Celebrate Bike Month Throughout May

Join hundreds of people enjoying bicycle events throughout San Mateo County for the month of May.

The following events are a great way to enjoy your bike and get your friends, children and neighbors to give bicycling a fresh look.May 31 2016

2016 Commuter Challenge April 1 - May 31 2016

Rethink your commute…and be rewarded. Commute.org is challenging San Mateo County commuters to be part of the traffic solution. Take part in the Challenge to make a positive impact and earn chances to win weekly and grand prizes!

 1. Join the Challenge by registering at my.commute.org
 2. Add your alternative commute trips to your personalized dashboard - carpool, vanpool, transit (Bus, BART, Caltrain, SF Bay Ferry, etc.), shuttle,                         bike, walk or telework.
 3. Stay tuned to your inbox… as you add trips, you'll qualify for fabulous weekly and grand prize drawings! You'll also see how many pounds of emissions, gallons of gas, and dollars you're saving!

Links to the Challenge
       http://www.commute.org/get-rewarded/contests
       https://my.commute.org/


National Bike to School Day Wednesday May 4 Students and parents ride bikes from home to participating schools. More details at: http://green.smcgov.org/active-transportation

Mother's Day Social Cruiser Ride Sunday May 8 Family friendy, fun, easy, slow paced 4- 6 mile ride ride from Redwood City to downtown San Carlos. Stops for treats at Cowabunga Creamery on Laurel Street in San Carlos. Starts and ends at Red Morton Community Park 1400 Roosevelt Avenue Redwood City. 1-3 PM.
Details at:http://green.smcgov.org/bicycling-information

Bike to Work Day Thursday May 12 Celebrate the happiest day of the year. Get your friends, co-workers and neighbors to join on your bike commutte and visit your local energizer station. Details for San Mateo County at:http://commute.org/ For Santa Clara County: http://bikesiliconvalley.org/btwd/

Bike to Work Day Events

New Papachay"Celebration Station" 1431 Old County Road San Carlos, 6 to 9 AM. Enjoy gourmet coffee, french pastries, gifts and a chance to win a raffle.

Bike Away from Work Bash Luttiken's Main and Elm Cafe 150 Elm Street Redwood City 5 to 7 PM. Special bike parking and no host fun and games.

Energizer Stations
       San Mateo County Stations
 Click here for a map of stations in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

2016 Maker Faire May 20, 21 and 22 San Mateo Expo Center
Join thousands of bikes in the bike parking corral at 25th Avenue and    Delaware

More information on the Maker Faire at: http://makerfaire.com/bay-area/


Bike to Shop Day: Saturday May 21 Pedal to shops near you and find business offering treats or discounts for people on bikes. Details at: http://green.smcgov.org/2016-bike-shop-day including details for your business to get involved.

Additional Links for May Activities

 SVBC May 2016 Event Calender:
 http://bikesiliconvalley.org/events/2016-05/


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Caltrain

Caltrain the commuter rail system serving Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco Counties, provides an excellent commute method for bicyclists to combine bicycles and rail to travel longer distances and increase the opportunity to use a bike and transit. Passengers can bike to the station and park at the station or use the Caltrain bikes on board service to take their bikes on the train.

For more information on using Caltrain see our Bikes on Transit Section

Bikes On Board Caltrain. This service allows passengers to bring their bikes on board the train. Using the service bike riders can ride to the station, bring their bike on board and travel to the destination station and then use their bike to travel to their final destination. Bike capacity is limited and the service is so popular the bike cars get filled to capacity and sometimes customers with bikes not allowed to board with their bikes. BikeSMC and other organizations are working to improve on board bike capacity to take full advantage of this commute option. For more information on bikes on board, information on capacity and efforts to increase capacity see our Bikes On Board Section

Caltrain Modernization: Caltrain is working on electrification of the Caltrain system. This will use electrically powered electric multiple units ( EMUs)  to replace the current diesel system. Electrification will allow faster acceleration, add about one trainset per hour, per direction, reduce travel time  and provide a quieter and cleaner system. The plan is to have the EMU's in operation by 2020. Decisions are being made now on the car design, bicycle capacity, station design for level boarding and numerous other issues related to implementing a new electrified train system.

The future of bicycle accommodation on an electrified Caltrain is uncertain and input from bicyclists is needed to ensure Caltrains takes full advantage of bicycles both for on board accommodation and bike access and parking at the Caltrain stations. See Caltrain Modernization for additional information and how to get involved.



The Courteous Bicyclist                        

In looking for ways to enhance or initiate safe transportation infrastructure amenities and to ensure our right to travel as legitimate street traffic, many of us joined organizations, attended public agency meetings, and wrote letters to elected officials.  As the success of these efforts has served to promote more documented everyday bicycle usage, it has also brought the unintended consequence of increased friction among the user groups of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.  Bicyclists who pay no heed to the Vehicle Code, undermine all the hard effort put forth to provide better bicycle accommodation.  Although most bicyclists ride safely and lawfully, there remain enough two-wheeled scofflaws on our streets and sidewalks who continue to underscore the notion that "Bikes DON'T Belong".

Bicyclists tend to overlook their most direct opportunity toward achieving safety and accommodation which involves no funding, no new laws, or waiting for advocacy groups to organize.  Rather than reinforcing an image of bicycle outlaws, it has become the mandate for each cyclist to become an individual ambassador to demonstrate that street space is deserved because of mutual user respect.

Bike San Mateo County has authored "The Courteous Road User's Guide" to provide guidelines for all road users on how best to accommodate everyone. In addition to defining how bicyclists should conduct themselves, it explains how motorists can accommodate  bicyclists by recognizing the specific hazards bicyclists must avoid and explains why bicyclists sometimes need to "Take the Lane" in order to ride safely.  The intent of the Guide is to provide a simple educational blueprint to encourage individual responsibility to meet the social and codified obligations that all must undertake to ensure that our public thoroughfares retain and continue to maintain safe accommodation for every user.

For a downloadable copy of "The Courteous Road User's Guide" go to: http://bikesmc.org/CourteousRoadUserGuideR1April2012.pdf