Last week the whole crew at SVBC took a ride to check out the great new bike lanes that San Jose recently installed. To get there, we took Hedding from the Alameda to 11th Street. Hedding is a busy street that cries out for a bike lane. For me, not a really strong cyclist, the narrow lanes and heavy traffic are daunting. I probably would not ride it by myself. Fortunately, others led the way... read the whole note.
Summer at the Bicycle Coalition is traditionally our "down" time. Our work load doesn't actually slow down much, but rather shifts to more administrative tasks - grant applications, pre-semester Safe Routes to School meetings, website tweaking, letterhead orders, program reports, et cetera. With the exception of our valet bike parking program, It's not always highly visible or very exciting... read the whole note.
After weeks of planning, researching, and scheduling, we finally had our first opportunity to take our youth bike education to the streets! We went to Scott Lane and Montague on Monday, and Sutter, Haman, Bowers, and Briarwood on Tuesday, bringing our games and videos along with us. The fourth-grade students we met were all fun and funny kids - very enthusiastic about everything we did, and... read the whole note.
I'm happy to announce that SVBC is expanding again. As a result of our Safe Routes to School work in Santa Clara and East Palo Alto, we were in need of an assistant to help Ernesto get the programs rolling successfully. The applicant review process was tough, but we finally whittled down the group of very qualified candidates and hired Anna Kingsmith.
Anna comes from a background in... read the whole note.
I attended the Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting on Monday night to deliver some comments regarding the Facebook environmental impact report (EIR) on behalf of SVBC. I mentioned the fact that the bicycle would be a great way to mitigate some of the traffic, noise, and air pollution that the EIR cites as "areas of controversy." It's not unusual for me to visit such meetings and comment on... read the whole note.
Sports Basement, a long-time supporter of SVBC and our members, has stepped up their generosity recently with a new 5%-back deal. In addition to their already awesome 10% discount given to SVBC members, they will now donate 5% of all member purchases back to SVBC. Seriously!
To clarify: you go to Sports Basement, buy some new gear at a great price with your 10% SVBC member discount,... read the whole note.
City of San José staff is studying converting lanes on 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th Streets through downtown from motor vehicle lanes to bike lanes! I had mentioned several months ago to Department of Transportation leadership that San José is already falling behind on implementing the goals in their recently adopted bike plan--and that they had the power to make significant things happen even... read the whole note.
SVBC would like to thank Michael Lee Environmental Foundation for its recent grant in support of SVBC's youth bicycle education efforts in San José.
The grant will enable us to work with a local elementary school to establish a once-weekly pair of group-commutes to school that will utilize biking and walking, instead of motor vehicles. Students will learn about the environmental... read the whole note.
Colin and Corinne cherish SVBC's new fridge with the most flattering of poses.
Here's a textbook lesson on how to win the hearts of SVBC staffers. When I posted on the SVBC Facebook page that we could use a fridge for the office, member Ann Jasper offered one up. Ann didn't have a used fridge for us, mind you - she told us she would buy us a new one.
Naturally, I thought I was... read the whole note.
Photo courtesy Chris Eichler, League of American Bicyclists
Our friends at Stanford University have earned the top honor in the League of American Bicyclists' first ever round of Bicycle Friendly University designation! Stanford, which has partnered with SVBC in the past on initiatives like our Share the Road campaign, is the only university to earn Platinum... read the whole note.