SVBC has set a goal to see 10% of trips by bike by 2025. To that end, we work strategically in six broad advocacy initiatives that govern our main campaigns and that we believe will help us achieve our mission to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. See below for more information on these Initiatives as well as regional, state, and federal policy; general info about Bikeway Design; and how to Advocate for bike issues in your community.
SVBC Advocacy Initiatives
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...
This week, the City of San José is hosting a team from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) to help create world-class streets and a premier bicycling network in San Jose. NACTO is bringing staff and experts from Vancouver, Atlanta, and Chicago to advise San José staff and elected officials on how to build great public spaces and bicycle facilities that are comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. The work is starting with a network of facilities in the greater downtown area, to compliment and enhance the existing network the City has been expanding rapidly in the last five years. The City and SVBC would appreciate community involvement and feedback! Join us on Wednesday for a Community Roundtable Workshop, Thursday for a Happy Hour, or Friday for a Pop-up Protected Bikeway Bike Tour.
On August 2, SamTrans staff presented their Board of Directors with draft recommendations for the Dumbarton Corridor. This corridor presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop the safest and highest quality bike/ped transportation alternative in this...
Get a Sneak Peek and Vote on Future Caltrain Bike Cars at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit, August 8
Caltrain staff needs YOUR help figuring out what the future bike cars will look like. At the Silicon Valley Bike Summit, August 8, you can not only see a presentation from Caltrain staff, Lori Low, on the types of bike accommodation the agency is looking at but there will also be a first look demonstration of the different on-board bike options in the parking lot next to the bike valet for you to try out. Lori’s presentation will be one of the breakouts, at 11:35 am in the Saturn Room.
Last year we distributed a similar survey to our SVBC Members base, but this year we decided to expand our reach and get the opinions and thoughts of all our supporters to help us understand the bigger picture. We want to know more about all our supporters and how we can be the best bicycle coalition around – and reach our goal of seeing 10% of trips taken by bike by 2025.
Palo Alto Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PABAC) volunteers maintain pedestrian-bicycle counters at two popular bridges, El Palo Alto Bridge in the northwest of the city and Willkie Bridge on the southeast. Orphaned by the city, the counters have three years of expected life left and are used to determine how many people use these facilities for healthy transportation.
For the second year, we are presenting awards for the following categories at the Silicon Valley Bike Summit on August 8 in Mountain View. We held open, online nominations in May 2017 and voting in June 2017. Come to the event to honor the award winners, who will all also be participating in panels at the Bike Summit!
Would you like to bike on an off-street path between Redwood City and East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, or across Dumbarton bridge?
That dream could be a reality as Samtrans is wrapping up a study on the Dumbarton Corridor, which analyzes transportation needs and opportunities along this 4.8-mile, 100-foot wide abandoned rail corridor that connects downtown Redwood City to North Fair Oaks, Menlo Park, and finally the Dumbarton bridge. Improvements could include a bike and pedestrian trail, commuter rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and more.
At Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, we’ve known for a long time that most people feel most comfortable riding bikes on trails. And what’s not to like? Trails are dedicated spaces for walking and biking, rarely have intersections, virtually eliminate the risk of...
Palo Alto, the home of the legendary Ellen Fletcher Bike Boulevard, just approved an astounding $9.6 million for the construction of a network of new bike boulevards. The reimagined streets will utilize speed bumps, chicanes, and roundabouts to create low-stress corridors along 7 miles of streets where bicycle travel is prioritized over driving.
One of the reasons we at SVBC do what we do is because the bike has the potential to solve so many of our community’s problems. Health, safety, air pollution, personal financial sustainability – all can be addressed through riding a bike for every day use. The bike is...
On June 7, Redwood City held another Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) meeting on the El Camino Real Corridor Plan with a presentation from consultants. The CAG, staff, and consultants are coalescing around many of the final ideas for the plan, which includes protected bikeways on El Camino. The inclusion of protected bikeways in the final plan has been bolstered by the survey, community outreach, and the traffic analysis.