Author Archives: Frank Geefay

About Frank Geefay

Sustainable Bicycle and Smart Growth Advocate

My Bucket List for Biking and Walking in Cupertino

Here are the things I how to see, do, and experience in Cupertino: Convince the City that Bicycles are a major part of the solution of traffic mitigation and for Sustainable Growth for the City.  This is the center theme … Continue reading

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The Joys of Bike Riding

This post is primarily for those who seldom or never ride bikes.  Bike rides are one of the best means of bringing one close to nature.  Unlike cars which are designed to isolate one’s senses from nature and the out … Continue reading

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Bicycle Express Lanes on Highway 85

Highway 85 extends from Highway 101 North near Mountain View at its northern extremity to Highway 101 South in San Jose at its southern extreme.  There is Light Rail located on a section of Hwy 85 in San Jose near … Continue reading

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Heated Conflict between City Government and Residents

There have recently been a number of contentious and heated discussions between Cupertino residents and City Council involving proposed commercial developments in the General Plan Amendment. The city is concerned that more than 30% of the its sales tax revenues … Continue reading

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A City without a Mission

I feel that Cupertino is like a child trying by trial and error to finds its way.  It is a city without a Mission, Purpose or Vision.  There is no theme by which to guide the city towards the future.  … Continue reading

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Smart Growth and the Role of Bicycles

I’ve been recently doing some internet research and giving much thought into SMART GROWTH. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_growth presents a great discussion about it. It is a sustainable solution to urban development that counters the negative impact of car-centric urban sprawl. It addresses … Continue reading

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What I Wished the City Would Do – Bicycle Paths

Background: Cupertino is a rather medium small city in the San Francisco Bay Area with a population of about 50,000.  It is the home to Apple the most profitable company in the world.  The city government has a healthy general … Continue reading

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Perhaps it is Time for a Change

Since its popularity when Henry Ford made the car affordable to most American the nation has rapidly grown and the vast migration to the West was made far easier as traveling long distances became dramatically easier.  Urbanization and owning a … Continue reading

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What are Class IV Cycle Tracks (protected bicycle lanes)?

Until very recently a very important bicycle lane design, one specifically intended to make bicycling safe from cars, did not legally exists.  Some of the leaders in safe bicycle lane designs went ahead and copied designs from Europe and other … Continue reading

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Car-Centricity

Away from the major cities where parking is problematic and into cities built around urbanized sprawl exists a car-centric culture where cars are considered the only meaningful way to commute.  When car-centric people are asked if they foresee a day … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Cars vs. Bikes

Cars:- Pros: Can travel long distances; Requires little effort to drive; Can be very comfortable to ride; Control of environment for passengers – temperature, noise, smells, sunlight, sounds (music), lighting, shelter from precipitation and wind; Can be used to carry … Continue reading

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A Reader’s Concern about Bicycle Subway Safety and the Handicap

In my last post Cities where Cars are not Needed I gave examples of some cities where cars did not play an essential role in the daily commuter lives of citizens.  In this article I briefly described the concept of the … Continue reading

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Cities where Cars are not Needed

Believe it or not there are a few cities in America where the majority of people do not routinely drive cars.  They are among the largest or most densely populated cities.  The problem people of these cities encounter is not … Continue reading

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Transform Petition for More Funding for Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure on El Camino Real

The following was copied from the Petition by Transform: Despite minimal state investments –less than 2% of the transportation budget–, nearly 1 in 5 trips in California are now on foot or by bike. The State has a tremendous opportunity … Continue reading

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California State Senate Bill No. 1183 – Vehicle registration fees: surcharge for bicycle infrastructure

SB 1183, DeSaulnier. Vehicle registration fees: surcharge for bicycle infrastructure. Existing law provides for the imposition of registration fees on motor vehicles, including additional, specified fees imposed by local agencies for transportation-related purposes. This bill would authorize a city, county, … Continue reading

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The Debate over California’s Proposed Mandatory Helmet Law

“A bill introduced last week by state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) would extend California’s youth helmet requirement to adults, mandate reflective clothing while biking at night and fine cyclists $25 for not complying.” – Huff Post The debate … Continue reading

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Political Realities Can Change

Whenever Government is involved in deciding how to best spend tax dollars politics more often than not plays a huge and deciding role.  The needs of the citizens being served by elected officials are less served than the political interests … Continue reading

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Why are Citizens Against More Housing But Not Traffic Congestion?

There is a very strong movement against Housing Growth and where to place mandated housing in Cupertino fueled in part because of traffic congestion around their neighborhoods and schools.  But few are addressing traffic directly which is the real problem.  … Continue reading

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Best Practices in Bicycle Lane Designs

The emphasis of this article is on making bicycle lanes as safe as possible.  No single solution fits all circumstances.  Such considerations as driveways, intersections, cars making right terms, bikes making left terns, etc. must be considered for any given … Continue reading

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Protected Bike Lanes

Protected Bike Lanes were first developed in Norther European countries to physically separate bicycles form cars to increase safety and to make bicycle lanes Appealing by incorporating landscaping and tree along the rout.  This also make it safe for people … Continue reading

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