The second annual Silicon Valley Bike Advocacy Summit will be held on April 17, from 2:00 to 8:00 pm, in the Cultural Hall of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto. Stanford Hospital and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will co-host this event, which will both inspire advocates of cycling and walking and provide them with the tools they need for successful advocacy. SVBC is very excited to throw this event for its second year, and thrilled to have Stanford Hospital join us. Professionals, advocates, politicians, public agency employees, industry representatives, public health officials, and interested community members will come together to participate in a community event focused on promoting the bicycle and smart planning for health, environmental security, and enhanced communities.
The Summit will serve as a catalyst to improving relations between advocates and government, increase the involvement of business in the advocacy world, and inspire attendees to become even more involved in fostering healthy communities.
The event is divided evenly for those who can attend before 5:00 and those who cannot. Join us in the evening and you'll still get to sit in on one breakout session, hear one of our two great keynote speakers, and enjoy dinner!
Program (subject to change):
Welcome address and opening plenary
Veteran active transportation specialist Carolyn Helmke will welcome our opening keynote speaker Randy Neufeld. Randy is the Director of the SRAM, Cycling Fund, which aims to spend $2 million every year for five years on projects that build a better environment for cycling in North America, Europe and Taiwan. As Director of this exciting endeavor, Randy has traveled the world, looking at inspiring new bike infrastructure and advocacy programs. He will share the ideas that he finds exciting, effective, and feasible.
3:45 to 5:15 pm
Breakout Groups Round 1
Active transportation and the built environment
How can our roadways and other transportation facilities encourage active mobility while respecting the needs of all users? Though it’s clear that bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, motorists, children, and persons with disabilities must all feel comfortable on the road, there is a wide variety of suggested solutions to making our streets complete. From the time we leave our homes until we arrive at our destination, the physical design of the road, sidewalks, wayfinding, transit, and parking facilities can have a strong effect on our choice of transportation mode. Our panel of experts will discuss approaches to active transportation planning that work within conventional guidelines as well as innovative solutions that have recently attracted attention.
Moderator: Jaime Rodriguez, City of Palo Alto
- John Ciccarelli, Bicycle Solutions
- Casey Hildreth, Associate Planner, Alta Planning + Design
- Jeremy Nelson, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard
- Phyllis Orrick, Communications Director, SafeTREC, UC Berkeley
State and Federal Advocacy
Respected bicycling advocates from state- and federal-level organizations will be joined by our partners from the field of transit advocacy to discuss current topics that affect Californians and all Americans. Learn how ongoing debates in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. impact our lives in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula.
- Graham Brownstein, State Policy Director, TransForm
- Dave Snyder, Executive Director, California Bicycle Coalition
- Shannon Tracey, Field Organizer, Transportation For America Campaign
Vision Zero: Silicon Valley – Putting our heads together (invitation only)
This closed session is a follow-up meeting for participants of November 2011’s Stanford Trauma Bike Safety Summit. In the November event, medical professionals met with police and fire departments, CalTrans and DMV representatives, and members of local cycling clubs in an effort to form new alliances that would result in better coordination and ultimately, safer cycling. Each participant was asked to discuss strategies and solutions and return to the discussion with suggestions for action. Area mayors, city managers, and other decision makers will be invited to join the workshop.
5:30 to 6:45 pm
Breakout Groups Round 2
Safe Routes to School
The negative correlation between children’s activity levels and rising rates of childhood obesity are alarming. Safe Routes to School programs are being implemented on the national, state, and local levels in a race to address this public health emergency. Our panel of experts will discuss the motivations that drive Safe Routes to School programs and present recent examples of successful campaigns to get young students walking and biking. Learn how efforts to change the behavior of our youngest neighbors can benefit everyone’s health and safety while reducing public health care costs.
Moderator: Ernesto Lizaola, Safe Routes to School Manager, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
- Penny Ellson & Kathy Durham, Palo Alto Safe Routes to School
- Alice Kawaguchi, Health Education Specialist, Traffic Safe Communities Network, Santa Clara County Public Health Department
- Robert Ping, Technical Assistance Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Advocacy Training Workshop
How does an advocacy initiative get off the ground? What are the steps you need to take in order to effect positive change in your community? Attend this training workshop to learn techniques for engaging elected officials, government agencies, businesses, and members of the community and creating lasting solutions. SVBC member advocates will lead the workshop, drawing on recent successful grassroots to boost bicycle infrastructure and participation.
Workshop leaders: SVBC members Adina Levin and Andrew Boone and SVBC President and Executive Director Corinne Winter
UPDATE: Unfortunately, this session has been cancelled. Please join our advocates at either the Safe Routes to School session or Advocacy Training Workshop.
Vision Zero: Silicon Valley – Risk prevention and response on a personal and community level
Bicycling attorney Gary Brustin will discuss how to avoid crashes, what to do if you are involved in a crash, what actions are important after a crash, common crash scenarios, and motorist perspectives. Holly Sisneros of the California Department of Public Health PedSafe Program will focus on bicyclist and pedestrian safety from an organizational or community viewpoint, touching on safety messaging, fostering partnerships, working with the media, and planning for effective responses to collisions.
- Gary Brustin, Esq., Cycling Attorney, BicycleLawyer.com
- Holly Sisneros, PedSafe Program Manager, California Department of Public Health
Stanford Hospital & Clinic's Dr. David Spain will introduce Streetsblog founder and Honku author Aaron Naparstek. After it became clear that chucking eggs at cars was not a productive solution to the never-ending horn-honking beneath his apartment window, Aaron took a deep breath and began writing poems he called Honku. And a funny thing happened: The poetry rose above New York City's clamor, brought together a community, transformed a neighborhood and helped to launch a Livable Streets movement that is making change in cities all around the world.
About Vision Zero: Silicon Valley - As part of its Vision Zero: Silicon Valley advocacy initiative, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition works to prevent all major injuries and fatalities caused by poor behavior, roadway design, and neglected maintenance. In addition to prevention, the initiative focuses on the proper response for both individuals and agencies following a collision, crash, or other harmful incident.