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Safe Bicycling Handbook

New Edition of  Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County Now Available

FINAL SBSM-2014-WEB Front CoverThe 2014 edition of Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County, a popular handbook for new and experienced bicyclists, is now available at in both digital and print.

The 36-page booklet provides bicyclists “above 12 years of age” tips on riding safely and bicycling to transit, options for bicycle parking and storage, and more. The revised edition offers information on new laws and bicyclist’s responsibilities, current road etiquette, and important websites including DMV, local transit agencies and bike organizations. New safety tips include the basics on CPSC-rated bike helmets, locking skewers (preferred over cable locks), and being visible (not “invisible”) day or night. Several how-to instructions in the new bike booklet advise today’s bicyclists of safer ways to deal with various difficult situations and road hazards, ranging from buses, long trucks and wind blast to dogs, rocks and pedestrians.

To access the revised Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County booklet online, click here. To receive a copy of the newly-published edition by mail, please email your name and mailing address to: alliance"AT" or call at (650) 588-8170 


Rethink Your Commute's New Video Encourages Commuters to Rethink Their Commute

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The team at just released a new animated video that encourages people who commute to, from or through San Mateo County to use alternatives to get to and from work.
Please share the video with your colleagues and family members. Even using an alternative once a week will make a difference!

 Link to the video on our YouTube channel




Catch a Ride Campaign Results

Local Commuters Rewarded For Choosing a SMARTER Way to COMMUTE!

The “Catch a RIDE! Let’s ROLL, San Mateo County!,” an annual campaign that aims to reduce single-occupant vehicles and rewards those who take commute alternatives to work recently concluded.

Commuters were asked to pledge to carpool, vanpool, take transit, ride the ferry, walk or bicycle to work, at least eight times from March 1 to April 30, 2014.  Over 2,600 commuters participated in the 2014 campaign, an increase of 63% over 2013.

By participating, commuters reduced 2-million single-occupant vehicle miles. Each participant, was entered into weekly prize drawings and a grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad®. First-time participants received a $40 incentive. This year, there were 1,531 new participants who received an incentive.

Participants were asked to complete a survey at the end of the campaign period. A total of 1,967 commuters completed the survey. Over 30% of the respondents noted “carpool” as the mode frequently used during their commute and about 45% noted using public transit.


Press Release: Air District and MTC Approve Commuter Benefits Pilot Program

Air District and MTC Approve Commuter Benefits Pilot Program

SAN FRANCISCO – The Metropolitan Transportation Commission today joined the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in approving the launch of the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, a joint pilot program that requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area to offer commuter benefits to their employees. The Air District Board of Directors unanimously approved the program on March 19. Employers subject to the program must select a commuter benefit, register via the program website and implement their program by September 30, 2014.

Read more: Press Release: Air District and MTC Approve Commuter Benefits Pilot Program

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