There are a few important things to know before one heads across our expansive country to attend the annual National Bike Summit. The time change is an important detail, as is the fact that "dude" isn't really an acceptable honorific on the east coast. But these pale in significance to another sliver of wisdom. Allow me to recommend the following as the foremost consideration for anyone... read the whole note.
I've been working on a passel of projects lately, from the reconstruction of this very website to the planning of a very fancy and important bike advocacy summit. (You're going, right? Of course you are! You were just about to go register at http://svbikesummit2012.eventbrite.com/, I know.)
The most fun event I'm working on has to be the People-Powered Art Exhibition. When we first put... read the whole note.
Think back to your elementary school days; remember that distinct sound of echoing hallways, that alluring smell of the cafeteria/gymnasium during lunch when pizza was on the menu… and the bonus of chocolate milk. Well, these are the types of flashbacks I’ve been getting these past few weeks as I have been visiting schools all over the Peninsula and the South Bay.
In East Palo Alto, we... read the whole note.
As the newest member of the SVBC team, my first few days were spent getting to know the office, finding my way around Santa Clara, and learning how to use a PC. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I’ve been getting down to business on the Safe Routes to School curriculum.
It’s been exciting to look around at the other counties and states doing different Safe Routes programs, and see... read the whole note.
On Friday I was lucky enough to join a reception and small dinner hosted by Marvell and Carl Guardino for Senator Diane Feinstein. It was an interesting event—the reception was attended by many elected officials who have been reliable supporters of bicycling over the years. I had an opportunity to chat with Santa Clara County Supervisors Ken Yeager, San José Mayor Chuck Reed, San José... read the whole note.
Recently, I've been getting my credentials together in order to become a League Certified Instructor (LCI), as designated by the League of American Cyclists. The training sessions to become an LCI are few and far between in these parts, so when the good folks at the Presidio YMCA's Ybike program told us they were going to host one, Ernesto and I had to get into gear, quickly. Ernie already... read the whole note.
This morning I happened to be in the office at 8:00 am when Peter Brull from the League of American Bicyclists called me to let me know that the LAB members had elected me to their board of directors. He's evidently on east coast time.
I was invited to run for the LAB board by several of their existing board members. Although sitting on the board of an active national organization will... read the whole note.
You probably noticed the re-do of our website. It is still a work in progress, causing us all various degrees of frustration, including for our web developer, who is working hard to get it finished. It is going to be great when it is finished. In addition to the redesign, which is a lot in itself, we moved to a new host. This will be better in the long run, as our former long-time host... read the whole note.
It's been an exciting week here at SVBC Global Headquarters. I started things off with a very positive evening at the Menlo Park Planning Commission as it fielded public input on the Facebook EIR. The next night, I called in to my first meeting as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition. As a member of that distinguished group I'll be participating on the Advocacy... read the whole note.
Last night I attended a meeting of the San José Bike Co-op group that's been meeting for several months. Member Cody Kraatz and others have been spearheading the effort to create a community space in San José.
At last nights meeting, the group agreed on a new name: the San José Bike Clinic! Very exciting. Amazingly, we also put together a mission statement: The mission of the San Jose... read the whole note.