SPINNING, is the limit by the U.S. private coach and athlete JOHNNYG first eighties in the twentieth century, is a combination of music, visual effects, and unique dynamic indoor bike training courses. Spinning in the drive to overcome all the shortcomings of the outside post, due to technical improvements, makes this sport to learn while in Jian Dan, as a body can be trained to aerobic exercise .15 to 50 years of age who are fit. However, due to the higher decibel brilliant lights and music, now select the dynamic focus on cyclists between the ages of 20 and 35, mostly young and white. Spinning exercise will consume a lot of energy, a lot of sweat. Also enhance the strength of your leg, leg body beautification. But the human body for a long time at 85 dB or higher noise being, may lead to hearing loss.
RAISING CYCLING CONSCIOUSNESS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT S PINNING C RANK Newsletter of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the Peninsula Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition June-July 2006 Vol. 20 No.3 Events and Speakers River Oaks Bridge June 8th Program by Jim Stallman Please join us at our June 8th Meeting, and help Coming to SVBC The River Oaks Bridge provides a new crossing SVBC create the future of bicycling in Silicon June 8th* of the Guadalupe River connecting Santa Clara and Valley! 6:30 pm No-Host Pizza San Jose between Tasman and Montague. It opened photo courtesy Jerri-Anne Meyer We’ll show a slideshow of Bike to Work Day 7:00 pm Program: beginning on May 17th, 11 years after it was first photos while we munch on our pizza. Then our Bike toWork Day Slideshow an idea proposed by John Ciccarelli for the ED Corinne will lead us in a discussion of where and Discussion Countywide Bicycle Network. It was funded us- SVBC is going from here. There are a whole lot (see pg 1 for details) ing $2 million of Measure B Bicycle Project Fund- of neat possibilities and ways to create the bike- July 13th* ing along with contributions from the cities of Santa friendly valley we all want. If you’d like to get 6:00 pm Clara and San Jose. your two cents in, please join us! If you have a Board Meeting (only) photo courtesy VTA really great idea, Corinne claims she might even All are welcome to attend. buy you a beer. *see pg 12 for meeting locations Go Greenbelt! Bike to Work Day by Anne Ng and Jerri-Ann Meyer Eight Santa Clara County cyclists were among 20 - 20 0 6 - the fifty on the 480-mile week long Go Greenbelt see pgs 7-8 for complete coverage ride that circled the Bay Area the end of April. We were raising awareness of and money for the Greenbelt Alliance, a Bay Area organization de- voted to protecting our greenbelt by fighting sprawl and promoting “smart growth” and infill development. More information on the Greenbelt (SVBC ED Corinne Winter joins Michael Burns, Pete McHugh, Alliance can be found at www.greenbelt.org , Forrest Williams, Jamie Matthews, Larry Wilson, Dolly Please Join Us Sandoval, and Herman Wadler at the opening.) www.gogreenbelt.org and http://gogreenbelt. The bridge is a 225' free span prefabricated in blogspot.com/. Silicon Valley Bicycle Alabama in 5 sections making it the longest free Heading down through the hills from San Fran- Coalition is a membership span bike/ped bridge in the County. It connects cisco, we looped south of San Jose before head- organization dedicated to the with Santa Clara’s San Tomas Creek Trail via ing over Mount Hamilton to Livermore, across improvement of bicycling Agnew Road and also the Guadalupe River Trails the Antioch Bridge to Fairfield and on to Santa conditions for all Bay Area on both sides of the river. Rosa, then to the coast, over Mount Tamalpais, riders. Your membership The bridge connects new communities on both and across the Golden Gate Bridge back to San helps us send a powerful sides of the Guadalupe and can be seen from the Francisco. Go Greenbelt cont pg 3 message to those we need to reach. A membership form is River Oaks Light Rail Station. People with desti- on pg. 12. Thanks! nations including Mission College, Great America, RiverMark Shopping and Dining along with many Information Sources companies in the area can now benefit from this SVBC: www.svbcbikes.org attractive and convenient new link. The west bank 408/806-8582 landing of the bridge adjoins the James Lick Man- SVBC email list : sion which is on the National Park Service’s Na- firstname.lastname@example.org tional Register of Historic Places, and the east bank BikeBuddy landing is at (LtoR:David Marsland, John Brazil, Libby Dresel, email@example.com the corner of Anne Ng, Jerri-Ann Meyer) PBPC: www.penbiped.net the VTA Hqtrs PBPC ---------------------------------------- pg 9 650/571-5830 complex. New & Noteworthy- PBPC email list : BTWD coverage--------------------------- pg 7-8 firstname.lastname@example.org VTA is the County’s Bike ED-----------------------------------------pg 2 Incident Report Form- Thanking Volunteers-------------------------- pg 3 transporta- http://www.penbiped.net/ Volunteers Needed---------------------------- pg 2 tion agency. incidentreport.html photo courtesy VTA Area Reports------------------------------ pg 4,5,6 Better Cycling Better Breathing Better Living June-July 2006 Spinning Crank Vol 20 No. 3 1 Still Spinning SVBC Board Meeting Bike Ed cont ditional education was needed to help pre- by Greg McPheeters Summary vent crashes requiring the protection of the SVBC President by Jerri-Ann Meyer Thanks to everyone who made Bike to Work SVBC Secretary helmet. SVBC underwrote the second year Day a tremendous success this year! We hope th Summary of the May 11 Board meeting of the pilot. Four schools participated the first you enjoyed the festivities and were success- The main agenda item was to discuss and year. Three schools participated the second ful in recruiting a few new bicycle commut- revisit the outcome of the September 2003 year. The program is now ready for prime ers, even if it was just for a day. Board of Director’s Retreat. At that retreat time. Contact Alice Matsushima of TSCN for With a successful Bike to Work Day behind SVBC’s main issue areas and goals were ar- information about this or the following pro- us the SVBC Board is focusing on our long- ticulated, clarifying for the board the strate- gram: Alice.Matsushima@ hhs.co.santa- term strategy. Now that Corinne has demon- gic direction for the organization. (See the clara.ca.us. strated her talent in leading our organization, Spinning Crank article in the Jan/Feb 2004 The second pilot is a diversion program for she is working on preparing an eighteen-month issue: <http://www.svbcbikes.org/crank/jan- minors receiving tickets for bicycle violations budget and work plan which we will be re- feb-04/index.php>http://www.svbcbikes.org/ — a traffic school for cyclists. The program viewing at our July Board meeting. Our hope crank/jan-feb-04/index.php The board today, started based on the Sunnyvale program with is to identify revenue sources that allow us to concluded that SVBC’s strategic direction LCI input, and covers the 5 northern Santa keep Corinne as close to full time as possible established at the 2003 retreat is still valid. Clara County police forces as well as north- as she works to improve cycling conditions in That retreat identified the hiring of an ex- ern cities covered by the sheriff. The course Santa Clara County. It is very exciting to have ecutive director (ED) as a top priority. At its is taught by a police officer who also brings full time staff for the organization and see the May meeting, the SVBC Board articulated in a crash survivor to speak with the kids. changes that have already begun to take place. and clarified its role and responsibilities and Parents are required to attend with their child. If you have leads on grant or other funding those of a professional Feedback has been positive. sources, please don’t hesitate to send them our ED. In general, the board will set direction League of American Bicyclists BikeEd way!! Also, please help us continue to grow and approve a work plan and budget. The ED courses at both kids and adult levels continue our membership base, as this is the core of our will act within the parameters established and to be taught in multiple County locations. See annual income. will make the operational decisions involved the education pages of the LAB at http:// in realizing the plan. www.bikeleague.org for information on by Corinne Winter Ride On! SVBC Executive Director For review at the next board meeting, Ex- courses and schedules. Richard Swent teaches most of the kids’ courses through Palo Alto Having just coordinated Bike to Work Day, ecutive Director Corinne Winter will draft a education I’m very impressed with how much potential budget, work plan, and goals for the remain- there is for transportation biking here in Sili- der of 2006 and 2007. con Valley. Some of us point to San Francisco Volunteers Needed Bike ED by Bob Eltgroth as the bike coalition mecca of the Bay Area, New REI Store The Traffic Safe Community Network has but I’ve heard rumors that we had more bicy- piloted two education courses for kids in the REI will have a Grand clists turn out for Bike to Work Day down here last two years with input from League of Opening for their new store in our County. What this tells me is that there’s American Bicyclists Certified Instructors in Mountain View August 4th, 5th, and 6th. a huge potential for growth in the bike advo- (LCI). SVBC has been asked to provide guarded cacy community here. Indeed, I met lots of The Middle School pilot project is in its bicycle parking on all 3 days, from 8 am- 6 people on Bike to Work Day who are excited second year. One modification this year made pm. For every bicyclist that rides to the about getting more involved. the second day a team game instead of a lec- Grand Opening of REI in Mountain With Bike to Work Day behind us, I’m look- ture. This program usually takes place in PE View, REI will donate $10 to SVBC! Grab ing forward to devoting most of my time to classes over two days. The first day covers your friends.and ride over to support SVBC advocacy. Events like Bike to Work Day are a helmet usage, reasons, and fitting. The sec- and check out the new store. crucial way for us to reach out to the broader ond day now uses a Master of Ceremonies Please volunteer to help. You pick the day public and generate press around biking, but with an LCI to explain answers and answer and the time, but it would be great if you it is advocacy that is the heart of the Silicon further questions about bicycling rights and don’t limit your shift to just a few hours, Valley Bicycle Coalition. I’m currently inter- safe riding techniques. An optional on-bike and if you can do it for more than one day, ested in expanding the Coalition and working after school session usually includes helmet that would be really appreciated! more closely with other groups that are inter- give aways and fitting as well as on-bike Please contact Ellen Fletcher, ef@ellen ested in advocacy, such as local riding clubs games run by an LCI. SVBC volunteers have fletcher.net or 650/494-8943. Thanks much. and bike industry representatives. Improving made the helmet give aways and fittings pos- bicycling facilities is something that we all sible. SVBC volunteers also helped with the clearly benefit from. Los Altos A&W data collection to measure effectiveness of At SVBC we’re also amping up our pace! SVBC will again be providing the program. Often, a bike mechanic is on As I continue as your full time Executive Di- bicycle parking at this year’s Los hand for minor bike adjustments. Bicycle rector, I’ll be working with the Board of Di- Altos Art and Wine Festival on police enjoy participating in the snail races rectors to determine the programs and advo- July 8th and 9th. Please help out. with the children. cacy directions SVBC will pursue for the re- Contact Ellen Fletcher, This program was developed in the first mainder of 2006 and 2007. Please feel free to email@example.com or 650/494- year using an Office of Traffic Safety grant email me with your ideas: corinne@ svbc 8943. Thanks! for helmet education, but TSCN saw that ad- bikes.org. (see pg 7 for more BTWD from our ED) cont next column 2 Vol 20 No. 3 Spinning Crank June-July 2006 Visit with LAB ED Pedal Power in Sacramento New Members by Paul Goldstein by Paul Goldstein On Wednesday, April 26th, Andy Clarke, On May 1 st and 2 nd, Executive Director For the complete list of new Executive Director of the League of Ameri- Corinne Winter, and I joined about 45 other members, can Bicyclists met with a group of local ac- bicycle advocates in Sacramento for Pedal see the BTWD supplement pg 8 tivists to discuss the League’s direction and Power, the California Bicycle Coalition’s Lob- how the League could assist local bike clubs bying day. Our local delegation was fortified Special Thanks: and bike advocates. Corinne Winter, SVBC with fellow SVBC members Mike and Steve Donations from life members: Executive Director was there, along with sev- Jacoubowsky, owners of Chain Reaction Bi- Roberto Perelman eral other SVBC Board members. Andy reit- cycles, and Jeff Selzer, Manager of Palo Alto Paul Schmitt erated the League’s commitment to protect- Bicycles. Day one was a training session, For matching Roberto’s donation: ing the rights of cyclists, as well as their valu- where we learned the basics of lobbying from Adobe Systems able education programs, bicycle advocacy Justin Fanslau, CBC’s lobbyist in Sacramento, For matching Paul Metz’ and promotion. The League is the only na- and Deb Hubsmith, Coordinator for the Safe life membership: tional bicycle organization with a bicycle edu- Routes to School National Partnership. eBay Foundation cation component including certification of The next day we had back-to-back meetings instructors. with our elected representatives and their staffs Thanks to Our Much of the discussion centered on how we in Sacramento. The meetings were exciting and Conscientous Volunteers can work together to convert the enthusiasm challenging, as we tried to communicate the Many thanks to: for recreational cycling into a commitment importance of cycling, and our passion for it April/May CRANK mailing: Anne Ng, Mar- to bicycle advocacy and promoting the bi- in a few short minutes. (A ten-minute meeting garet Limberatos, Jack & Jane Lueder, John cycle as mode of transportation. with a Senator or Assemblyperson is a long Carpenter, Ellen Fletcher, and June Welsh. meeting.) Greenbelt from pg 1 Sunnyvale Health &Safety Fair: Kevin Jack- With an awe- Our focus in early May was to retain fund- son. some group of ing for Safe Routes to Schools in the infra- Community Teaming Day at SRI: Roy kindred spirits, structure bond, and to promote Complete photo courtesy Jerri-Ann Meyer Kornbluh. we got to expe- Streets (the concept that a road does not fulfill rience the for- its mission unless it is built to accommodate Juniper Networks Earth Day: Kevin Jack- ests and moun- all members of the public). Regardless of our son & Ellen Fletcher tains and farm- success or failure on any specific issue, the Website: Daniel Dy-Liacco & Herman land of our event was important in building relationships Wadler greenbelt , as with our representatives in Sacramento, and BTWD Bag stuffing: Anne & Sam Ng, Jane well as witness demonstrating that bicyclists are active and and Jack Lueder, June Welsh, Greg the sprawl concerned members of their constituencies. McPheerson, Jerri-Ann Meyer, Corinne and (Dave Marsland makes a stop) It was an exciting event, and I encourage steadily encroaching on it. We highly recom- other advocates to attend next year. Fortu- Anne Winter, Dave Lehmicke, and Matt mend the ride, and encourage cyclists to put nately, we were all warned in the advance Thompson. They stuffed 3200 bags and then it on your calendars (and get in shape) for materials to “Bring your finest business attire some. the end of next April. to Sacramento — suits, jackets, ties, and nice BTWD postcard mailing: Matt Thompson. We had a lot of powerful fundraisers. When shoes!” so I packed more than just a jersey Cat’s Hill Classic Criterium bike parking: the tally’s in, it’s expected that this fundraiser and shorts. Anne Ng, Jack & Jane Lueder, new member ride will clear $65,000 this year, with an av- David Marsland, his friend “Bike Dave” Become an LCI erage well above the minimum. Favello from Walnut Creek, and Anne Win- Santa Clara County riders: Adult Bike Education with instructors cer- tified by the League of American Bicyclists ter. John Brazil, Libby Dresel, David Marsland, Helmet use counts at three schools: Jerri-Ann Myer, Anne Ng, Howard Shafer, (LCIs) is an incredible resource, and SVBC George Godlewski, Janet Anvick, Margaret Jacquette Ward, Dave Ziegler. (All SVBC wants to encourage more people across the Limberatos, Anne Ng, Mary Ann Michel and members except Howard & Jacquette, and county to refine their bicycling skill through these courses. We are considering launching David Hanzel. they’re Western Wheelers). a program to provide LCIs with paid teach- And special thanks to the many volunteers ing opportunities, and to provide employers who staffed the BTWD Energizer Stations, with skilled LCIs to teach classes as a ser- as well as those who helped make the Bike vice to their employees. If you are interested Away from Work Celebration such a success. in becoming an LCI, now would be an ex- cellent time—we are hoping to schedule an Please consider volunteering to fill the LCI training towards the end of the summer new position of Volunteer Coordinator or in the fall. We need LCI’s available to teach to accomplish our goals of keeping track lunchtime courses at companies in order to of the interests and availability of current be able to successfully offer this service to and potential volunteers as well. Please the community. Contact corinne@ notify Ellen Fletcher or Corinne Winter svbcbikes.org with questions or interest in the if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org (Anne Ng enjoying the countryside) email@example.com (All Greenbelt photos courtesy Jerri-Ann Meyer) program. June-July 2006 Spinning Crank Vol 20 No. 3 3 Santa Clara County Area Reports Campbell (League of American Bicyclists). Regarding ern terminus of the trail guides the trail user by Laura Smith parking cashout for employers, the along a sidewalk to the corner of McCarthy Hacienda Avenue - Winchester--With the Councilmembers indicated that they preferred and Dixon Landing Road. The southern ter- completion of the Los Gatos Creek Trail Im- to wait for an employer to specifically request minus presently is not open under Highway provement Project last March, our attention using such a program to reduce its parking 237. The southern terminus does lead the trail is now on the Hacienda/Winchester Percola- requirements before taking any action. users to the bike path along the north side of tion Pond Improvement Project. The Haci- The Commission welcomed new member Highway 237 to Zanker Road. enda Avenue - Winchester Blvd.intersection Scott Fable at its May meeting. Our bicycle Hetch Hetchy Trail Segment--Development is neither pleasing to look at nor bicycle commuting City Manager Dave Knapp also of the Hetch Hetchy right of way for bike and friendly. Improvements include landscaping, attended. Cupertino resident Carol Stanek pedestrians use between Coelho Street and sidewalks, bike racks, trash and recycling bins came hoping for assistance in undoing the Washington Drive had to be postponed due and a path through the percolation ponds. The recent Council decision to close bike/ped ac- to the late spring rains. Work should begin in project went out for bid on May 17th with cess to the Stevens Creek corridor from Sce- the summer of this year and be finished by plans to award the contract in July. It’s pro- nic Circle on the west. Without that access to the fall. With the completion of this segment, jected that the project will take 60 days to cross the corridor, human powered students the Hetch Hetchy right of way will be paved complete. Even though this corner area is part at Lincoln/Kennedy Middle/Monta Vista from the north City limits at Fremont all the of the local Water District, the City of High schools who live west of the creek are way south to Town Center at the Berryessa Campbell will maintain it after the improve- forced to use steep, narrow, motor vehicle Creek Trail ments are finished. clogged McClellan Road to get to school. School Traffic Reduction--The traffic study Future projects--Matthew Jue, City staff li- Carol reported that this resulted in a nasty of Escuela Parkway, which was discussed at aison to the Committee, reviewed with us the crash on the otherwise very successful Monta the March 22nd meeting, brought forth rec- three future projects awaiting grant funding. Vista HS Walk & Bike to School Day. ommendations of the Traffic Evaluation and A Safe Routes to Schools grant has been ap- Traffic Reduction Plan for Milpitas High plied for. Monies from this source would be Los Altos by Curt Riffle School, Russell Middle School and Pomeroy directed to the area between Quito Road and Elementary schools. Follow up meetings with Burrows Avenue. In conjunction with the City Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study--The City Council has agreed to consider the the committee to implement potential solu- of Los Gatos, this project would include: 1) tions. Rob Means and Bill Reisinger will bike lanes/routes, 2) lit crosswalk from Jack Stevens Creek Feasibility Study for funding in 2006. serve on a sub-committee to encourage and Fisher Park to the residential neighborhood improve bicycle use by students who live across the street, and 3) sidewalk improve- Class I Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathway Recommendation--The BPAC was asked by close enough to ride to school. ments. Next, a Transportation for Livable Communities grant would provide supple- the Traffic Commission to recommend loca- Morgan Hill mental money for improving traffic routes tions for a network of Class I pathways by Bob Eltgroth through downtown Campbell. Finally, a VTA throughout Los Altos as a way of providing BTAC member Carl McCann again ran the grant called Community Design and Trans- an alternative to using automobiles for BTWD Energizer Station in Morgan Hill with portation would help spruce up Winchester schools, work, shopping, etc. The recommen- help from new BTAC member Norma Rome. Avenue from Campbell Avenue south. Mat- dation is due to the Traffic Commission for Carl also picked up the goodies to deliver to thew will keep us posted. their May 24th meeting. the Energizer Station at the Morgan Hill Bike racks--Campbell applied for and re- Bicycle Racks--The City of Los Altos has Gavilan College campus. Carl said that SVBC ceived from the VTA “U” bike racks for in- received funding for additional bike racks for really improved their coordination this year. stallation in public areas. The Campbell Com- installation in the City. The BPAC made a Bob Eltgroth dropped by from San Jose to munity Center gets two new racks — Dean’s prioritized list of locations for the racks. The help out. Deli and the Adult Center. John D. Morgan Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission are Specialized Bicycle Products did not pub- Park will have a bike rack installed near the now considering initial installations in the licize their annual BTWD breakfast outside baseball field. Another bike rack is slated for City’s parks. the company this year, but Mayor Dennis the Campbell Library area. The final rack will Bike to Work Day--Los Altos will have two Kennedy led their ride through town with go to the Hacienda/Winchester Percolation BTWD Energizer Stations. Both will be on coverage by KTVU, which made the news Pond Improvement Project. These should all Foothill Expressway, with one at Burke (Lin- that evening. Russ Danielson of Jody’s Junc- be installed and ready to use by the end of coln Park) and one at Main (beside the Home tion Stationers in Morgan Hill made his first May. Consignment Center). We expect to serve ever BTWD ride down from San Jose and Herman Wadler continues to keep us up to over 100 cyclists this year (if it doesn’t rain took advantage of the breakfast before head- date on all bike related news from VTA and like last year!) ing over to open shop before the ride took other bike groups. Thanks, Herman! Milpitas place. Specialized managed to get 160 out of by Bill Reisinger 160 employees riding. One granddaughter on Cupertino Coyote Creek Opening--The long awaited training wheels joined her grandmother for by Anne Ng Grand Opening of the Milpitas phase of the the ride in and a day with her at the office. May Koski, new BPC (Bicycle Pedestrian Coyote Creek Trail will be held on Saturday, Thanks to Specialized’s Ariadne Delon Scott Commission) chair, presented the City Coun- June 3rd at 9 AM. The ribbon cutting ceremony who opened up the breakfast and ride to those cil with the Commission goals for 2006 at will be held at the west end of Ranch Drive outside Specialized who contacted her ahead their April 25th meeting. These include apply- at McCarthy Drive. The trail segment is ap- of time. ing for Bicycle Friendly City status with LAB proximately 2.25 miles in length. The north- 4 Vol 20 No. 3 Spinning Crank June-July 2006 Santa Clara County Area Reports Mountain View tance including a mechanic (Carlos Babcock) of May. by Jerri-Ann Meyer who was kept busy. REI estimated they Charleston/Arastradero Corridor Project Bicycle Friendly Community--In April, worked on 35 bikes. Thanks to Jenine Beecher Update--City Manager’s Report 5/12/06 Mountain View was notified that it has been (REI Outreach Specialist) for organizing Phase One of the Charleston/Arastradero re-designated as a Bicycle Friendly Commu- REI’s participation and providing staffing for Corridor Project Trial Demonstration will be nity at the Bronze level by the League of our energizer station. implemented this summer. The project seeks American Bicyclists! Other local donations were received from to improve vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian The League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Bike Spring (a soon to be open new bike shop safety, reduce commuter and school-related Friendly Community Campaign is an awards in Mountain View), the Off Ramp bike shop, morning traffic congestion and improve ac- program that recognizes municipalities that Albertsons, Nob Hill, Safeway, Dana Street cess to local schools along this busy corri- actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Roasting Company, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, dor. This will be a 1-year trail phase. Community provides safe accommodation for Target, and Vino Locale. For a copy of the project brochure and for cycling and encourages its residents to bike Our Energizer Station would not have been more information please go to www.city for transportation and recreation. This award successful without all the volunteer help. A ofpaloalto.org/charleston is presented only to communities with re- special thanks goes to Bryan Malone (Vice Bikestation opening--http://www.bike markable commitments to bicycling. Chair of the BPAC), Leslie Train (BPAC station.org/paloalto/index.asp Political commitment to change is critical member), and Celia Chung for their help with Palo Alto Firefighters Ride to Raise Schol- and there are multiple actions that a commu- poster distribution, donation solicitation, en- arship Funds--City Manager’s Report, 5/5/06 nity can take to improve conditions for bicy- ergizer station staffing and other preparation For the third straight year, five Palo Alto cling. For more information on this program, work. Thanks to Barry Burr, Matt Brunnings, Firefighters embarked on a long bicycle ride the action plan, and how to apply see http:// David Erskine, Tian Harter, Joanne Olsen, and to raise scholarship funds for deserving high www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org/. Carl Stoffel for pulling themselves out of bed school seniors at the local high schools. Ap- Mountain View is very proud of this accom- very early on BTWD to help with set up and paratus Operator Lee Taylor conceived the plishment. staffing. Thanks to Peter Skinner (City Staff) original idea for this fundraiser effort. Bike Ed classes--A draft plan for offering for providing us with tables and chairs. This year’s ride was a grueling 475-mile bike education classes in the City was re- Bike Parking Opportunities--SVBC will be ride starting at the Oregon border on Tues- viewed at the last BPAC meeting. Classes will providing bike parking at both the REI Grand day and ending at the Palo Alto Civic Center be taught by local League Certified Instruc- Opening on Plaza late Friday afternoon. The cyclists cov- tors (LCIs) and will basically follow the August 4-6 and the Bike Spring Grand ered as much as 130 miles in one day. Riders League of American Bicyclist Road I course Opening on July 8th. If you can donate a few solicited endorsement support from family format. hours of your time for one or both of these and friends. The fundraising efforts for 2006 photo courtesy Jerri-Ann Meyer New bike map--Quotes are being gathered bike-parking events, please contact me are anticipated to provide $5000 in scholar- for production of a new bike map. In addi- firstname.lastname@example.org or Ellen Fletcher, ship opportunities for high school seniors at tion to providing updated content, the new email@example.com Palo Alto and Gunn High Schools. Bikestation set to re-open--After extensive map will be GIS based and will include bike Palo photo courtesy Larry Chin Alto renovation, the Palo Alto Bikestation is ex- safety information. by Ellen Fletcher Bike/ped counts--Thanks to all those who pected to re-open in early August. When Operation Safe Passage--City Manager’s volunteered, the project to collect counts of known, the date will be posted at http:// Report, 4/21/06 bicyclists and pedestrians has begun. This www.bikestation.org/paloalto/index.asp and In continued efforts to reduce accidents in count project will occur in phases focusing at http://www.paloaltobicycles.com/bike and around schools and to ensure safe travel on different areas of the City. A second vol- station.html of students to and from schools, the Palo Alto unteer project to collect data and for improve- Police Department will be participating in the Santa Clara ments to bicycle and pedestrian facilities in statewide initiative “Operation Safe Passage” by John Sullivan the City will begin soon. from April 24 - 28. This program seeks to Expressways for Pedestrians, Act II Both volunteer projects will improve the increase safety in and around school zones. In the previous issue of the Spinning Crank, walkability and bikeability of Mountain View, Police officers will accomplish this by in- I reported the outcome of the March 7th Coun- making the City more safe and accessible for creasing enforcement efforts around all Palo cil meeting, when a vote on the repeal of pe- non-motorized transportation. Alto Unified School District schools between destrian prohibitions on Expressways within Please contact me if you can donate a small the hours of 7:40-8:15 in the mornings, and the City was postponed because Engineering amount of your time to help with these 2:45-3:15 in the afternoons. staff, which had not prepared a report, re- projects. The officers will be looking for the follow- quested that the Council postpone the item Bike to Work Day--The Mountain View ing violations: speeding, running stop signs, until after March 22nd, when the Bicycle Ad- BPAC sponsored an Energizer Station at the passing school buses, no seatbelt, unre- visory Committee was scheduled to consider downtown Transit Center. We had a great strained children or child seat violations, the prohibitions. turnout (300+ riders), lots of fantastic give- right-of-way violations, violating pedestrian At the March BAC meeting, staff recom- aways, and folks had loads of fun. There were right of way, jaywalking, disobeying regula- mended the retention of all existing pedes- times when so many cyclists were hanging tory signs, and bicycle violations. trian prohibitions on San Tomas and La- out and visiting that it felt like a big party. This campaign is a precursor to the upcom- wrence Expressways, except on those sec- In advance of their new Mountain View ing statewide “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt tions of Lawrence having sidewalks. store opening, REI provided staffing assis- enforcement campaign that will run at the end cont pg 6 June-July 2006 Spinning Crank Vol 20 No. 3 5 Santa Clara County Area Reports Santa Clara cont from pg 5 contributions were made by the County’s cerns of nearby residents, thereby muting The report did not address the fact that there Measure A/B, the Rivermark Development, much of the initial opposition. However, we are no pedestrian prohibition signs on any VTA and the City of Santa Clara. This project can’t afford to take it for granted that things part of Lawrence Expressway within the overcame significant funding, design, and will go as smoothly when the Council is asked City. The primary exhibit presented by staff regulatory hurdles before construction. It now to approve a construction contract and bud- consisted of video shot from the passenger offers bicyclists a convenient east-west alter- get modification later this year – so stay alert seat of a car being driven in the HOV lane native to bicycle-unfriendly Montague Ex- for requests to show your support in order to on San Tomas. Considering that most of the pressway. On the San Jose side, it connects make sure this vital project clears any final BAC members have ridden bikes on express- to existing Bike Lanes on North First St and hurdles! way shoulders, it was not surprising that the River Oaks Parkway (east of First St). And Evelyn Avenue Bike Lane--The Evelyn Av- Committee recommended the repeal of all San Jose has plans to pave the existing dirt enue bike lane project has seen a flurry of pedestrian prohibitions. Guadalupe River Trail that connects with this activity, and is getting closer to implementa- The issue came before the Council again bridge. Give it a try. tion. Grant funds are being sought to cover on April 25th, with staff recommending pro- Bike to Work Day a Success--The City of the shortfall discovered when the initial con- hibitions on all segments of San Tomas and San José BPAC hosted a successful Energizer struction bids were received. A public input Lawrence lacking sidewalks. The report did Station at the new MLK Library in downtown meeting and follow-up comments have shown not mention that Central Expressway, with San José. BPAC teamed with SJSU Transpor- no significant problems, and staff is confi- almost no sidewalks, allows pedestrians tation Solutions and the Silicon Valley Bi- dent the project can proceed. This will pro- along its entire length. Staff also recom- cycle Coalition to give out 300 musette bags. vide an excellent route across the City paral- mended that the County develop a program Volunteers also fitted and distributed 100 bi- lel to the Caltrain tracks from Mountain View to add more sidewalks on Lawrence and San cycle helmets. Thanks to Pete’s Coffee, to the east side of Sunnyvale, and then south Tomas Expressways. Hobbee’s and others for donating supplies. on low-stress streets to connect with Tantau Statements made by Council members Several members of the media stopped by and Avenue in Cupertino. were supportive of pedestrian use of express- provided coverage. Thanks to all volunteers Outdoor Events--The long-awaited end to way shoulders, but the item was again post- for another great BTWD. the rainy weather has unleashed a wave of poned to allow staff more time to provide Free Bicycling Skills Courses in San José requests for help with a variety of outdoor specific information about points on the ex- Are you interested in improving your on- events. In recent weeks SVBC volunteers pressways which staff feels do not have suf- street bicycling skills? Do you know some- have assisted with the Traffic Safe Commu- ficient shoulder or path width for safe pe- one who’d like to become a more confident nities Network school bike education pro- destrian use. The City Manager requested and comfortable bicyclist? Register for a free gram; Juniper Networks’ Earth Day festival, that the additional information be presented BikeEd course in San José! Based on the lead- and the Columbia Community Center Health at the June 20th Council meeting. Stay tuned. ing national program and taught by certified and Safety fair. At this writing Bike To Work San Jose instructors, BikeEd offers classroom and on- Day is still ahead of us, so the season is just by John Brazil bike training for adults, and teens accompa- getting started! Five Bike Lane Projects Moving Forward nied by an adult. BikeEd will make you a Bike Friendly City--For all the above, and The City of San José is moving forward safer, more confident bicyclist. Courses are many other reasons, I’m pleased to report that with design for five Bike Lane projects: Disk offered every two months. For San José the League of American Bicyclists has named Drive (Grand to Nortech); Nortech Parkway course information, contact John Brazil at Sunnyvale a Bike Friendly City. There’s still (end to end), Hellyer Ave (101 to Silicon firstname.lastname@example.org. a lot to be done, and we look forward to wel- Creek Valley), Silver Creek Valley Rd (Yerba coming our four newly appointed BPAC Buena to Coyote), and Yerba Buena (San Sunnyvale members in July. As always, you’re invited Felipe to Sliver Creek Valley). These projects by Kevin Jackson to tell us what’s on your mind by writing to will provide connections to existing San Jose City’s Bike Plan--The update of the City’s email@example.com Bike Lanes and Trails, thereby strengthening Bike Plan has shifted into high gear. Much and growing the Bicycle Network. Look for of the working material can be found at the Personal Shopping Cart/Bike Trailer implementation during FY06-07. BPAC web site <biking.insunnyvale.com> CenterLines, 1/27/06--Nick Thompson River Oaks Bridge Complete & Open (don’t put “www.” in front), and a couple of wrote that Whole Foods Market is setting up More than five years after planning began, dates have been tentatively set for public in- to test the ‘MaxShopper transport system’ in the River Oaks Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge is put. Look for an announcement of a special 4 Southern California locations as a tool for finally open. On May 17th, 2006, dignitaries BPAC meeting on Monday, June 5th to review people to reach stores on foot and by bicycle. and members of the public gathered for a rib- the plan, and a public hearing before the City The ‘MaxShopper’ is a pop up personal cart bon cutting celebrating the completion of this Council on Tuesday, July 11th. Everyone is designed both for use walking and as a bike project. The River Oaks Bridge provides a encouraged to share their thoughts about this trailer. Developed in Switzerland, where bicycle and pedestrian crossing of the important blueprint to improve cyclist safety 6,000 have sold in 18 months, the product Guadalupe River in North San José. It con- and convenience throughout Sunnyvale! rolls through the aisles, and checkout, carry- nects jobs, housing, light rail and bus service Borrregas Bike/ped Bridges--The ing 4+ bags of groceries. in San José with jobs and housing at the Borrregas bike/ped bridges easily passed an- For more info, contact Nick at Nick Rivermark Development in Santa Clara. other milestone when the City Council ac- @Ipropel.org, Photos at www.Leggero.com Three years ago, the City of San José won a cepted the environmental report without com- CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter $1M grant to (the largest contribution) to get ment. This came as no surprise, since staff of the National Center for Bicycling & Walk- this project off the ground. Smaller financial has done an excellent job addressing the con ing, http://www.bikewalk.org 6 Vol 20 No. 3 Spinning Crank June-July 2006 Bike to Work Day Report Images from Bike to Work Day - Mountain View (All Mountain View Photos courtesy Jerri-Ann Meyer) by Corinne Winter SVBC Executive Director Beautiful weather and high gas prices teamed up to make this the most successful Bike to Work Day yet. Here in Santa Clara County, nearly 5,500 people rode by the 40 Energizer Stations set up across the County. This represents just a fraction of the people who hopped on their bikes that day, which SVBC estimates at over 15,000. SVBC coordinated the event here in Santa Clara County, with guidance from the Bay Energizer Station set to go by 6 am Area Bicycle Coalition and MTC at the re- gional level. Hundreds of volunteers set up 2006 Bike Commuter of the Year and staffed the Energizer Stations, where Ready, willing, and color coordinated! by Corinne Winter novice cyclists could find route assistance SVBC Executive Director while munching on some delicious Hobee’s For 2006, SVBC has selected Colin Beard coffeecake. Expert cyclists stopped by as well to receive the Metropolitan Transportation in this celebration of bicycling. Give-aways Commission’s Bike Commuter of the Year included the musette bags, Specialized patch Award for Santa Clara County. Through his kits, water bottles, SVBC stickers, and steadfast commitment to bike commuting Clifbars. for over 40 years, he has shown us all that The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition was bicycling is a realistic transportation option. assisted in our efforts to produce the best Bike Colin’s colleague, Lawrence Fisher says, to Work Day ever by generous support from “light or dark, rain or shine, wind or calm, our official sponsors: Specialized Bikes, the Advice available from a knowledgeable mechanic Colin always commutes by bike. Always.” Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, Images from Bike to Work Day- Of course, the point of National Bike Hewlett Packard, Hobee’s Restaurants, Palo San Jose Month is to honor all types of cyclists, but Alto Bicycles, and the Tied House. (All San Jose Photos courtesy of Cycle California! every now and then I hear about a bicyclist It’s truly amazing to be part of a grassroots Magazine.) who is so dedicated that I actually feel lazy event this big and with so many participants. in comparison. When reading through the Several companies jumped on board to help submittals for this year’s Bike out with energizer stations and donated prizes Commuter of the Year for the donation drawing: Sports Basement, Awards, I was impressed Bell Sports, Whole Foods, oegproducts.com, with the level of dedica- Bike Spring, and REI. Sports Basement also tion so many commute made a vital contribution as distribution cen- bicyclists have. It made ter for supplies to the 40 Stations. me feel pretty lazy in my SVBC happily gained 52 new members on own quest to stop using Bike to Work Day. Thanks to everyone who motor vehicles, but each made this day so fun and successful! Getting some advice in downtown San Jose of their stories encour- aged me to be more de- voted, and I wound up Getting directions downtown selling my car! I’d like to say thank you to Colin and all of the other super-commuters out there; you are truly an inspiration. Crowd assembled outside the MLK Library ( These photos were all taken at or near the MLK Helmet fitting Downtown San Jose Library in downtown San Jose) June-July 2006 Spinning Crank Vol 20 No. 3 7 photo courtesy Jerri-Ann Meyer Jack Miller had Bike Away from Work New Members this to say after Celebration winning the by Corinne Winter Campbell Davie Marsland SVBC Executive Director Sirrus Pro bike: Close to a hundred cyclists gathered in Brandon Nugent “I always look Eric Sorenson downtown San Jose to celebrate cycling in forward to Bike to Cupertino Kenji Asaka our area on the evening of Bike to Work Day. Work day each Volunteers from the morning Energizer Sta- Fremont Daniel Dy-Liacco year. I like stop- tions were invited to relax and bask in the Los Altos Don Burch (returning) ping at the ener- success of the day while chatting about bik- Sue Young gizer stations to ing with both new and veteran SVBC mem- talk to other Menlo Park Alana Koehler bers. Everyone enjoyed the refreshing bev- (Ariadne Delon Scott from wheelers I’d Milpitas Al Montano erages and dinner donated by the Tied House Specialized and Jack Miller) never otherwise Mountain View Matt Brunnings while lounging on their beautiful patio. meet, check out the bikes, and talk up the joys Gail D. Claspell of riding. Oh, yeah, I like the coffee and cake, Carol Cook e too! (Not to mention the gr at party at Tied Karl Gee House that I nearly missed!) Gordon Hamachi I got started bike commuting in 1975, riding Stephen Kaiser most days ever since. Lots of riding adven- tures later, my 15-mile ride down Central Ex- Jack Miller pressway to San Jose is starting to feel rou- Toni Ouradnik tine. Fran Reed photo courtesy Sam Ng Brien Wankel I'm really impressed by everything the Coa- (party attendees had plenty of secure bike parking outside the Tied House) lition has done over the years for bicycle ac- Andrew Yee Our special guest, San Jose Councilmember cess in the Valley. I’m glad to have Lauren Zuravleff Ken Yeager, spoke on the importance of pro- joined. Thanks and keep up the good work. Palo Alto Evan Lurie viding a complete trail system in San Jose And am I excited to have won the super bike Portland OR Scott Bricker that will make it more feasible for residents from Specialized this year? Absolutely! CU San Jose Jen & Eric Brecheen to bike to work every day. Member Yeager is out on the road.” Amber Burke interested in working with SVBC in the fu- Other prizes given out for the drawing in- Richard Coolman ture to insure a bicycle-friendly atmosphere cluded numerous optics, racing helmets, a Frank Doepke in this area. We look forward to working with messenger bag, and other gear from Special- David Hoag (returning) him at the County level if he is voted onto ized, pumps and hydration packs from Sports Michael Hopkins the County Board of Supervisors in the June Basement, a night at the bicycle-friendly Bear Ken Johnson election. Valley Inn in Olema, a beautiful painting from Fernanda Karp photo courtesy Jerri-Ann Meyer Terri Hill (designerhill.com), great lights Brent Lanyon from oegproducts.com, helmets from Bell Sports, hydration packs from REI, disk brakes David Leskovsky from Bike Spring, Cinnabar Wines, and more! Ken Lin Chris Padilla The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition also took this opportunity to thank one of its Board Don Palermini Members, Anne Ng, for all of the work she Kenny Payan has contributed to the Coalition over the Brian Richerson years. She has been a major player on the Tony Sehgal Board as Treasurer Scott Van Gordon and Bookkeeper, in San Mateo Nicole & Jae Honda (Councilmember Ken Yeager and SVBC Board addition to being our Santa Clara Pete & Tricia Biocini Member Ellen Fletcher) Membership Coordi- Jeff Brooks At the party, we also hosted a donation nator. Not only that, Dale Shouten drawing and gave away tons of great prizes but she’s been instru- Santa Cruz Colin Rognlie photo courtesy Jerri-Ann Meyer to the enthusiastic crowd. The Sirrus Pro bi- mental in the success Saratoga Don Shipman cycle generously donated by Specialized of Bike to Work Day, Sunnyvale Andrew Alder Bikes went to a very happy bicyclist , Jack so we thought this Miller, who had ridden to the party on his Scott Cressler would be the perfect much older street bike. (con’t next column) time to recognize her John E. Hildebrand contributions. Jeremy & Kimberley Hubble And yes, for all of you out there who’ve been asking, we do hope to make this Bike Away Thanks, Anne! Bonnie Lewellyn from Work Party a continued tradition! Thomas Reuner (Anne Ng at Left) 8 Vol 20 No. 3 Spinning Crank June-July 2006 San Mateo County SJ Bike Path San Francisco Chronicle, 5/14/06 Peninsula Bike & Pedestrian Coalition (PBPC) Poor conditions on San Jose bike trails: PBPC meets the 1st Thurs. of every month 7 pm- Ladda’s Thai Cuisine Bike paths along two San Jose freeways are 2053 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 94063 in need of serious attention, says tipster Jim Stallman. The San Jose bicyclist is most Steve Vanderlip, President 1214 Nadina St., San Mateo, CA 94402 concerned about a pair of trails on either firstname.lastname@example.org 650/571-5830 side of Highway 237 between Coyote Creek http://www.penbiped.net 650/571-5830 and Zanker Road. The north side path was Please check our discussion list at email@example.com for notices. photo courtesy Mike Nelson in good condition until a private utility PBPC San Carlos company’s construction project several by Gladwyn d’Souza, Vice President, PBPC by Tony Panero years ago “turned it into rubble.” He says Woodside Road Update Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee the utility raised some money for repairs, In response to a fatal bicycle crash on west- Report: but the work was never done. The southside bound Woodside Road last fall, Caltrans modi- Project Priority List path, he says, has poor drainage, worn sur- fied the bicycle lane and added a large area At the March meeting B/PAC updated the facing, sinkholes and overgrown weeds. full of botts dots to separate motorists from project priority list; one project we listed is Similar problems, he says, are found on the bicyclists. We had issues with this change bike racks on Laurel, the main downtown other trail segments along Hwy. 237 and and with a team from the SVBC and the street, City staff has reacted positively, pos- nearby Highway 87. Some trail segments Woodside BAC we worked with Caltrans to sibly tired of hearing us disparage the exist- have been closed altogether. Status: The implement a number of better improvements. ing racks, which are hidden in the back cor- northside path along Hwy. 237 was installed Caltrans has recently agreed to implement most ners of the City parking lots. Staff is also re- as a temporary trail, says the city’s Bicycle of our suggestions and we are watching to see searching the Alliance program for half price and Pedestrian Program coordinator, John them get done. bike racks to determine if we can use their Brazil. It is property of the Water Pollution July 4th parade program to convince key stores in the area to Control Plant, an agency operated jointly Mark your calendars for July 4th, 2006, We install bike parking. by several other cities, including San Jose, are again building a bicycle pulled float to be Ped Plan for San Carlos which would complicate the repair process, surrounded by a wave of smiling bicyclists in Following a public workshop held by the he says. Brazil says he would rather focus the Redwood City July 4th parade. This is your City Council, B/PAC has been asked to work on repairs to the southside trail, which is and your family’s chance to be in a parade. with staff to create a pedestrian plan for San designated a permanent bike path. Caltrans We need help building the float and welcome Carlos. We are presently surveying schools built it as part of a requirement of the high- you to join us on the parade day. and parks to determine what sorts of improve- way construction projects in the 1990s. Kids are welcome. Contact parade@pen ments would be of the most use (and hope to Caltrans spokeswoman Gidget Navarro says biped.net for additional information. tie this in with next year’s Safe Routes to the city was supposed to take over mainte- Legislation School effort) as well as identifying other nance of all bike paths along the two high- Four items stand out in Kehl’s AB 2444 rela- improvements in safety and convenience for ways in 1994. But the city never signed an tive to Simitain’s SB 1611 bill. walkers Citywide. agreement to that effect. Caltrans and the 1) A $10/- fee on vehicles related to the health New B/PAC chair city are working on the agreement. — code; $2.50 each goes to the Air Quality and The new Chair is Margaret Pye, who is also Who’s looking into it: Bijan Sartipi, Water Quality Boards. The remaining $5/- goes the PBPC treasurer. Margaret has been work- Caltrans District 4 director; (510) 286-5900; to CMAs. ing to put together a Safe Routes to Schools firstname.lastname@example.org 2) It explicitly excludes adding additional workshop for City staff, school staff, PTA, the [SVBC’s Jim Stallman says, “This Bike lanes. B/PAC and interested community members. Path is located between Coyote Creek and 3) It offers an alternative to the unrestricted As of our most recent meeting, it looks like a Zanker on the north side of HWY 237.” Go funding in Simitian’s bill. go for early fall. to: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/ 4) Pedestrians and bicyclists benefit from article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/05/14/ Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute B A G V F I R O R O 1 . D T L transportation (bus/train/etc) funding. Entirely volunteer-staffed (primarily Rand &hw=chronicle+watch&sn=007&sc=423 Appeal to Caltrans Swart), the BHSI exists entirely on donations, This is the Bike Path that SVBC got The PBPC approved a letter to Caltrans Dis- none of which is from the helmet industry. It Calpine money to fix and then San Jose re- trict 4 by Eric Nordman asking that interchange is a project of the Washington Area Bicyclist fused to fix it.”] crossings be corrected where necessary to ac- Association, the Washington, DC bicycle ad- commodate bicycles. The Sand Hill Road 911 Phone Numbers vocacy organization. overcrossing of I-280 is offered as an example The Western Wheelers Bicycle Club has Go to http://www.helmets.org/ to see the of what should be done. compiled a list of phone numbers to local wide range of information on helmets this PBPC newsletter---Sign up for the Peninsula police departments that one can call from a small organization covers. Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition biped news- cell phone. Go to http:// To subscribe to the newsletter go to letter at bipednews @penbiped.net www.westernwheelers.org/main/club_info/ http://four.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/ Next PBPC meeting---Our next monthly leader_resources.htm and click “list of non- helmet_update meeting will be on Thursday, July 6th, 6:30- emergency phone numbers.” 911 calls from 8:30 pm at Laddas Thai Cuisine, 2053 Broad- a cell phone go to the California Highway way Street, Redwood City. Check www.pen Patrol, which delays response time consid- biped.net for the agenda. erably. June-July 2006 Spinning Crank Vol 20 No. 3 9 Bikeshops Supporting SVBC Coyote Valley Planning cess, they talk about multiuse paths to get to $ by Name Indicates Discounts by Bob Eltgroth photo courtesy Janet McGovern schools and recreation. At the February Coy- for SVBC Members! The meeting schedule for the Coyote Val- ote Creek meetings that concentrated on traf- Clip your SVBC Membership Card from the back ley Specific Plan has picked up this year. fic planning, public comments (including of the Spinning Crank. Check with the store man- The Task Force now meets twice a month, ager if your sales person is not aware of the ar- some representing SVBC) and some task force and there will usually be a public informa- rangement. Not all stores give discounts. made it clear that roads and parking also have tion meeting each month as well. The San Cupertino to provide for cyclists. SVBC also pointed Jose City Council will receive an update staff to the VTA Bicycle Technical Guidelines, Cupertino Bike Shop $ ACP each month. The Environmental Impact Re- the Santa Clara Countywide Bicycle Plan, and 408/255-2217 port consultants also will be presenting the the San Jose Bikeways Master Plan. 10493 S. De Anza Blvd. @ McClellan draft EIR in separate meetings sometime late A Caltrain station will be added at Bailey. summer. I’ve been covering the Task Force Evolution Bike Shop $ A C P 10% Current plans call for Caltrain to be double and Public meetings with Herman Wadler 408/252-5202 tracked as far south as Morgan Hill within the occasionally filling in. We’ll need help if next 10 years. The plan calls for rubber tired 19685 Stevens Creek Blvd (near Vallco) other meetings need to be covered by SVBC trains on concrete tracks to provide transpor- Los Gatos — especially daytime meetings. tation within the area. Once constructed, they Summit Bicycles $ A C P 10% ** The Coyote Valley lies between San Jose hope VTA will take over and pick up the op- and Morgan Hill. San Jose plans to open it (**non sale bikes, no components) erational expenses. Although the San Jose City to development creating an area for jobs and 408/399-9142 Council directed them to plan extending Light housing about double the population of Rail down along Santa Teresa Blvd. into the 111 E. Main St., Los Gatos Morgan Hill with a Santa Clara County area, it does not show in any of the plans. Cur- Los Altos green belt area south of Palm Avenue sepa- rently, VTA bus route 68, the second most The Bicycle Outfitter $ A C P 10% rating San Jose from Morgan Hill. The used bus route in the County, goes through Amgen Tour of California Time Trial was 650/948-8092 the area. held in the Coyote Valley. County-wide bi- 963 Fremont Ave. @ Foothill Expwy In response to public comments, the task cycle corridors 7 (Monterey Highway) and force members have directed that Level of Chain Reaction Bicycles 12 (Santa Teresa), which go through the area, Service (LOS) be considered for bicyclists, 408/735-8735 as well as the Coyote Creek Trail which is transit riders, and pedestrians as well as mo- 2310 Homestead Ave. @ Foothill Expy referred to as corridor 7' in the Santa Clara torized traffic. Staff says San Jose considers Countywide Bicycle Plan (currently under Menlo Park any road a low service level for bicyclists with revision by the VTA BPAC.) Bicycle Corri- Menlo Velo $ 10% A 5% Bikes trails at LOS 1 or 2. Note that previous na- dor 6 (McKean Rd) will also be impacted tional studies have never shown multiuse Bike Rentals- Road & Mtn by increased traffic. These corridors pro- paths to be safer than roads; Even places like 650/327-5137 vide gateways to cyclists continuing to the Netherlands, UC Davis, and UC Santa 433 El Camino Real Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz coun- Barbara that emphasize bicycle and pedestrian ties. Mountain View use install separate paths for bicyclists from The plan calls for widening Monterey Supergo Bike Shop $ 10% A, 10% Bikes pedestrians. Task force members favor trade Highway to three lanes each way but still offs favoring non-motorized travel. The 60 2124 El Camino Real (except Specialized) keeping bike lanes. A lake will be made 650/964-1796 acres of planned paths come out of the 322 where Santa Teresa and Bailey currently in- acres of parkland. The assumptions call for Palo Alto tersect. A parkway with traffic circles at in- the Parks Dept.to maintain the trails to the The Bike Connection $ ACP tersections will be added along the western same standards as current trails within San foothills for traffic to skirt the main area. 2086 El Camino Real Jose. Santa Teresa will be routed into the down- 650/424-8034 Information about the Coyote Valley plans town area of the development. Whenever Mike’s Bikes $ 10% New Bikes, 15% A P can be found at http://www.sanjoseca.gov/ City staff gets questioned about bicycle ac- cont next column coyotevalley/. 650/858-7700 3001 El Camino Real Volunteers Enjoy Watching the Cat’s Hill Race Palo Alto Bicycles $ 10% A C P, $10 off tuneup SVBC volunteers offered bike parking services to the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club at the 28th Cat’s Hill Criterium. This difficult and very popular track race 650/328-7411 171 University Ave. @ Emerson photo courtesy Anne Ng loops through the historic Almond Grove district in Los Gatos. Santa Clara photo courtesy Anne Ng CalmarCycles $ 10% A C P 408/249-6907 2236 El Camino Real http://tinyurl.com/ey8jv Shaw’s Lightweight Cycles 408/246-7881 45 Washington @ Newhall, West San Jose Calabazas Cyclery * (SVBC Members Anne Ng, Sam Ng and Jack and Jane 408/366-2453 6140 Bollinger Rd. @ Miller Leuder with help from Dave Favello and a friend attend * Member Shop/$ Discount/A - accessories, C - clothing, P - parts to the bike parking) 10 Vol 20 No. 3 Spinning Crank June-July 2006 Associated Bicycle Advisory Committees Anyone is welcome to attend BAC meetings, to listen or offer suggestions on bike improvements. Organizations Contact staff ahead of time to confirm meetings. Complaints about dead traffic light sensors, road ABAG Bay Trail debris, bad striping, etc. should call the staff listed here or the numbers listed under “Road Hazards.” www.baytrail.org It’s advisable to confirm date and place prior to attending a meeting. email@example.com Belmont: Chair: Joan Dentler, 650/595-3145 510/464-7900 Caltrain: John Brazil 408/975-3206, <firstname.lastname@example.org> A Almaden Cycle Touring Club Caltrans: CBAC, meets in Sacramento. Staff: Ken McGuire, 916/653-2750, S www.actc.org <Ken_Mcguire@dot.ca.gov>. CABO rep: Alan Wachtel, 650/494-1750, <email@example.com>. Campbell: Meetings quarterly, City Hall. Staff: Matthew Jue, 408/866-2154 <publicworks@ S Alto Velo Racing Club www.altovelo.org ci.campbell.ca.us>. BAC chair:Herman Wadler, 408/866-9227, <firstname.lastname@example.org> O American Youth Hostel of SCV Cupertino: 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 pm City Hall 10300 Torre at Rodriguez. Staff: Glenn Goepfert C <email@example.com> 408-777-3354. Chair: Geoffrey Paulsen <firstname.lastname@example.org> Art Carroll, 408/293-3787 I Fremont: 39550 Liberty Street, Niles room. Staff: Rene Dalton, 510/494-4535, <email@example.com. Transportation us>, contact: Michael Graff, 510/713-7441, <firstname.lastname@example.org>. A and Land Use Coalition Gilroy: 4th Tuesdays, Community Services Conference Rm. (6th & Hanna), 6:00 pm. Staff: Don 510/740-3150, http:// Dey <email@example.com>. Chair: Gretchen Yoder-Schrock, 408-847-6489, <gargajo@ T www.transcoalition.org/ garlic.com > . E Bay Area Bicycle Coalition / BABC Half Moon Bay: Quarterly, Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue. Staff: Paul D (formerly REBAC) Nagengast 650/726-8260 <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Chair: John Hernandez 650/726-3024. www.bayareabikes.org Los Altos: 3rd Wednesday 7 pm, Hillview Community Center. Staff: Larry Lind, 650/947-2624, Bay Area Velo Girls <email@example.com>. Chair: Curt Riffle, 650/949-0620, <firstname.lastname@example.org>O Los Altos Hills Pathways Committee: Chair: Ginger Summit,< email@example.com>, 650/ Lorrie Lown, firstname.lastname@example.org 941-0101, Staff : Henry W. Louie,<email@example.com> , 650/947-2516. R California Association of Bicycle Los Gatos: Transportation and Parking Commission, 2nd Tuesdays 7:30 am, Council Chambers, G Organizations (CABO) Bob Eltgroth, 408/859-4987 Staff: Kevin Rohani, 408/399-5773, chair: Marc Jensen,< firstname.lastname@example.org>, 408/358-2637 A Menlo Park: 2nd Mondays, 7:30 pm, 1st floor conference room, City Hall. Staff: Rich Angulo, California Bicycle Coalition <rfangulo@menlo park.org> 650/858-3363. Chair: Peter Fechheimer <email@example.com>N 650/ www.calbike.org, 916/446-7558 854-5228. I Different Spokes Milpitas: 2nd Monday even-numbered months 7pm Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd, Staff: Janice Nadal, <firstname.lastname@example.org>:, 408/586-3291. Chair: Bill Reisinger, Z www.dssf.org/index.shtml East Bay Bicycle Coalition 408-946-1181, <email@example.com> A www.ebbc.org, 510/530-3444 Morgan Hill: 4th Thursday, 6:15 pm, Morgan Hill City Hall Staff: Julie Behzad, 408/776-7337, T <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Chair: Christopher Hauge 408) 778-1652 <chauge@ Fremont Freewheelers techconcorp.com>. I www.fremontfreewheelers.org Mountain View: Last Wednesdays 6:30 pm City Hall. Staff: Peter Skinner, O International Mountain Bicycling <email@example.com. ca.us>, 650/903-6311, Chair: Jerri-Ann Meyer,< jmeyer428@ Association (IMBA) yahoo.com>, 650/964-7601 N www.imba.com Palo Alto: Generally 1st Tuesdays 7:30 pm Arts Center Embarcadero at Newell Green S Room League of American Bicyclists (please confirm before meeting) Staff: Gayle Likens, 650/329-2136, <gayle.likens@ www.bikeleague.org, 202/822-1333 cityofpaloalto.org>. Chair: Richard Swent, <RSwent@pacbell.net>, 650/493-7979. Northern California San Carlos:1st Tuesdays 6:30 pm, Room 207, San Carlos City Hall. Staff: Parviz Mokhtari,< Mountain Bicycling Association firstname.lastname@example.org>, 650/802-4202 Chair: Margaret Pye, email@example.com, 650/594-0193 www.norcamba.org San Jose:2nd Mondays 6:00 pm, 200 E. Santa Clara St. Staff: John Brazil 408/975-3206 Exec.Dir. Patty Ciesla, <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Chair: Bart Thielges, 408/287-2278, <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org Santa Clara: 4th Wednesdays, quarterly at 4:00 pm, Inspection Div. Conf. Rm., near Permit People Power (Santa Cruz) Center. Staff: Lorenzo Lopez, 408/615-3024, <email@example.com> Chair: KevnMoore .408/615- Ron Goodman, 408/425-8851 2250 Responsible Organized Mountain Saratoga: 3rd Monday 7 pm, 13777 Fruitvale Av., City Hall, next to auditorium. Staff: John Pedalers Cherbone, 408/868-1200, <firstname.lastname@example.org> Chair: Jim Stallman, 408/867-9797, (ROMP) www.romp.org <email@example.com> San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Sunnyvale: 3rd Thursdays, 6:30 pm, W. Conference Rm, across from Council Chambers, City www.sfbike.org Hall. Staff: Dieckmann Cogill, <DCogill@ci.sunnyvale.ca.us>, phone:408/730-2713, BAC email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Chair: Thom Mayer,< email@example.com>, 408/734-3935 Skyline Cycling Club VTA BPAC: 2nd Wednesdays, 6pm, Room B-104, VTA, 3331 N. 1st St, San Jose; Staff: Michelle www.sonic.net/~jps/skyline DeRobertis, 408/321-5716, <firstname.lastname@example.org> , Chair: Marc Jensen, 408/354-3091, Western Wheelers <email@example.com> www.westernwheelers.org Woodside: 2nd Wednesdays, 7:30 pm, Town Hall.. Staff Marilyn Dyer 650/851-6790 <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Chair:Susan Doherty, 650/851-9593, email@example.com. June-July 2006 Spinning Crank Vol 20 No. 3 11 June 8th July 13th 6:30 pm No-Host Pizza 6:00PM 7:00 pm Program: Board Meeting (only) All are welcome to Bike toWork Day Slideshow and Discussion attend. meeting site for Board Meeting: meeting site for General Meeting: Thai Basil Restaurant 408-774-9090 Round Table Pizza 408-736-2242 210 Town and Country , Sunnyvale 101 Town and Country on Capella at Altair Way Frances at Washington, Sunnyvale one block away from Round Table Pizza SPINNING CRANK Place Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Stamp PO Box 831 Here Cupertino CA 95015-0831 SVBC Membership Card Not valid without pre-printed label SILICON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION CONTACTS: ROAD HAZARD REPORT LINES President Greg McPheeters* firstname.lastname@example.org CalTrans, District 4 510/286-5598 Vice President Jack Lueder* 408/249-3267 email@example.com CalTrans (drain grates) 510/286-6377 Treasurer Anne Ng* 408/257-6506 firstname.lastname@example.org San Mateo County 650/363-4103 Secretary Jerri-Ann Meyer* 650/964-7601 email@example.com South SM Co. 650/369-7840 Executive Director Corinne Winter 408/806-8582 firstname.lastname@example.org Atherton 650/325-4457 Director Ellen Fletcher* 650/494-8943 email@example.com Belmont (FAX) 650/593-8394 Director Paul Goldstein* 650/329-1082 firstname.lastname@example.org City of Brisbane 415/508-2130 Burlingame 650/558-7670 Director Bob Eltgroth* 408/859-4987 email@example.com Colma 650/997-8300 Director Herman Wadler* 408/866-9227 firstname.lastname@example.org Daly City 650/991-8038 Director Gladwyn d’Souza* 408-857-7347 email@example.com East Palo Alto 650/853-3100 SVBC www.svbcbikes.org 408/806-8582 Foster City 650/286-8146 SVBC email list firstname.lastname@example.org (send a blank email** ) Half Moon Bay 650/726-8260 SVBC Webmaster(s) Herman Wadler/Kevin Cook email@example.com Hillsborough 650/579-3800 Menlo Park 650/858-3490 BikeBuddy firstname.lastname@example.org Millbrae 650/259-2374 Crank Distribution Margaret Limberatos 408/252-1166 email@example.com Pacifica 650/738-7348 Crank Editor Ellen Fletcher* 650/494-8943 firstname.lastname@example.org Portola Valley 650/851-1700 Crank Layout Martina Dillon 408/829-3327 email@example.com Redwood City 650/780-7472 PBPC President Steve Vanderlip 650/571-5830 firstname.lastname@example.org San Carlos 650/802-4204 PenBike&Ped Coalition www.PenBiPed.net 650/571-5830 City of San Mateo 650/522-7350 PBPC email list email@example.com (see http://penbiped.net/discussion.html to subscribe) S. San Francisco 650/829-6650 Stanford Football Parking Ellen Fletcher* 650/494-8943 firstname.lastname@example.org Woodside 650/851-6790 State Legislation Alan Wachtel 650/494-1750 email@example.com Santa Clara County (North) 408/366-3100 * indicates SVBC Board Member ** type subscribe in the Subject Line Santa Clara County (South) 408/686-0605 firstname.lastname@example.org Support Bicycle Advocacy in Santa Clara County! Campbell 408/866-2145 Name Cupertino signals 408/777-1366 Join SVBC Address Cupertino pub wrks Gilroy 408/777-3269 408/842-3191 Today! City, State, Zip Los Altos Los Altos Hills 650/948-1491 650/941-7222 Phone Los Gatos 408/354-6865 We occasionally trade mailing lists Milpitas 408/586-2600 Email Monte Sereno 408/354-7635 with like-minded organizations. Morgan Hill 408/779-7271 Check here if you do NOT want Please Circle: New Member Renewal Mt. View 650/903-6311 your name traded. Palo Alto 650/329-2136 Level of Support Individual Family Other 1 year $35 $50 San Jose 408/535-3850 Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition 2 year $70 $100 Santa Clara 408/615-3080 Saratoga 408/868-1245 P.O. Box 831 3 year $105 $150 Stanford 650/725-2453) Bike Shop $35 Sunnyvale 408/730-7407 Cupertino, CA 95015-0831 Lifetime Membership $500 Sunnyvale Hotline 408/730-7109 Where did you get this Spinning Crank? VTA LRT Construction 408/321-5754 printed on 100% post-consumer waste, acid free paper. 12 Vol 20 No. 3 Spinning Crank June-July 2006
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