Connecting Our Communities
The small-town nature of Silicon Valley means that you may live in one city, work in another, and do your errands in a third. It is our goal to expand transit options by making sure that people and families of all ages and abilities can get to all your destinations in a safe, comfortable and convenient way – on a bike! We would like to connect our communities, from end to end. This means working with cities and the counties to improve local bike facilities and routes, and ensure that they are working to fill in the gaps and make their jurisdiction a welcoming place for people to choose a bike as transportation. These types of campaigns focus on implementing city bike plans, creating neighborhood bikeways, improving local streets and creating North-South bike routes.
SVBC will work with North Fair Oaks residents and employees to achieve their vision of a safe and comfortable Middlefield Road, including strong bike facilities, which will preserve and enhance their community, by mid-2017.
Measure B/VTA Complete Streets policy
Santa Clara San Tomas Creek Trail at Levi’s Stadium gameday access
San José Protected Bikeways
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!
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...
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...