Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference

Join students from around the San Francisco Bay Area to discuss transportation issues, learn how their decisions can impact climate change, and share ways of encouraging others to walk, bike, take transit, or carpool to school. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Middle and High School students from all San Francisco Bay Area counties interested in creating a brighter future for our region. If you care about our Bay, clean air, and walking and biking, say YES! Free shuttles to and from the event will be provided from San Jose Diridon Station. INTERESTED IN LEADING A DISCUSSION OR BREAKOUT SESSION? Contact Kristina at kchu@baaqmd.gov. Complete conference details are available at...

Family Bicycle Workshop with Jim Beall

On Friday September 22nd, SVBC partnered with State Senator Jim Beall’s office, Franklin-McKinley School District, San Jose Department of Transportation, and the Santa Clara County Traffic Safe Communities Network to provide a presentation on the importance on wearing a helmet and key safety tips for biking to school. The cafeteria quickly filled with families from the neighborhood and when the presentation ended free helmets were handed out to each student that attended. Close to 200 helmets were handed out to the participants and lines formed as each helmet was properly fit to each child’s head. San José Bike Clinic also provided free bicycle repairs to the families and more than two dozen bikes were looked over and repaired to keep the students rolling to...

East Palo Alto Family Biking Workshop

On September 23, 2014, Families from East Palo Alto gathered at Joel Davis Park to enjoy a day of bicycling and fun during a Family Biking Workshop and Bike Repair Day. Through a partnership with the City of East Palo Alto and the East Palo Alto Police Department’s Fit Zone, SVBC was able to lead a family biking workshop where adults and youth learned how to ride their bikes safely for recreation, transportation, and fun. Participants had the opportunity to get their bikes inspected by mechanics from the Bay Area Bike Mobile. Many bikes received a full tune-up, while others just had some air put in their tires. Many participants also took part in a 4-mile bike ride, and two lucky attendees went home with a new bike won through a drawing. Nearly 50 youth and adult helmets were also donated to those that needed one. These workshops are made possible in part by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) Spare the Air Youth grant. Want a similar workshops in your community? Complete a request form...

Alternative ways to get to work!

Join the San Mateo County Spare the Air resource team to learn how to start alternative commute solutions programs at your worksite! Geared towards employers, this event will feature a panel of companies who have implemented innovative solutions to help get people out of cars through biking, vanpools, walking and transit. Register to sign up, learn more and enter the raffle for excellent door prizes! Event...

“Tales from the Commute” survey

The Santa Clara County Spare the Air Resource Team, a project of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, is conducting a survey of Bay Area commuters in order to learn how commuters use (or don't use) commute time — perhaps commuters work during the commute, read, or do something else entirely. Gathering this information will assist us in raising awareness about the quality of life benefits associated with alternative commuting (e.g., public transit, carpool, vanpool, cycling). Take the survey here. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. The survey asks questions about how you use commute time and also asks you to share your stories about how or why you 'converted' from single-occupancy vehicle commuting to alternative modes, and how that has changed your life. Such stories will help the Santa Clara County Spare the Air Resource Team inspire others to make similar changes to their commute habits. All survey respondents will be entered into random drawings for gift cards to Starbucks, Amazon.com and Best Buy, valued at $25 and $50. To be eligible to win, we'll need your contact information! If we use your commute story, you will receive an iPad3, Kindle Fire or Kindle as a thank you. If you would be willing to complete this survey and pass it on to friends and coworkers, it would be greatly...