Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day in the Silicon Valley. I was out and about on my own bike in downtown San Jose, when I ran into a group of riders massing for what looked like a ride around town. About 18 riders were hanging out a city hall when I asked, "What are you all waiting for?". A rider replied, "Waiting for our bike skills class to start."
Oh yes, bike skill classes... read the whole blog post.
In today's New York Times, an article highlights the effect that the current reccession, demographic shifts, and changes to the environment has had on domestic auto sales. Even taking into account the federal government's Cash for Clunkers program this has been a disastrous year for automakers.
Not only has the recession tightened the budgets of consumers, a demographic shift is... read the whole blog post.
San Jose will be a host city on Wed., May 19, 2010 for the record-setting Amgen Tour of California professional cycling road race. The announcement was made this morning via a Twitter exchange that took place shortly before 9 a.m. PT between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some of America’s most accomplished cyclists, including Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Dave Zabriskie and George... read the whole blog post.
MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL
WHAT: Media conference call following the announcement of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California host cities.
WHO: Andrew Messick, President of AEG Sports
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, 10:30 a.m. PT DIAL-IN INFORMATION: (866) 393-0446
CONFERENCE ID: 37571596 (please reference when dialing... read the whole blog post.
While describing the beautiful Monterey Bay Trail to a friend this weekend, I noticed on Google Maps that the trail was actually labeled the “Monterey Bay Coastal Trail” on a whim I moved the little yellow stick figure over to the trail, magically illuminating the trail in the familiar Street View Blue outline. The trail was now transformed into “trail view” mode, highlighting scenic spots... read the whole blog post.
In case you haven't noticed my brief bio on this site, I thought I would take this moment to give you some additional insight in my role here at SVBC. Having worked in the bicycle industry, participated in Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees, and worked with other bike advocates around the country and the world, I hope I can contribute to SVBC's goals.
My main objective this blog... read the whole blog post.
To give you an idea of what Diridon Station in San Jose would look like after BART and the High Speed Rail arrive, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has put together a short video.
Just go to the "Gallery" section of the CHSRA website; scroll down the page and look for the video titled "San Jose Station Area Development." This short but incredibly realistic video will give you a... read the whole blog post.
I made my way out to Noddin Elementary School yesterday to take part in the Bike Rodeo. It was a wonderful time, the whole event was coordinated to coincide with the schools walk-a-thon, a fundraiser for the school. City of San Jose's Street Smarts Program coordinated a fantastic event, led up by the lovely and talented Tara Jones of SJDOT. While the event was on the low key side, it was... read the whole blog post.
Gil Penalosa, the former Commissioner of Parks, Sport, and Recreation for the City of Bogota Columbia, will be speaking at two separate events on Thursday, October 15 and Friday October 16. Gil is the Executive Director of Walk and Bike for Life based out of Ontario, Canada. He has also been credited for creating and popularizing Bogota's Ciclovia.
Without enough city funds to expand... read the whole blog post.
Thanks to Jill Boone, the Climate Change & Sustainability Manager for Santa Clara County for sharing this link. It's a tool from Kiplinger that lets you calculate your cost savings when you ride your bike to work instead of driving. If the rate seems a little high, keep in mind that maintenance and repairs are factored in, too, not just gas. Of course, if my car breaks down again the best... read the whole blog post.