*San Mateo Labor Day Family Fun Ride & Bicycle Rodeo

This will be the third family fun ride San Mateo has organized in the past year, and second one to occur on Labor Day. Last year, Bay Meadows was the site of the first family fun ride as residents rode through the closed streets of the new Bay Meadows development. This past May, the second family fun ride started on B St. and made it’s way through Central Park and down Palm Ave. For the latest installment, they will be using The Village as our neighborhood to have a safe, fun, relaxing community ride. Once again Safe Moves will be onsite to provide a free bicycle safety training course, as well as Beeline Bikes, a mobile bike service for tune-ups. Additionally, the first 100 children will receive a free event t-shirt! New this year, PAL will be offering a bicycle helmet trade up. Bring in any helmet that no longer fits your child and receive a new, properly sized helmet for free! Schedule of Events: 10:00AM Registration/Check In 10:15AM Opening Remarks 10:15-11:00AM Bicycle Rodeo (Safety course), bounce house, balloon artist, face painting, mobile bike mechanic, jazz your ride, etc. 11:00AM Community Ride led my San Mateo PD bike officers 11:30AM...
Peninsula bike advocacy roundup

Peninsula bike advocacy roundup

It’s been a busy week for bike advocacy on the Peninsula! We sent out comment letters on three issues affecting bicycling: one discussed a new redesign proposal for the Page Mill Road crossing of Highway 280, one weighed in on the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan, and one urged the City of Belmont to utilize a scheduled repaving of Old County Road as an opportunity to add bike lanes that connect to neighboring communities. Have an issue you’d like to see SVBC act on? Attend a meeting of one of our Local Teams or send us a Position Recommendation Form to...

City of San Mateo Streets Alive! Parks Alive!

The Parks & Recreation Department in collaboration with the Public Works Department brings you Streets Alive! Parks Alive! This annual event is a San Mateo County initiative to encourage the community to get out and get moving. Bring your bike and join in on the bike rodeo and family fun. We will have a tyke bike ride through Central Park, a family bike ride, obstacle course and a lot more. Downtown businesses will be on the scene showcasing their health and wellness ideas. Register...
San Mateo passes precedent-setting Sustainable Streets Plan

San Mateo passes precedent-setting Sustainable Streets Plan

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting in San Mateo, the passage of the city’s Sustainable Streets Plan was so inevitable that it wasn’t even pulled from the consent calendar. The Council voted unanimously to pass this plan which includes many visionary plans and ideas, including: Vision Zero A goal for zero roadway fatalities and a reduction in collisions involving injuries, Conceptual drawings for El Camino Real bikeways, Complete Streets, The prioritization of movement over vehicle storage, The goal to increase bicycle and pedestrian mode share to 30% by 2020, The adoption of the NACTO guidelines, and The elimination of Level of Service metrics in favor of Vehicle Miles Traveled metrics. We applaud the city for taking this action and look forward to working with them to help implement this plan. Congrats, San...
San Mateo debuts Sustainable Streets Plan, takes major steps toward safe transportation network

San Mateo debuts Sustainable Streets Plan, takes major steps toward safe transportation network

On Monday night, November 3, Ken Chin of the San Mateo Department of Public Works introduced the draft Sustainable Streets Plan to City Council. This plan has been over two years in the works and has involved many community meetings, the Taste and Talk series as well as other visioning exercises and research. SVBC is very happy to see San Mateo take such an innovative approach to transportation. The plan embodies at least three of our five major initiatives, including Vision Zero (setting a goal for zero roadway fatalities and a reduction in collisions involving injuries), El Camino Real bikeways (more below), and Connecting our Communities. In addition, we applaud the incorporation of Complete Streets, the prioritization of movement over vehicle storage, the goal to increase bicycle and pedestrian mode share to 30% by 2020, the adoption of the NACTO guidelines, and the elimination of Level of Service metrics in favor of Vehicle Miles Traveled metrics. The plan lays out a vision, goals, and objectives as well as street design guidelines. It also includes several sample projects, including two on El Camino Real. SVBC has been working in several communities to encourage bicycle facilities on ECR, to help increase visibility and accessibility of bicycling. San Mateo’s draft plans are the first from any city on the Peninsula that fully embody the vision that we have for El Camino Real: protected bike lanes, pedestrian improvements, and traffic calming. Specific details can be found starting on page 4-3 of the draft plan (downloadable here). Most of the City Council members seemed supportive of this plan. However, there will be a number...