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...
Whole Foods’ Nickels for Nonprofits benefits SVBC

Whole Foods’ Nickels for Nonprofits benefits SVBC

Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives customers a five-cent credit for bringing your own shopping bags? Did you know that they also have a program where customers can donate that credit to local nonprofit organizations? In the next few months, SVBC will be the primary beneficiary of the Nickels for Nonprofits Program in Cupertino. Just bring in your own bags when you shop and let them know you would like to donate the five cents back to...

Annual Dinner

SVBC cordially invites you to join us on October 17th at the Crowne Plaza in Palo Alto for our Seventh Annual Dinner. The Annual Dinner is a great opportunity to engage Silicon Valley’s elite cycling community while supporting the only organization that works to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. This year we are again thrilled to host Bob Roll, accomplished cyclist and America’s best-known bicycle racing TV commentator. The evening will include an elegant dinner and the opportunity to participate in a silent and live auction. Don’t miss out – purchase your ticket here! Click here for more...

Climate Ride Info Meet: Sports Basement of Sunnyvale

Hi Everyone! We will be having an information session for our Climate Ride team at Sports Basement of Sunnyvale. Climate Ride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that organizes life-changing charitable events to raise awareness and support sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes. Climate Ride produces charitable multi-day rides. Participants make an extraordinary contribution to a cause they care about. By participating, they are helping to provide much-needed financial support, raising awareness, engaging other riders, and helping to build a national network of supporters. The reward for this commitment is the experience of a lifetime through some of America’s most beautiful landscapes. Participants meet and network with leaders in sustainability, renewable energy, and environmental causes while raising awareness of our cause. Please, consider joining the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Team and learn more at Sports Basement. You will get to hear about about the previous experience on the Climate Ride two years ago from our Membership Coordinator, Gavin Powell, who will be discussing the details of fundraising, training, and the adventure to be expected. See you...

A little awkward silence makes for a memorable evening

“Who is willing to donate $1,000? For the kids?” asked our Board chair Shiloh Ballard with a wry smile last Friday. It seemed a preposterous ask, though sorely needed. Shiloh was addressing a crowd of over 300 at our Sixth Annual Dinner on November 15. She was asking for attendees to make a donation to fulfill a whopping $5,000 matching grant that our Board of Directors and Advisory Board had posted in support of our Safe Routes to School programs. Money raised would go to provide SR2S participants in need with bicycles and helmets, as well as to expand our programs throughout the school year and into the summer months. But it was a 1:2 match, meaning we had to coax $10,000 out of the crowd if we were to get the whole grant. “I’ve been told to let there be a little awkward silence,” Shiloh joked as we waited for paddles to raise. “I’ll give you some time to think about the great programs this will help.” Then, amazingly, our first donor raised a paddle, followed by a second, and a third! When we asked for $500 donations, then $250 and $100 the responses were increasingly supportive (even a little overwhelming). In short order, the audience blew us away with generosity. We smashed our $10,000 target, bringing in $14,000 on top of the $5,000 match. The paddle raise was only a brief part of a night packed with revelry and reflection. Attendees got to score some amazing deals on auction items large and small; Bob Roll and Andrew Talansky regaled the crowd with tales of Le Tour; we...