Better Biking

SVBC has set a goal to see 10% of trips be by bike by 2025. To that end, we work strategically in five broad initiatives that govern our main campaigns and that we believe will lead to more people on bikes and a healthier and safe environment for bicycles. We also focus on other issues that influence the region’s bike friendliness.

See below for more information on these initiatives; the campaigns we work on; regional, state, and federal policy; and general info about Bikeway Design. You can also learn more about how to Advocate for bike issues in your community.

Recent News

Sharing Our Notes: Two Conferences Address Equity

As we work more on making our organization more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, staff members are taking the opportunities to learn and understand more of these issues. Last week, we had the chance to attend the Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition’s first Complete Streets conference, Street Lights: Illuminating Implementation and Equity in Complete Streets as well as Urban Habitat’s Stage of the Region: Planning for the New Geography of Race and Class.

Examining Our Advocacy Work to Focus on Equity

While many of us tout our choice to ride a bike, not everyone has a choice of how to get around. Some people must walk or bike because other options are too expensive. Some people are stuck with an ill-fitting or broken bike. All people deserve to feel safe in the way...

Mountain View Council Votes for Bike Share Study

Last week’s Mountain View City Council vote on Bike Share turned out to be a mixed bag. After learning late Monday that Ford was not willing to sponsor operating costs for any cities on the Peninsula that want to join the Bay Area system expansion, Mountain View city staff was understandably uncomfortable recommending that the city commit to a full 350-bike re-launch.

Caltrain Seeking Volunteers to Join Bicycle Advisory Committee

Caltrain is currently accepting applications for its Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), an advisory body comprised of nine volunteers from the three counties served by the rail agency. The BAC serves as the primary venue for the interests and perspectives of bicyclists to be integrated into the Caltrain planning process. This group brings new ideas for discussion and helps Caltrain guide its future investments.

Action Alert: Support a New Bike Share Model in Mountain View

Last week, Mountain View City Council voted against a staff recommendation to begin negotiations with Ford GoBike, the new iteration of Bay Area Bike Share that is bringing 7,000 bikes to San Jose, San Francisco, and the East Bay. At SVBC, we’ve made it clear that we supported bike sharing as a viable transportation solution, and were ready to help cities figure out solutions that worked locally. If you’d like to voice your support for Mountain View’s continued participation in regional bike share, send an email today to citycouncil@mountainview.gov or join us tomorrow night at the council meeting – 6:30 pm at City Hall, 500 Castro Street. The bike share decision is item 7.1 on the agenda.

Bike Share for All

For many people, bike share offers a modern, fun, and sustainable solution to the “first and last mile” connectivity from transit that plagues our public transit systems. From Los Angeles to Minneapolis and New York, cities have been quickly adopting bike share programs, with several million riders and growing. Despite bike share’s rapid rise, it hasn’t done a very good job reaching low-income residents, who are more likely to bike and walk to work than those with higher incomes, and people of color.