Last week I got my first taste of a part of SVBC that makes it what it is; pure passion for the bicycle. For the past twelve years, the majority of new members have received their membership packets by bicycle delivery. This effort has been spearheaded by one woman: Anne Ng. Bicycle delivery has been one of her favorite contributions to the organization. She has been a member of our... read the whole note.
For my vacation this summer, I am--FINALLY--cycling in Tuscany, Italy, and an area in north Lazio known as Tuscania. I have stayed in some interesting places--a farm practicing sustainable farming and olive oil production (they sell to tony New York restaurants) as well as the typical places in Florence and Rome and a hotel in the Tuscan countryside.
During the time spent in the... read the whole note.
Hi there, Wendee Crofoot, newest Safe Routes to School Coordinator! If my name sounds familiar, it's because I asked everyone I could reach to volunteer when I was managing the Bike Parking for San Jose events last year.
What brings me to SVBC? I am a bicycle and pedestrian safety advocate in Mountain View. Check out Great Streets Rengstorff Park website for details of what changes... read the whole note.
Holy rusted sprocket, readers - it's been weeks since last I blogged! My apologies to the nine of you keeping tabs on my adventures (hi Mom!). Let me fill you in on some of what this humble Deputy has been up to:Local Teams
Our Local Teams are going strong. Each has been meeting regularly, providing a forum for our members to discuss local advocacy issues that might not normally catch... read the whole note.
Please help me welcome the newest additions to SVBC's Safe Routes to School program team, Ashley Hernandez and Megan Melack! They will be working with Ernesto to strengthen and expand our youth bike education efforts. They are both passionate about bicycles and working with youth. We're so happy to have them!
Ashley Hernandez Ashley is a passionate mountain biker who graduated from Cal... read the whole note.
Summer at the Bicycle Coalition is traditionally our "down" time. Our work load doesn't actually slow down much, but rather shifts to more administrative tasks - grant applications, pre-semester Safe Routes to School meetings, website tweaking, letterhead orders, program reports, et cetera. With the exception of our valet bike parking program, It's not always highly visible or very exciting... read the whole note.
Literally, the month of May was jam-packed with youth bicycle and pedestrian rodeos that were conducted through the Safe Routes to School programs in Santa Clara, San José, and East Palo Alto. Altogether, with the help of fellow SVBC staff and volunteers, we conducted a total of 27 bicycle and pedestrian rodeos. These activities granted us the opportunity to teach important bicycle and... read the whole note.
My bike to Work Day began at 6:45 am (not my finest hour), when I boarded a vacant northbound Caltrain to Mountain View. It was pretty early, and I suppose most people riding the rails at that hour opted for the baby bullet that departed a few minutes earlier, so I was all alone in the bike car. No worries about getting bumped, at least!
A fifteen-minute train ride and quick pedal... read the whole note.
SVBC members were invited this year to join our first team ride effort at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's King of the Mountain (KOM) charity ride. Much to our surprise, and to the credit of team leaders and board members Shiloh Ballard and Alyssa Plicka, we were able to recruit 16 people to the SVBC team! It was great fun--and, we took third place in the "largest team" competition!... read the whole note.
To say that last week was an awesome bike week would be an understatement. The week started off at 7:00am on Monday as we began the setup for our first of eight bike rodeos that took place at multiple Santa Clara schools during the week. We had already conducted a series of indoor bicycle education classes at six elementary schools during the previous weeks, so it was time to put that... read the whole note.