SVBC Spotlight: San Jose Fighting to Improve Safety

SVBC Spotlight: San Jose Fighting to Improve Safety

Being an advocate for a healthier community, environment, and economy across multiple communities is a lot like being a parent: We love all our cities and towns like children, but we have our favorites (Don’t tell your brother!). Of course we have great expectations for each and every one of the 30-odd municipalities we serve. Still, we can’t help but feel a fondness for the places that are leading the way in getting more people out of their cars and onto bikes. Today, we take a look at the biggest sibling in our family (okay, I may be stretching the metaphor a little thin): San Jose. The largest and most populous city in the Bay Area is not necessarily an easy place to promote bicycling. Though flat and sunny, the Capital of Silicon Valley is a 189-square-mile study in sprawl, with a crisscrossing network of freeways and expressways dividing neighborhoods and forcing traffic onto just a few main roads that traverse the city. In order to ride from one neighborhood to the next, people on bikes often have to share fast-moving, high capacity streets with motorists while navigating past on ramps, free right turns, and seemingly endless parking lot driveways. Nevertheless, San Jose is a city striving to become a leader in moving people by bike, and it has big goals. In 2009 the city adopted its Bike Plan 2020, which calls for five percent of all trips to be taken by bike by 2020. To accomplish this, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) are working together to complete a 500-mile...

SVBC San Jose Team Meeting

Join us for this rescheduled meeting of the San Jose Local Team! The SVBC San Jose Team meets each fourth Wednesday of the month. Dinner and networking start at 6:30 pm, then the meeting gets rolling at 7:00. This team is focused on three things: advocacy, outreach, and fun! Come join us to meet your cycling neighbors and get involved! Policy suggestions from the local teams will be submitted to the SVBC Policy Advisory Committee and help shape our advocacy efforts. We’ll also plan for fun events and work on strategies to expand and improve bike facilities in and around San Jose. Our building locks up at 6:30. If you need to be let in, please call Colin at 408-464-5195. Sign up for our email list to stay up-to-date on schedule and agenda changes:...
Today, Help Get More People Like Sal on a Bicycle

Today, Help Get More People Like Sal on a Bicycle

Today, December 1, is Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving to nonprofit organizations doing important work. Invest today in SVBC and support programs that get more people on bikes and make streets safer for everyone. Sal Alvarez, an SVBC member, decided last spring that he wanted to ride a bike for transportation. He had watched his father’s health fade and wondered, “How can I improve my health to make sure I am around a long time for my children?” An employee with the City of San Jose, Sal also realized that his meetings were generally downtown – a couple miles from each other at most – and he felt that biking made good sense. Like anyone trying something new, he had a few hurdles. He was nervous because he hadn’t been on a bike in a while, and the only bike he had wasn’t comfortable to ride. He had a lot of questions about the bike, the gear, the clothing, and his safety. Problem solver that he is, Sal asked the advice of SVBC staffers and other bike commuters. He found the right bike, realized he didn’t need special clothing, and discovered a route that could take him home safely and quickly. Now Sal rides 2-3 times per week and has lost 25 lbs. He enjoys his morning commute and is figuring out the next hurdle – riding in the dark. We have already been chatting about lights and reflective clothing. Sal is not unique. Sixty percent of people say they are interested in riding regularly but have concerns. We know that to get people out there on...
Free Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop – San Jose

Free Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop – San Jose

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 riding at night, especially for Bay Area Bike Share riders. This class is funded in part by Bay Area Bike Share, however it is open to members and non-members alike! RSVP: HERE! All attendees will receive a free blinking LED light Please contact Ernesto Lizaola at ernesto@bikesiliconvalley.org with any...

*Cycling Coyote Valley

Ride along with Greenbelt Alliance and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition through San Jose’s most well-known landscape, Coyote Valley. Click here to RSVP. Delight in the beauty of the natural valley (as opposed to Silicon) as we bike some of the city’s best bike paths. Coyote Valley is a critical habitat for wildlife, groundwater, and agricultural resources that is constantly threatened by sprawl development pressure. We’ll also swing by the latest addition to the protected landscape, the Coyote Valley Preserve where the Santa Clara Open Space Authority is holding a celebratory Coyote Valley Family Harvest Feast. An additional RSVP is required if you’re interested in grabbing a quick bite on our ride by the festivities. (See Leader’s Note below) Our route will also take us on the rural roads of south San Jose’s neighborhoods, San Martin and north Morgan Hill. Hear from experts about how the City and County plan to both grow across and conserve the landscape in the coming decades. Total Distance: 27.1 miles Weather Policy: Rain cancels Where to Meet: We’ll assemble at the Santa Teresa VTA Light Rail Station in the Park & Ride lot. The station is located on an unnamed road off Santa Teresa Blvd between San Ignacio Ave and Miyuki Dr. The start of the ride will gather on the grass near the station’s bathrooms in the north western part of the parking lot. Leaders Note: Bring a bicycle (duh), a lunch or snacks, and lots of water. Wear sunscreen. Helmets are required. We will be stopping at Coyote Valley Family Harvest Feast in the Coyote Valley Preserve for quick stop and bite...