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Aug 21, 2022 Biking News

Come to Barrett Community Center in Belmont and enjoy bike demonstrations, a bike safety course for kids & a smoothie-making bike!

9-11am: Bike Events (geared toward elementary-aged riders)

11am-Noon: Community 'Ralston-to-Bay-Trail' Bike Tour (all ages, must be able to ride safely on streets, led by Belmont Public Works Director--way to go Belmont!)

2. San Carlos Community Bike-to-Belmont Ride, to join Belmont's 'Ralston-to-Bay-Trail' Bike Tour, Sat, Aug 27

Meet at 10:15am at Central Middle School in San Carlos, we'll ride together to Barrett Community Center to join the Belmont's Community Ride. Come a little early if you need to pump up your tires. RSVP please so we know who, how many, and what ages to expect for planning

Public Feedback Needed! In-person Open House at Carlmont High School, in the Student Union Office (see map below). Please help review the plan to make Terra Linda Upper Middle School, Mariposa Lower Middle School, Charter, and Carlmont High School safer, faster and more comfortable for bicyclists and pedestrians. Link here to Conceptual Design to be presented. So far, it looks like bike lanes appear and disappear, which may be inadequate...

You’re Invited! San Carlos Downtown Specific Plan Virtual Community Workshop #1 Wednesday August 31, 2022 at 6 PM Register in advance

5. More Public Input Needed on City's Proposed Safe Route to School First Draft

Even simply reading and 'liking' a few comments others have left that you agree with will make a huge difference. (Bottom line: There are still no new bike lanes recommended for around schools, just more shared lanes and hazardous-to-kids-on-bikes curb extensions. Not ok. Also, routes to school from East San Carlos are largely neglected.) Read the comments here.

6. New 15mph Speed School Zones When Children Present within 500 feet of San Carlos Schools

Just passed by City Council and implemented by Public Works with new signage, driving above 15mph in posted zones within 500 feet of a school when children are present is now illegal in San Carlos. This applies at all times, not just when school is in session. Please set a good example for others when you drive and spread the word. Thank you!

6. Park Tool Bike School OPEN NOW in San Carlos, classes affordable and on-going

All ages welcome! Become more knowledgeable about bike repair, help inspire and build your kids' confidence with a new skill set, and don't be afraid of breaking down or getting a flat. Taught by the bike pros at San Carlos' newest resident bike shop, Zack's Performance Bikes, at 1011 American Street. See Schedule of Classes (Next Novice class is Mon, Aug 22, 6-9pm)

7. San Carlos Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project – Phase III

Virtual (stay tuned for login info), Thursday, .September 8, 7pm

The second community outreach meeting for Phase III of the San Carlos Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project will be held virtually. Staff will share feedback received from the online survey based on the preliminary design, revisions to the design, and next steps. This meeting will also be an opportunity for residents to provide additional feedback for the project. The city mailed postcards for the outreach meeting to all city residents. If you have the login info, please send it out to everyone!

7. Grant Opportunities San Mateo County Pedestrian and Bicycle Program 2022 Cycle 6 grants! SVBC has been spreading the word to city staff as we meet with them. Feel free to call staff and speak at city council meetings and encourage your city to apply! This is the biggest funding cycle in San Mateo County history with over $17 million in combined funding for projects that encourage and improve bicycling and walking conditions. Funding can be used for non-infrastructure programs or infrastructure project development and construction. Estimated timeline: 8/4/22 - official call for projects 8/9/22 2:00pm - virtual workshop for guidelines & schedule Register for the workshop here. 9/23/22 - applications due December 2022 - funds allocated

8. California Clean Air Day 2022 Micro-grant Application! -

Funding of up to $1,000 is available to make California Clean Air Day a success in your community -

- You can partner with a local business, your city or other partners to maybe do a ride, a tabling event or bike repair clinics and more! SVBC is happy to help if your team is interested. Contact for any questions.

9. SVBC is hiring We're looking for folks who have experience running bike programs, things like organizing social rides with nonprofit partners, an understanding of how to leverage partnerships in order to bring new riders into the fold, overseeing things like Bike to Wherever Days, educating kids and adults on how to ride bikes, and in particular, we're looking for folks who can deliver classes in Spanish. Overall, we want go-getter folks who are smart and understand how to effect true behavior change through programs. And, there's also the contract management and coordination side of things.

Ideally, we'd like to find folks who want to be with the organization for the long haul so that we can invest in that person and bring better programs to Silicon Valley that truly change behavior and get more folks riding. If you know of anyone, can you please pass the job description along? The link is here.


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