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
Bike share has officially exploded with not one but at least six bike share companies offering their services and competing for city and individual customers throughout the Bay Area. Read on for an overview of the types of bike share available and the status of our area’s cities.
Sadly, another bicyclist died as a result of a traffic collision in South San José earlier this week, bringing the city’s total traffic fatalities to 34 – higher than we were at this time last year. The death is a sad reminder that we still have so much work to do to...
Redwood City is preparing to wrap up the El Camino Real Corridor Plan process by the end of the year. The draft plan, which will include protected bike lanes on El Camino Real, is expected to be released at the end of September and we encourage you to submit comments in support. See more info on how to make an impact by sharing your story and read about the public survey results.
As we shared early last month, SamTrans does not recommend a multiuse trail on the Dumbarton right of way from Redwood City Caltrain to Dumbarton Bridge in the Draft Corridor Study. SamTrans is hearing that residents are concerned with the lack of a trail on the Draft Study. SVBC is working with a coalition of other non-profit groups to overcome the technical reasons that a trail wasn’t recommended and we need your help to keep the pressure on.
Thanks to BPAC member Laura Smith for her continued reporting from the front lines of Campbell bicycle and pedestrian policymaking!
Image: View of El Camino Real in front of Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco, looking south It was day three of the Climate Ride and I was relaxing with members of the SVBC team. We had been joined by another rider while chatting over beers and learned that he...
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.