SAN CARLOS BIKES NEWSLETTER

Oct 18, 2022 Biking News


1. Goblin Ride, Sun, Oct 30, 4-5PM, through San Carlos. Decorated bikes & costumes encouraged!


Starts at Burton Park on the corner of Cedar St and Arroyo Ave at 4pm, goes to Cherry, Elm, Brittan, Orange, Eucalyptus, Birch St, Arroyo and ends back at Burton Park. Distance ~2.2 miles, slow parade-style pace, make sure riders are comfortable/safe riding in a group, with traffic, and costumes don’t interfere with vision or proper bike function. “Barista John” Durkin, City Council Candidate has graciously offered to provide beverages and cheering at Burton Park before and after the ride. Come early if your tires need air, pump provided. Details, Route and RSVP




2. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) 101 – What Can You Do?, Wed, Oct 19, 5pm. At this month’s biketivist forum, learn about local initiatives, opportunities and funding available for SRTS; includes passionate advocates who have run campaigns around SRTS. Some of these advocates are your very own teammates! The session will wrap-up with 5-things you can do to advocate for Safe Routes To School in your community. Register here


3. Local City Bike Advocacy Team Meetings, Wed, Oct 19, 6pm. The second hour of the Biketivist Forum is for local teams to meet. Everyone welcome, please join! (There's a Redwood City team, a San Carlos/Belmont team, etc, everyone welcome).


  • Join the Discussion of Redwood City Downtown Precise Plan at the Redwood City local team meeting. Joining will be a representative of Harmonie Park Development to discuss the Downtown Precise Plan, which includes bike lanes and planned bike boulevards on Franklin & Hamilton. If you ride through there, join the local team meeting to provide input!


4. City of San Carlos Housing Design Standards Workshop, Wed, Oct 19, 6pm

Our chance to speak up for bike/micro-transit friendly housing design elements,

especially now that parking minimums have been eliminated for new housing within half

a mile of a transit stop. Unless bike/microtransit is easy to access and park at home

securely, street parking will become a major problem.

  • Please help by advocating for:

  • Secure bike parking, especially space IN apartment to hang/park bike(s)

  • Include Bike tire ramps on the edges of steps that allow pushing bikes/wheels/strollers up them

  • Push implementing bike lanes/bike infrastructure BEFORE streets become impacted with street-parked cars

5. San Mateo “Spooky Spokes - Costume Ride”, Saturday, October 29th 5:45pm

Join the San Mateo team for a costume ride! Meet at 5:45pm in Central Park by the

Giraffe statue (corner of 5th Ave & Laurel Street). The ride leaves a 6pm and goes

through the city's TOD area. Costumes welcome and please light up your bike! The

ride will officially end in the Bay Meadows neighborhood. Join us for a social hour at

Fieldwork Brewing Co.


6. Belmont - Take the Community Benefits Survey

Take a minute or two, and provide your opinions on what community benefits the city should focus on receiving from development. Check the "Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement" Category and provide any specific comments.


7. Free, On-line California Crossing Guard Training Coming Up

This valuable course is presented in a “Train the Trainer” format to help jurisdictions and law enforcement with guidance on training and vetting potential new and existing Crossing Guards. Great training for Safe Routes to School advocates!

Next courses: Thurs, Oct 27 10am-12pm,

Thurs, Nov 3, 10am-12pm

Thurs, Nov 10, 10am-12pm (Spanish Interpreter available)


8. San Carlos 30th Art & Wine Faire Valet Bike Parking a Success!

Over the Oct 8/9th weekend, San Carlos volunteers securely parked 175 bikes &

scooters.Thank you to everyone who rode and everyone who volunteered!



Special Thanks to

Karen Delora, Josie Gillan, Suzanne Emerson, Nahid Varjavand, David Brittain, Tim Ryan, Angela Holloszy, Andrew Hsu, Jay MacIntosh, Amir Gur, Andrew Hsu, Sonia Elkes, Christine Luong, Cadence Sharma, Katherine Prescott, Bill Warhurst, Sondra Renly, David Tom, Michele Tom, Tina Hou and Arley Lewis

for your awesome support of biking in San Carlos!

9. San Mateo County Bike/Ped Advisory Council (BPAC) meets Thurs, Oct 20, 7pm. On the Agenda is the letter going to the new SMC SHeriff asking for public outreach and training on enforcing existing laws to protect cyclists. Contact local safe cycling advocate Elaine Salinger for more info and to offer support. Everyone welcome to join the meeting/speak at https://smcgov.zoom.us/j/98215054624.


10. SVBC and Valley Water invite you to Ride Out the Drought!

Santa Clara County is in a severe drought, and we all need to do our part. One thing you can do is learn more about the county's water systems and how they work to bring us this precious resource. Join SVBC for Ride Out the Drought (#ROtD), a free, month-long program that combines the joys and benefits of riding bikes with learning about the water system. Register at https://BikeSiliconValley.org/rotd to get access to the kickoff event and routes (geared toward different levels of riders), as well as a chance to win prizes! Oct. 15-Nov. 12, 2022


11. Nominations Open for Sustainable San Mateo County’s Sustainability Awards

Applications are open for sustainability awards to those that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to sustainable practices in San Mateo County. The deadline for all applications is November 18. The awards are:

  • Sustainable San Mateo County's Sustainability Awards, which are open to individuals, nonprofits, businesses, education institutions and government agencies that have advanced sustainability.

  • The Green Building Award

  • Peninsula Clean Energy's All-Electric Leader Awards

Application forms and criteria for the awards are available on SSMC’s website at https://sustainablesanmateo.org/awards. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


12. Help plan the Coastal Trail in Southern San Mateo County!

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) is leading a study of ways to connect 18 miles of Coastal Trail in South San Mateo County and we're supporting the effort. The Coastal Trail is a 1,200-mile planned trail from Oregon to Mexico. This study is focused on developing trails that would connect the existing beaches together in San Mateo County south of Half Moon Bay.

Please complete the online survey, share with friends, check out the project website, and sign-up for project updates.



13. Call to Action - Protest Ride in Sunnyvale, Sunday, October 30th 11am,

  • The last month has been particularly rough for us active road users on the Peninsula. The City of Sunnyvale alone has seen four fatalities and many more injured - all in a span of just a few weeks. We are disappointed in the lack of focus on preventing future tragedies from the city council of Sunnyvale and will ride the streets to push the city leaders to make changes TODAY! We're asking all local team members to join the SVBC and Bike Sunnyvale in a show of solidarity and to bring as many friends as possible. The more riders, the bigger the statement! Register and join



Thanks for reading/riding! Sonia Elkes,

Founder, San Carlos Bikes

www.sancarlosbikes.org

(415) 806-4632


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