Silicon Valley March for Science
**Update: Let's meet at the donkey statue behind City Hall. It will be easier to gather there and then walk over to the front of City Hall, where the event begins. Look for our bright green banner. We also have a table in Caesar Chavez for the rally.
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April 22, 2017 at 10:30am
San Jose City Hall
Walk alongside us as we March For Science!
The March for Science Silicon Valley is a grassroots effort to celebrate science, advocate for non-partisan support for evidence-based policy, and make science more accessible. It will be an amazing gathering as March for Science is teaming up with Silicon Valley Comic Con, to bring the march and family-friendly rally to the free outdoor festival.
This is a dog-friendly event, so bring your best friend if s/he is "crowd-friendly".
10:30am - Gather at the totem pole behind City Hall.
11 am: March starts at San Jose City Hall. Look for our big Sunday Assembly banner!
Noon: Rally begins at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Come by our table!
Why you should use public transportation to get to the march: •Parking in downtown San José is scarce, especially during big events. •Parking in downtown San José is expensive. •It is Earth Day!
Park and Ride There are Park and Ride lots throughout Santa Clara County. Meet up with friends, park your car(s), and use public transportation to get into the city center. Here is a link to a map showing park and ride locations: http://www.vta.org/getting-around/schedules/park-and-rides-lots-map. VTA will run two car trains all day April 22, 2017 (March for Science Day) to provide additional capacity.
Charting Your Route: The best way to chart your route on public transportation is to use Google Maps (https://www.google.com/maps)
VTA also has a planning tool at VTA.org . Be sure to specify Saturday in charting your route, as all public transit schedules vary on weekends. (For example, San José’s free DASH shuttle does not run on weekends at all.)
Cost: Buses and light rail rides are $2 each way, but there is no "free" transfer. To connect from bus to light rail or bus to bus, it would be another $2. However, with a Clipper Card, which is free and can be purchased in a variety of locations (including most Walgreens), Day Passes are available for $6 or $2.50 for seniors and people with disabilities. To qualify for the discounted prices, you must have a recognized form of ID (Medicare card, VTA Discount Card, DMV handicapped placard computer print-out, etc). CalTrain costs vary with distance. Clipper Cards also work on CalTrain (be sure to click off at end of journey--different than bus or light rail).
Disability Access: All of public transportation in Santa Clara County and the Bay Area is accessible for individuals with mobility devices, service animals, and other needs.
Bicycles: •Buses have racks for bicycles. •Light rail has bike racks in some cars. •CalTrain has bike racks in cars designated for that purpose. •BART permits bicycles during non-commute times. •This link shows locations of bicycle racks in San Jose: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=4250.
Bus Routes to SJ City Hall and from Plaza de Cesar Chávez within greater San José area: SJ City Hall (the start point of the march) is accessible via the VTA on bus routes 22, 23, 63, 64, 65, 68, 168, 201 all with about a 0.2 mile walk from the bus stop. City Hall is also accessible from both light rail lines, 901 and 902, with a 0.4 mile walk from the stop. Bus 522 (Rapid Eastridge) from the Mountain View/Palo Alto region is an express bus stopping at City Hall.