Every third Friday, hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of participants gather to partake in a cycling tour of San Jose that hopes to shed a new light on the suburban landscape of Silicon Valley’s largest city.
In a region where roads are regularly crammed with cars, Mountain View officials say that making their city bike-friendlier is a top priority.
With 700 bicycles at stations spread from San Francisco to San Jose, a new program aims to prove that bike sharing can be popular in the suburbs as well as on city streets.
The city of San Jose installed eight miles of extra-wide bike lanes on downtown streets last summer. Nearly half a year later, some downtown residents complain that sidewalk bicycling is still a problem.
Menlo Park officials will soon vote on Facebook’s plans for campus expansion, but neighboring East Palo Alto residents fear increased traffic and say they’ve been ignored in the planning process.
Stanford students designed music-playing helmets and lockable bike lights to increase bicycle safety on campus. A bicyclist who wasn’t wearing a helmet died on campus last year after being hit by a car.
Palo Alto kicked off its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, hoping to increase bike ridership and improve routes to qualify for the League of American Bicyclists’ platinum-level community status.