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Safe Bicycling Handbook

New Edition of  Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County Now Available

FINAL SBSM-2014-WEB Front CoverThe 2014 edition of Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County, a popular handbook for new and experienced bicyclists, is now available at in both digital and print.

The 36-page booklet provides bicyclists “above 12 years of age” tips on riding safely and bicycling to transit, options for bicycle parking and storage, and more. The revised edition offers information on new laws and bicyclist’s responsibilities, current road etiquette, and important websites including DMV, local transit agencies and bike organizations. New safety tips include the basics on CPSC-rated bike helmets, locking skewers (preferred over cable locks), and being visible (not “invisible”) day or night. Several how-to instructions in the new bike booklet advise today’s bicyclists of safer ways to deal with various difficult situations and road hazards, ranging from buses, long trucks and wind blast to dogs, rocks and pedestrians.

To access the revised Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County booklet online, click here. To receive a copy of the newly-published edition by mail, please email your name and mailing address to: alliance"AT" or call at (650) 588-8170 


Latest News on Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program

Latest News on Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program  

San Francisco Bay Area employers with 50 or more full-time employees within the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) geographic boundaries were required to register and offer commuter benefits to their employees by September 30, 2014 in order to comply with Air District Regulation 14, Rule 1, the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program. Employers must select one of four Commuter Benefit options to offer their employees. Commuter benefits encourage employees to take transit, vanpool, carpool, bicycle and walk rather than drive alone to work. 

Employers were required to register by September 30. Those that have not registered, should do so now: 

Step 1: if you have not registered, do so as soon as possible;
Step 2: offer benefits to employees if you have not yet;
Step 3: request an extension from the Air District if you need more time to offer benefits.

Employers that need an extension to offer commuter benefits should contact the Air District at In the email, please indicate the reason for the extension and specify the date by which benefits will be offered to employees. Please include your employer ID # if you have this available.

Employers with fewer than 50 Bay Area employees may be subject to a local commuter benefits ordinance. is working with the MTC and BAAQMD to provide support and guidance to businesses in San Mateo County. We encourage you to read the information about the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program provided on the web site. If your business or organization has questions about providing pre-tax commute benefits, please contact us at and we will guide you through the process.

Rethink Your Commute's New Video Encourages Commuters to Rethink Their Commute

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The team at just released a new animated video that encourages people who commute to, from or through San Mateo County to use alternatives to get to and from work.
Please share the video with your colleagues and family members. Even using an alternative once a week will make a difference!

 Link to the video on our YouTube channel
 Shuttle Program Survey

Shuttle Riders - We Want to Hear from You  

The team at is looking for feedback on our shuttle program. If you have used one of our shuttles in the past year, then we would truly appreciate you taking 5 minutes to give us your feedback. We aren't offering any special incentives to get you to participate, but we promise to read each and every survey so that we can make improvements. To take the survey: Click Here.


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