Take Bike/Ped Bridge at Holly over 101Survey ~ SVBC Local San Carlos & Belmont Teams Merge ~ Next Biketivist Forum about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion ~ SVBC Fundraising Ride ~ San Carlos Economic Advisory Commission Opening ~ 3 Bike/Ped Bills Pass House & Senate ~ Petition to Bring back the Old SamTrans Route 295 ~ San Carlos Farmers Market Bike Parking Moved & more...
1) Public Support Needed for Grant Funding of Ped/Bike Bridge over 101. To fund the ped/bike bridge part of the Holly St Interchange Redesign (which is currently UN-funded) our city staff is asking as many people as possible to PLEASE fill out their Community Feedback Survey before Sept 20. You can also see others’ and leave your comments for the city here.
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2) San Carlos SVBC Chapter merging with Belmont! First joint meeting this Wed, Sept 15 at 6pm, as part of SVBC’s monthly Biketivist Forum. Discussion will include introductions & discussion of current initiatives. To join go to https://groups.google.com/a/bikesiliconvalley.org/g/sancarlosandbelmont. To email each other in the group use SanCarlosandBelmont@bikesiliconvalley.org.
3) Next SVBC Biketivist Forum is Wed, Sept 15, 5pm. Presentation will be on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI): What SVBC is doing to advance and to underscore that this work is core. SVBC's mission and vision cannot be achieved without making cultural humility and social justice central to the work of the bike movement. Free, but pre-registration required: Register here
4) SVBC’s inaugural fundraising ride ¡Silicon Valley Bikes! Sept 19
Enjoy a fun and beautiful 10, 20, or 40 mile route to suit your fancy and have plenty of time to enjoy Viva Calle, too! Cost is $45-$65, proceeds benefit SVBC. Register for ¡Silicon Valley Bikes! Ride & Get More Info
5) Application deadline extended AGAIN for the Opening on San Carlos Economic Development & Advisory Commision -- now due Oct 1 by 4pm. Open to anyone who lives or works in San Carlos. Persons interested in representing their San Carlos business are encouraged to apply. Applicants need not be residents. Further details can be found online at cityofsancarlos.org/currentopenings, by contacting City Clerk Crystal Mui at (650) 802-4219, or via email at email@example.com. (Fyi, bicyclists bring the perspective of being a pedestrian, cyclist and driver to the position. See Bikes Mean Business Factsheet for how more bikeable streets increase city revenue)
6) Three bike/ped-related bills passed both California houses
with strong support and little opposition, and await governor signature. The A.B. 122 bill lets bicyclists yield instead of stop at intersections when there is no oncoming traffic or they have clear right-of-way, the A.B. 1238 bill decriminalizes jaywalking, and the A.B. 43 bill lets cities decide what speed limits are acceptable, instead of being limited by 80th%ile of average driver speed on a given street.
7) Parents, Students & Neighbors in RWC, San Carlos, Belmont & RWC -- Please sign the petition to bring back the full 295 Bus Route!
WHY RIDE A BUS? Create safer streets! Converting more school trips from cars to alternative multi-modal transportation options, including transit, walking, or biking, reduces peak period congestion, improves local air quality, and promotes youth independence. Today, fewer than 15 percent of children nationwide walk or bike to school. Rates of severe childhood obesity are three times higher than they were 30 years ago, putting children at higher risk of premature death and several chronic diseases. Parents driving their children to school accounts for 20-30% of morning rush hour traffic. See the pre-2014 Route 295 map and learn more at https://getonthebusrwc.org
8) Extra Bike Parking at San Carlos Sunday Farmer’s Market on Laurel has moved slightly east. Still on Cherry St but now next to Peet’s Coffee. Don’t forget a bike lock!
Upcoming Bikeable Destinations:
9) The Museum of San Carlos History’s Annual Ice Cream Social is Sept 18, 1:30-3:30pm, 533 Laurel St in San Carlos
10) Community Trail Volunteer Day is Sun, Sept 19, 10:30am. Meet at Crestview entrance to Big Canyon Park, in San Carlos. Community help is needed to haul materials to the new trail! Are you interested? Just show up! Please wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Questions? Contact Amy Newby, firstname.lastname@example.org
11) German Oktoberfest in Redwood City is Sept 16-26 at the Courthouse Square (map) Bier! Brezeln! Bratwurst! for the 7th year, with a fabulous traditional setting featuring 1,100+ feet of “family style” bench seating, fun, merriment, music, dancing, contests, cold beer, other beverages, food & more! Get Tickets Now!
12) Free, Family-Friendly Belmont Summer Concert on Sun, Sept 19, 1-4pm in beautiful Twin Pines Park, Belmont, featuring “Tinman” -- classic rock done right.
13) 8th Annual Egyptian Festival in Redwood City is Sept 22, 10am-8pm and Sept 23, Noon-6pm, 401 Hudson Street, Redwood City- map Take a trip to Egypt with your family and enjoy authentic Egyptian cuisine! Don’t forget the wonderful Arabic music all day long. The kids will enjoy a bounce house, face painting, unlimited rides, and games! It'll be an event the whole family won't want to miss! Offering free food delivery within 15 miles for orders over $100. Pre-orders will receive 5% off for orders $100 or more. For info, call 650.690.7700
14) Day on the Bay at Redwood City Port is Sat, Oct 2, 1:30-4pm at 675 Seaport Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063- map Don’t miss out on water tours, fresh fish sales, an antique auto show, and more!
15) Redwood City Art Kiosk features “Opposition Camps” Sept 10-Oct 24, 2021, on the Courthouse Square, 2208 Broadway in Redwood City. By Cuban American artists Antonia Wright & Ruben Millares, a large-scale light sculpture depicts the defending of the people’s right to peacefully protest by using the barricade as a symbol of global resistance.
16) Zoppé Italian Family Circus returns Oct 8 - Nov 21, 2021, this time to Main Library Parking Lot, Downtown Redwood City. Zoppé will welcome guests back into the authentic one-ring circus tent for matinee and evening showtimes at its original location over 10 years ago.The Zoppé Family Circus is a once-a-year event not to be missed, so get your tickets early.
On-going Biking Opportunities:
Wheel Kids Summer Bike Riding Camps (Palo Alto, Grades 1-7)
Mountain Biking Experts (New Organization -- Jump Clinics & Summer Camps enrolling now for ages 7 and up)
Bicycle Sundays on Canada Rd -- road closed to vehicles north of Edgewood
Redwood Shores Cycling Meetup -- intermediate rides on Saturdays, leisurely rides on Sundays
Commute.org offers resources & rewards for commuting by bike, shuttle, train & bus in San Mateo County
Backroads Bicycle Trips -- Organization based in Berkeley that offers local, national and international trips to combine the best of both worlds: biking + vacation
REI Cycling Classes & Events -- Learning to Ride, Intro to Mountain biking, Bike Maintenance, etc classes
Western Wheelers -- Group Bike rides around the Bay Area, organized by riding level
Thanks for reading/riding! Sonia Elkes,
Founder, San Carlos Bikes
PS: Want to get bike-related news more promptly? To see more bike- and San Carlos transportation-related updates sooner:
Follow San Carlos Bikes on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sancarlosbikes
Join the Nextdoor Group, “Let’s Talk Transportation: San Carlos & Surroundings,” https://nextdoor.com/g/ldy7tlfot/
Join the SVBC San Carlos/Belmont Team through Google Groups: https://groups.google.com/a/bikesiliconvalley.org/g/sancarlosandbelmont
Want a general Guide to Biking in San Carlos? See this article: Guide to Biking In San Carlos (San Carlos Living magazine, April 2021)