A bike train for the Silicon Valley Bike Summit

The 5th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26 2015 in Palo Alto, CA beginning at 9 AM. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will lead a Bike Pool from the California Avenue Caltrain station at 8:35 AM. I’ll join this ride and post the real-time location to Glympse/!SanJoseBikeTrain so you can find us on the way. The bike summit takes place at the Oshman Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

When did Los Gatos get these shiny new green bike lanes on Blossom Hill Road?    #losgatos #Cycling

What is your Plan B?

Northbound Caltrain 227 arrives at the Bike Pool start on Cal Ave at 8:31; Southbound 220 arrives at 8:32. The bike cars on both of these trains fill up quickly, so have a Plan B. You can try, for example, NB 329, which stops at Palo Alto University Avenue, and hoof it to Cal Ave.

Travel time from downtown San Jose to California Avenue on VTA 522 is a little over an hour during the morning rush hour, which is probably about the same time it takes to bike the 18 miles. From ECR, you still have a couple of miles of travel to the venue.

Buses serving the Oshman Jewish Community Center include VTA 88, 104 (with very limited service and unuseful times for this event), and the 824 ACE Shuttle.

Bike Parking

Ample bike parking is available inside the parking garage at the Jewish Community Center, but bring a good lock. No valet bike parking is available as far as I know.

What do we do when we get there?

The focus for the 2015 Bike Summit will be Vision Zero efforts on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. SVBC and Walk California will introduce their Vision Zero Toolkit, a reference for city and county staff and policymakers on how to implement this timely policy and prevent serious traffic collisions in our communities. The Public Health departments from San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties will discuss how their methodologies can be used to evaluate and improve bicycle safety.

Input from previous bike summits indicated participants want to see discussion on technology and bikes, so I’m participating in a panel discussion on how technology can be used to improve bike safety and entice more people to enjoy cycling. I’ll have a valuable door prize for this afternoon bike discussion; I haven’t figure out what I’ll do to give this away, yet. Maybe I’ll give this to whoever asks the best question?

Paid registration is required to attend.

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