Walking & Biking News & Ideas
We hope you are staying healthy!

The kids are back in school, traffic has picked up (a bit), but we are still in the thick of the hot weather. It's been tough to get outside as much as we'd like with the smoke from the fires, but we have hope they will get better soon. We've got some great articles for you in this newsletter, including an update on city projects that are moving forward, a Cupertino Bike shop owner talks about the Great Bicycle Boom of 2020, The Biking Viking shows you how to carry things on your bike, Walk-Bike Cupertino members are giving back to our community in unique ways, and get your bike repaired for free. Read on for news you can use!
City Council moves 3 important projects forward
Regnart Creek Trail News

We have found out the expected go/no go vote in October will now instead be in January or February of next year. The vote will be for the City Council to approve the construction cost bids.

We'll keep you updated when the final design plans are available (expected this November) so that you can get a look at what's planned for all aspects of the trail. Thank you for your continuing support of this great project!
The Biking Viking:
How to Carry Things on Your Bike

Most people spend 90% of their time within 5 miles or less of their homes, outside of commuting to work. You can easily replace many car trips in the neighborhood with a bike ride from dropping the kids off, getting groceries, going to the bank, running other errands, going to the park, or visiting friends. In this video, the Biking Viking takes you through some of the ...read more
Read our candidate survey before you vote!
Walk-Bike Cupertino would like you to be informed about all the candidates in our local races for City Council, CUSD and FUHSD Boards. Candidates are completing a survey to share their thoughts about walking and biking projects, their support for Safe Routes to School, and much more.

Survey results will be out by September 30. Watch for a special newsletter!
The Great Bicycle Boom of 2020
by Lars Thomsen, Owner of Cupertino's Trailhead Cyclery

How busy are we? Well, we have over 400 active work orders in our service department. Not only are we building new bicycles for anxious riders, repairing our regular customer’s trusty steeds and handling a daily stream of walk-in repairs, but oh no, that isn’t even the best part. 

All the bikes that have been hiding in the darkest reaches of people's garages, full of spider webs and dried-out tires are suddenly re-discovered by their owners and flooding the shop. Trail Head Cyclery is not the only bike shop seeing the boom, because we sold all the parts for those old bikes and have been working really hard to find more. Brake pads, tires, tubes, chains, derailleurs, shifters, gears and all the rest have rotted out or rusted shut but their owners want to ride again. And ride they shall! Read more...
Two Walk-Bike Board members that are giving back to our community in a big way
Besides the great work that WBC members do to bring safer and better walking and biking, they also have initiated some fantastic projects to support our community!
Student Board Advisor Lawrence Fan started a group called COVID Networks with four other Cupertino High School students to help Seniors who are feeling isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic. They created an online plaform that connects teen volunteers and senior residents for discussions, game playing, music performances, art, and more.
Boardmember Seema Lindskog leads a group called Masks for Heroes, which has donated around 5,000 high quality, washable 100% cotton masks with N99 membranes to medical professionals, nursing homes, vulnerable residents, local organizations, and more during the pandemic. The group of almost 50 local community volunteers has cut, sewed, packaged and delivered the masks. ...read more
City News Briefs

  • Cupertino has initiated a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program. Their webpage here has guidelines for how to request traffic calming measures in your neighborhood such as speed humps or radar speed-checking signs.
  • Next Tuesday 9/15, the Cupertino City Council will discuss installing a rainbow crosswalk across Stevens Creek Blvd at Finch Avenue, prompted by a grassroots resident petition. The petition and information can be found here. Public comment is welcome at all Council meetings.
  • "Walk Audit" projects (infrastructure projects that are specific to each school to improve walking and biking access) have now been compiled for each school. These projects can be at the schools, or on local city streets surrounding schools. To learn more, contact Safe Routes to School City Coordinator Cherie Walkowiak here.
Don't Miss this One-time Free Bike Repair Event
Is your bike in need of a repair or tune-up? Have you been unable to wait 4-6 weeks to get it done at a bike shop? Bring it to the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition Free Bike Repair and Safety Check Event in Sunnyvale this month!

At the event, volunteer mechanics will perform basic maintenance and repairs to your bike. Then they will teach you how to verify that your bike is safe to ride using the ABC Quick Check method. You will also get a new 2020 county bike map of the best biking routes!

Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 11am - 3pm
Location: The parking lot across from Walt's Cycle in downtown Sunnyvale
Click here for a map to the bike repair. Masks will be required at the event and there will be proper social distancing at all times.
Friends of Stevens Creek Trail Trailblazer Race

The Trailblazer Race is a fun way to support urban trails and help advocate for extending the Stevens Creek Trail. For this year's race, participants can run or walk anywhere (even at home on the treadmill) for 3 miles, 5K, or 10K between September 18-27. Get all the information and register here.
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Happy Walking and Biking,

Your friends at Walk-Bike Cupertino

Find much more, including maps, safety data, and information on all the city projects at: walkbikecupertino.org