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.

Current Campaigns

Redwood City Woodside/101 interchange

Recent News

WIN: The Story of the New Bike Lanes at Sand Hill Road/280

This guest post was written by David Gildea, an SVBC member and active bike advocate based in Menlo Park. Thank you for writing this post, David! Got ideas for a guest blog? Email Jessica at jessica@bikesiliconvalley.org. There are new green bike lanes across the...

Page Mill/280: It’s still not built

Many of you recall the tragic bike fatality of Jeff Donnelly two and a half years ago at the dangerous intersection of Page Mill and 280. At the time, SVBC worked to get the relevant public agencies to prioritize increased safety for this complicated intersection. We...

New Interactive Map Shows Where SVBC Works

One question we get a lot here at SVBC is “what sort of work do you do over there?”. We now have an interactive map of all of the policies, program, and events that SVBC has been involved in over the last five years. Check it out!

Caltrans District 4 Bike Plan Now Available

The wait is over! After at least a year of planning, outreach, and mapping, the Caltrans District 4 Bike Plan is now available. Check out our blog for more information on the prioritized list and map of proposed bike projects on state highways throughout the Bay Area. This vision will help Caltrans and local jurisdictions when implementing projects.

Submit a Session Proposal for the 8th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit

We are soliciting proposals for session and speaker ideas for the 8th Annual Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit. 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 Counties as well as bring together people working in this field. Proposals are due March 31, 2018.

Round up of San Mateo County Bike Project Funding

There are numerous pots of money for bike projects from the national, state, regional, and local level. Every single funding pot for bike projects is oversubscribed, demonstrating the demand for additional funding. That is why SVBC works to ensure that any funding measure includes robust allocations for bike projects, which often have a higher bang for your buck than traditional roadway projects. Read on for a round up of recent grant-funded projects in San Mateo County.

Represent SVBC on Regional Bike Advisory Committees

There are vacancies on the bicycle advisory committees for Caltrain, BART, and Caltrans District 4. We rely on members like you to provide on the ground knowledge and ensure that voice is represented at a broader, regional scale. If you’d like to represent SVBC and your community on one of these committees, read on for more information.

Highway 35 Bicycle Access Online Survey Now Open

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.

Update: Highway 35 at Highway 1

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.

Caltrans D4 May Close Segment of Highway 35 to Bicyclists

Image: Caltrans District 4's proposal to close Highway 35 to bicyclists from Westmoor Avenue to Hickey Boulevard. UPDATE: As of May 17, due to the outreach to Caltrans by people like you, the sign order to prohibit bicyclists was temporarily placed on hold. Continue...

San Jose Plans Two Years of Vision Zero Action

Kudos to the City of San Jose this week for approving the draft Vision Zero Two-Year Action Plan. The plan, approved by the city council’s Transportation & Environment Committee on Monday, lays out actionable steps the City will take over the next two years as it seeks to reach the goal of eliminating roadway fatalities and major injuries.

Westbound Sand Hill Road Bike Lanes at Highway 280 to get Green Treatment

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.