It’s been a good couple months for increasing biking potential in Stockton. The state’s Active Transportation Program recently awarded funds to the city to update the Bicycle Master Plan, to create a Safe Routes to School plan and to rehabilitate the San Joaquin Trail – a bike and pedestrian path – in South Stockton.
Also on the horizon are potentially even more projects slated for funding approval this Thursday at the San Joaquin Council of Governments monthly board meeting. The SJCOG board members will vote on approving monies to repave and stripe the Calaveras River Bike Trail, to partially fund the environmental review portion of the Miner Avenue Complete Streets plan (where a bike lane is slated to be installed) as well as fund other pedestrian improvement projects throughout the San Joaquin region, particularly at schools.
These projects aren’t the only sign that the city’s transportation climate is changing. At the most recent General Plan workshop, focused on Stockton’s transportation network, public sentiment was overwhelmingly supportive of expanding and upgrading the current bicycle and pedestrian network throughout the city.
You can have a chance to explore the city’s existing bike network this Saturday, Sept. 27, at the San Joaquin Bike Coalition’s annual Bike Fest at University of the Pacific. The event offers three separate routes (or all three can be combined for a longer ride) to cater to all bicycling levels. If you’re interested in learning where the safest routes to ride are or just want to see Stockton from a different perspective this is a great opportunity to explore (particularly by taking the downtown route) the city.
To celebrate all the recent successes bicycling has achieved over these past few months, a post-ride after party – complete with a barbecue lunch, beer pouring by Stockton-based Abbey Pub and live music – will be available to all riders and those just looking to join in on the fun. Also, in keeping with the spirit of collaboration, a portion of event proceeds will directly benefit the Emergency Food Bank which regularly serves over 450 clients each day. The event will also mark the debut of Stockton’s first bike share program (managed by downtown’s collaborative working space, Huddle) as well as showcase the work of other local nonprofit groups.
So, on behalf of SJBC, I hope to see you join us this Saturday for what’s sure to be a great event filled with lots of good information, great rides and fun times. To learn more about the event and to register (registration includes a t-shirt, lunch and your first beer free!) visit sjbikefest.org or contact me, Kristine, at email@example.com.