*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)...
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...
Holly St. and Highway 101 update

Holly St. and Highway 101 update

Freeway crossings are one of the biggest barriers to biking and walking. Because of their high speeds, shifting traffic directions, and car-focused design, they 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 four to six lanes of fast-moving traffic entering and exiting the freeway. Even the most experienced bicycle riders are intimidated by this interchange, with good reason. The closest safe crossing for people biking is over a mile north of Holly Street at Ralston Avenue in Belmont or more than three miles south in Redwood City. The City of San Carlos has been working on this project since (at least) 2009. I dug through our files and found a comment letter from SVBC dating almost exactly six years ago, regarding the Holly Street/101 alternatives being developed at that time. Over the years, the project has undergone many iterations. Originally, the City of San Carlos sought to include high quality biking and walking facilities on the interchange itself. Unfortunately, this was not approved by Caltrans at the time and so eventually all parties determined that a physically-separate pedestrian and bicycle bridge would be the best design. Since then, City of San Carlos has been trying to line up the funds to get both the interchange and the ped/bike bridge constructed. SVBC successfully support the City’s request for $400,000...

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...