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Bay Area Bike Share (BABS) released their three month report card. Since the system opened to the public on August 29, 2013, 3,200 annual members and another 10,000 casual users have racked up 178,000 miles on 80,000 trips.
The system averages 878 rides per day. With 650 bikes now available for use system wide, that works out to about 1.4 rides per bike per day.
By comparison, Chicago’s Divvy system, which began two months before BABS, averaged 2.3 rides per day per bike after 90 days of operation. New York Citibike currently averages 5.8 trips per bike per day. The Bay Area Air Quality District, which funds BABS, says they’re happy with the numbers and believes the system’s expansion to 1,000 bikes and 100 stations in 2014 will help to boost ridership.
BABS also announced the availability of corporate partners to make bike share membership available to employees at a discounted fee. Various partnership levels are available, beginning with a “Level 1″ that involves a $100 setup fee that entitles employees to a discounted $75 annual membership fee. For those who can commit to at least 50 employees signing up for the system, but member discounted fee is only $65 per employee. For more information, visit the BABS corporate partnership page.
Bay Area Bike Share operates in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose and remains open throughout the winter. And, hey, Don’t you think Bay Area Bike Share membership might make a nifty Christmas present for a close friend or loved one?
I tell you what: I have a free BABS day pass to give away in San Jose if you meet me at the San Fernando green bikeway ribbon cutting happening at 8 AM.
1200 people ride bicycles on San Fernando Street each day.
The city of San Jose will have a ribbon cutting on 8 A.M. Wednesday morning at Diridon Station for the newly paved and painted San Fernando Street bikeway. I’ll be there with my cameras and bike. If I can find something green to wear I’ll put it on.
the public is invited to dress in green and join representatives from the City of San José and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for the official launch of the city’s second green bikeway. The event will take place at San José Diridon Station near the intersection of San Fernando and Cahill Streets. Immediately after the brief ribbon cutting, a 1.2 mile “Show Us Your Green” community bike ride will get underway on the San Fernando green bikeway. The ride will end at San José City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara St., at approximately 8.45 a.m.
“I am pleased that we have been able to stretch our limited transportation funds to provide the community safer and more livable streets,” said Hans Larsen, San José’s Director of Transportation. “San Fernando’s basic bike lanes have seen a 112% increase [in bike traffic] over the last seven years, with 1189 bicyclists a day counted last year at the San Fernando & Fourth Street intersection. This project provides an enhanced biking experience while also improving the pedestrian environment.”
San José’s first two green bike lane projects – Hedding Street and now San Fernando Street – both serve as primary bikeways, providing east-west access across the city and connections to the Guadalupe River Trail. On-street primary bikeways, like this one, provide cross-town connections to off-street trails using enhancements such as green color, painted buffers between cars and bikes, and physical barriers separating cars and bikes.
“The enhanced bike lanes along San Fernando connect regional commuting options with employment centers, including downtown San José, North San José via the Guadalupe River Trail, and those up the Peninsula via transit at Diridon Station,” said Jessica Zenk, Senior Director for Transportation with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
San Fernando Street’s new enhanced, green bikeway is a key link in the 500-mile citywide bicycle network that San José is building. Within this larger network is a 140-mile system of primary bikeways that function as the bicycle equivalent of the City’s arterial roadway system.
“We’re thrilled to see San Fernando Street get the highly visible, comfortable bike infrastructure it needs,” said Corinne Winter, Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. “This San Fernando bikeway provides direct connections to the fabulous buffered bike lanes on 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th Streets as well as the Guadalupe River Trail.”
This bike project is part of a larger San Fernando Streetscape Enhancement project funded by a $1.4 million Transportation for Livable Communities grant. The project includes pavement resurfacing and enhancements to street lights, street trees, crosswalks, sidewalks and curb ramps.
Lady Fleur and I scoped out the freshly painted green paint on San Fernando the other week.
Let me know if you’ll be there.
Our unusually warm daytime temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area will come to an end tonight with the arrival of a viral blob of blue Canadian slime.
You’ll feel the temperature drop a good 10 degrees Fahrenheit (or a slightly less impressive 6 degrees Celsius) and wind gusts to 40 MPH as the cold front passes by, especially near the coasts and in the mountains. Winds will be from the west to northwest as the front approaches if you’d like to try to time things for a new Strava KOM.
The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for Wednesday night, with our coldest temperatures expected on Thursday morning where some areas can expect temperatures down to the low 20s F (single digits below zero Celsius). If you haven’t done so already, now’s a good time to dig out your hats and full finger gloves. Some kind of wind blocking jacket, pants and shoes or socks are a good idea, too, especially if you have a longer ride.
A cool trick I learned when I lived and biked in icebiking country: ice cream sandwiches do not melt in sub-freezing weather, and it really freaks people out when you show up at the office enjoying a frozen confectionary as you haul your bike in from the cold.
This is not a song about Alice’s Restaurant. Among the two dozen or so traffic fatalities reported during this past Thanksgiving holiday weekend: “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker, who was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT. Roger Rodas was driving an estimated 70 to 90 MPH through a curve signed for 15 MPH at a Santa Clarita industrial park when he lost control and wrapped the car around a tree. Investigators speculate speed may have been a factor in the fatality, which killed both the driver and passenger.
More carnage below the photo of the remains of Rodas’s Porsche.
Driver of a Toyota Corolla rolls through a stop sign and kills his passenger in Tulare County.
Shortly after midnight after Thanksgiving Day, a man crashed his car into the center divide of I-80 near Solano Avenue in Richmond, CA, got out of his car and was subsequently hit by multiple vehicles. CHP closed westbound I-80 for two hours to investigate and clean up the remains.
Several hours later, a Recology trash collection truck hit and killed a woman walking across the 7th Street offramp for I-80 in San Francisco.
Brake lights ahead! That can’t possibly mean a possible hazard, right? A man walking in the westbound lanes of the Dumbarton Bridge was picked up by bridge workers in a work truck. The man, who dispatchers report was “possibly inebriated,” then jumped out of the truck and ran across several lanes of bridge traffic, attempting to wave down cars. Several cars stopped to avoid hitting this man, but he was eventually struck down by other drivers who failed to recognize the potential hazard in front of them. Westbound Dumbarton was closed for about two and a half hours.
“Party in car bloody and not moving” notes this terse CHP dispatch of a black Lexus versus a pole that resulted in a fatality in Solano County near Dixon, CA. And another Dixon fatality when the driver of a Saturn hit a tree.
Prank bomb threat closes a San Diego interstate highway for two hours on Thanksgiving Day.
Driver perishes after sending car into water filled ditch in Yolo County, California.
The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association posted photos of the aftermath of this mid-morning property damage hit and run in San Jose last week. The driver of the silver car went up and over the parked vehicle on a residential street with a 25 MPH speed limit then ran away on foot.
I post these carnage stories to counter frequent claims that cyclists cause danger, mayhem, destruction and evil on California roads. The proper focus on safety should be on the devices that are the cause of loss of life and injuries.
In the United States, we’re beginning a long holiday weekend of travel to celebrate a national Day of Thanksgiving. This means travel to visit friends and family as we join together to feast and watch American football.
People trying to park at San Francisco International Airport last night were queued to I-380 on Highway 101. The radio traffic reporters told us the best option for southbound traffic was a crazy detour involving I-280 and a u-turn at Millbrae Avenue.
They completely failed to mention the option that seems to make the most sense to me: Millbrae BART to SFO, which is located just off of Millbrae Avenue. They have a monstrous 5 story parking garage with 2900 spaces where they charge $2 per day for up to 30 days for airport parking. The BART ticket is $4.05 for travel between Millbrae and SFO each way. BART dumps you off directly outside of the International Terminal from where you can ride the AirTrain around the airport to whatever terminal you need. When traffic into the airport turns our major freeways into a parking lot, taking BART to SFO seems like a no brainer, so go figure.
I’ve biked from SFO exactly once, when I came to the area for a house hunting trip after accepting a job in the area. The details have likely changed since a decade ago, so I’ll refer you to Lady Fleur’s more recent experience with biking to SFO.
I bike past San Jose International Airport (SJC) to and from the office each day. Airport traffic in SJC isn’t so bad, but the economy parking lot at the north end of the airport was full last night.
You can park your car at a few area hotels and catch an airport shuttle (for a fee). For weekend trips, you can park for up to 72 hours at a VTA Park and Ride lot for free, catch light rail to the Metro light rail station on 1st Street (a $2 ride), and from there catch the free #10 VTA airport flyer. In just a minute I’ll leave the office and take video of this route just to show how easy it is.
Finally, it’s pretty easy to bike to SJC too. The airport website kind of pooh poohs the idea of walking or biking to the airport, but if you have a single piece of small luggage it’s fairly easy to get to the terminal on foot and on bike via the Guadalupe River Trail.
The man behind SJ Rides will help me with video on that this afternoon. Hopefully I’ll have this up by this evening. Perhaps it’s a little late for your travels this year, but maybe it will help for your Christmas vacation plans.
Have a happy Thanksgiving.
Thank you to Matt for details on BART parking at Millbrae
Did you know you can get attention from the store manager of a supermarket when you attach a GoPro camera to your shopping cart?
I stalked my neighbor Lisa as she rode down to Nob Hill Foods for her Thanksgiving feast shopping. Lisa and her husband Neal own and operate NTS Works, so she uses her 2×4 electric assist cargo bike for her shopping.
I’m the guy on the skinny tired road bike you’ll see occasionally riding alongside in this video. On level ground we rode at what I consider a normal, relaxed pace, but going uphill I had to work to keep up with the loaded cargo bike. I’m huffing and puffing when Lisa tells me, “I’m only in low power mode. Should I turn this down some more?”
Cargo bikes are nifty and handy, but I don’t have one. I do my grocery shopping using the Burley Travoy bike trailer.
On Sunday afternoon, a sociopath with no regard for human life made a left turn with his Ford F-250 pickup truck across an occupied crosswalk on Oak Street near downtown San Jose, CA. The driver killed a 3 year old boy in a stroller and injured two older girls who were also crossing the street. No arrests or citations, police are investigating, I’m sure the driver is devastated and heart broken, etc.
When will we as a society stop making excuses for these murderous criminals?
In other news
The hit and run driver who seriously injured a cyclist in Ventura County has has been arrested. 25 year old Tanya Topinko of Santa Barbara was driving her Hyunda Elantra southbound on Highway 101 when she allegedly “drifted” into the bike lane, seriously injuring 38 year old cyclist Christopher Harris of Santa Barbara.
Yesterday afternoon, somebody from the California DMV tweeted that we shouldn’t bike at night due to the danger of riding at night. Several people responded asking where the recommendation to avoid driving at night can be found, since bikes aren’t the ones creating a safety problem.
I’m on my way to shoot video of cargo bike Thanksgiving feast shopping. I’ll be at Nob Hill in Scotts Valley with these people at about 10:30 if you’d like to swing by and say hello.
Sunny and in the sixties Fahrenheit right now in my part of California, but check out the temperature when I left the house this morning at about 7 AM.
We hit a low of 28.6°F or minus 1.9°C. My ears and fingers got a little chilly. Maybe it’s time I dig out a hat and gloves?
More bike stuff below the photo of the old school gear shift prior to last Saturday’s Santa Cruz Cranksgiving race. Two dozen participants raised about $1000 and piles of canned goods and clothing for Familia Center in an alleycat-style unsanctioned bike race from Aptos to West Side Santa Cruz. I spied two USA Cycling licensed racers in this event, but I won’t tell if you won’t.
Salinas, CA first bicycle fatality of 2013 happened last Saturday. According to the Salinas PD, 79 year old Petronio Yasay apparently ran a stop sign while crossing Constitution Avenue at Beacon Hill Drive. Which is weird, because that intersection is controlled by a traffic light, not a stop sign. Via Bicycling Monterey.
Live the dream: 11 easy steps to becoming a professional cyclist.
Looking for your stolen bike? More bikes added to bikes seen at Bay Area flea markets Flickr group.
Tina Fey says she hates “bikers” because we yell too much. And then she complains that we’re too quiet. We’re also judge-y and angry.
Bike bullies: TURN OFF THOSE BLINKING LIGHTS!
Eight dedicated bike storage spaces specified into California High Speed Rail trainset design. Compare this to the 22 bikes permitted on board the existing long distance California train services.
Do you remember that (San Diego) North County Transit that rear-ended a trio of cyclists on Camp Pendleton, killing one and seriously injuring another? A federal criminal investigation is wrapping up, according to NBC 7 in San Diego. From what the channel 7 journalists have seen, it appears the bus driver drove straight into the cyclists on an otherwise clear road. The driver initially claimed he was passing safely and was forced to swerve into them to avoid oncoming traffic. The North County Transit District has refused to release video from the bus to news media.
SFist reports San Francisco has the most bike lanes per square mile in the United States, but that’s not true. Davis, CA with 100 miles of bike lanes in 10 square miles has nearly double the bike lane density listed for S.F.
Here’s video from the start of that Santa Cruz Cranksgiving 2013 race.
For more, visit Bike Portland’s Monday bike news roundup.
I was hunting for details on this Ventura County hit and run in which a reckless driver hurtling past traffic in the bike lane fled the scene after seriously injuring a cycling when I found this short news item about a proposed fixed gear ban on Ventura County bike paths.
Ventura County officials are considering banning fixed-gear bicycles from county park trails after a bicycle collision severely injured a rider.
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 22 approved a first reading of a new rule in the county parks general ordinance that would restrict bicycles without brakes from county park trails.
In my area, I routinely scan the agendas for several governing boards in Santa Cruz County to keep abreast of issues that may potentially impact cycling and cyclists. Hopefully, bike advocates in Ventura County do the same thing. If so, it’s easy to see how they could have missed this one. Here’s what they saw on the agenda for the October 22, 2013 County Supervisors meeting.
This seems completely innocuous, right? Even if you drill down to the actual proposed county ordinance, you see a 24 page document that modifies Ventura County code regarding rules and regulations for county parks. We finally see something halfway interesting way down on page 19.
No person shall operate a bicycle, motorized bicycle or power-driven mobility device on a County trail or path unless the bicycle, motorized bicycle or power-driven mobility device is equipped with functional brakes.
You had to attend the meeting or view the online video and stay awake for nearly three hours to learn this ordinance is intended to target the unsafe operation of fixed gear bikes on county park paths. Ventura County Supervisors apparently believe that fixed gear bikes all lack brakes, and the discussion at the October 22 Supervisors’ meeting focused on the danger of operating fixed gear bikes.
It’s easy for laws like this to fly completely under the radar, even when people are paying attention to the issues. I sometimes hear from friends about ineffective bicycle advocacy groups here in California, but they really depend on people like you to watch these meetings. Besides county supervisor meetings, other government boards to look for in your area include city councils, planning and zoning commissions, school districts, community college districts, water districts and transit boards. There are also regional bodies responsible for transportation planning and air quality that have an influence on the attention cycling receives.
Ventura County passed the ordinance to modify the county parks regulations last October. A second reading and passage is required before this ordinance becomes law. The second reading will likely be included in the consent calendar sometime in the very near future, which means pro forma approval unless somebody in Ventura County makes a stink about it to the parks department and the supervisors.
California already has an equipment law requiring brakes on bikes, so this county ordinance seems superfluous. I don’t know why supervisors for this county north of Los Angeles County believe another law is necessary.
About that Highway 101 hit and run near Rincon Beach Park
About 11:15 A.M., the driver of a black Hyundai Elantra was reportedly driving recklessly on southbound Highway 101 near Rincon Beach Park about midway between the cities of Santa Barbara and Ventura. She was passing traffic on the right by driving in the bike lane when she struck the cyclist and fled the scene of the collision.
The cyclist was sent to Ventura County Medical Center with major injuries.
The suspect vehicle may be missing the cover to the passenger side mirror. Officers were sent to address 4014 Modoc Drive in Santa Barbara; I don’t know if that’s the address on the suspect vehicle registration or not.
There’s no word on if Ventura County Supervisors propose to ban Hyandai Elantras after this hit and run injury collision.