Tuesday, August 21, 2018

8th Annual Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit: Pre-Summit Coverage

You may have noticed TransportiCA tends to speak highly of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit. There is a good reason for that. The Summit has since become the premier mobility conference in the Bay Area, and with the Mineta Transportation Institute (“MTI”) co-sponsoring this year’s event, we do not hesitate when we declare tomorrow will be simply unforgettable. With last year’s passage of Senate Bill 1, we have seen greater interest in bicycling and pedestrian issues, and hope this elevated interest continues, especially in November, when voters decide Proposition 6. (TransportiCA - via its parent organization, the California Green Academy - has not taken an official position on the proposition yet, but unofficially, we would be incredibly opposed to the measure.) In addition to SB1, a major theme for tomorrow may also be Santa Clara County’s 2016 Measure B. Next month, the second lawsuit against the measure will be heard in the Superior Court, and we are hoping for a quick dismissal - just like the first suit. Measure B provides $250 million for bicycling and pedestrian projects, and was approved by 72% - far exceeding what we consider a ‘popular mandate.’ The Summit is also an event for everyone; you do not have to be an elected official, policy wonk, regulator, academic, etc. Although one of the nation’s greatest research institutes will be co-sponsoring the event, tomorrow’s discussion will be understandable, no matter your involvement with bicycle advocacy. Other major issues for tomorrow may include: -San Mateo County’s Measure W, the community-driven transportation initiative. -Elected officials response to untethered bicycles, scooters, and segways… Oh my! (MTI has conducted recent research on this very issue.) -Municipal Bike Plan updates. -Bicycling as a critical Environmental Justice element. -Continued proliferation of bicycle infrastructure. -San Jose’s moderately-accountable Vision Zero plan.
-Further development and implementation of the recently adopted State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. -And much more! For tomorrow’s Summit, TransportiCA will provide live coverage on its TransportiCA Events YouTube channel, as well as, conduct live tweeting @TransCAEvents. Coverage will be from 09:00-17:00 PST from San Jose State University, and with the hashtag #SVBikeSummit. To access MTI’s latest bicycle and pedestrian research, please click here. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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