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MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
WEEKLY BULLETIN
April 3, 2008

1. Bicycle crashes decline by 34% in Marin over past decade

2. Road Conditions Being Studied for Cycling Improvements


3. Celebrate MCBC’s 10th Anniversary at our Annual Meeting next Wed, April 9th

4. Bikes Belong Produces Video on Paris' Short-Term Bike Rental System

5. Who makes every day a Bike to Work Day?

6. Last chance to vote for our Board of Directors

7. MCBC wants your friends – as members!

8. Presidio 10 Race crosses bridge sidewalks on Sunday morning, April 6

9. Trips For Kids/Re-Cyclery Huge Blow-out Sale Saturday, April 12, 10am–4pm

10. SFBC kicks off Healthy Saturdays season, THIS Saturday, April 5


1. Bicycle Crashes Decline by 34% in Marin over Past Decade
While Bike Commuting Increases 66%

The recent deaths of two bicyclists in Cupertino once again highlight the need for aggressive timetables for projects and educational programs that make Marin County roads safer for bicycle riders. However, a positive piece of data from the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWTRS) shows that Marin County bike and car crashes declined by 34% over the past 10 years, while bicycle commuting has simultaneously increased by 66%.

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition's efforts continue to help make the road safer, and your financial support and volunteerism through attending public meetings, makes a big difference. Through our collaborative efforts with law enforcement and public works departments we have raised awareness and changed the physical environment to make our roads safer for bicycle riding. Each time we secure new bike lanes, Complete Streets policies, fiscal support for non-motorized transportation projects, etc. we are helping to make the roads safer for bicycle commuters and recreational riders in Marin County.

Check out MCBC’s Share the Road page on our website for more information about bicycle education classes, safety tips for both bicyclists and motorists, and more.


2. Road Conditions Being Studied for Cycling Improvements
On Drake through Samuel P Taylor State Park between Shafter and Platform bridges

MCBC attended a March 29 meeting with other community organizations and agencies to review and discuss several design options for improving Sir Francis Drake Boulevard through Samuel P. Taylor Park between Shafter and Platform Bridges, prior to the commencement of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This stretch of road has been historically challenging for cyclists due to high traffic volume, very limited road width, poor sight lines, and uneven pavement surfaces. The project faces many design challenges due to the environmental sensitivity of the nearby creek and redwood trees, the twisty road configuration and the desire to maintain the rural character of the park.

During the meeting three repaving options were presented: 1) simply repave the existing roadway, 2) repave and selectively remove trees where feasible to provide a consistent road width but variable shoulder width, or 3) rebuild the existing roadway to Caltrans standards which would entail significant tree removal, retaining wall construction and road realignment. Consensus at the meeting moved towards addressing the east and west road sections separately, due to their unique environmental and safety issues. Supervisor Steve Kinsey characterized the effort as a "fish project with a road in it" - which nicely summarizes the project goals of improving safety for all road users, maintaining the rural quality of the area, and reducing the impact on the area's watershed as much as possible.

The County plans to produce a Draft EIR with six to seven months, and when this is released for comment, MCBC will review the options and provide input on the proposed designs. County officials hope to begin work on the project, which should take about a year, in 2010. MCBC will keep you apprised of any new progress and upcoming public meetings associated with this project.


3. Celebrate MCBC’s 10th Anniversary at our Annual Meeting next Wed, April 9th
Featuring “10 Years of Biking Progress” photo show and Board election

The Annual Membership Meeting and Board election is April 9 – one week away. If you haven’t voted yet, don’t miss your opportunity.

Come to the Annual Meeting on April 9 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St. in San Rafael. A light dinner will be served.

The program will consist of two presentations:

Biking Progress1. 10 years of Biking Progress in Marin:

Celebrate MCBC’s 10th Anniversary with Board and staff by taking a trip down memory lane with photos of the many biking facilities MCBC has successfully helped implement in Marin, and learn about our significant behind-the-scenes contributions to planning documents, ballot measures, funding sources, and the long-term, ongoing projects we’re continuing to move forward. See what you’ve helped create!

2. Board Elections:

This year, there are 4 Board members running for re-election and 5 new candidates. Come to meet them in person and hear their positions. Read their candidate statements on our website. The election results will be announced at the end of the meeting.

See you there for a great evening!


4. Bikes Belong Produces Video on Paris' Short-Term Bike Rental System
Imagine a similar system here in Marin County!

Have you heard the buzz about the short-term bike rental systems that are rolling into cities worldwide? Bikes Belong was inspired by the potential for such systems in the U.S. To help spread the word, they created a video to showcase the popular Paris system, Vélib, which debuted in July 2007. Designed and created by outdoor advertising giant JCDecaux, the program includes 20,600 rental bikes at 1,451 stations throughout the city, providing an inexpensive, convenient way for people to use bikes for short trips.

The response has been amazing. Parisians and visitors alike are using the bikes in huge numbers, racking up 13.4 million trips by mid-January—an average of 75,000 trips per day. A bike rental is free for the first 30 minutes, approximately $1.50 for the next half hour, and incrementally more expensive for longer periods. This tiered price structure makes the bikes appealing for short-term trips but discourages users from keeping them overnight, ensuring a ready supply throughout the city.

The Paris program has revolutionized bicycling in the city. As word spreads of its success—and of other programs in Lyon, Barcelona, Vienna, and Berlin—cities worldwide are taking notice. Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Oregon, are just a few of the U.S. cities that are working to launch similar programs. Check out the Vélib video to see the bike system in action and learn more about how it works.

MCBC would like to see a bike sharing program start in Marin County. Just imagine what that could mean for commuters and visitors alike with initial bike sharing stations at Larkspur Ferry Terminal, the Larkspur SMART station, and the downtown San Rafael Transit Center - all helping to create a truly multi-modal transportation corridor here in Marin County.


5. Who Makes Every Day a Bike to Work Day?
Nominate him/her as the Marin Bike Commuter of the Year

Kerri KazalaThe Bike Commuter of the Year Award honors one person from each county who is committed to making every day “Bike to Work Day.” This person epitomizes and actualizes the health, environmental, social, and economic benefits of bicycling. We are looking to recognize that special someone in Marin, someone who inspires others to give bike commuting a try, and someone who you just think is a really swell cyclist and community member.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, April 22, at 11:59 PM (don’t wait until midnight!). Go to the Bike to Work Day homepage on 511.org and click on “Bike Commuter of the Year Nominations.” Submit your nomination today!

A plaque will be presented to the winner on Bike to Work Day (May 15) at MCBC’s end-of-day party from 4-6 PM at Mike’s Bikes of Sausalito.


6. Last Chance to Vote for our Board of Directors
Let your voice be heard!

Our Membership Meeting next Wednesday will be the final opportunity to vote for our Board of Directors.

We thank all of our members who have already voted, and encourage the rest of you to VOTE NOW! The more members that vote, the more representative our Board selections will truly be. We must receive your vote by noon on April 9 to be able to count it.

The easiest way to vote is online . You can also email your choices to election@marinbike.org, or print the proxy ballot and submit it by email or snail mail.

Thank you!


7. MCBC Wants Your Friends – as Members!
Point Reyes membership recruitment event THIS SATURDAY

Members are the driving force behind MCBC. How many of your cycling buddies are members of our ranks?

Once you let them know about MCBC’s valuable work in Marin, getting them to join is a no-brainer!

Remind them that MCBC has been making their rides better for 10 years through road surface improvements, new bike lanes, bike route signage, and improved bike parking. And don’t forget the membership benefits: bike shop discounts, Marin Bicycle Map, our newsworthy publications, etc.

We’ll be in Point Reyes Station this Saturday, April 5, recruiting new MCBC members near Cycle Analysis and the Bovine Bakery from 11 AM to 2 PM. Plan your ride to take a break here and sign up your friends!

To sweeten the member sign-up deal, we’re partnering with the Bovine to provide bakery coupons to the newly recruited members. New members and current members who get their friends to join on Saturday will also be entered in a raffle for a new Marin Bikes bicycle (donated by our 2008 sponsor Bunker & Company LLP – thank you Joe!).


MESSAGES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS


8. Presidio 10 Race crosses bridge sidewalks on Sunday morning, April 6
Both sides of bridge to be closed to bicycles; shuttle service will be provided

Mary Currie of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District writes:

The Presidio 10 Race, benefiting The Guardsmen and The Ashlyn Dyer Foundation, will start at 8 am on Sunday, April 6, in The Presidio of San Francisco. Runners can run either a 10-mile or a 10-kilometer course. Both courses will start and finish at Crissy Field. The course crosses north over the Golden Gate Bridge west sidewalk and returns south over the east sidewalk.

West Sidewalk Closed to BIKES from Approximately 8 am to 9:30 am

From approximately 8 am to 9:30 am, bicyclists will not have access to both the east and west sidewalks. Alternatively, during this time, bicyclists will be shuttled across the Bridge, in both directions. Bicyclists can catch a shuttle in the designated area southeast parking lot or on the north side of the Bridge at the northbound Alexander Avenue off-ramp bus stop area.

East Sidewalk Closed to PEDESTRIANS and BIKES from Approx. 8:30 am to 10 am

Bicyclists can catch a shuttle in the designated area southeast parking lot or on the north side of the Bridge at the northbound Alexander Avenue off-ramp bus stop area.

Race Day Schedule of Events

  • 6:00 to 7:45 am - Registration at Sports Basement
  • 8:00 am - Start of 10 Mile Race
  • 8:30 am - Start of 10 Kilometer Race
  • 8:45 am to 11:30 am - Recovery Festival and Expo at Crissy Field

For more information visit www.presidio10.com


9. Trips For Kids/Re-Cyclery Huge Blow-out Sale Saturday, April 12, 10am–4pm
Great deals for you support Trips for Kids’ program for inner city kids

Marilyn Price of Trips for Kids writes:

Mark your calendars for a huge one-day sale on Saturday April 12 from 10am to 4pm at 610 4th Street Re-Cyclery Bike Thrift Shop.

Bike frames, forks, wheels, tires, helmets, bike racks, clothes, cycling shoes, and lots more will be on sale at bargain prices. Product donations from bicycle manufacturers and private donors have piled up and its time to make room for new shipments. Sale items include NEW:

  • Old Stock Giant OCR 1 framesets $150
  • Shimano XT disc wheelsets $150!
  • Helmets $10-30
  • New Saddles all kinds, cheap
  • New Velomax Ascent Wheelsets $300-Underseat Bags $3 -5
  • and many items from our usual Huge selection of New & Used Parts, Accessories & Clothing are 25 – 50% off. (Bikes are NOT included).

For more information (415) 458-2986, info@tripsforkids.org or http://www.tripsforkids.org

PLEASE NOTE: Payment must be by cash or local check with a valid Driver's License.

This is going to be a great sale that should not be missed and your dollars will go to support a great cycling program. The Re-Cyclery Bike Thrift Shop at 610 4th Street in downtown San Rafael is open Tuesday - Friday noon - 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Each year Trips for Kids takes hundreds of inner-city kids from the Bay Area on guided mountain bike adventures, many of whom have never been outside of their urban neighborhoods. In 1999 Trips for Kids became a national program. There are now 60 chapters from coast to coast, with more in the works.


10. SFBC kicks off Healthy Saturdays season, THIS Saturday, April 5
Family fun on wheels in Golden Gate Park

Kate McCarthy of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition writes:

  • WHAT: Healthy Saturdays - SFBC Family Kick-Off
  • WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2008, 10am-12pm
  • WHERE: Golden Gate Park, 14th Ave. E. Picnic Area on JFK Blvd.
  • COST: Free
  • WEB: http://www.sfbike.org/kids

Join the SF Bicycle Coalition, friends, and families like yours as we celebrate the season's first Healthy Saturday, when a stretch of safe, smooth, car-free space is opened to families on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. Fun bike-y family activities include the SFBC's Freedom From Training Wheels group effort to get our kids riding on two-wheels, and a Bike Road-eo course that teaches two-wheelers with and without training wheels basic bike skills. Free!

CONTACT: Kate McCarthy, Membership and Volunteer Organizer, SFBC, kate@sfbike.org


Marin County Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 1115
Fairfax, CA 94978
Office Location: 733 Center Blvd., Fairfax, CA 94930
(415) 456-3469 - phone
(415) 456-9344 - fax
http://www.marinbike.org

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We are a membership-supported group. If you are not already a paying member, please join today. Printable membership forms are on our website, http://www.marinbike.org.

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