How will San Jose residents be traveling around the city in 20 years – or downtown in 10 years? There could be more neighborhoods in the city whose amenities are within walking distance. There could be light rail trains running underground through the city center or special bus lanes next to green bike paths.
All of these are ideas that will be explored as city transport officials figure out how to meet the 2040 climate-based targets set in the general plan. And they appeal to the people who actually ride the road, ride the bus, and use bike lanes to find out how they want to get around in the future. I’ve always been a fan of personal jetpacks, but this is an option that doesn’t seem to be on the table.
And yes, the ultimate goal is to get more individual drivers out of their cars, but there is confirmation that the car will be part of the mix. So the question arises, how do you make it easier and more desirable for people to travel on foot, by bike, by car, or by transit?
An online workshop on the citywide plan is scheduled for November 12th at 5:30 p.m. (more will follow the following week in ASL, Spanish and Vietnamese). You can register for this and take part in a survey at www.movesanjose.org/access-mobility-plan-workshops-1.
At the same time, attempts will be made over the next year to create a transport plan for the city center, with the aim of better connecting the districts that make up the city center – from Japantown in the northeast to Calle Willow in the southwest. And with major changes in the works for the Diridon Station area and other parts of downtown due to the possible arrival of Google and BART, this seems like the perfect time to see how more seamless and secure paths can be created around yourself to move.
They will also have a survey and a competition to design a logo for the Downtown Transportation Plan (with a grand prize of USD 700 and USD 100 for three runners-up). You can take the survey and find out more about the plan and the competition at www.movesanjose.org/durban-transportation-plan-summary.
VIRTUAL VIRTUOSOS: President of the Steinway Society Kathy Yu Wilson According to the group’s Home Concert Hall series, which will have three more virtual shows this fall, it has some advantages over casting international classical pianists in an auditorium. “Each seat is a front row seat and there is only one charge per household,” she said.
The real benefit, of course, is being able to listen to music and helping the artists whose livelihoods are severely threatened by the coronavirus pandemic. The season, which began in October with the Italian pianist Federico Colli, will continue on November 13th and 16th with the Russian interpreters Zlata Chochieva and on December 18th and 21st with Vyacheslav Gryaznov.
The series is sponsored by the Santa Clara County branch of Music Teachers of America in memory of longtime member Freida Ann Murphy. Tickets for each show are only $ 20, which is a huge discount over in-person concerts. For more information, please visit www.steinwaysociety.com.
SHOPPING HOLIDAYS FOR OTHERS: Yes, it’s barely November, but Shop With a Cop Foundation Silicon Valley is already preparing for its 13th annual Heroes and Helpers shopping spree. However, with COVID-19 restrictions, the 240 low-income and vulnerable children the foundation hosts will not be able to shop in person with a law enforcement officer this year.
Instead, volunteers buy items online from elementary school kids’ wish lists that will be distributed by law enforcement and other volunteers at an event on December 12th.
Executive Director Darrell Cortez says the foundation only raised about $ 28,000 of its $ 40,000 goal. “We need donors and business support,” he said, “our donations have come down significantly this year and the demand for support is now higher than ever.”
Donations are accepted online at www.shopwithacopsv.org.