Hi - I just moved to San Jose from the Pacific North West. I'm working in Mountain View, and would like to bike to work every day.
My employer has put me in temporary housing in North Park in San Jose. This gives me an 11-12 mile ride to work, which is a fairly comfortable distance. Ideally I'd like to be between 10 and 20 miles from work.
My girlfriend is also moving here and ideally we'd like to be in the same city (though that may not happen) - and she'll be working on Sunnyvale. She doesn't want to drive more than 20-30 minutes to get to work.
I should mention that I'm pretty comfortable riding on roads with cars... most of my time on my bike has been spent in Boston which is not a friendly city towards cyclists so I'm already used to much worse conditions
So - I'm hoping to find an area that is safe, is 10-20 miles *by bike* from Mountain View, 20-30 minutes *drive* from Sunnyvale, and has at least decent proximity to an interesting downtown. Palo Alto seems like a possibility, but it's spendy and a bit too close for my taste. Redwood City also seems possible.
Any other suggestions?