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
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.
On the evening of June 2, the VTA Board of Directors will vote on whether or not to put a 1/2-cent, 30-year transportation sales tax on the November ballot in Santa Clara County. SVBC will be there to support the measure.
SVBC had the pleasure of working with Santa Clara County’s Roads and Airports Department to convene a public workshop on the notoriously bad-for-bikes Page Mill/280 interchange last week. The County did a great job on the event, which was the latest step toward an interim design solution, following the tragic death of cyclist Jeff Donnelly last year.
Happy to announce the next step, a public workshop at which some concepts will be presented for your feedback. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 pm.
Last month, we distributed a survey to our active SVBC membership base with a simple goal: learn more about our supporters and check in with our members to ultimately be a great bicycle advocacy organization. We collected about 287 surveys, reflecting 15% of our...
Last night, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) voted to allocate $4,946,000 for ten new bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects. As defined in the 2004 Measure A Transportation Expenditure Plan, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program receives 3...
After several weeks of deliberation and discussion, Millbrae City Council approved the Millbrae Caltrain/BART Station Area Specific Plan on February 9. SVBC first became involved in the Millbrae project over the summer, joining with partners to hold a community...
As part of our work to get better biking infrastructure across our two counties, we offer our support to local jurisdictions as they apply for various funding pots. Whether it’s the statewide Active Transportation Program (ATP), nationwide grants, or local level funds, we reach out to cities and the counties to offer our review and support of their grant applications for better bike infrastructure and programs. Because these funding programs for bicycle and pedestrian improvements are always oversubscribed and there are a lot of good projects, support letters from relevant organizations make applications more competitive, can be worth several points in the ranking process, and can be the difference between being awarded a grant or not.