Better Biking

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

Other Advocacy

Recent News

Affordable Housing Meets the Bicycle

Before landing my dream job running SVBC, I worked for 14 years as an advocate for affordable housing. In that role, I collaborated with affordable housing developers, an interesting and somewhat masochistic group of people. When I moved over to SVBC, many of these do-gooder developers followed me. At the same time, a new grant program came down from the State called the Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grant program. This program was one more way of implementing the State’s landmark greenhouse gas reductions legislation, Assembly Bill 32, and its companion land use legislation, Senate Bill 375, by linking dollars for affordable housing with sustainability. What better way to create greener housing than to put the infrastructure and programs in place to encourage bicycling over driving?

What SVBC Means to Me: Emma Shlaes

The staff at Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) work diligently to advance our mission, and it is personally meaningful work for each of us. SVBC Policy Manager Emma Shlaes shares her thoughts on what SVBC means to her:  The work I do at Silicon Valley Bicycle...

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...