This year, SVBC has been working with our Policy Advisory Committee and our Local Teams to craft bicycling-related questions to ask candidates in select races in our area. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, SVBC cannot and does not endorse any candidate. We can, however, share their views with you. The answers are coming back, and we're publishing them here on the SVBC website.
Here are the... read the whole note.
UPDATE (5/17): SVBC has learned that Board President Shirakawa has included the language “Request received from President Shirakawa to continue the hearing to date uncertain. This request may or may not be approved pending Board consideration of Item No. 4, Approval of the Consent Calendar and Changes to the Agenda.” This is, in other words, an attempt to shelve the vote on funding these bike... read the whole note.
Press coverage of Bike to Work Day was phenomenal this year - from general coverage to personal stories, the media was happy to report on this huge, healthy, Bay-Area-wide event. SVBC managed to get quite a few nods, too. Here are some highlights:
Joe Rodriguez talked about his own conversion to bike commuting in the Mercury News:
Five years ago, a young woman crashed into my... read the whole note.
As part of our Safe Routes to School program, we are conducting bike rodeos at schools in Santa Clara and East Palo Alto, and we need volunteers to help make them great! Students learn to use turn signals, make left and right turns, avoid obstacles, and develop their balance and stability. The time commitment is typically two to three hours, and volunteers need no previous experience, just... read the whole note.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) Palo Alto Team March 8, 2012 Meeting Minutes
ATTENDEES Andrew Boone, David Coale, Bill Courington, Bob Cronin, Irvin Dawid, Colin Heyne, Eric Nordman, Pam Radin, Eric Ramberg, Jeremy Shaw
ACTION ITEMS 1. David Coale - post to Google Group list of streets where merge lanes onto Highway 101 are planned for modification, or any other details... read the whole note.
SVBC is determined to add 200 new members to our ranks during the month of May! Increase our clout: a strong membership gives us the influence we need to convince decision makers to fund bike infrastructure and education programs. As a Bike Month special, we're slashing our normal $35 membership fee to just $20!
Click here to join or renew.
But wait - there's more! Everyone who... read the whole note.
The King of the Mountain Charity Challenge is coming soon, on May 15, and we are excited that SVBC will be hosting a team for the first time ever!
There are two team challenges - Company Participation (based on the number of your team participants) and Company Time (based on the average time of your top three finishers in the KOM timed ride).
All riders are asked to register by... read the whole note.
Ian Emmons commutes exclusively by bicycle. Rain or shine, he always makes his ten-mile round-trip commute by bike. In addition, he embraces the car-free lifestyle by using pedal power to get around no matter what his errands require. He even makes runs to Costco using a bike trailer! Says Ian: “I'm not too sure I'm unique in this. Last time I was at Costco with my bike, I saw three other bike... read the whole note.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a set of innovative bus system enhancements that can provide high quality rapid transit service similar to light rail, but at a fraction of the cost. The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is proposing to introduce over 30 miles of BRT service along Silicon Valley's busiest bus corridors, including El Camino Real. Thanks to dedicated bus lanes, traffic-signal... read the whole note.
UPDATE (5/3): PG&E has assured us that they will limit "certain construction activities such as truck crossing and x-ray work during peak commute hours to minimize impacts to the path." They will also host an Energizer Station on the west side of the closure on Bike to Work Day, where staff will be available to explain the project and any future impacts to bikes and pedestrians.