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...
Write Menlo Park City Council to support bike lanes on El Camino Real

Write Menlo Park City Council to support bike lanes on El Camino Real

In case you missed it, the City of Menlo Park has been studying whether to add bike lanes or a third travel lane on El Camino Real. We at SVBC are supporting the protected bike lane option as we have an Initiative to see safe and comfortable bicycle facilities on El Camino Real throughout both counties. It is the most direct route between cities and hosts a number of businesses and residential areas throughout the region. El Camino Real also has one of the highest frequencies of collisions involving people who bike. Many people use this route and we want to make it safe for all users as well as creating a safer environment for crossing by schoolchildren and others. Cities like Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, and Atherton have planned or executed bike lanes on El Camino and we hope to continue this trend all along the Peninsula. This issue will soon be coming to a vote by City Council in July. They need to hear from you why bike lanes are a better option! The Bicycle, Transportation, and Planning Commissions have all voted to support bike lanes on El Camino Real. You can read up on the history of this study on our campaign page and then take action by writing a letter to City Council members. Write Menlo Park City Council today to support bike...

Bike Foster City 2015

Join SVBC and other bicyclists at the Bike Foster City 2015 event on April 11 for a day of family bike fun! The Foster City Parks and Recreation Department will be putting on this event to kickoff its season of bicycling leading up to, and going beyond Bike to Work Day 2015. This event will feature bike safety presentations, bike skills courses, guided bike rides, library story time, and light refreshments. To learn more about the event visit:...
Menlo Park El Camino Real: tell them what you want

Menlo Park El Camino Real: tell them what you want

Last week Menlo Park held a workshop on the El Camino Real Corridor Study. They presented the traffic study for the three alternatives, and found that adding a 3rd vehicle lane in each direction would not significantly decrease traffic into the future. SVBC is supporting alternative 3 with protected bike lanes (see our letter) Please let City Council know your opinions in one of the following ways: Take the poll! Rank which of the alternatives you prefer and provide comments here Attend a meeting! Commissions will be deciding which alternative they want to recommend to Council: Bicycle Commission: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7pm Transportation Commission: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7pm Planning Commission: Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7pm All meetings at: 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025 Write to the City Council: city.council@menlopark.org (see attached letter for talking point ideas) and cc: emma@bikesiliconvalley.org Stay tuned for the City Council date when they will decide on the alternative to go forward...