Public Advocacy Meeting & Community Forum


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.

This year we are going international with representatives from the Dutch Cycling Embassy, of Delft, The Netherlands. They will reveal how they have become the world’s leading bicycling country.

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.

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:  Click here to RSVP via Eventbrite

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

I. Welcoming Remarks

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

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

II. Presentations

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.

Lauren Ledbetter, Senior Transportation Planner with the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), will update us on VTA’s County Wide Bicycle Plan.

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 “Developing a Bicycle Culture”

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

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: