Imagine the west side of San Francisco Bay; San Franscico, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties without Caltrain linking each of the 29 cities along the way. Imagine the school children who can't get to school. Imagine the business deals that don't get signed, the job applicant who can't make the interview, or the Giants fan who can't see her world champion team.
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Imagine an increase in auto related deaths due to more cars on limited roadways, or the increasing hours cars will spend idling on 101. Imagine losing the option to ride your bike and being one of the additional 40,000 daily riders who will be forced onto our roadways. The morning ride to the station will be replaced by a slow drive interrupted with shouting at the other drivers on the highway.
That weight that you magically lost on your 6 mile daily commute to the station will quickly return once your are forced back onto the highway. Your budget that you so desperately tried to control will now become less manageable with increased gas, insurance, and parking costs.
What can you do?
At SVBC we believe there are four things you can do right now.
- Take action and send a message to your elected officials.
- Stay updated at the Friends of Caltrain website
- Share this news to your friends and workmates (via Facebook, Twitter, phone or email).
- Keep riding.
At the bottom of the form is a box to state how you heard about the Caltrain issue. Please indicate "Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition" to let them know you are concerned about the removing bicycles as a commuting option.