SVBC Policy Advisory Committee

The Policy Advisory Committee is comprised of four SVBC Board members and four SVBC members and representatives from our Local Teams who are appointed for a yearly term. The group discusses local biking policy issues of interest to SVBC and advises the SVBC Board and staff on positions. SVBC advocacy staff lead the meeting.

Meetings are open to current SVBC members and are generally held the fourth Tuesday of the month. See our calendar for more information.

Read the SVBC Policy Advisory Committee Charter.

Recent News

SVBC Attends The Untokening California 2017

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,...

8 80 Cities Brings New Outreach Toolkit to San José

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.

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.

Take Action for Protected Bike Lanes on El Camino Real in Redwood City

Now’s your chance to speak up in support of protected bike lanes on El Camino Real in Redwood City! The city has its draft Redwood City El Camino Real Corridor Plan on their website now after months of study and outreach. Two upcoming public meetings provide an opportunity to express your approval of the plan and ensure that protected bike lanes move forward on this important corridor.

Ford GoBike takes off in San Jose

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.

Walk It before Planning It! – A New Take on the Safe Routes To School Planning Meeting.

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!

Focus Cities 2017 Project Wraps Up

With this blog post, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is wrapping up our work on the Focus Cities project for the 2017 federal fiscal year. We were proud to be approached by California Walks to be the local San José bike advocates in a program funded by the Office of Traffic Safety and spearheaded by UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks.

Measure B Win Requires Keeping Tabs on Bike/Ped Funds

Our campaign to get the best deal for bicycling in the voter-approved Santa Clara County Measure B sales tax had another win last week. In a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors approved San José Mayor Sam Liccardo’s motion to require an assessment of the education and encouragement sub-program of the bicycle and pedestrian category.

Caltrain Determines Future Bike Car Design

Almost two years ago, our work and your voices convinced the Caltrain Joint Powers Board to increase future bike capacity with train electrification (due for 2021). Caltrain has now selected a final car design for the future train sets, and the agency’s goals to increase human and bike capacity will be met with an increased number of trains per hour. Read on for our take about the decisions and the process.

SVBC Sends Joint Comment Letter for Dumbarton Study

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.