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Bike news digest for the first of May 2023

Happy USA Bike Month 2023! I intend to re-launch San Jose Bike Train Real Soon Now. This is a casual morning bike commute on the Guadalupe River Trail. We’ll begin in downtown San Jose from San Pedro Square Market for coffee from Voyager Craft Coffee, hit the trail, and ride north on the trail to River Oaks, with people peeling off along the way for their destinations that can include the Santa Clara County buildings, SJC Airport, and VTA HQ. The trail is mostly clear with some minor work still needed underneath Hwy 101. Please comment below for your thoughts on day of the week and start time.

Events and News

  • Early registration is open for the Safe Routes to School Summit 2023, celebrating the People, Places, and Possibility of Safe Routes to School. This three-day virtual summit will be held October 24-26, featuring innovative presentations and networking opportunities for Safe Routes practitioners, partners, and champions. Early Bird registration opens today and continues until September 1. Learn more in this FAQ.
  • The next Viva Calle San Jose takes place Sunday, June 11, 2023. Learn more https://www.vivacallesj.org/
  • Santa Cruz County celebrates Bike Month with a Bike Challenge, encouraging participants to get around on two wheels and win prizes. Santa Cruz County Bike Challenge info.
  • The Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship encourages you to take part in what they hope is their largest trail work day ever on National Trails Day. They’ll team up with over 20 other local organizations to host 19 different events throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains. After a morning of trail work, they’ll host a big after party at DeLaveaga Park. Learn more at their Trails Day event page.
  • What do you think of solar panels as a shade covering over exposed bike paths?
  • Cycle of Influence summit September 12-14, 2023 in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Remember: let me know what day and time works for a casual morning ride from downtown San Jose towards the Bay. And feel free to comment with your bike event and news below.

Ride the Guadalupe River Trail with the San Jose Conservation Corps

Have you seen the San Jose Conservation Corp Trail Safety Team along area trails and wondered what they’re about?

They’re a team of volunteers students who patrol trails around San Jose to provide a visible security presence, fix trail hazards, and assist the public when they have questions.

You can ride with members of the team and learn about their work at a trail maintenance ridealong on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 8:30 AM to 1 PM. To learn more, read the event information page.

Compromise for San Jose Hedding Street Bikeway

The Hedding Street and Ocala Avenue bikeways are on the agenda for Tuesday night’s City Council meeting in San Jose. While support remains for a proposed road diet on Hedding Street, heavy opposition to the street parking removal aspect has prompted some councilors to propose a compromise solution.


Guadalupe River Trail contractors ask cyclists to please stay off this weekend!

Important finishing work to take place Friday-Monday, August 24 – 27, on San Jose Guadalupe River trail adjacent to San Jose International Airport.

Anyone who semi-regularly uses the Guadalupe River Trail between I-880 and Highway 101 alongside San Jose International Airport have noticed the paving works seems complete, and you’ve undoubtedly trespassed into the work area in spite of the “work closed” signs at each trailhead. Two additional coatings remain to be added, however, and bicycles and joggers using the path will damage the surface.


Gentrification, classism, and San Jose bikeways

Bikes vs old ladies and hypocrites bloviating stupidly about class conflict.

Hedding Street in San Jose is a neighborhood arterial that feeds traffic to Highways 101, 87 and 880. The heavy traffic naturally results in more noise, air pollution, disease and risks for those who live on Hedding. This, in turn, results in lower home values and, apparently, a perception by some residents that they live in a “ghetto.”

Except for the loss of free street parking, San Jose’s proposed 4-3 lane reduction on Hedding Street will primarily benefit the people who live on Hedding. The 3 lane configuration can still safely handle the current level of traffic of 16,500 vehicles per day.