Spotlight: Janet Lafleur, 2015 Ellen Fletcher Volunteer of the Year

Spotlight: Janet Lafleur, 2015 Ellen Fletcher Volunteer of the Year

Tweet Share Along with a fabulous dinner and auction, SVBC’s Annual Dinner will honor Janet Lafleur with the 2015 Ellen Fletcher Volunteer Award. Janet Lafleur is a Mountain View-based bicycle advocate, blogger, and founder of Bike to Shop Day, which encourages people to ride bicycles for everyday transportation as part of National Bike Month. Thanks to Janet’s efforts, more than 130 businesses in 15 San Mateo and Santa Clara County cities participated, inspiring Bike to Shop Days in San Francisco and Portland. She has served on the El Camino Precise Plan Community Advisory Group, is a member of SVBC’s Policy Advisory Committee, and has served on the Board of the California Bicycle Coalition since 2014. All as a volunteer. Janet took some time to answer some questions from us. Enjoy, and be there on October 30 as we honor her efforts at our Annual Dinner! 1. Can you share with us how you got involved in riding as an adult? Like so many of us, I loved bikes as a kid, but stopped riding in my late teens when life got busy. I never fell out of love with bikes, though, so as soon as I had a place to store a bike, I bought a mountain bike. My plan was simply to ride for errands around Mountain View and on trails along the bay. I wasn’t expecting my friends to push me into mountain biking, road riding, triathlons and cyclocross racing. Ironically, my riding has come full circle so that now I ride mostly around town and on bike paths. 2. What compelled you to become an advocate...

2015 Gira de Libro Library-Tour-by-Bicycle

The San Jose Public Library (SJPL) presents the 2015 Gira de Libro Library-Tour-by-Bicycle, the second annual SJPL bicycle tour. The Tour is a guided community and staff bicycle ride that will visit five of San Jose’s twenty-three branch libraries. The Gira de Libro will start and finish at the Dr. Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Branch Library, 3090 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA. It will visit the following branch libraries: Evergreen, Hillview, Educational Park, and Berryessa. The Gira de Libro Library-Tour-by-Bicycle starts at 9:00 AM, Saturday, May 9. Wheels hit the road at 9:30 AM. For safety purposes, registration is required. The ride stops at each library to regroup; the total distance is 32km (20 miles). We invite you to ride with us and enjoy the City of San Jose’s libraries and bikeways. Check out the route! Watch a short video of the 2014 Gira de...

SVBC Board of Directors meeting

The SVBC Board of Directors meets four times a year to receive reports from staff and committees and discuss major issues of SVBC direction and policy. Current members are welcome to attend. Please arrive before 6:30 in order to avoid being locked out of the building and...

Board of Directors nominations 2014

The SVBC Board of Directors is actively seeking new board members who share and support the vital interests of the SVBC. New board members will begin a two-year term beginning January 2015. We are especially seeking candidates with fundraising, public relations, human resources, finance and prior non-profit board experience, as well as candidates who represent the diversity of the Santa Clara and San Mateo County populations, to serve on the board. The Board of Directors of SVBC is elected to serve the membership in guiding policy, conducting governance, and keeping the organization effective in pursuing our key mission to promote the bicycle for everyday use. Board members are expected to prepare for and attend all board meetings (currently four each year), and to actively participate on at least one of the standing board committees (currently governance, finance, and development). Board members are expected to make a substantial financial contribution to SVBC, either personally or though their work on the board. Typical duties of the board include: Governing the organization by establishing broad policies and yearly goals Ensuring the availability of adequate financial resources through fundraising Reviewing and approving annual budgets Being accountable for organization performance to our membership and stakeholders Actively participating in one or more of the standing and ad hoc committees The board governs with an emphasis on outward vision and strategic leadership, and is committed to ethical, professional, and lawful conduct. We encourage prospective candidates to review the SVBC bylaws and descriptions of Board Committees. These documents specify the workings and size of the board, the number and roles of the officers, and the board selection...

Volunteer at Stanford Football bike parking

Every season, SVBC volunteers organize a massive effort to guard the bicycle parking corrals at Stanford football home games. At the corrals near gates 2, 4, and 7, we have kept thousands of bicycles securely guarded each year. The 2014 season is upon us, and we need YOU to help keep thousands of Cardinal fans riding their bikes to the games, confident in the security of our guarded parking system. Volunteers are needed for the upcoming game against Oregon State on Saturday 10/25! Enjoy the many benefits of volunteering: Get a free sandwich and drink Earn community service hours Get entered into a drawing for a chance at one of two $25 Sports Basements gift cards each game Get admission to the stadium for two quarters of the game Promote bicycling as alternative transport and fight climate change Join the fun and promote car-free travel to Stanford home games. Email Jim Manitakos at jmanitakos@yahoo.com to sign...