While making the trip to Capitol Hill this month, a group of us called on Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who represents the 12th District. District 12 encompasses the western portions of San Francisco and both the coast and bay side areas of San Mateo county, as far south as Redwood City. While advocating for cycling related bills such as Safe Routes to School and the Active Community... read the whole blog post.
One of the many cool things we experienced at the National Bike Summit was this video from People for Bikes, a recent effort by Bikes Belong to bring together cyclists from across the country. People for Bikes has a simple concept: get people to pledge that they like bikes and want to ride them. The website is full of good reasons to get on a bike and it tallies the number of pledges in an... read the whole blog post.
“Just because we don’t pay for parking, doesn’t mean the cost of parking goes away”
Last night, for a few hours at least, San Jose was the center of the livable streets universe.
Professor Donald Shoup, author of the book "The High Cost of Free Parking," came to San Jose to discuss an issue that is a major concern to downtown residents, workers, arts patrons, and any one... read the whole blog post.
Last night I attended the San Jose General Plan Task Force 2040 meeting. The topic for discussion was transportation but specifically mode share and VMT. Mode share describes how we get around; wheter by bike, walking, car, carpool, or any form of transit (public or private). VMT, or vehicle miles traveled, is a semi-wonky term that refers to how many miles each person drives each year. On... read the whole blog post.
UCLA Professor Donald Shoup to speak in San Jose - this Wednesday, February 24th at San Jose City HallFeb 04, 2010
For those of us fortunate to live in the Silicon Valley we have ample access to hills, trails, and beaches. One thing that we also seem to have in abundance is free parking. Join UCLA Professor Donald Shoup, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Greenbelt Alliance in San Jose for his talk about his book, "The High Cost of Free Parking", on Wednesday, February 24th at San Jose City Hall. (... read the whole blog post.
Bike garages that hold 10,000 bikes and bikes that last 100 years. Wow! Only in Amsterdam.
This is a short (2 minute) clip from Amsterdam. Two things to notice; the cycle paths in central business districts next to shops and restaurants, and the amount of people out on their bikes enjoying the city. No drive through burger joints, no ferrying children in SUVs.
After seeing Mikael Coleville-Andersen speak in San Francisco in October it is refreshing to always see his videos from Copenhagen. Here is one showing January cycling in the city. This is from his site Copenhagenize.
Copenhagen January Cycling - Your Country from Copenhagenize on Vimeo.
Here is what Mikael noted in his post:
"Another little winter film from the streets... read the whole blog post.
Imagine being able to design you own airplane interior on your San Jose to Austin flight. Wider seats, more legroom, larger restrooms would be a start. Well, sorry but that's not going to happen.
However members of the community are being involved in the design of the new SMART train interiors. SMART which stands for Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit,will run 70-mile route between... read the whole blog post.
January 11 Meeting of the San Jose Bicycle and Pedesitrian Advirsory Committee
Pierluigi Oliviero announced that his office is a sponsoring movie in March. The documentary titled "No Impact Man" highlights the lifestyle changes of the Breven family of New York as the give up modern conveniences to reduce their carbon footprint. The film highlights cycling in New York City.
Published Wednesday, January 6, 2010, by the Menlo Park Almanac Letters to the Editor
It may well be that California's high-speed rail plans are ill-advised, or that this is not the right time or economy to be embarking on such an ambitious construction, but several things bother me.
First, major infrastructure projects might be a good... read the whole blog post.