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
Join the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition team! Reports To: Policy Manager Status: Full-time, salaried with benefits Location: San Jose, CA Duration: Full-time permanent Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to create a healthy community,...
I was honored to have attended The Untokening Conference Saturday November 4th, 2017 in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. Fewer than 130 mobility advocates and grassroots organizers were selected from throughout the nation and from those who have focused on grassroots work,...
Guest blog by Carlos Velazquez, Public Information Representative, City of San Jose's Environmental Services Department All photos by Lloyd Cha, SVBC Member/Volunteer I love riding my bicycle for many reasons, and if you’re a supporter of the Silicon Valley Bicycle...
Last week was a whirlwind of activity for supporters of complete streets, open streets, parks, and transit in San José. Gil Peñalosa and his team from 8 80 Cities descended upon the Capital of Silicon Valley for a “San José Public Life Summit,” to meet with movers and shakers, skeptics, and undecided residents and impart upon them Gil’s infectious enthusiasm for all things people-centric. The visit gave SVBC’s San José Protected Bike Lanes campaign a shot in the arm, as we worked with 8 80 Cities and the City of San José to conduct some valuable public outreach along a corridor slated for safety improvements.
SVBC attended the celebration of Ford GoBike’s expansion in San Jose last week. Read on about how we’re addressing bike share equity in the Bay Area through Bike Share for All program with communities of color and affordable housing developments.
San Mateo County Allocates $2.26 million in Bike and Pedestrian Funds but Good Projects Left Unfunded
Last week, the City and County Association of Governments Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (C/CAG BPAC) scored applications for the 2017-18 Transportation Development Act-Article 3 grants, awarding $2.26 million to nine projects. Find out which cities were funded.
What a great experience! On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, a slew of stakeholders (parents, school trustee’s, school representatives, Gilroy Engineering department, SVBC, and etc.) woke up early (arrived by 7:20am) for a beautiful and brisk walk around the school’s wider block. Usually a walk audit is undertaken by SCCPH and the school staff as part of organizing a SRTS Planning Meeting, but asking all stakeholders of the planning meeting to also be involved in a walk audit before the Planning Meeting was definitely a treat!
Participants were able to watch firsthand some crosswalks where Crossing Guards were already assisting children to cross busy intersections, but we heard that there still remained some serious safety concerns. It was more than that; physically observing parents U-Turn randomnly around a corner or just rolling through yet another crosswalk – it made me (a parent, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) employee, and someone from outside the community), stand up and be concerned!
SVBC collaborated with eleven other organizations on a joint comment letter on the Dumbarton Corridor Study, submitted on Friday, Sept. 29 feasibility study. This letter was a follow-up to our coalition letter back in April and in addition to meetings with SamTrans staff over the past couple months as well as two community forums that we co-hosted. We will continue to share our support for a multi-use trail with decisionmakers until the study goes back to the SamTrans Board later this year.
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.