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Mountain View hosts bike summit on Thursday

Public invited to bike-themed Thursday Night Live on Aug. 1

This Thursday, leaders, advocates and enthusiasts of sustainable transportation will gather in the Mountain View Community Center on Rengstorff Avenue for the ninth annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit.

Hosted by the city of Mountain View in partnership with the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition, the event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome address from Mountain View Mayor Lisa Matichak and bike coalition President Shiloh Ballard.

The summit will offer a variety of training sessions throughout the day, led by county-wide transportation planners and experts. Topics include "Designing Safe and Innovate Streets," "Healthy Equitable Transportation Policies" and "Creating Safe Routes to Schools," which will be moderated by Safe Routes to School coordinator Rosie Mesterhazy of the city's Office of Transportation.

Presenters will also discuss how to develop policies and infrastructure for new transit devices, the relatively high rate of collisions on El Camino Real and the economic and safety concerns for the street, and light-rail and bike trail projects.

An awards ceremony is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. when East Palo Alto's new bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning over U.S. Highway 101 will be recognized with a Project of the Year award.

Summit participants can go for a ride through Mountain View on a bike tour led by Nate Baird, city transportation planner. The tour will highlight bicycle-friendly city projects, such as the Peninsula Bikeway.

At 5:30 p.m., Mountain View will host a free, bike-themed Thursday Night Live on 500 Castro St., with attractions including a biking obstacle course, vendors and innovation companies, kid-friendly activities and electric bicycles for demonstration.

Attendants can also try riding the pop-up protected bikeway located along the south side of California Street, open 8 p.m. Wednesday through 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Baird said he views the summit as a regional effort to increase bike ridership and promote a dialogue around sustainable transportation. According to Baird, 11% of Mountain View residents primarily rely on biking or rideshare services.

The city also received a Bronze-Level Walk Friendly Communities award in 2018 and a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2012, among just 4% of cities in the country to earn a designation.

"We have a very supportive community and council who see biking as part of the transportation solution," said Ria Hutabarat Lo, transportation manager. "It's all part of a bigger picture of how we deal with transportation, how we create a more sustainable city."

There is a $50 registration fee for the SVBC summit and bike tour. Thursday Night Live and the pop-up protected bikeway are free and open to the public. See more information available here.

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Nisha Malley writes for the Mountain View Voice, the sister publication of PaloAltoOnline.com. Palo Alto Online contributed to this report.

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