RAISING CYCLING CONSCIOUSNESS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
S PINNING C RANK
Newsletter of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
and the Peninsula Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition
August-September 2006 Vol. 20 No.4
Events and Speakers The Rolling Reality of The study’s survey found that only 60% of
Routine Accommodation projects included accommodations for pedestri-
Coming to SVBC
by Corinne Winter ans and bicyclists beyond ADA required improve-
th SVBC Executive Director ments. Based on this fact, MTC staff, with over-
August 10 *
The routine accommodation of bicycles and pe- sight from the Regional Bicycle Work Group, cre-
6:30 pm No-Host Pizza
destrians in all transportation projects is one step ated 11 recommendations. These recommenda-
7:00 pm Program:
closer to reality. The “Routine Accommodation tions are intended to assist with project planning
What You Need To Know
Report and Recommendations” presented by MTC and design, as well as creating a systematic pro-
About Bicycles And The Law
(see pg 1 for details) staff to the MTC Commissioners on the 28th of June cess to evaluate the needs of non-motorized trav-
were unanimously approved. This reflects a sig- elers and to look for opportunities to improve
September 14th* nificant victory for the many advocates across the non-motorized access during project devel-
6:00 pm Bay Area involved in the development of the rec- opment.One of the recommendations to be
Board Meeting (only) ommendations. This resolution sets forth MTC’s adopted is the creation of a project checklist that
All are welcome to attend. regional policy for the accommodation of non- will be used by agencies implementing projects
*see pg 12 for meeting locations motorized travelers during project planning, de- in their evaluation of non-motorized users’ needs.
sign, funding and construction. It will require them to identify accommodations
In 2005, MTC staff con- for these users in projects associated with region-
11-Year-old Rides Sierra to the Sea ducted a study to evaluate ally funded roadway and transit projects. This
how pedestrian and bicycle checklist is to be developed by the end of 2006,
needs are being accommo- and is intended to be used on projects during the
dated in the region’s trans- earliest design phase. Advocates, including those
portation projects in light of from SVBC, will play a crucial role in the devel-
locally adopted policies. opment of this checklist.
This study followed the Another of the recommendations included is
Transportation 2030 Call to the requirement that Caltrans District 4 maintain
Action, which states: and share a table, listing all of the ongoing Project
Bicyclists, pedestrians and Initiation Documents (PIDS) for Caltrans and lo-
wheelchair users must be cally sponsored projects relevant to non-motor-
full partners in the planning ized users, with the District 4 Bicycle Advisory
process, and bicycle facili- Committee (which SVBC has a seat on).
cont pg 3
ties and walkways must be
photo courtesy Jerri-Ann Meyer
considered, where appropri- August 10th Program
(L-R: Natalie Perelman, Roberto Perelman, PBPC web master and
ate, in conjunction with all
Board member Tony Panero and SVBC Board member Jerri-Ann Meyer)
new construction and recon- What You Need To Know About
11-year-old Natalia (Tali) Perelman, along with her SVBC Bicycles And The Law
struction of transportation
Life Member father Roberto, rode the ACTC-sponsored
facilities. A talk by Dawn L. Hassell, Esq.,The Hassell
Sierra to the Sea in June. That is a challenging 8-day,
Other goals set forth in the Law Group, San Francisco and SFPD Officer
420-mile bicycle and camping tour of the Sierra Nevada
Jim Hughes (retired). A lawyer’s view of:
Mountains, the Sacramento and Napa Valleys, and down T2030 plan included: im-
the Pacific Coast. Tali is believed to be the youngest rider proving safety, increasing • Law enforcement when a motorist hits a cy-
to have done this ride. access, creating livable com- clist & what you can do about it.
munities, and generating • Legal rights and responsibilities of bicyclists.
Inside this Issue: Numerous Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) • How traffic laws apply to cyclists.
PBPC--------------------------- pg 7 and SVBC advocates gave input into the study and • What you can do to improve a dangerous
SVBC--------------------------- its recommendations through their participation in road.
Bill Bliss Update------------- pg 2 the Regional Bicycle Work Group of the MTC. • How a lawyer can help, and how to find a
Guadalupe River Park------- pg 9 This WG also included participation from the good one.
Thanking Volunteers--------- pg 3 County Congestion Management Agencies
Volunteers Needed----------- pg 8
• What to do if injured by a careless motorist.
(CMAs), Caltrans, transit agencies, and various
Area Reports------------- pg 4,5,6 cities and counties. cont next column
• Questions as time permits.
Better Cycling Better Breathing Better Living
August-September 2006 Spinning Crank Vol 20 No. 4 1
Still Spinning SVBC Board Meeting Summary Officer Avoids Jail in
by Greg McPheeters by Jerri-Ann Meyer
SVBC President SVBC Secretary The Pueblo Chieftain, Canon City, CO, 6/6/06
A recent posting to our SVBC hosted dis- On July 13th the Board held its fourth meet- A 34-year old Canon City police officer
cussion list ended with a request for people to ing of 2006 at the Thai Basil in Sunnyvale. who was found guilty in January of careless
reply back to the list with their reasons for The main agenda item was to review a bud- driving causing the death of a 69-year-old
riding their bikes. For those of you not on the get and action plan for the remainder of 2006 California bicyclist will avoid jail if his driv-
list, discussion topics tend to have more to do with draft projections for 2007. Corinne Win- ing record remains clean during a two-year
with the nuances of riding, suggested routes, ter (ED) drafted the budget and action plan probation sentence.
road hazards, questions about road projects with some participation by a subset of the Doug Havens, a rural Westcliffe resident,
and trails, bike events, or people looking for board. was found innocent of speeding; but guilty
advice about equipment and gear, but rarely The action plan is aligned with the main of misdemeanor careless driving causing
such a fundamental question — “why do we focus areas and goals identified at the Sep- death. Havens was off-duty June 24 as he
ride?” I didn’t have to think about my answer tember 2003 Board of Director’s Retreat. As was driving his pickup truck north on Colo-
for long; I happen to absolutely love riding a reminder, at the last meeting the Board con- rado 67 when he hit bicyclist William Bliss
my bike, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s cluded that SVBC’s strategic direction estab- of San Jose, Calif., who died at the scene of
reason enough!! But as I pondered the ques- lished at the 2003 retreat is still valid today. the accident.
tion the countless other reasons we all ride our The Board also decided that annually a bud- Judge William Fox said he did not feel jail
bikes came jumping out at me. Not only is bik- get and action plan be established to continue would be appropriate for Havens following
ing a ton of fun, it’s also a great way to get moving SVBC along this strategic path. a lengthy sentencing hearing Monday.
around town, stay healthy and in shape, re- A component of the action plan is the es- “There will be jail if there is a violation of
duce our impact on the environment, reduce tablishment of a set of committees, each with probation,” Fox said. “This was a tragic ac-
traffic congestion (or just stay out of it), re- a specific focus. Membership participation cident that has caused pain for the Bliss fam-
duce our dependence on foreign oil, cut down will be solicited and is critical to the success ily and the Havens family and I wish I could
on air pollution, save money, and make all of these committees. Stay tuned for more in- fix that.”
sorts of interesting friends — just to name a formation. “I am not happy,” said Bonnie Bliss, wife
few of the best reasons! Regardless of why With a few modifications the Board ap- of the victim, after Fox pronounced sentence.
you love riding your bike, we all need safer, proved the budget and action plan, and iden- The sentence will include $2,400 in court
more enjoyable facilities to ride on, and that’s tified at least one Board member for each costs, which includes a $1,000 charitable
why it’s great that we can all work together committee. donation to Bicycle Colorado, 200 hours of
toward that end. Thanks for supporting us! public service and a traffic safety class.
Mrs. Bliss gave a heartfelt statement about her husband who was
Ride On! by Corinne Winter
SVBC Executive Director a pioneer in bicycle safety. She showed the court pictures of her
Of course, we all expected things to slow down a little after Bike to husband and some of his inventions.
Work Day (read: ED Corinne expected a break!), but the people in- When she arrived in Fremont County Sunday, Mrs. Bliss said she
volved with SVBC are simply seizing the day. I have the sense that a was distressed to visit the place where he husband was killed and
wonderful thing has been set in motion that’s bigger than all of us. see that a roadside memorial sign had been removed.
I’m very excited about the possibilities surrounding the adoption of “It was there to remind drivers to
the Routine Accommodation Recommendations by the Metropolitan be careful and it was wiped away.
photo courtesy Shannon Bliss
Transportation Commission. It will be in- The anniversary of his death is com-
teresting to see how it all unfolds and I hope ing up this month and this has been
that you’ll join me in encouraging your City the last straw,” Mrs. Bliss said.
to fully adopt these recommendations at the Mrs. Bliss said she suffered as she
local level; see my article on Routine Ac- continued to get post cards from her
commodation in this issue for details. husband for three days after his
The development of our BikeEd Program death. She also went through stress
is moving right along, thanks to so much because her husband’s ashes were
interest on the part of advocates in the lost in shipment from Colorado
county. We’ll be hosting an LCI training seminar in September, so be and took three weeks to arrive in California.
sure to inquire if you are interested in becoming a League Certified Mrs. Bliss said she felt the community is biased for Havens and
Instructor of bike skills. Our BikeEd Program will offer courses to that he does not accept his role in her husband’s death. Havens,
the public, employers, and kids in middle school as well as those who who has eight years law enforcement experience, said he expected
receive traffic citations and qualify for a diversion class. he may have to take someone’s life some day but he was not pre-
SVBC Board Member Jerri-Ann Meyer and I are off to the Thun- pared for an accident.
derhead Alliance Campaign Strategy Training this weekend, where “This has been very hard and I want to tell Mrs. Bliss that I am
we will evaluate our possibilities for advocacy campaigns and pre- truly sorry. I’m living in hell right now — to know a life was taken
pare to launch at least one. I’m excited to focus more time on advo- by me — it is so unbearable for me to come to terms with that,”
cacy and education, since these topics are, after all, what it’s all about! Havens said.
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Routine Accomodation cont from pg 1 Bike Me Out To The Ballgame New Members:
This is particularly relevant in light of the by Margaret Pye Los Altos Sabra Abraham
fact that in the past, bicycle and pedestrian Los Gatos Carl Guardino
advocates have sometimes become aware On Sunday, August 20th Milpitas Wei Sun
of potential problems with projects in the we’re going to meet on Mountain View Julie Weiss
EIR phase, or later, when it is difficult to northbound Caltrain number 429, the one that
alter the project budget allocation. For true Palo Alto Kathleen Kramer
leaves San Jose Diridon station at 11 AM. Get & Sven Thesen
routine accommodation to occur, ped and on the train at your most convenient stop, and
bike advocates need to see their needs met Jeff McMeekin
meet in the bike car. (That’s the first car.) Geraint Owen
in the Caltrans Project Initiation Docu- I’ll be getting on the train at the South
ments. San Carlos Didrik Hoag
San Francisco stop at 12:17, and & Caryl Gray
It looks like this is not just a collection of
am trying to get some of my Andrew Hsu
recommendations without bite. Another
friends from the San Mateo San Jose Jane Casamajor
recommendation states “Projects funded all
County Green Party to join us. Carl Reisinger
or in part with regional discretionary funds
must consider bicycle and pedestrian facili- We’ll arrive at San Francisco’s 4th and King San Mateo Nikolai Rochnik
ties in the full project cost.” Further, “TDA station at 12:36 and bike one block, to the Santa Clara Jason Galloway
Article 3, Regional Bike/Ped, and TLC ballpark currently known as “AT&T Park.” Saratoga Larry Supan
funds shall not be used to fund non-motor- We’ll greet our brothers and/or sisters at the Special Thanks:
ized facilities needed for new roadway or San Francisco Bike Coalition Bike Parking Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC)
transit construction projects that remove or area near the water, where we can leave our has generously donated $300 to
degrade non-motorized access. Funding to bicycles, safely supervised. Then we proceed SVBC.
enhance bicycle and/or pedestrian access (on foot) to the open areas just outside right ACTC kindly lent us their bike racks
associated with new roadway or transit con- field, where we can stand and watch the base- for bike parking at the Cat’s Hill
struction projects should be included in the ball game through the fence (vs. Los Angeles race and for the BTWD party
funding for that project.” Dodgers; game starts at 1:05 pm) without hav-
Finally, the recommendations even pro- ing to pay any money. (We won’t actually go Thanks to Our
vide a mechanism by which the MTC will into the ballpark.) We’ll hang around as long Conscientious Volunteers
monitor and audit candidate TIP projects as we want, leave, ride around the June-July CRANK Mailing Party:
to track the success of these recommenda- Embarcadero to Fort Point, if we want, or get Organizer: Anne Ng
tions, and both MTC and Caltrans will work back on the train to go home. (South bound Jack Lueder, John Carpenter, Ellen Fletcher,
toward providing appropriate training to trains leave every hour on the hour.) No one is June Welsh, Martina Dillon
staff of local agencies to promote the in- providing any refreshments, and no RSVP Sunnyvale A&W:
corporation of routine accommodation into needed. As I said, this is “loosely” organized. Organizer: Fred Wiesinger
project planning. I’m going, and I hope some friends will join Rick Warner, Bonnie Lewellyn, June Welsh,
Both City BPAC members and local ad- me! Tim Oey and sons, Sam Valenti, Andy Lott,
vocates will play an important role in see- New Specialized Store Thom Granvold, Bob Matusiak, Rich With-
ing that these policies are adopted and ad- by Jerri-Ann Meyer ers, Kevin Gregory
hered to on a local level. I hope to see these SVBC provided guarded bike parking for Bike Spring Opening:
policies adopted as a component of every 56 bikes at the June 8th grand opening of Organizer: Jerri-Ann Meyer
city’s general plan. If you are interested in the Bike Spring bike shop in downtown Eric Anderson, Matt Brunnings, Jack & Jane
becoming involved with encouraging your Mountain View. Bike Spring, Lueder, Anne Ng, Leslie Train, June Welsh,
city to fully recognize and adopt these poli- www.bikespring.com, is a Specialized Bob Yee [See related article on page 3]
cies, please contact me at corinne@ Concept Store located at 903 Castro Street Los Altos A&W:
svbcbikes.org. (corner of El Camino and Castro) in Moun- Organizer: Ellen Fletcher
tain View. Eric Sorenson, June Welsh, Tian Harter,
The day’s festivities in- David and Zachary Hanzel, Rob and
Bike Pooling cluded demo rides on Spe- Mayumi Schmidt, Dave Cortesi, Diane
The 511 Regional Rideshare cialized full-suspension Harrison, Kermit Cuff, Eric Anderson
program can match you up not mountain bikes and high-end Tabling: Kevin Jackson, Ellen Fletcher
only for car or vanpool partners road bikes, a BBQ hosted by NorCAMBA, Please consider volunteering to fill the
but for bike partners too. and the new Specialized tire recycling ini- new position of Volunteer Coordinator
Go to https:// tiative which encouraged customers to to accomplish our goals of keeping track
w w w. r i d e bring in a used tire in exchange for a free of the interests and availability of current
match.511.org/ commemorative water bottle. Customers and potential volunteers as well. Please
logon Frame also had the opportunity to win a one-year notify Ellen Fletcher or Corinne Winter
.asp to register. ride on a top-of-the-line Specialized S- if you are interested: ellen.fletch@gmail
Works road or mountain bike. .com, email@example.com
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Santa Clara County Area Reports
Cupertino Morgan Hill Dr to Mountain View High School. Construc-
by Anne Ng by Bob Eltgroth tion of this segment will be phased and when
Mary Avenue bike/ped bridge The Mary BTAC Officers Chris Hauge is turning done will complete the Stevens Creek Trail
Avenue bike/ped bridge over I-280 inches over the Chair of the Morgan Hill Bicycle and in Mountain View.
toward construction, now probably delayed Trails Advisory Committee (BTAC) to Al Design of the Yuba Dr to El Camino Real
until next year. Final design is almost 90% Clark. Norma Rome becomes vice-chair as sub-segment should complete by the end of
complete, but Assistant Public Works Direc- well as replacing Chris as the Morgan Hill July 2006. Construction should begin in early
tor Glenn Goepfert predicts the meticulous representative on the VTA BPAC. Al has long fall 2006 and take approximately one year.
Caltrans design approval process will be gla- worked in the bicycle industry and also is a This sub-segment provides a tunnel under
cial because of the unique cable stayed de- runner. Norma, who has served one year on El Camino. The tunnel will be 12 feet wide
signed of the bridge. cont pg 6
the Committee, primarily walks; she stepped and include glass bricks in the median of El
in immediately to volunteer for bike parking Camino to provide natural light.
Los Altos at City events and to work the Morgan Hill Stevens Creek Trail/Moffett Blvd
by Curt Riffle
BTWD Energizer Station. Overcrossing This project will provide a
Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study Trails Master Plan Morgan Hill has es- bike/pedestrian overcrossing of Moffett Blvd
The City Council has agreed with the City’s tablished a committee to work on its first ever at Stevens Creek Trail eliminating the only
BPAC to utilize a coordinated staff/BPAC/ Trails Master Plan. The BTAC, especially Al at-grade crossing on the trail. This bridge will
neighborhood/consultant effort to conduct the Clark, has pushed for this for at least three have straight approaches similar appearance
feasibility study. Initial focus groups with years. The City staff contact is: David to the Stevens Creek Trail Bridge over Cen-
interested neighbors will be held the week of Gittleson <DavidG@ morganhill.ca.gov>. tral Expressway.
July 10th. We hope to have a task force of BTAC will shortly be starting the revision Design should complete in winter 2006.
neighbors, BPAC, staff, and a consultant in process on the Bikeways Master Plan. Construction will begin shortly thereafter and
place in the fall. BTAC Funding Funding for events such is estimated to take about a year.
Class I Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathway as bike rodeos sponsored by the BTAC has Permanente Creek Trail/US 101 Bike/Ped
Recommendation The BPAC submitted its primarily depended on private donations from Overcrossing This project will construct a
recommendations to the Traffic Commission industry. The City staff has suggested using bike/pedestrian overcrossing of 101 in the
for a network of Class I pathways through- bicycle registration fees to support the Com- vicinity of the Permanente Creek Trail, con-
out Los Altos to provide an alternative to us- mittee activities. Scott Bicycle also donated necting this existing trail with residential ar-
ing automobiles for schools, work, shopping, two bicycles for drawings to raise money. eas south of 101. With construction of this
etc. The Traffic Commission approved the Bike Racks The City is purchasing por- bridge, a signal will be installed for the at-
recommendations and we are now waiting for table bike racks for use at community events grade crossing at Old Middlefield Way. The
the City staff’s and City Council’s response. such as the Mushroom Mardi Gras and the bridge will have straight approaches.
Bicycle Racks The City of Los Altos has Taste of Morgan Hill for which BTAC has The project design is currently about 35%
received funding for approximately 70 bike traditionally had to borrow racks for from complete. City staff is working with the Santa
racks for installation in Los Altos. The BPAC either ACTC or Specialized Bicycles. The Clara Valley Water District to coordinate con-
made a prioritized list of locations for the VTA pilot bike-parking project will fund the struction with planned flood control improve-
racks, primarily in the downtown area and in new portable racks as well as permanent racks ments to Permanente Creek. Construction is
the City’s parks. The Parks, Arts, and Recre- elsewhere in the City. expected to begin in the next 18 months and
ation Commission is finalizing the locations Taste of Morgan Hill The Taste of Mor- to take about a year to complete.
in the parks. The BPAC also confirmed the gan Hill takes place September 23rd and 24th. This project brings future opportunity to
City’s design standard for bike racks. Bike parking will be relocated to the Com- improve the Permanente Creek Trail includ-
Bike to Work Day Los Altos had two En- munity Center parking lot at 5th and Depot ing extending the trail farther south to
ergizer Station this year. 102 cyclists were instead of its old 3rd street location. Contact Middlefield Rd and providing a grade-sepa-
“energized”, and approximately 150 decided Al Clark to volunteer to help or if you want rated crossing of Charleston Rd and a bridge
they had enough energy to complete their more information at <slowtwitch2001@ to Colony St.
commutes. hotmail.com>. Bike Blvd The Bicycle Boulevard Pilot
BPAC Web Site BPAC member Randy Bike Map The Morgan Hill Bikeways Map Project will implement a bike boulevard route
Rhody has completed extensive work on the is in short supply. It needs revision because from the Mayfield Mall area across the
BPAC’s Web site and has made it a very good in 3 years both roads and bike lanes have been Stevens Creek Trail to Whisman Road. The
source of information for the City’s residents. added throughout the City. An example: detailed design for signage, pavement mark-
Go to the City’s Web site and choose Com- Butterfield was extended to Tennant, and bike ings, and traffic facility improvements.
mission then BPAC, or http://www.ci.los- lanes were added to the existing portions of Completion is projected for end of 2006.
altos.ca.us/boards-commissions/index.html. Butterfield making bike lanes from Cochrane New Bike Map A draft of the new bike
Adobe Creek Bridge Replacement The to Tennant. A short interim supply of maps map will be reviewed at the August BPAC
City’s staff is working with Palo Alto to re- will be printed before revision. meeting. In addition to providing updated
place the bridge on the Class I bike path be-
Mountain View content, the new map will be GIS based and
tween Los Altos Ave and Arastradero Rd. The by Jerri-Ann Meyer will include bike safety information in En-
design contract has been awarded. Construc- Stevens Creek Trail Reach 4 Segment 2 glish and Spanish.
tion dates are to be determined. This is a 1.7 mile trail segment from Yuba cont pg 5
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Adult Ed even if no attendant is there by the use of an City of San José plans to submit an applica-
The plan to offer adult bike education electronic key. tion for Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC)
classes in Mountain View is in the final phase Palo Alto Bicycles administers the designation. The League of American Bicy-
of detail completion. Classes will be taught Bikestation. One could call the store for in- clists (LAB) sponsors the BFC program. Once
by a League Certified Instructor (LCI) fol- formation, but as of press time no one there a BFC application is received, LAB conducts
lowing the League of American Bicyclists has more definite information than is pre- detailed audits of the applicant’s facilities and
Road I course format. sented here. programs to determine if the city is bicycle
Bike Counts Charleston-Arastradero Project The resur- friendly. The BFC program presents a great
Thanks to all those who volunteered, the facing, restriping to add bike lanes and a cen- opportunity to highlight San José’s achieve-
first phase of the project to collect counts of ter divider with turning lanes in this corridor ments and draw attention to its needs in ac-
bicyclists and pedestrians is now complete. has had to be postponed and will be imple- commodating bicyclists. For more informa-
Results will be reviewed at the August BPAC mented this August. It had originally been tion on BFC, go to www.bikeleague.org/pro-
meeting and any potential adjustments for scheduled for June. To get the latest informa- grams/communities/
future volunteer projects will be discussed. tion on this project go to www.cityof Free Bicycling Skills Courses in San José
Tabling The BPAC is increasing outreach paloalto.org/charleston. Are you interested in improving your on-
through tabling at community events and Maybell traffic calming project Grant fund- street bicycling skills? Do you know some-
neighborhood meetings. Thanks to Peter ing has been approved for this project. It is one who’d like to become a more confident
Skinner, City Public Works Staff, for provid- scheduled for construction in 2007. and comfortable bicyclist? Register for a free
ing the BPAC with a canopy and BPAC ban- BikeEd course in San José! Based on the lead-
ner for use at these events. Thanks also to San Jose ing national program and taught by certified
by John Brazil
BPAC Vice Chair Bryan Malone for coordi- instructors, BikeEd offers classroom and on-
City of San José Bicyclist & Pedestrian Program:
nating these outreach events. bike training for adults, and teens accompa-
Chynoweth Bike Lanes Planned
Palo Alto nied by an adult. BikeEd will make you a
The City of San José is moving forward
by Ellen Fletcher safer, more confident bicyclist. Courses are
with plans to install Bike Lanes on
offered every quarter. For San José course
Safe Routes to School Grant Chynoweth Ave, between the west end near
information, contact John Brazil at
City Manager’s Report, 6/23/06 Fell Ave and Barron Park Dr to the east. These
A program of the City’s Transportation and Bike Lanes will provide direct connections
Public Works Engineering Divisions has been to the existing Hwy 87 Path and the existing Saratoga
awarded a grant of $124,000 to improve Guadalupe River Trail, thereby strengthen- by Jim Stallman
As part of the City’s golden anniversary
Maybell Ave to make it safer for pedestrians ing and growing the Bicycle Network. Look celebrations, the Rec Dept. is conducting a
and bicyclists. The grant was awarded by
photo courtesy Jerri-Ann Meyer for implementation during FY 06-07. Bike tour on September 4th. Details are found
California’s Business, Transportation and Caltrans Projects Cause Hwy 87 Path De- in the Summer Rec Guide at www.saratoga.
Housing Agency. tours ca.us/pdf/Summer2006pdf forwebsite.pdf
The City submitted the grant application in As reported in a previous edition of the
photo courtesy Larry Chin 2nd to last page.
June 2005 to improve the street by installing Spinning Crank, a current Caltrans Hwy 87 Work has begun to fix the Cox RR crossing
valley gutters and asphalt pathways along the Repair Project includes detours on the Hwy after close to a decade of waiting for UP to
1,000 linear foot segment from Pena Court 87 Path between Willow and Curtner. At the get around to it. Union Pacific is being paid
to Juana Briones School. Maybell Ave, be- City of San Jose’s request, Caltrans has pro- $1M of VTA money to smooth and widen the
tween El Camino Real and Coulombe Ave, is vided detour signs and web information on roadway at the track crossing — something
a designated school commute corridor that the detour. See www.svbcbikes.org/news/ they refused to allow the City to do on its own.
serves three Palo Alto schools (Juana Briones, hwy-87-bike-detour.pdf. This project will in-
Terman, & Gunn). Sunnyvale
clude some improvements to the subsiding
by Kevin Jackson
On June 7th, 2006, the City of Palo Alto re- Hwy 87 Bike Path. While this detour is ex- Sunnyvale Bike Plan After a marathon
ceived a grant approval letter from the State pected to end in fall 2006, a second Caltrans BPAC meeting in June, the Sunnyvale bike
for the Maybell Ave improvements totaling project will cause a separate detour on the plan update has been finalized and is await-
Bikestation The Bikestation at the Palo Hwy 87 Path between Curtner and Hillsdale. ing Council approval, which should be
Alto Caltrain station is expected, finally, to The City of San Jose has again requested that achieved by the time you read this. Thanks
re-open sometime in August. When a date is Caltrans install detour signs, post web infor- to all those who helped make it better by con-
set it will be posted at http://www.palo mation, and deliver notice to local bike clubs tributing their feedback during the develop-
altobicycles.com/ and at www.bikestation.org and advocacy groups. Caltrans indicates this ment process! While the plan illustrates just
Full service at the facility will not be pro- second closure is planned to last from sum- how much work remains to be done, it also
vided for a year or more even after it opens. mer through fall of 2006. For more informa- provides a comprehensive strategy for imple-
That is because an underground crossing of tion, contact Lauren Wonder 510-286-6120 mentation. I’m confident we can expect sig-
the tracks will be built and the entrance to at Caltrans. nificant and sustained progress as the plan is
the tunnel from the station will be right out- San José to Submit Bike Friendly Commu- put into effect. Much of the effort that went
side the front of the Bikestation. nities Application into this can serve as a model for other loca-
It is expected that bicyclists will be able to At the request of the San José Bicycle Pe- tions; so feel free to check out the results at
use the facility to park their bikes securely destrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), the the BPAC web site cont pg 6
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Sunnyvale cont from pg 5 VTA BPAC A presentation was made on adaptive sig-
<biking.insunnyvale.com> (don’t put “www.” by John Carpenter nal timing for bicycles. By the end of this
in front). Then encourage officials in other cit- April through July 2006 year, 25 intersections on the County express-
ies to adopt a similar approach that will greatly April Meeting Proposed TDA 3 project way system will have this feature, which ex-
benefit the entire cycling community! priority list for FY 2006-2007 included bi- tends phase timing when a bicycle is detected.
Caltrain Station Access The long-run- cycle lanes along various expressways, pe- A video of this presentation will be available
ning saga of north side access for bikes and destrian paths along streets in the San Jose to anyone interested. Also, a copy of the video
peds to the Sunnyvale Caltrain station has area, and a bicycle shoulder widening on Junipero may be downloaded soon from the VTA
taken some interesting twists and turns lately. Sierra Blvd. near Stanford’s Campus Dr. BPAC web site.
For decades, transit patrons have enjoyed un- May Meeting Meetings of the Measure A The County is undergoing a tri-annual up-
official access through a hole in the fence, Project Advisory Committee was announced date of its Expressway Planning Study. A
which was occasionally repaired by Caltrain by General Manager, Burns. The infrastruc- table on bicycle infrastructure improvement
staff (due to liability concerns), then quickly ture bonds set for the November election were status was presented; a request was made to
reopened. The issue was recently brought to a mentioned. Government Affairs Manager, review a similar pedestrian table at some fu-
head by the filing of a legal complaint that the Evans announced that there would be $2B for ture meeting. One of the projects in need of
informal access does not comply with ADA transportation capital improvement projects, funding is a reconstruction of the Oregon
requirements. This had the effect of forcing including bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Expressway underpass at Alma in Palo Alto,
all parties, in spite of their bureaucratic incli- There was some concern about being able to which would include a shoulder for bicycle
nations, to look for a commonsense solution. hang bicycles in the light rail vehicles; a re- use. There is ongoing some transition of ex-
Sunnyvale and VTA have come up with a plan view, now in process, on this matter was requested. pressways segments to city streets in San Jose
and funding to provide at-grade access in the The Committee toured the just completed (Capitol Expy near the Auto Mall).
short term that is acceptable to Caltrain, until River Oaks Bicycle and Ped. Bridge nearby. There was a comment that the Coyote Val-
a bike/ped undercrossing can be implemented It was suggested that Director of County ley Project in South San Jose may have a life
as a permanent solution. While it’s nice to Roads and Airports, Murdter come to a fu- of its own in that transportation alternatives
know that the needs of transit patrons will be ture meeting. Kobayashi will represent the include only a Caltrain station so far.
served, it’s also kind of sad in a way, sort of County at future BPAC meetings. It is desired Bicycle Plan and Bicycle Technical Guide-
like finding out your favorite soap opera has that projects be reviewed during the design lines Updating. A VTA BPAC subcommit-
been cancelled. phase so that bicycle and pedestrian issues tee with SVBC and other representatives in-
Calabazas Creek Trail In other news, the could be addressed. volved started an update review of these vol-
Calabazas Creek trail has been available for It was reported that the CMP for FY 06-07 umes two months ago and this effort should
public use for a while now, although there are included funds for the El Camino Real Grand be completed this fall. Copies of the project
still “a few small items” left to be done before Boulevard project for Santa Clara and San and route maps should be made available to
it is officially declared complete (well, you Mateo counties; this is an opportunity to es- municipalities for review and comment some-
know how these projects go). This means there tablish a uniformly bicycle friendly route along time late this summer. Some of the things that
was no obvious time to hold a grand opening the Peninsula as well as transit improvements. come to mind is that checkoff lists for projects
ceremony —but get out there and enjoy it all Member Dave Simons of Sunnyvale que- must include bicycle and pedestrian facili-
the same! ried about a proposal that a Mary Ave ties to be completed before the project is open
Arques Bike Lane Another positive devel- overcrossing near the US101/CA237 inter- for use, County level bicycle route signage
opment resulted from the new Lowe’s hard- change was added to the highway projects list standards, tighter turns at freeway ramps, and
ware store on Arques Ave. As part of the ap- as part of the changes proposed at that loca- bicycle phase in traffic signals for some com-
proval process, the City obtained sufficient tion. Sunnyvale is studying ways of provid- plex intersections.
right-of-way to close a gap in the westbound ing access to the Caltrain station and the
bike lane on this popular route as it approaches downtown from the neighborhood North of Cupertino cont from pg 4
Wolfe Rd. the tracks; an overcrossing or undercrossing Miscellaneous The Bicycle Pedestrian
BPAC Makeup The recruitment effort for is being considered as a Valley Transporta- Commission met new Public Works Se-
BPAC applicants produced a bumper crop of tion Plan 2030 or 2040 item. nior Engineer David Stillman, very re-
nine excellent candidates this time around Los Altos is studying connectivity of the cently hired from Palo Alto, at their July
(okay, I can only vouch for seven of them, but Stevens Creek Trail to the portion in Moun- meeting. He will likely be working with
let’s give the other two the benefit of the tain View and the Council has that in its the BPC. Visiting from Palo Alto, Joan
doubt). Rick Warner and Jim Manitakos, along agenda for the May 23rdmeeting. Marx inspired the Commission with a re-
with returning members Thom Mayer and my- Mountain View is training volunteers to do port on the very successful program she
self —a nice combination of fresh ideas and surveys of bicycle and pedestrian traffic at led to decrease solo driving and drop-off
institutional experience that should serve us various intersections. of Gunn High School students, with in-
well in the upcoming years, will fill the four June Meeting There was no meeting in June. creased cycling, carpools, and bussing.
vacancies. July Meeting VTA reported that the 156/ Visiting from the Bay Area Air Quality
Speaking of fresh ideas, we always look 152 interchange flyover project bicycle fea- team, Jim Smith described efforts to rep-
forward to hearing yours, either at the BPAC tures in South County are now funded. This licate that program in Milpitas. Possible
meetings or by writing to us at: project didn’t include the needed bicycle/ped move- applications in Cupertino are obvious.
<firstname.lastname@example.org>! ments until it was brought before the BPAC.
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San Mateo County Area Reports
PBPC meets the 1st Thurs. of every month at- San Carlos
Ladda’s Thai Cuisine 2053 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 94063 by Margaret Pye
(The meeting format has changed- see below for details) Several months ago, the San Carlos City
Steve Vanderlip, President 1214 Nadina St., San Mateo, CA 94402 Council asked the Bicycle Pedestrian Ad-
email@example.com 650/571-5830 visory Committee (B/PAC) to come up with
http://www.penbiped.net 650/571-5830 a Pedestrian Safety Plan for the City. We
Please check our discussion list at firstname.lastname@example.org for notices. submitted several suggestions, including
some ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps and
PBPC July 4th Bike Float paving/improving some sidewalks.
by Gladwyn d’Souza, Vice President, PBPC The PBPC again had a bicycle-pulled float We are also going to ask the City Council
Next Meeting in the Redwood City July 4th parade. We had to reconsider their recent decision (which
a good turnout about 30 riders, and best of was not presented to the B/PAC) to elimi-
Thursday August 3rd 6:00 - 8:30 p.m,
all, about 6 kids riding as well. I am really nate all traffic calming projects in the City,
the format has changed.
pleased to see more children participate. unless adjoining property owners paid all
6:00-6:30 is social the costs.
6:30-7:30 North/South Bike Route planning See below for a picture of the float. Thanks
to Pat for the Bear, Mike for Pat (the bike The City Council authorized funds for a
7:30-8:30 Board Meeting Safe Routes to Schools presentation, and we
See www.penbiped.net for the agenda riding dummy Pat) and Dean and Dianne for
the help putting all the details together, Tony’s are working on finalizing the details for such
Woodside Road Update skills with the iron (you can ask Tony to ex- a presentation.
Despite some improvements to the bicycle plain) and Bob for helping to paint the skirt.
lane, motorists continue to drive in the bicycle VTA
lane. Caltrans is aware that the problem is not Light Rail
yet resolved. Additional changes have been Bike Racksl
approved and should be completed soon. These by Alan Wachtel
improvements include changing the dashed
stripe across the intersection to a solid stripe. [Following discus-
This is to eliminate the appearance of this be- sion on the bikes email
ing a merging zone for northbound Hwy 280 list about the difficulty
motorists. A 5’ bicycle lane will be clearly de- some riders have using
fined to replace the current 16’ wide bike lane/ the racks.]
shoulder area. The sign which appears to di- Using these racks is
rect a Hwy 280 northbound motorist into the primarily a matter of
bicycle lane will be moved further west to the PBPC July 4th Bike Float technique, not height or
actual area where motorists should be merg- strength.
ing right for northbound 280. In addition, the San Mateo County I can almost always hang my loaded
area where bicyclists are merging left to the North South Route commute bike in a rack even in a mov-
pocket lane and motorist are merging right for ing train. Placards in some cars (not
For years, the San Mateo County North-
northbound 280 will be marked with sharrows South Bicycle Route has remained a wish list all) explain how to do it, but it’s not
to make motorists and bicyclist more aware of in a 10 plus year old plan. Using the cam- intuitive and it takes a little practice.
the shared merging zone. Don’t try to lift your bike directly
paign planning techniques from the Thunder-
Bicycles and The Law onto the hook. Instead, first stand with
head Alliance, we are working to bring new
Our ”Presentation was well received and pro- life to this route. Our initial plan is to identify your bike parallel to the aisle with one
vided a great deal of vital information on how and implement improvements to the San hand on the handlebars and the other
to be prepared in case of an accident. The Carlos and Redwood City portions of this on the saddle. Pull up on the bars to
SVBC is planning an additional presentation route. Then we can apply lessons learned to rotate the bike to a vertical position.
on August 10th (See program information on work on additional sections. Please get in- Then move your other hand under-
page 1, location on back page). Much of the volved and help us develop a safe and effec- neath the seat tube and lift the bike
information from the presentation will be avail- tive bicycle transportation network. More up, steadying it against your stomach
able at our website www.penbiped.net or chest. Pivot ninety degrees toward
about this at our meeting, July 6th.
the racks and place the rear wheel in
Willow Road/101 Interchange Bay in a Day Double Century the lower channel; the lip will keep it
Caltrans is doing preliminary design work Saturday, July 22nd is the Bay in a Day from falling out. Lower the front
to increase the size of the Willow Rd overpass Double Century. This 200-mile ride organized wheel into the upper channel. Now —
over 101. Willow Rd is a popular bicycle route by the BABC (Bay Area Bicycle Coalition and here’s the trick — guide the bike
over 101 and connects to the Dumbarton www. bayareabikes.org) circles the entire Bay. with the handlebars, and roll (not lift)
Bridge bicycle path to Fremont and the East New this year is a 100-mile option. For addi- it up by pushing the saddle with your
Bay. We participated in preliminary meetings tional information go to www.bayarea other hand until you can maneuver the
with Caltrans to review their plans and pre- bikes.org/biad.htm. We will be hosting a rest front wheel over the hook.
pare a response. stop in Burlingame.
August-September 2006 Spinning Crank Vol 20 No. 4 7
Volunteers Needed Stanford
New REI Store
SVBC will be providing guarded bicycle park- We need volunteers to help with bike
ing for the REI grand opening of their new store parking at this fall’s Stanford foot-
Arts on Charleston Rd just north of Rengstorff (op- ball games. The dates are Septem-
posite the back of Costco) in Mountain View on ber 16th & 23rd, October 14th, No-
August 4th, 5th & 6th. Doors open at 10 am ! vember 4th and 18th.
SVBC will be providing guarded REI will be offering the following for those three Check http://gostanford.cstv.com/
bicycle parking for the Palo Alto days: sports/m-footbl/sched/stan-m-footbl-
Festival of the Arts, August 26h - free water bottle and gift card for the first 200 sched.html for game times.
and 27th. It will be located on people (12 and older) through the door each day.
Waverley Street behind the - first 150 riders each day get a free Novara wa- Volunteers get Mollie Stone’s great
Union Bank at the corner of Uni- ter bottle sandwiches and a free Stadium
versity Avenue. - Sweepstakes entry (doesn’t look like there’s a pass. Volunteers are not limited to
limit) helping at only one game. If you
Please volunteer to watch bikes
- free breakfast before doors open each day, from can help, contact Ellen Fletcher,
for a three-hour shift.
9 am email@example.com and ask a
Contact REI will donate $10 for each bike parked to friend
Ellen Fletcher at SVBC, so we’re hoping for hundreds of bikes or relative
firstname.lastname@example.org each day. to help out
Contact Ellen Fletcher too.
if you would like to volunteer.
The Woodside Safe Cycling Challenge by Millo Fenzi Woodside BAC
Numerous cyclists enjoy the bucolic roads in the Town of Woodside. three abreast and make little effort to allow cars to pass them. Yes, in that
Unfortunately some residents of Woodside are boiling over with anti- some of the high-speed pack riders slow down for nothing and can be
bike sentiment. This noisy minority shows up at Town meetings, signs harsh to an obstacle — be it on two or four wheels or feet. No, in that not
petitions, takes photos of poorly behaving cyclists and in general does every mountain bike rider illegally on the trails is a 30 mph tattooed down-
a great PR job vilifying cyclists. The angry rhetoric polarizes the par- hill zombie. No, in that most cyclists riding up Old La Honda are respon-
ticipants and spawns ever escalating acts of road rage. This rage cre- sible, stay to the right where safe and wave cars on.
ates very real safety risks for cyclists’ on roads in Woodside. The goal So yes, each complaint is based on the actions of at least one poorly
of the Safe Cycling Challenge is to defuse the rage by improving behaving cyclist. And no, this behavior does not describe the vast majority
cyclists’ behavior. Ratchet down the rage and you improve the safety of cyclists riding through Woodside.
of the Woodside cycling experience. Before you dismiss this noisy anti-bike minority try on their clothes.
Who makes up the “noisy minority? The vast majority of the Drive your car all the way up and back down Old La Honda Road starting
residents are not actively anti-bike. A vocal handful is virulently anti- at about 9 AM on a summer Saturday. The next Saturday take your dog or
bike. They are: baby for a walk on Tripp Rd. Begin at Kings Mountain Rd; stay on the left
- Equestrian trail riders who have been frightened and endangered side of the road — facing traffic like a good pedestrian — and start walk-
by poorly behaved mountain bikers illegally using the horse trails. ing around 9:40 AM. One of the bigger and higher-speed packs should
Their anger extends to all cyclists, road and mountain alike. appear soon. This should give you a baseline appreciation of just how
- Users of Woodside roads who have been frightened and endan- scary a badly behaved cyclist can be.
gered by poorly behaved cyclists. Often the cyclists are participating What about poorly behaved motorists? Poorly behaved motorists are
in one of the many high-speed pack rides that route through town. more plentiful, more deadly, and pose a far greater risk to life and limb
This anti-bike group includes motorists, cyclists, equestrians, pedes- than cyclists. Two differences! First, no noisy minority in Woodside is
trians, dog-walkers, etc. vilifying motorists. Secondly, our suggested solution for poorly behaved
The virulently anti-bike group acts as a catalyst and galvanizes an motorists is a Rules of the Road handout. The handout is under construc-
additional few hundred people who have been frightened or endan- tion.
gered by badly behaved cyclists. You are cycling’s ambassador! The vast majority of Woodside residents
Does the “noisy minority” have a valid case? Yes, and no. Yes, in do not hate bikes. Many of them have had at least one encounter with a
that mountain bikes are not allowed on Woodside’s horse trails. Yes, badly behaved cyclist. The encounter you are having with them molds
in that poorly behaving cyclists riding up Old La Honda ride two or their image of cyclists. You are cycling’s ambassador!
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Guadalupe River Park under Coleman Ave on the west side of the Woodside Bans Charity Ride
by Friends of Guadalupe River river. This is an important link in the continu-
New Signs Menlo Park Almanac, 6/21/06
Park and Gardens ous trail system called for in the Park Master
The Friends continue to work with the City Plan. Once the west construction is complete Plans for a fundraising bicycle event, the
of San Jose and the Redevelopment Agency and the trail opened, the Corps will also be Ride to Defeat ALS, have come to a screech-
to improve signage along the trails – both per- reinforcing the east side of the bridge. Unfor- ing halt in Woodside.
photo how to follow the
manent signs to indicate courtesy Mike Nelson tunately, bids for this project came in higher The town’s limit of two events permitted
continuous trail as well as ones with informa- than expected so the project is on hold. in a single month — along with an abun-
tion about temporary trail closures. Enhanced Safety for Crosswalks dance of antipathy towards cyclists — led
Trails Center We currently have a dozen One of the goals of the Guadalupe River the Woodside Town Council to deny the
or so people stop by the Guadalupe River Park Park Master Plan was to incorporate a con- charity group’s request for a permit.
and Gardens (GRPG) Visitor Center at 438 tinuous trail system within the park so that And without the permit, there will be no
Coleman Avenue every day seeking informa- bicyclists and pedestrians would not have to ALS ride on the Peninsula
tion and expect many more when the trail cross city streets. This goal was largely met, Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease,
through downtown re-opens in late October with Julian and St. John Streets being the only amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fa-
(when VTA’s widening of Highway 87 be- places where the trail comes to grade. The tal neurological disease.
tween Park Ave and Santa Clara St. wraps up). City of San Jose will be installing enhanced A divided council, citing safety concerns
The Friends are currently working with the crosswalks, making them more visible to about a route that would send some of the
City of San Jose to establish a Trails Center in motorists. riders down Jefferson Ave., denied the per-
the Visitor Center lobby. Trail and park users Project Updates To provide the latest in- mit on a 5-2 vote, with Deborah Gordon and
can pick up maps and learn the latest on trail formation on all of these projects, including Pete Sinclair opposed.
development throughout the city and county. construction schedules and answers to fre- At the council meeting, a number of bi-
Trail Improvements According to San quently asked questions, we have created a cycle-related frustrations and complaints
Jose’s Trail Program Manager Yves Zsutty, trail special section on our website, http:// came up, none of them specific to the ALS
segments north of the Guadalupe River Park www.grpg.org/ConstructionUpdate.html. charity ride.
will formally open to the public as “interim” Friends of GRPG will be working with the
facilities later this year. By working with the “We are so impacted (by bicycles), not just
City and other agencies to carefully track the on weekends but daily,” said Woodside Rd
Santa Clara Valley Water District, the City has progress of each project and to ensure that
developed an interim trail agreement for a 6- resident Stephanie MacDonald. “They’re
inconvenience during construction is mini- loud, rude, and they don’t let me out of my
mile trail system from Highway 880 to Gold mized. The good news is, once these projects
Street (Alviso). By fall 2006, trail users will driveway. They’re interfering with resi-
are complete, trail detours through the park dents’ enjoyment of their properties.”
be able to access the short segment from 880 will be eliminated and people using the park
to Skyport and a longer segment from Tasman “Given the current circumstances in town,
will enjoy a safer, more pleasant experience!
Avenue to Gold Street. Construction of with the incredible presence of people tak-
[Late note from Paul Metz to the SVBC email list:
undercrossings beneath Airport Parkway and ing advantage of the beautiful surroundings,
There is now pavement under the RR tracks
Highway 101 next summer will eventually al- approving a third bicycling event during the
just north of Julian on the Guadalupe River
low biking along the entire route. summer seems like the last thing you’d want
Trail. Previously, the paved path was missing
Railroad Crossing In April, the State Pub- to do,” said former Town Council member
for about 10 feet.
lic Utility Commission approved designs for Robert Susk.
So it is now paved from the airport south to
the east side trail undercrossing at the railroad Councilman Ron Romines said there are
Santa Clara Street. It is marked as closed south
tracks between Coleman Ave. and Julian St. too many people using Woodside’s roads,
of there (this is due to HW 87 carpool lane
Construction will take place this summer and and an organized ride would only introduce
construction), but that’s only one block of the
should be completed by the end of September. more bicyclists to the town.
trail that is missing.]
The Redevelopment Agency, which is manag-
ing the construction contract, estimates the California B&Bs Reach Out to Cyclists
project will take 45 days to complete. The at- American Bicyclist Update, 6/19/06
grade crossing on the west side of the river at California bed and breakfast inns are adding another B to their list of offerings: bikes.
the railroad tracks has been delayed. The US The California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns (CABBI) is launching its newest
Army Corps of Engineers and the Santa Clara travel program, Beds, Bikes & Breakfast.
Valley Water District staff have asked the City Ninety CABBI B&Bs throughout California are officially designated as bike-friendly
to wait until the Corps constructs the replace- and offer secured bike storage facilities and healthy, hearty breakfasts to fuel a day of
ment UPRR bridge because that would require touring. Many inns also offer laundry facilities and area bike trail maps. Cycling advo-
the demolition of any at grade trail crossing. cate and Bear Valley Inn owner/innkeeper and League board member Amanda Eichstaedt
The Corps is currently seeking federal fund- provided CABBI with valuable insight into cyclists’ needs while traveling by bike.
ing for the bridge. Travelers interested in finding bike-friendly B&Bs can visit www.cabbi.com and search
Coleman Avenue Bridge As part of struc- for inns marked with a bicycle icon. CABBI’s free Travel Guide Map, also available
tural reinforcement of the Coleman Ave bridge, online, pinpoints where each B&B is located so cyclists can plan vacations whether
the Army Corps of Engineers will also con- they are avid riders or recreational cruisers.
struct a trail connection cont next column
August-September 2006 Spinning Crank Vol 20 No. 4 9
Associated Bicycle Advisory Committees
Organizations Anyone is welcome to attend BAC meetings, to listen or offer suggestions on bike improvements. Contact staff ahead of time to
confirm meetings. Complaints about dead traffic light sensors, road debris, bad striping, etc. should call the staff listed here or the
ABAG Bay Trail numbers listed under “Road Hazards.” It’s advisable to confirm date and place prior to attending a meeting.
www.baytrail.org Belmont: Chair: Joan Dentler, 650/595-3145
email@example.com Caltrain: John Brazil 408/975-3206, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
510/464-7900 Caltrans: CBAC, meets in Sacramento. Staff: Ken McGuire, 916/653-2750,
Almaden Cycle Touring Club <Ken_Mcguire@dot.ca.gov>. CABO rep: Alan Wachtel, 650/494-1750, <email@example.com>.
www.actc.org Campbell: Meetings quarterly, City Hall. Staff: Matthew Jue, 408/866-2154 <publicworks@
Alto Velo Racing Club ci.campbell.ca.us>. BAC chair:Herman Wadler, 408/866-9227, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cupertino: 3rd Wednesday of every second month 7:00 pm City Hall 10300 Torre at Rodriguez.
Staff: Glenn Goepfert <email@example.com> 408-777-3354. Chair: Geoffrey Paulsen
American Youth Hostel of SCV <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Art Carroll, 408/293-3787 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>.
and Land Use Coalition Gilroy: 4th Tuesdays, Community Services Conference Rm. (6th & Hanna), 6:00 pm. Staff: Don Dey
510/740-3150 <email@example.com>. Chair: Gretchen Yoder-Schrock, 408-847-6489, <gargajo@ garlic.com > .
www.transcoalition.org Half Moon Bay: Quarterly, Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue. Staff: Paul Nagengast
Bay Area Bicycle Coalition / BABC 650/726-8260 <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Chair: John Hernandez 650/726-3024.
Los Altos: 3rd Wednesday 7 pm, Hillview Community Center. Staff: Larry Lind, 650/947-2624,
<email@example.com>. Chair: Curt Riffle, 650/949-0620, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
www.bayareabikes.org Los Altos Hills Pathways Committee: Chair: Ginger Summit,< email@example.com>, 650/941-
Bay Area Velo Girls 0101, Staff : Henry W. Louie,<firstname.lastname@example.org> , 650/947-2516.
Lorrie Lown, email@example.com Los Gatos: Transportation and Parking Commission, 2nd Tuesdays 7:30 am, Council Chambers, Staff:
California Association of Bicycle Kevin Rohani, 408/399-5773, chair: Marc Jensen,< firstname.lastname@example.org>, 408/358-2637
Organizations (CABO) Menlo Park: 2nd Mondays, 7:30 pm, 1st floor conference Rm, City Hall. Staff: Rich Angulo,
Bob Eltgroth, 408/859-4987 <rfangulo@menlo park.org> 650/858-3363. Chair: Peter Fechheimer <email@example.com> 650/ 854-
California Bicycle Coalition 5228.
www.calbike.org, 916/446-7558 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, 408-946-
Morgan Hill: 4th Thursday, 6:15 pm, Morgan Hill City Hall Staff: Julie Behzad, 408/776-7337,
East Bay Bicycle Coalition <email@example.com>. Chair: Christopher Hauge 408) 778-1652 <chauge@
www.ebbc.org, 510/530-3444 techconcorp.com>.
Fremont Freewheelers Mountain View: Last Wednesdays 6:30 pm City Hall. Staff: Peter Skinner,
www.fremontfreewheelers.org <firstname.lastname@example.org. ca.us>, 650/903-6311, Chair: Jerri-Ann Meyer,< jmeyer428@
International Mountain Bicycling yahoo.com>, 650/964-7601
Association (IMBA) Palo Alto: Generally 1st Tuesdays 7:30 pm Arts Center Embarcadero at Newell Green Room (please
www.imba.com confirm before meeting) Staff: Gayle Likens, 650/329-2136, <gayle.likens@ cityofpaloalto.org>.
League of American Bicyclists Chair: Richard Swent, <RSwent@pacbell.net>, 650/493-7979.
San Carlos:1st Tuesdays 6:30 pm, Room 207, San Carlos City Hall. Staff: Parviz Mokhtari,<
email@example.com>, 650/802-4202 Chair: Margaret Pye, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Northern California 650/594-0193
Mountain Bicycling Association San Jose:2nd Mondays 6:00 pm, 200 E. Santa Clara St. Staff: John Brazil 408/975-3206
www.norcamba.org <email@example.com>. Chair: Bart Thielges, 408/287-2278, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Exec.Dir. Patty Ciesla, Santa Clara: 4th Wednesdays (Jan, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct) at 4:00 pm, Inspection Div. Conf. Rm., near
email@example.com Permit Center. Staff: Lorenzo Lopez, 408/615-3024, <firstname.lastname@example.org> Chair: KevnMoore .408/
People Power (Santa Cruz) 615-2250
Ron Goodman, 408/425-8851 Saratoga: 3rd Monday 7 pm, 13777 Fruitvale Av., City Hall, next to auditorium. Staff: John Cherbone,
Responsible Organized Mountain 408/868-1200, <email@example.com> Chair: Jim Stallman, 408/867-9797,
Sunnyvale: 3rd Thursdays, 6:30 pm, W. Conference Rm, across from Council Chambers, City Hall.
Staff: Dieckmann Cogill, <DCogill@ci.sunnyvale.ca.us>, phone:408/730-2713, BAC email:
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition firstname.lastname@example.org; Chair: Thom Mayer,< email@example.com>, 408/734-3935
www.sfbike.org VTA BPAC: 2nd Wednesdays, 6pm, Room B-104, VTA, 3331 N. 1st St, San Jose; Staff: Michelle
Skyline Cycling Club DeRobertis, 408/321-5716, <firstname.lastname@example.org> , Chair: Marc Jensen, 408/354-3091,
Western Wheelers Woodside: 2nd Wednesdays, 7:30 pm, Town Hall.. Staff Marilyn Dyer 650/851-6790
www.westernwheelers.org <email@example.com>. Chair:Susan Doherty, 650/851-9593, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bikeshops Supporting SVBC SF Judge Puts Bicycle Plan on Hold
$ by Name Indicates Discounts SF Chronicle, 6/24/06
ROAD HAZARD REPORT LINES
for SVBC Members! A San Francisco judge has let the air out of the CalTrans, District 4 510/286-5598
Clip your SVBC Membership Card from the back city’s ambitious bicycle plan, forbidding the strip- CalTrans (drain grates) 510/286-6377
of the Spinning Crank. Check with the store man- ing of new bike lanes and preventing Muni from San Mateo County 650/363-4103
ager if your sales person is not aware of the ar- allowing riders to take their two-wheelers aboard South SM Co. 650/369-7840
rangement. Not all stores give discounts. Atherton 650/325-4457
Superior Court Judge James Warren issued a Belmont (FAX) 650/593-8394
Cupertino Bike Shop* $ACP City of Brisbane 415/508-2130
408/255-2217 preliminary injunction this week at the request
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Chain Reaction Bicycles cycle but in favor of due process. They sued the S. San Francisco 650/829-6650
city in July 2005, arguing that San Francisco vio- Woodside 650/851-6790
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The injunction bars the city — at least tempo- Cupertino signals 408/777-1366
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650/964-1796 In addition, the injunction prevents the Munici-
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