Public Advocacy Meeting & Community Forum

TheFirehouseAtHistoryPark

Join us for an informative, informal and lively advocacy meeting which seeks to improve inter-jurisdictional cooperation and communication through presentations by organizations and agencies dedicated to bicycling as a safe transportation and recreation option.

Network and socialize with our meeting’s presenters and meet and speak with members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees (BPAC) of Santa Clara County’s individual cities plus the Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) BPAC.

Our 2017 Advocacy Meeting  went international with representatives from the Dutch Cycling Embassy, of Delft, The Netherlands. They revealed how they have become the world’s leading bicycling country.

When and Where: During the Festival, from 1 to 4 pm on the 2nd floor of the Firehouse.

RSVP’s aren’t required but please RSVP to help us plan:  Stay tuned for 2018 Link]

Our May 7, 2017 Public Bike Advocacy Meeting featured these presentations and more:

I. Welcoming Remarks – 1 pm

Dave Cortese, President, Board of Supervisors, Santa Clara County

Rod Diridon, Sr.,  Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

II. Presentations – 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Viva CalleSJ is San Jose’s open streets event.  Now in its 3rd year, Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Mineta Transportation Institute Research Associate, will talk about its impacts.

Colin Heyne, the Deputy Director of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will present Silicon Valley’s Bike Vision.

The Dutch Cycling Embassy has made a special trip to speak with us on “How to become a Cycling City”

John Brazil, City of San Jose’s Bike & Pedestrian Programs, will present San Jose’s bicycle plan.

What is California’s Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) Future Vision for bicycles? Sergio Ruiz, Caltrans District 4 Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator, will explain.

III. Networking & Socializing – 3:30 to 4 pm

What are Bicycling & Pedestrian Advisory Committees? (BPAC’s)?

Each city within Santa Clara County, except Monte Sereno, has a BPAC. BPAC members are volunteers appointed by their city via a formal process. Their role is to understand the needs of their city’s bicyclists and pedestrians in order to advise their city’s mayor, council members and city agencies about important matters affecting bicyclists and pedestrians and how to best allocate funds and resources for the accommodation of bicyclists and pedestrians. Interested in signing on to your city’s BPAC? Come meet them at this meeting.

For more information: Please contact this meeting’s organizer, Greg Unangst, member of both the City of Mountain View’s and VTA’s BPACs:    gunangst@pacbell.net