Next week's San José City Council agenda has several agenda (pdf) items of concern to South Bay cyclists. Topics include a more bike friendly Diridon Station, additions to the Coyote Creek trail, and the San Francisco Bay Trail.
The first bicycle agenda item is a city park staff recommendation (pdf) of the application of a grant from the state of California's Bicycle Transportation... read the whole note.
"Small boys and girls should not be allowed to ride their bicycles on the sidewalk" was the opinion of one San Jose mother in a January 11, 1938 San Jose Evening News article (on page 19 of 24). Although the number of children who ride or walk to school has decreased since this 1938 editorial was written, bicycle safety for children is a growing concern given the congestion that has increased... read the whole note.
Here's the latest from the City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services:Construction Projects
Work on the Guadalupe River Trail extension continues on track with completion expected for this December. A ramping structure has been installed to provide access from Woz Way downward towards the channel. It follows the Children’s Discovery Museum... read the whole note.
Do you ride a bike in the City of San José? Wouldn’t you like to see more buildings in San José with quality bike parking for employees and visitors? Now’s your chance!
Let the San José City Council know you support the proposed new standards for more and better bike parking when new buildings are constructed in the City. Email the Mayor and City Council with a subject line like “... read the whole note.
Recently, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition published the Diridon Station Bicycling Manifesto, which incorporated improvements we'd like to see made to the Diridon Station Area. As many cyclists who travel through the area know, adequate road conditions are lacking - severely in some spots.
Road maintenance, connectivity issues, and lack of signage are all issues that cyclists face... read the whole note.
At a recent community meeting hosted by Greenbelt Alliance and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, residents came together to voice concerns about plans being proposed for the Diridon Station area. They shared the same misgivings as Scott Herhold noted in his column (Page B1, Aug. 29): —'Downtown' claim just a wet noodle."
MarketCenter has... read the whole note.
In another great move by the city of San Jose's Department of Transportation to make streets safer and calmer for all residents, the city announced the completion of a project to convert sections of Julian St. from a one-way westbound street into a two-lane, two-way street. The project was completed on August 24th between 4th and 21th streets and involved new striping and signage changes.... read the whole note.
For many years San Jose and others have touted that the city is the safest big city in America. This came close to home this morning while attempting to have an outdoor seat at my favorite morning coffee stop. While crossing in a signed crosswalk (complete with flashing lights) on four-lane Lincoln Ave., myself and another coffee shop regular were almost struck by a car that just passed right... read the whole note.
Residents, cyclists, families, students and neighborhood leaders gathered on Monday, August 23 to speak about the plan for Diridon Station. With an upcoming September San José City Council vote, the group voiced their concerns on the existing three conceptual alternatives that were presented at a city sponsored meeting on August 7.
The main topics on the agenda were land use issues,... read the whole note.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved 22 new capital grants totaling $44 million through its Transportation for Livable Communities (TLC) program to finance pedestrian, bicycle and streetscape improvements near public transit in cities around the nine county San Francisco Bay Area. The purpose of TLC program is to support community-based transportation projects that bring... read the whole note.