Cycling through South San Jose
Come along for a bicycle ride through South San Jose’s neighborhoods and valleys to explore how the city plans on growing in the next 30 years, from Caltrain transit villages to foothill sprawlThe process in which the spread of development across the landscape far outpaces population growth. The landscape sprawl creates has four characteristics: a population that is widely dispersed in low-density development; rigid separation of uses, so that homes, commerce and workplaces are segregated from one another; a network of roads laid out to separate land into huge blocks and offering poor access; and a lack of well-defined, thriving activity centers, such as downtowns and town centers. Most of the other features usually associated with sprawl – a lack of transportation choices, relative uniformity of housing options, and difficulty walking from place to place – result from these conditions.. Hear from experts and delight in the beautiful landscape as we wind through city and country roads as well as the great bike paths the city has to offer.
Moderate to Strenuous; Distance (# miles): 30.6 miles; Approximate elevation gain: 888 feet
When: October 20, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Leaders: Adam Garcia and Evan Lovett-Harris
What to bring: Bicycle, helmet, sunscreen, snacks, lunch and lots of water.
Helmets are required. While there will be many opportunities to rest and learn along the ride, if you are uncomfortable riding your bicycle above a 10 mph pace over a 30 mile distance, this might not be the right ride for you. Please bring along lunch, snacks and lots of water to fuel you for the 30 mile round trip ride. There will be one opportunity to resupply food and water in the 5th mile, but little or no opportunity after this. If you are unable to carry enough food and drink for yourself, please contact the trip leader to determine extra carrying capacityUsed in determining the potential of an area to absorb development: (1) The level of land use, human activity, or development for a specific area that can be accommodated permanently without an irreversible change in the quality of air, water, land, or plant and animal habitats. (2) The upper limits of development beyond which the quality of human life, health, welfare, safety, or community character within an area will be impaired. (3) The maximum level of development allowable under current zoningThe division of a city or county by legislative regulations into areas, or zones, which specify allowable uses for real property and size restrictions for buildings within these areas; a program that implements policies of the general plan.. (See BuildoutDevelopment of land to its full potential or theoretical capacity as permit¬ted under current or proposed planning or zoningThe division of a city or county by legislative regulations into areas, or zones, which specify allowable uses for real property and size restrictions for buildings within these areas; a program that implements policies of the general plan. designations. (See Carrying capacity (3).).) with other riders. We will ride along on-street bicycle lanes during the first quarter of the ride, on off-street bicycle paths for the second and fourth quarters and on country roads for the 3rd quarter. Please contact Evan Lovett-Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions regarding this this outing.
Rain policy: Rain cancels
Meeting place: Almaden VTA Light Rail Station – Park & Ride Lot; northeast of intersection of Winfield Rd and Coleman Rd, on an unmarked road behind nearby apartment housing and a warehouse
Driving directions: From CA-85 and CA-87 South: Exit Santa Teresa Blvd going south, make a right (west) on Coleman Road, after crossing over Winfield Blvd make your first right (north) on an unmarked access road in between apartment housing, make a left at the VTA Almaden Light Rail Station in the Park & Ride Lot
Public transit: Meet and finish at the Almaden Light Rail Station in San Jose