Biomimicry is no new concept. Through examining nature's systems and processes, people have been able to develop a number of solutions to human problems. The natural world offers an array of design schemes that can be emulated in our man-made world. Specifically, our car centric transportation network can be reworked to be more efficient and safer.
This is where biomimicry can offer its... read the whole blog post.
Redwood City has plans to streamline its section of the county North-South bike route that uses Arguello and D Street to connect riders between downtown Redwood City and Old County Road in San Carlos.
The improvements include adding bike "loop detectors," which turn the light green for waiting bicyclists at signaled intersections at Arguello and Whipple, Brewster, Marshall,... read the whole blog post.
Fall has arrived and with it comes school festivals. The Santa Clara Safe Routes to School Team has been busy keeping students active in the dreary weather with stationary bike races. Sutter Elementary held their annual Sutterfest event on October 19th where 260 students raced, traveling roughly 30 miles. Haman’s Fall Festival was on October 26th with over 160 racers pedaling more than 25... read the whole blog post.
I don't know if it was the irony of giving chocolate bars in the shape of California to visitors from the land that gave us Coenraad Johannes van Houten, or the psychedelic treatment one of the project teams proposed for the corner of Balbach and Market, but something about my circumstance on Tuesday night made me realize that I had spent the previous two days as a part of something strange... read the whole blog post.
I generally dislike the rainy introduction to winter, a preview of what the next few months will bring. However, I am welcoming the change of season this year. After extreme heat, the rain is a pleasant change. But with rain and colder temperatures, people often change their daily commute, either through their attire or by driving more often.
As we experienced one of the first "storms"... read the whole blog post.
In addition to working in the Santa Clara School District, the Safe Routes to School team has made their way north to the Belmont/Redwood Shores district.
These schools have made impressive efforts to encourage more walking and biking. At Cipriani Elementary, the school made a designated space to store bikes since so many students brought their bike to the rodeo. The walls at Cipriani... read the whole blog post.
If you were one of the over 270 guests that attended our Fifth Annual Dinner last week, then you know what fun we had. We would like to thank all our sponsors* who helped us make the dinner possible and the evening very special. In addition, we'd also like to thank the local businesses and industry partners for their generous donations of all the great product, vacations and services for our... read the whole blog post.
On October 3, 2012, over 40 countries participated in International Walk to School Day. Locally, Santa Clara Safe Routes to School worked with five schools in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, bring awareness to walkable communities, and start an active lifestyle by walking or biking to school. Students were encouraged to use active transportation to get to school by walking, riding a... read the whole blog post.
Thanks as always to Laura Smith for providing us this update from the Campbell BPAC. Are you on a BPAC, BAC, or other committee or commission that advises on bicycle matters? Share the latest news about your hard work! Email colin@bikesiliconvalley to discuss becoming a BPAC reporter.
Winchester Blvd Improvements (Phase 1): This project is complete. It turned out well and makes valuable... read the whole blog post.
On Friday evening, September 28th, our Santa Clara Safe Routes to School team arrived at Montague Elementary School with the car packed tight. We had a large box of helmets, supplies to put on a "Snail Race," a "Map My Route" table, and a picture board for the kids to put their faces through, transforming them into a sun riding a bicycle. Calmar Bicycles helped out too, volunteering to assist... read the whole blog post.