Free Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop

Has it been a long time since you’ve ridden a bike or are you simply looking for a refresher? Come learn the basics of bicycling at our Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop. The course is a one-hour presentation covering many of the basics: the rules of the road, route planning, and, especially for Bay Area Bike Share riders, Bike Share 101. The course is followed by an optional 30 minute guided ride using the Bike Share bikes. No membership is necessary, but you must be 18 years of age or older. This class is funded in part by Bay Area Bike Share, however it is open to members and non-members alike! RSVP: HERE! Please contact Ashley Hernandez at ashley@bikesiliconvalley.org with any questions. The meeting space is provided as a community service by the City of Redwood City. The City neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual or...
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...

Free Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop

Has it been a long time since you’ve ridden a bike or are you simply looking for a refresher? Come learn the basics of bicycling at our Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop. The course is a one-hour presentation covering many of the basics: the rules of the road, route planning, and, especially for Bay Area Bike Share riders, Bike Share 101. The course is followed by an optional 30 minute guided ride using the Bike Share bikes. No membership is necessary, but you must be 18 years of age or older. This class is funded in part by Bay Area Bike Share, however it is open to members and non-members alike! The ride is limited to the first 10 attendees to sign-up at the workshop. RSVP: HERE! Please contact Ashley Hernandez at ashley@bikesiliconvalley.org with any questions. The meeting space is provided as a community service by the City of Redwood City. The City neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual or...

Redwood City Hudson St. bike/ped improvement project

The City of Redwood City is designing a network of street improvements on Hudson St. at selected sites from Whipple Ave. to Woodside Rd. These improvements are intended to create a safer, more walkable, bikeable, vibrant and healthy environment. Join Redwood City to preview the revised improvements. This is the second community workshop following one in November 2014. Expected improvements include bicycle detection at existing traffic signals and other striping. Refreshments will be...
Citizen Bicycle Advisory Committees increase with requirement

Citizen Bicycle Advisory Committees increase with requirement

Any regular readers of SVBC’s blog may have been following this saga since at least 2010 – the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has required cities to have Bicycle Advisory Committees (BAC/BPAC) in order to be eligible to receive Transportation Development Act – Article 3 (TDA-3) funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects. This requirement has unfortunately been easily and often skirted by municipalities throughout the Bay Area. SVBC has been working to increase the number of Bicycle Advisory Committees, as an important forum for people who bike to weigh in on city projects and ensure that they meet the needs of all road users and become part of a city’s health and environment strategies. Even though this requirement has been on the books for years, it hasn’t always been enforced. That has now changed, and with the upcoming TDA-3 funding cycle, cities and counties that lack BACs have decided to get in gear in order to qualify for funding. We are happy to report that at least 3 new BACs have been created: San Mateo County Bicycle Advisory Committee, which will temporarily be part of the Parks and Recreation Commission until a permanent solution can be established, Redwood City Complete Streets Committee, Belmont, as part of the Parks and Recreation Commission. For more information about BAC/BPACs in your city, check out our BPAC...