Bay Area Bike Share launched today, and SVBC was there to help! As you might know, we've been working with Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) on and off since 2008 to implement a bike sharing program. VTA started a pilot program then morphed over time into the regional program that kicked off today. It was a big win for both of us.
Our role at today's festivities was that... read the whole blog post.
While many kids around San José enjoyed their last days of summer freedom by watching television and playing video games, sixteen youth participants from the Alma Youth Center took part in a fun, sweat-inducing, environmental-stewardship-building summer biking program. For the second year in a row, SVBC returned to the Alma Youth Center to teach better bicycling as kids aged nine to fifteen... read the whole blog post.
I had the pleasure of joining the Ladies’ Tea and Bike Social at the Elizabeth Gamble Garden last Saturday. The event was organized and lead by SVBC member Janet Lafleur. I have to say, she knows how to put on a party! Everyone was asked to bring their favorite tea cup and a tea time snack and Janet brought, in a trailer pulled on her bike, all the tea and hot water for over 15 ladies. We had... read the whole blog post.
Advocacy has many different faces. It also works in many different ways. Tonight, it happened to coalesce around a single slice of pizza. It was Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.
As the new Membership Coordinator for SVBC, I met my team for the first time at a local bar and restaurant in downtown Mountain View. These advocates and ambassadors of the Coalition have lead the way to... read the whole blog post.
We did it! And by we, I mean SVBC staff and members, San Mateo County political leadership, the San Mateo County Health System, and advocates from all over the county. What, exactly, did we do, you ask?
After more than three years of talks, papers, blogs, requests, letters, and other discussion, we are happy to announce that the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved the... read the whole blog post.
I had to take the test to renew my driver’s license the other day, so I read the Driver Handbook the evening before, just to be on the safe side. To my surprise and delight, the new 2013 Handbook gives a lot of attention to bicyclists. There are 2-1/2 pages devoted to bicyclists, bicyclists' rights, and safety issues such as watching out for bikes making right turns or opening the car door,... read the whole blog post.
SVBC coordinated an awards breakfast this week for the winners of the Team and Company Bike Challenges. It's the enthusiasm from teams like these that help encourage cycling in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Bike to Work Month is an important opportunity for us to raise awareness of riding a bicycle for transportation, and the Bike Challenges help to show how fun and easy it is as well... read the whole blog post.
Hedding Street gets a green make-over! Corinne, Ernesto, Anne, and I all rode bikes down to the ceremony initiating the green bike lane on Hedding Street. We are really excited for this, the first green bike lane in San José! Corinne spoke briefly, along with Councilmember Sam Liccardo, Department of Transportation Director Hans Larsen, and Rhonda Berry of Our City Forest, which is planting... read the whole blog post.
Here's the latest in San José trails from Trail Manager Yves Zsutty.Lower Guadalupe River Trail Construction
The Lower Guadalupe River Trail officially reopened on Saturday, April 20. About 50 people were in attendance, with representatives from the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, City of San Jose, County, Water District and Cisco Systems to name a few. At that time, all pavement... read the whole blog post.
I had a particularly wonkish win yesterday.
Bear with me: yesterday morning, I learned that the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Programming and Allocations Committee unanimously rejected a recommendation from staff that the Commission revise language in the TDA Article 3 funding requirements that would eliminate the requirement that municipalities with a population greater than... read the whole blog post.