Norcal bike news update

I’m cancelling the San Jose Bike Train ride for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Sorry!

The city of Burlingame, CA in San Mateo County will host its second community meeting to discuss a Complete Streets redesign of California Drive. The aim of the project is to improve bicycle, pedestrian and motor vehicle access on California Drive from Murchison Drive to south of Broadway. This 1.4 mile segment of California Drive is an important connector for cyclists in the city of Burlingame bicycle network and the San Mateo County North-South bike route. The meeting takes place 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Tuesday, January, 24, 2017 at the Burlingame Main Library in the Lane Room, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA.

Burlingame California Drive Complete Streets meeting

Opponents are already spreading Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt to derail this project, so you should make plans to attend if you’d like to see good improvements here.

Burlingame bike lane FUD photo by Manito Velasco

East Bay bike riders want a bike-ped bridge from Oakland to Alameda Island to avoid riding through the Posey Tunnel; the US Coast Guard (which has a station on Alameda), says any bridge must allow passage of tall vessels. In spite of strong support for a moveable bridge, City of Alameda officials say such a bridge is unfeasible.

The city of Belmont, CA in San Mateo County is currently recruiting members for its Parks & Rec Commission, which serves as the city’s Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The deadline to apply is 5:00 P.M. Friday, January 20, 2017, and the application is available on the City’s website: under “City Council and Commissions,” by calling (650) 595-7408 or 595-7413, or in person at the City Manager’s Office or the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, One Twin Pines Lane. There are four openings for adult seats on the Parks and Recreation Commission for two-year terms, and one opening for a term that expires in 2018 (one current commissioner will be resigning to relocate out of the area). The Parks and Recreation Commission meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and makes recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to Belmont’s Park and Recreation programs, as well as on capital improvements to the City’s various parks and open space areas. They’re also recruiting for the Planning Commission, which advises City Council on zoning and land use issues.

Redwood City El Camino Real Corridor Plan

Redwood City, CA El Camino Real Corridor Plan Citizens’ Advisory Group public meeting begins 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in council chambers at the RWC City Council Building on 1017 Middlefield Road. They’ll discuss bike lanes, parking, sidewalks, transit, small business retention and community benefits.

The SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit) Train will offer free introductory rides through July 4, 2017 when it opens later this Spring. Since SMART will have bikes-on-board service, this sounds like a good opportunity for a train ride out to Santa Rosa for biking in Sonoma wine country. Details in the press release [PDF].

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Thank you to SVBC’s Emma Shlaes for many of these event notifications Thank you also to Manito Velasco, who provided the FUD on California Drive photo and wryly notes: “It’s not an official Complete Streets project until the first complaints about taking parking away or other inflammatory ‘scare’ language surfaces.”

New trails on Santa Clara County trail flooding page: Penitencia and Stevens Creek

Our recent drought-busting rains in the San Francisco Bay Area gave me enough good data to enable two additional trail segments on the Santa Clara County trail flooding information page.

Muddy Guadalupe River Trail January 2017

I added Penitencia Creek under I-680 in the city of San Jose, and Stevens Creek Trail in Mountain View underneath Highway 101. I also tweaked the predictive flooding algorithm for Los Gatos Creek Trail.

Thank you to Joey Rozier, who gave me information on Stevens Creek flooding and even posted video of a suggested detour. Stevens Creek doesn’t flood often, but when it does the detour can be substantial, so I hope knowing flood status ahead of time helps with planning.

Thank you also to my colleague Matt Murphy, who gave me flood information for Penitencia Creek.

*** Santa Clara County trail flooding information.

Mountain View Stevens Creek Trail closed at ECR

The city of Mountain View, California announced the Stevens Creek Trail is closed between El Camino Real and Yuba Drive due to serious bank erosion. Detours are in place for trail users.

Stevens Creek Trail erosion Mountain View

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If you plan to ride in the Santa Cruz Mountains this weekend …

The forecast predicts wonderful riding weather throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast for this Martin Luther King Jr Day weekend, but this past week of heavy rain and high winds have taken their toll on mountain and coastal roads.

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How to download your ride video connects to your Strava profile to create ride videos after each Strava upload. It’s a fun toy to review the terrain of your ride, but sometimes I want to add audio to share the video with friends. How can I download the source video so I can create these edits?

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Begin 2017 with San Jose Bike Train

Happy New Year, all. San Jose Bike Train rolls this coming Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 8:15 A.M.

If you can make your way to the vicinity of downtown San Jose, join us the first week of 2017 at Caffe Bel Bacio located directly on the Guadalupe River Trail between Julian and St James Streets in San Jose’s Little Italy.

San Jose Bike Train Route

Over the past couple of years we’ve kind of evolved into a coffee klatch. I and others are generally at the coffee shop by 8 A.M., then we depart at 8:15 for a casual, slow-paced group ride along the trail to destinations north.