Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

Rating: 3.71 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: PO Box 831 % Jim Stallman Pres Cupertino CA 95015 USA

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

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.

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.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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.

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

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

many ways.

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

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

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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.

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)

 
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