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Cycling through South San Jose

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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 sprawl. 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 capacity 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 ( 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

Outing Leader

Adam Garcia

Adam brings a diverse background rooted in environmental and city planning to the Greenbelt Alliance team. His background allows him to lead cutting-edge research initiatives, public policy analysis, and mapping services. As a devoted hiker and bicyclist, he knows what is at stake to ensure the Bay Area continues to be the best place to enjoy both the great outdoors and the local communities. He brings experience learning from and helping develop sustainable communities in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, the UC System, Costa Rica, Kenya, Havana, Bogotá, and Oaxaca. Adam is committed to learning from the world’s best practices for the rest of his days, as well as a car-free lifestyle that suits him well. As T.S. Elliot said, “In my beginning is my end.”
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Evan Lovett-Harris

Evan Lovett-Harris, long passionate about creating healthy and livable communities, loves the cultural and biological diversity of the Bay Area. Formerly the Director of Community Outreach at the non-profit bicycle shop, Changing Gears, and a Program Director at Cycles of Change, Evan is committed to connecting local residents with opportunities to engage with their communities. He can often be found biking with friends around the Bay Area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Studio Art from Oberlin College. Call Evan at 415-543-6771 x313.
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