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
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.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org NOW with your support for bike boulevards funding and Safe Routes to School programs to ensure that they will continue being funded through next year. You can also attend one of the next two meetings, at which these items will be on the agendas. More details and suggested talking points below.
SVBC proudly introduces our report on Protected Bike Lanes on El Camino Real. Written and researched by our intern, Miguel Salazar, it collects and examines information on local and national protected bikeways projects. The report and accompanying factsheets combine reliable sources to better explain what a protected bike lane is, how and why protected bikeways are the safest treatment for the widest range of users, and the business and environmental benefits of protected bikeways.
A recent VTA Board of Directors decision to delay approving the Measure B program guidelines means that the money from the measure will likely take a couple of extra months to start flowing. But it also gives advocates like SVBC and our members another chance to push for some tweaks to the guidelines. In particular, we want to make sure that the money earmarked for education and encouragement programs (anything from Safe Routes to School bike rodeos to open streets events like Viva CalleSJ) is spent wisely. And that means monitoring those programs to see what works and what doesn’t.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is excited to invite you to the 7th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit, hosted by Microsoft, this year on August 8. See below for the preliminary agenda and session topics. Times, topics, and speakers are subject to change. This post...
Today we spotlight SVBC member Emily Beach. Emily is a recently elected Burlingame City Council member. She has also recently joined the task force of the Grand Boulevard Initiative, a project that seeks to reinvent El Camino Real “as a place for residents to work, live, shop and play, creating links between communities that promote walking and transit and an improved and meaningful quality of life.”
Caltrans District 4 has released an online survey regarding bicycle access on the Highway 35 at Highway 1 following SVBC’s meeting with Caltrans staff last week and a now rescinded decision to prohibit bicyclists from this roadway segment.
SVBC is hiring a Community Programs Advocate to oversee four main programs. Those programs are intended to create lasting behavioral change that results in more people riding bikes for every day use.
Two weeks ago we shared with you the news that Caltrans was temporarily holding a decision to prohibit bicyclists from Highway 35 at Highway 1 in Daly City, due to feedback from all of you. Caltrans is now committed to a process to that will include ample opportunities for you to share ideas about how to improve the area both in the short and long-term.
SVBC recently joined the Santa Clara City Council, Levi’s Stadium management, Santa Clara Police and Fire Departments, and several local advocates for a field trip to the home of the 49ers. At issue is (and has been for several years) event-day bicyclist and pedestrian access to San Tomas Aquino Creek (STAC) Trail, which runs along the stadium’s parking lot, between lines full of ticketholders and the entry gates. We’re grateful that the City and stadium management have been looking hard at creative solutions for maintaining trail access.