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Apr
21

Bicycle Lessons, Planning, Parking & Storage, and Consulting

Bicycle Solutions develops bicycle and pedestrian master plans, feasibility studies, safety assessments and designs (conceptual/schematic) for improved streets, intersections and interchanges. 

Since 1999 we’ve teamed with many of the big names in transportation and infrastructure planning, design, architecture, engineering and construction such as AECOM, Alta, Arup, BKF, Fehr & Peers, Jacobs, Mark Thomas, Parsons, and Walter P. Moore.  We also work directly with local agencies on small to medium  projects.

Add our expertise, writing and presentation skills, skilled field observations, “handlebar perspective” and knowledge of the bicycle community to your team.  We can help you win the work and deliver success and public support for your client’s project.


BIKE ROOMS, BIKE CAGES, and large-scale bike parking

We are bike parking experts, specializing in bike rooms and high-density storage for workplaces, multifamily residential complexes, and schools.  Our 22 years of  experience began in 1995 with 4 years as the first Bicycle Coordinator of Stanford University, where we installed over 3,000 rack spaces and 500 secure commuter spaces.  We co-authored the first two editions of the national (APBP) Bicycle Parking Guidelines.

We represent five major manufacturers of bike racks, lockers, bike repair stations and related fixtures.  We can help you create the best solutions without tying you to a single vendor, with the convenience of a single point of contact.  Our pricing is the same as factory-direct.

In the San Francisco Bay Area we’ve designed and installed bike parking for firms such as Facebook and SurveyMonkey, and many condominium and apartment developments.  We also work remotely with clients throughout the U.S., transforming floor plan sketches and measurements into CAD drawings.

Let us help guide your project smoothly from concept through design, ordering, delivery and installation.


Coaching flyer August 2018

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PRIVATE LESSONS (PERSONAL COACHING)

We offer expert individual and small-group coaching for all ages and skill levels, in San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda, San Mateo, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale.  John and his Instructor Partners have taught over 1,500 persons, ages 4 to 74, how to balance and pedal confidently for the first time.  For returning riders and more experienced bicycle users, we also offer off-street Bicycle Handling Skills lessons and on-street Ride-Along Coaching.

WORKPLACE EDUCATION

John is a nationally certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI).  He presents bike commuter safety workshops at workplaces throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and works 1-on-1 with employees at client firms to explore alternatives to driving to work.

planning AND design workshops

John Ciccarelli is an engaging presenter and workshop developer whose clients include UC Davis Extension, UC Berkeley Tech Transfer, L.A. DOT, L.A. County Metro, Caltrans (California DOT), and the Lane County (OR) Transit District.  Formats include half-day, full day, 1.5 day and 2-day, and can include on-bike “teaching tours”.

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Apr
2

Top Tips and Planning Basics

Like the song says, you’re going to the chapel to do you-know-what. But how’s Mom getting there? Or your bridesmaids, or for that matter, your fiancé(e)? And just as important, how’s everybody (wedding guests included!) getting from the ceremony to the reception… and then home? Unless you plan on beaming up to your destination, it’s time to work out some wedding transportation logistics. Start with our expert guide.

When Should You Book Your Wedding Transportation?

When there are between four and six months to go, it’s time to think about your transportation… aka when you’ve long settled on your date, ceremony and reception sites and wedding party size. If you’re marrying in April, May or June—prom and graduation season—high-class vehicles will be in high demand, so you’ll need to book your transportation even earlier. Pro tip: Make the final reservation in person so you can inspect the vehicles and ask which one(s) you’ll be getting.

Who Should You Transport?

Your first step is to take a headcount for immediate family and VIPs. For many weddings, that means the couple, their wedding party, both sets of parents, siblings not in the wedding party and grandparents. Some couples also provide wedding transportation services for close relatives, out-of-towners or all guests. So where do you draw the line? The decision will probably come down to budget, but you should also consider the following:

Distance: If your ceremony and reception venues are only a short distance away from each other, you’re in the clear. But there’s a cutoff—if they’re more than 30 minutes apart, you should definitely consider providing transportation for all wedding guests so you don’t inconvenience them with Uber charges and long, tedious drives. Keep other distances, like the miles between your wedding venue(s) and the hotel where you’ve booked room blocks, in mind too.

Location: If you have lots of people coming in from out of town (who might not have cars with them) and/or have a hard-to-get-to or hard-to-find location, you should also consider booking transportation for guests.

Special needs: Think about anyone who might otherwise struggle to transport themselves and organize a travel plan for them—for example, asking your brother to pick up your 90-year-old grandma who isn’t comfortable behind the wheel. 

Even if you decide not to book transportation for certain guests, you can still throw them a bone. In your invitation suite or on your wedding website, do provide information about public transportation. This can include where to catch a cab, phone numbers of (reputable!) local services, and estimates of how much each option will cost (that way, no one will have to worry whether they have enough cash on them). Another thoughtful option is providing discount codes for rental cars. (FYI: Wedding guests get up to 25 percent off the bill if they book a Budget rental car through The Knot.) 

Also, check with the hotels you’ve reserved rooms at to see whether they provide any sort of airport shuttle service; if they do, definitely clue