Safe and Comfortable Freeway Crossings
We see highway and freeway crossings (or lack thereof) as the biggest barrier to riding a bike today. With multiple lanes, high traffic speeds, grade changes, and inhospitable landings, current crossings and intersections can be extremely intimidating for even a confident bicyclist. In other cases, there is no appropriate crossing for pedestrians and people on bikes for miles, which creates a disconnection between communities. Both of these issues make it difficult or impossible for people who bike to conveniently get around. We are working through multiple venues to create safe and comfortable highway crossings through both counties.
Redwood City Woodside/101 interchange
On February 16, 2017, the San Mateo County Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (SMC BPAC) voted to recommend bike safety improvements to westbound Sand Hill Road at Highway 280. The committee added the consideration that when westbound has been completed work on eastbound Sand Hill Road should be pursued. This is a huge win that came after months and years of advocacy and meetings by various groups, stakeholders, and individuals.
Next Wednesday, February 8, 2017, VTA’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will discuss draft guidelines for the 2016 Measure B Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. You’re encouraged to attend the meeting or submit your comments and questions to VTA ahead of time.
This year, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will hold the 7th Annual Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit on August 8, 2017. The Bike Summit is a weekday, one-day conference intended to educate the community on key issues related to bicycling in San Mateo and Santa Clara...
In November 2016, Santa Clara County voters approved Measure B, a one-half cent sales tax to fund transportation projects, collected over a 30-year period. In addition to a bicycle and pedestrian category of projects in the measure, there was also a requirement that Local Streets and Roads (pavement) projects funded by the measure implement Complete Streets (CS) practices to maintain and improve access and safety for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users on the roadway network. Since Measure B was passed, SVBC has been working on multiple fronts to ensure the CS requirement is adhered to.
The City of Sunnyvale hosted a “Community Kickoff” meeting to discuss a proposed Mary Avenue overcrossing of Highways 101 and 237 on Tuesday, January 17. SVBC helped spread the word about the project and attended the meeting to learn more.
It’s a new year and along with it, we have a new crop of New Year’s resolutions. Unlike many resolutions however, we here at SVBC take these seriously. Okay, truthfully, the boss calls these our goals or workplan. What do we plan to tackle this year? Oh, and if you...
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 Executive Director Shiloh Ballard shares her thoughts on what SVBC means to her: Almost every morning, I begin my...
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 Deputy Director Colin Heyne shares his thoughts on what SVBC means to him: I am a very experienced bicyclist – I...
Usually in the wins section of the e-Bulletin, we at SVBC talk about a “win of the week.” We do have plenty to celebrate, like the passage of Measure B, which includes $250 million for bike improvements along with strong complete streets policies. But it would be...
The campaign for Measure B – the Santa Clara County transportation sales tax that we’ve been working on and writing about for the past couple of years – is in full swing. As the public outreach process begins, SVBC is working double-duty, helping to promote the measure while also working with Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to craft Complete Streets policies that will ensure the money significantly benefits people who walk, ride bikes, and take transit.
A safer, less daunting design is in the works for the Page Mill/Highway 280 intersection near Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto. Since the April 20 public workshop was held to solicit feedback on two proposed redesigns, the County Roads and Airports Department, along with its consultant team, the adjacent cities, and SVBC, have been further refining the plans.
Editor’s note: Tim Oey of the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail authored the following action alert regarding a crucial upcoming vote on the future of the trail. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition wrote a letter in support of the Citizens’ Working Group recommendation. We encourage you to join us at the Cupertino City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 21, or write in as Tim requests below.