Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association

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After a 20-year career in computer programming (communications), Mr. Means left corporate America in 1992 to work on community-oriented projects. His continuous involvement since then with the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association (SNA) has supported community building, local activism, and on-the-ground improvements. As an SNA event champion, Mr. Means spearheaded three annual Bike and Roller Fests. His on-going commitment over the years ensured the completion of the Hetch-Hetchy linear trail through Sunnyhills, a two-mile long linear park/trail that stretches from Town Center to the northern city limits.

 During his ten-year tenure on the Bicycle Transportation Advisory Commission (now BPAC) he got the ball rolling for the planning and construction of creekside trails in Milpitas. During that time, he was instrumental in putting the Yosemite/Curtis crossing of the railroad tracks (near the Great Mall) on the Bicycle Master Plan, Trails Master Plan, and Mid-Town Plan.

 In '96, he discovered e-bikes and soon started a small business promoting, selling and servicing electric bikes and scooters. That role exposed him to the fundamental efficiencies of light-weight electric vehicles (LEVs) and advanced transit options which he continues to support through his website:

Today, after concluding that big changes are rapidly approaching, Mr. Means is shifting from small business owner to lobbyist on behalf of LEVs and advanced transit. Projects in 2013 include changes to the California Vehicle Code and securing initial funding for two advanced transit projects in Milpitas.

After running for City Council in 1994, Mr. Means has remained active in local politics by writing incisive letters to the Milpitas Post, participating in local campaigns (for candidates and propositions), and working for a sustainable Milpitas. Rob has lived in Milpitas since 1977, and shares his home with a wonderful wife and her three cats.

Location: Milpitas, CA
Registered: 10/21/2000
Last login: 04/06/2015
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