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March 27, 2013

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March 27, 2013

these guys are great, helping represent bicyclists' rights and making it easier to commute and ride for recreation. they do great work around bike to work day too.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

I have been volunteering with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition since 2006. My experience as a volunteer led me to run for the board of directors and I am excited to work with this effective organization to have an even greater impact. For the past several years the organization has worked hard to make the bicycle a primary transportation choice by engaging community members in fun activities, hosting Bike to Work Day and working on policy advocacy.

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The work of SVBC in helping bring more San Jose residents to become involved in the planning process for the Diridon Transit Center has been critical to ensuring the future for this site is bike friendly. Other impacts of the organization include collaboration with San Jose to host a Via Velo event in 2010 which encouraged hundreds of residents to ride their bikes. Other important impacts include supporting city based Bicycle Advisory Committees on bike lane striping and safe routes to school.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help focus the programmatic work to ensure our results have a clear link to our mission and excite people to get involved. This will lead to Increased membership and major donor contributions.

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

I first heard about SVBC when I participated in my first Bike to Work Day back in 2005. I very much respected their passion for cycling, people, and wanting to keep two wheeled pedal power growing in our bay area. I also was very much involved with cycling through the team management side and decided to try and join the Board in 2010.

My involvement with SVBC has and continues to be a rewarding experience for me. From my observations, SVBC makes every attempt to have complete transparency in its business practices and adheres to its governance and policies. I look forward to seeing what 2011 brings with respect to engaging the different bike communities and bringing them towards helping us making the roads safer for all.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Anything related to local bike legislation, making the roads safer (by better markings/striping), as well as Bike to Work Day.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out ways to better engage the enormous cycling community that knows so little about the SVBC

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

As a passionate advocate for cycling, I have watched this organization grow tremendously. Several times I was asked to join the board and I declined because I did not have the time to devote to an organization that had not yet reached a sufficient level of professionalism. That has changed significantly under the tenure of the current ED. What started as a small grassroots nonprofit is now a credible voice for cycling in Silicon Valley, one that is bringing cycling into the mainstream. As a result, I eventually changed my mind and the last time they asked me to join the board, I agreed, viewing it as a good investment of my time and a way to be impactful on issues I care about.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its budget so that it can do more and better work!

February 9, 2011

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February 9, 2011

I begin working with SVBC in 2010 as a volunteer on the event committee. Having owned a nationally recognized cycling event production company for 15 years, I came away from my volunteer experience with great confidence in the organization's staff and their commitment to SVBC's mission. When asked if I was interested in running for a Board seat -- I agreed without hesitation -- and I was lucky enough to be elected. I look forward to working with SVBC members, the ED, the staff, and volunteers. Much has been accomplished already. There is much more work to be done. SVBC is a valued and important participant in raising awareness and facilitating healthier, more cycling-friendly communities in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

SVBC has supplied volunteers at cycling event fundraisers I have worked with, specifically secured bike parking services. I have also participated in Bike to Work Day/Week activities coordinated by SVBC.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Assist with the development of a comprehensive communications strategy to improve the flow of information to all constituents (members, business, government agencies)

August 24, 2010

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August 24, 2010

The silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition used to be a great magnet and gathering ground for grassroots Bicycling advocacy in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. For several years, local long term bicycling advocates have suspected financial and operational irregularity. The ED and board held closed meetings and refuse requests from members of the public for meeting information. They stopped having legally required board meetings, and refused to comply with legally and properly made request for legally required disclosure and review of documents. They then imposed their own bylaw rewrite without membership comment or approval, despite many changes affecting voting rights. The newsletter ceased publication, long time services were discontinued or unreasonable demands for guaranteed profits were made for the services to contnue. They conduct censorship and defamation against known critics selectively removing their access, even to view postings only, from the email list and all other SVBC electronic and printed media. This despite the SVBC being the dominant and controlling provider of cycling advocacy community and related information in the South Bay and Peninsula area. They receive public funding to conduct events, yet fail to properly disclose the accounting of the use of the public funding. The ED continually refuses to request an opinion for clarification from the CA State Attorney General, despite this being the Attorney General's recommended action prior to engaging in possibly questionable dealings. Myself and several others combined resources to investigate their operations and research applicable laws and codes. We found self serving transactions leading to the ED receiving a compensation package considerably out of proportion with other similar nonprofits, with half of revenues going toward her household, and her mother being hired as an assistant using a noncompetitive, unadvertised hiring process. In early 2010, the City of San Jose, CA, code enforcement department served a notice to cease order on the executive director for an illegal business and zoning arrangement, which included the ED failing to pay taxes on illegally obtained rental income, and failing to disclose the income on her divorce filing. Pending still, are IRS actions, and State of California Attorney General's office investigations. Lastly, they act illegally to control and manipulate the nonimating and voting process for board of director elections.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Nearly all types of local cycling advocacy. Bike parking, tabling, outreach, Bike to Work Day, special events, Bicycle safety instruction, Helmet giveaway and fittings, and more.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 17, 2009

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January 17, 2009

SVBC is a really effective advocate for those of us using bicycles for transportation. I appreciate their multilevel approach - from teaching safety classes in schools to advocating with transportation agencies for greater accommodation of cyclists to organizing Santa Clara County's Bike to Work Day activities. They have a great website - dedicated volunteers provide updates on construction projects and policy developments in cities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Volunteering is fun; there's a strong esprit de corps.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way staff and volunteers stay connected to the joy of riding.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, passionate, articulate, and fun.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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