When speaking or commenting publicly to an agency, town, or city council remember that you may speak to the board or council about any item that is on the agenda, but only when that board has reached the point in the meeting to consider that item.
You may also speak during Open Forum on items that are not on the agenda and are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board. By law... read the whole blog post.
Tonight the city of Los Altos in a special joint meeting will consider the fate of the city's bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee. The meeting is so special it will not be held in the council chambers but in the Neutra House (181 Hillview Avenue), a short walk away.
The city has scheduled tonight's joint meeting to discuss the issues. As I mentioned in a previous posting, many... read the whole blog post.
Regular readers of our website likely saw our recent post about the city of Los Altos considering whether to keep their BPAC (Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee). We appreciate your support in encouraging them to keep the committee. For those who may not follow advocacy issues so closely, I will attempt to explain what makes a city effective at creating safer bikeways, streets, and trails... read the whole blog post.
At the recent Winter Party, our executive director, Corinne Winter, ran through a list of our recent accomplishments. At the risk of sounding immodest, I've compiled her main points below. Feel free to use these wins to badger your friends, family, and coworkers into becoming SVBC members. Or, use them as your own personal inspiration and make a year-end donation to your favorite San Mateo and... read the whole blog post.
Portland, also known as Stumptown, Rose City, Bridgetown and PDX, became "Railtown" for a brief moment last week, when the city hosted the 16th Annual Rail~Volution under sunny skies and warm temperatures. The event seeks to foster greater involvement by public transit agencies in creating livable communities and linking to bicycle, pedestrian, and street networks as well as increasing... read the whole blog post.
This just landed in the SVBC mail bag. It's a trailer for Pedal Driven, a documentary chronicling the battle between DIY mountain bike trail blazers and the government agencies tasked with protecting the federal lands being illegally striped with singletrack. Now, here at SVBC we strictly do not advocate the breaking of laws. We do, however, often work to get laws changed. In that spirit, I... read the whole blog post.
After the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition's recent move by bicycle it was only fitting that Clarence Eckerson would highlight cargo bikes in a recently posted video at Streetfilms. Although when I first heard about cargo bikes, the Dutch Bakfeit was the only thing that came to mind.
But in Clarence Eckerson's latest video he highlights some great ideas for cargo bikes; bars on wheels,... read the whole blog post.
Although cycling is on the upswing in the South Bay, it has been a mostly a male dominated actvity. San Jose's Bike Party has changed this a bit with ever increasing numbers of women riders. SJBP has been an excellent way for new women riders to sample the joy of cycling and community with other women riders. July's Ladies Ride was a huge success with over 350 cyclists. For many this was... read the whole blog post.
When cyclists get together eventually the talk moves to topics such as how much better they feel, how much weight they've lost, and sometimes how much money they've saved.
At SVBC we often advocate for more bike facilities based on the growing level of cycling in the area. But we also often mention that cyclists typically have more disposable (spendable) income in their pockets because... read the whole blog post.
For many years San Jose and others have touted that the city is the safest big city in America. This came close to home this morning while attempting to have an outdoor seat at my favorite morning coffee stop. While crossing in a signed crosswalk (complete with flashing lights) on four-lane Lincoln Ave., myself and another coffee shop regular were almost struck by a car that just passed right... read the whole blog post.