UPS has recently introduced bicycles to their Silicon Valley fleet of delivery vehicles. The move is an attempt to keep costs down - the company is notoriously efficient - but has also garnered some welcome publicity for the company. I, for one, am happy to oblige. Social movements usually gather extra steam when they are backed by corporate interests, so if UPS wants to share my bike lane, I... read the whole blog post.
Well, look here: SVBC member Joe Walton guides us through the steps involved in bringing your bike along on a VTA bus ride.
More information about bikes on VTA, including bikes on light rail, can be found at http://www.vta.org/schedules/bikeways_on_vta.html.
The Chicago Bike Program created this video to explain how cyclists and bus drivers should ride and drive to get along in city traffic.
Traffic safety is taught from the perspective of a cyclist and bus driver. You'll find the various safety scenarios useful in you day to day cycling.
Thanks to Mike H. for sending the video this way.
Share the Road - Buses and Bicycles... read the whole blog post.
TransForm has recently released a report titled, "Windfall For All: How Connected, Convenient Neighborhoods Can Protect Our Climate and Safeguard California’s Economy." The report looks at the four main population areas of the state - Southern CA, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, and Sacramento - and finds that residents could save $31 billion if all communities had the same level of... read the whole blog post.
The Second Annual SVBC Benefit was a smashing success. The setting, the speakers, the sense of a community coming together all made the night special.
Our speakers, Chris Horner and John Burke, were fascinating. Chris charmed us all with his tales of the ups and down of racing. John inspired the crowd with anecdotes of historical wisdom and a rousing call to action. When the two... read the whole blog post.
The City of San Mateo has recently initiated a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of a citywide bikeways master plan. The RFP was issued on November 5, and the contract is expected to be awarded January 22, 2010.
The scope of the work will include an inventory of existing facilities as well as a base survey, needs and demand analysis, recommendations for a bike network, and... read the whole blog post.
As demand grows for rail transit in this country grows, discussion is also increasing on how we should finance and manage it. William Lind, a public transportation advocate agrues that we are looking at the wrong metrics when evaluating public transit.
He was at the Rail-Volution conference to promote his new book "Moving Minds - Conservatives and Public Transportation" (co-authored... read the whole blog post.
The City of Menlo Park has sent a letter to the California High Speed Rail Authority asking that they rail alignment through Menlo Park be placed underground. According to an article in the Almanac newspaper, the city decided to make a formal statement after conducting sufficient public outreach.
With one absence from the vote, the council voted 3-1 in favor of sending the formal... read the whole blog post.
After more than 25,000 suggestions, Google has announced the finalists in the Google Street View Trike vote.
The Google Trike takes Street View photos similar to those seen on U.S. roadways, but now ventures out to trails, campuses, parks, and zoos. In fact, according to the Google Maps blog titled LatLong, college campuses represented 44% of all suggestions.
The 5 main... read the whole blog post.
Well, it could be worse, but it certainly could be better, too. Transportation for America just released a report on the most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. The report takes into account the percentage of residents who walk to work and the average annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people to acheive a "Pedestrian Danger Index," or PDI. The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area... read the whole blog post.