A couple of years ago, SVBC joined together with assorted regional advocates to encourage MTC to create a Safe Routes to Schools funding stream to help get communities up and running with Safe Routes programs. We were successful--as a result, VTA received $4.039M and C/CAG received $1.429 (the money was distributed relative to population).
VTA decided to run a competitive grants program... read the whole note.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is going through the Plan Bay Area process, which will revolutionize the way that transportation funding is distributed in the Bay Area.
Yesterday I met with MTC Commissioner Sam Liccardo (also a San José Councilmember) to discuss the future of regional transportation funding streams.
My main points:
1) We want to ensure... read the whole note.
This action alert comes from the California Bicycle Coalition (CBC)
Many Californians want the health, financial and environmental benefits of bicycling but don't ride because they don't feel safe sharing the road with other traffic. Many of them know of someone who's been injured by a passing car or truck or they've witnessed or experienced a close call themselves.
Let's make... read the whole note.
This action alert just in from the League of American Bicyclists.
Key Congressional leaders are attacking Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational trails and are taking steps to cut off dedicated federal funding for bicycling and walking.
House Transportation Chairman John Mica (R-FL) announced today that his transportation bill will eliminate... read the whole note.
Went to the on-bike education class hosted by SVBC and the City of Mountain View and taught by John Ciccarelli, a very able LCI (League Cycling Instructor) and transportation planner. It was so worthwhile. I had taken a similar class a few years ago when I was just starting out with street bicycling, and that was very helpful, but it was good to have a brush-up and pick up some pointers that I... read the whole note.
Fair readers, forgive me while this blog entry delves deep into the language of policy-wonkiness. Hopefully several of you will be interested--after all, SVBC is an organization focused on systems change.
Recently, several SVBC members, the San Mateo County Heath Department, and other advocacy group leaders were invited to meet with C/CAG staff. The purpose of the meeting was to hear... read the whole note.
Here's the latest on SB 910 from the California Bicycle Coalition.
A three-foot passing bill supported by the California Bicycle Coalition (CBC) and thousands of statewide cycling advocates was approved yesterday by the Assembly Transportation Committee in a raucous hearing that reflected California’s deeply conflicted relationship to motor vehicles and driving.
Senate Bill 910,... read the whole note.
This status update on the "three-foot passing bill," SB 910, was recently distributed by California Bicycle Coalition.
Senate approves three-foot passing bill
California could soon become the nation's 19th state to enact a 3-foot passing law to protect bicyclists. Last week the California Senate approved CBC-sponsored Senate Bill 910 by a 27-9 vote, sending the bill to the... read the whole note.
Friends of Caltrain has put out a request for action in order to secure funding for Caltrain through 2012:
1) The last stop for Caltrain funding for 2012 is the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). The Planning and Allocations committee is meeting on Wednesday, June 8 at 10am - they are going to be reviewing the last $5 million to complete Caltrain's operating budget for... read the whole note.
Last night I attended a meeting of community leaders (ahem!) to discuss the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), how it could affect people in Santa Clara County, and how we could communicate the process to our communities. So, in the spirit of communication, gather 'round Grampa Colin's rocking chair, readers, and I'll tell you all about the transportation/land use/housing strategy that... read the whole note.