council will conduct a study session on the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan Update and Final Environmental Impact Report. There will also be a public hearing on January 12, 2016. Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan was initially developed and adopted in 1998 and is being proposed to be updated. The updated Plan would guide future public improvements and private development in the Plan Area over the next 25 years. Associated with the Specific Plan update are amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The project is composed of the update to the Specific Plan and two specific Oriented Development (TOD) proposals, referred to as TOD #1 and TOD #2. While the approval and construction of the two TOD proposals are part of the overall project studied in the EIR, the findings and approvals being considered at this meeting relate only to the Specific Plan and not to either of the TOD proposals, which would be considered at a later date. The City Council will consider 1) certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report, and 2) adoption of the Specific Plan and related General Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments. See Millbrae’s page on the project for more...
San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Now Accepting Applications

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. This comes after over five years of advocacy from SVBC for the county to create a BPAC. You can read previous blog posts here and here that summarize the history. Joining this BPAC is your opportunity to provide feedback to the County staff and Board of Supervisors on what would make San Mateo County a better and safer place to bike. Please consider applying and making your voice heard. Applications are available from Alicia Garcia, Deputy Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 400 County Center, Redwood City or by calling (650) 363-4634. Applications are also available at: https://bnc.smcgov.org/vacancies For more information about this Commission, please contact: Ellen Barton, Active Transportation Coordinator in the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability at (650) 599-1420 or ebarton@smcgov.org. Three other new BPACs have been created this year, including Redwood City, Belmont, and Atherton. Redwood City held the first meeting of their Complete Streets Committee in December and Atherton held their first BPAC meeting in...