Thank you to all who attended the 7th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit. This year was the biggest year yet with 230 attendees and over 105 bikes parked! Did you miss it? Read on to catch up on all the day’s fascinating discussions. You can also view the archive of all tweets from the Summit and check out the photos and audio from the day [coming soon!].
A huge thanks to Microsoft Silicon Valley for hosting and providing food and beverages – the day would have been impossible without their help. We would also like to express our gratitude to our presenting sponsor AT&T, our Signature Level sponsors City of Cupertino and Mineta Transportation Institute, as well as Emison Hullverson LLC/BicycleLaw.com; Dero; GJEL Accident Attorneys; Paoli & Geerhart LLP; Santa Clara County, San Jose, and San Mateo County Spare the Air Resource Teams; Lime Bikes; and Winter Consulting Group. Also thank you to Clif Bar for the snacks, Cindy Ras Creative for the graphic design, and Wayne Dollemore for the photography.
Did you miss one of the breakout sessions or just want to check out the slides from a favorite speaker? Check them all out below (click on the bulleted links under each session description)!
Keynote and Plenary
We started the day with Executive Director Shiloh Ballard discussing the Silicon Valley Bike Vision, released earlier this year. She then introduced our Keynote Speaker, Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and former Executive Director of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Tamika made a strong impression on the crowd with her presentation, “Transportation Advocacy as Anti-Oppression Work”. She discussed her personal experiences with law enforcement and transportation advocacy as a black, queer woman.
We then moved to our plenary discussion on Vision Zero, Equity, and Law Enforcement. This talk featured Tamika Butler, Chief Eddie Garcia of San José Police Department; Bena Chang, Associate Transportation Specialist for the City of San José; and Leon Beauchman, External Affairs Consultant at AT&T. This session focused on the enforcement aspect of Vision Zero implementation locally and in other cities in California.
Breakout Session 1
You Can Bike There: Accessing Transit by Bike
Speakers from BART and Caltrain discussed bike access to and from stations, parking at stations, and on-board access. These are particularly relevant as BART expands to Silicon Valley and San José, and Caltrain is getting ready to electrify and expand capacity system-wide.
- Moderator: Corinne Winter, Principal, Winter Consulting Group
- Caltrain Bike parking: Melissa Jones, Senior Planner, Caltrain
- Caltrain bike car: Lori Low, Government & Community Affairs Specialist, Caltrain
- BART Multimodal Access Design Guidelines: Meghan Weir, Senior Associate, Nelson\Nygaard and Shannon Hake, Customer Access Consultant, BART
It Takes a Village: Safe Routes to School Planning & Implementation
San Mateo County shared the results of its analysis of the county’s Safe Routes to Schools programs and how they relate to data on demographics and collisions. Local Safe Routes to School coordinators discussed how they use a variety of mechanisms to implement needed bicycle facilities that enable green student commutes.
- Moderator: Daina Lujan, Principal, Meadows Elementary, Millbrae School District; Vice President, South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees; and SVBC Boardmember
- San Mateo County Health System: Heather Arata, Community Health Planner, San Mateo County Health System
- Palo Alto SR2S: Sylvia Star-Lack, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, City of Palo Alto
- Redwood City 2020: Matthew Reeves, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Redwood City 2020
- Los Gatos SR2S: Karen Briones, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Los Gatos Union School District
Gimme Shelter: Protected Bikeways in Silicon Valley
San José and Cupertino discussed their plans for completing strong protected bikeway systems. What was the process that led the cities to take on these ambitious projects? How is the protected bikeway design able to encourage people to bike but also deal with parking, auto traffic and stakeholders?
- NACTO Protected Bikeways: Matthew Roe, Director of Designing Cities Initiative, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
- Toole Protected Bikeways: Sean Co, Senior Planner, Toole Design Group
- San Jose Protected Bikeways: John Brazil, Bike & Pedestrian Manager, City of San José and Jessica Zenk, Division Manager, Department of Transportation, City of San José
- Cupertino Protected Bikeways: David Stillman, Transportation Manager, City of Cupertino
Breakout Session 2
Discussing Main Street: Should El Camino Real be the Peninsula’s Main Bike Route?
A debate regarding the best north south bike routes on the Peninsula and whether cities should prioritize El Camino Real for biking or plan for parallel routes.
- Moderator: Ken Chin, SVBC Boardmember
- Menlo Park El Camino Real: Kirsten Keith, Mayor of Menlo Park
- Redwood City El Camino Real: Jessica Manzi, Senior Transportation Manager, City of Redwood City
- Caltrans District 4 El Camino Real: Sergio Ruiz, Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator, Caltrans District 4
- Grand Boulevard Initiative: Matthew VanOosten, Senior Planner & Project Manager, Grand Boulevard Initiative; Alta Planning + Design (Consultant for Samtrans)
Stressed Out: Planning Better Bike Networks from the User’s Point of View
Panelists discussed creating better bike plans and tools for developing low-stress bike networks. Alta talked about integrating outreach and analytics to create better bike plans using recent examples that showcase elements of robust public engagement, rigorous analytics, and strong graphic visualization. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy reviewed its new tool that quantifies bicycle network connectivity based on the use of low traffic stress networks and access to key destinations, focusing on recent case studies.
- Moderator: Jaime Fearer, Deputy Director, California Walks
- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy BikeAble: Barry Bergman, Manager of Trail Development, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
- Alta Level of Traffic Stress: Jeff Knowles, Associate Planner, Alta Planning & Design
Connecting the Boulevards: Palo Alto’s Bike Boulevard Network
The City of Palo Alto has made a significant investment toward the design and implementation of a complete low-stress Bicycle Boulevard network. A panel of city staff, project design engineers, and local advocates provided an update on the progress and benefits of a bike boulevard network.
- Moderator: Elaine Uang, Board Member, Palo Alto Forward
- Palo Alto Bike Boulevards: Chris Corrao, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Palo Alto and Hugh Louch, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
- Palo Alto Bicycle Advocacy 101: Penny Ellson, Former Chair, Palo Alto Council of PTA’s Traffic Safety Committee
Awards: See more on our blog.
We Built it, Now What? How to Get More Butts on Bikes
This session was PechaKucha style in which presenters will have about 6 minutes and 20 slides to present their program. The focus is on encouragement programs that get more people biking.
- Moderator: Miles Cooper, Emison Hullverson, LLC
- Viva CalleSJ: Ed Solis, Recreation Superintendent, City of San José
- Jihan Bayyari, Owner, Cyclismo Café
- SVBC Route Scouts: Betsy Megas, Volunteer, SVBC Route Scouts
- San José Bike Party: Roy Leonard, Chairman, San José Bike Party
Several attendees wanted to know how they could volunteer for some of the programs mentioned:
- To get more involved in SVBC Route Scouts, click here.
- To participate as a volunteer at Viva CalleSJ, refer to the Eventbrite to register for an available shift.
We hope that you were inspired by all that you heard. Do you have a new idea that you want to work on this year? Let us know in the comments. Hope to see you next year!