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MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
WEEKLY BULLETIN
August 5, 2009

1. Golden Gate Transit upgrading to 3-position bike racks on many buses

2. Marin bicyclists get green light on bike sensors

3. MCBC August Group Ride announced

4. Win a GoPro HERO Helmet Camera

5. MCBC helps energize Marin Century riders

6. SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 10 – Biketoberfest returns to Fairfax

7. CDC recommends adoption of Complete Streets

8. Deb Hubsmith & Safe Routes to School profiled in Urban Velo

9. October 3rd is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

10. TransForm is hiring a California Field Organizer


1. Golden Gate Transit upgrading to 3-position bike racks on many buses
Installations expected to be completed by end of summer

Kim Baenisch tries out one of the new bike racks Over the next couple of months, Golden Gate Transit (GGT) will be replacing the current 2-position bike racks with 3-position bike racks on 90 of their buses. GGT already has 3-position racks on their 10 articulated buses. When completed later this summer, 100 of GGT's 204 buses will be equipped with the 3-position racks. Some buses already have the new racks installed. GGT is outfitting all of the buses in the fleet that will accommodate the new 3-position racks. Some older buses cannot accept the newer style racks due to headlight visibility problems with the 3-position racks installed; they will continue to to be run with the 2-position racks. Overall, this represents about a 25% increase in bike capacity within the GGT system.

GGT received funding for these racks in 2008 from a Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) grant. MCBC thanks GGT for continuing to increase bicycle carrying capacity within their system. We look forward to using the new 3-position racks!

Click here to read the article in the Marin IJ.


2. Marin bicyclists get green light on bike sensors
Video detectors will be installed to detect bikes, which don’t trigger some signals

As part of the $25 million federal pilot program, charged with improving the built environment, promoting bicycling and walking, and measuring the results, Marin County has invested $922,000 to install 30 bike sensors at busy traffic intersections throughout the County.

This project is important for improving safety, because many traffic lights simply don’t detect the presence of bicyclists due to the fact that there is not enough metal on the bikes to trigger some traffic signals. At key intersections, video detectors will be installed before the end of this year to fix this problem. TV Channel CBS 5 recently reported on the story and interviewed MCBC’s Advocacy Director Deb Hubsmith and Marin County’s Assistant Director of Public Works Craig Tackabery.

For a list of the traffic signals that will be upgraded click here.


3. MCBC August Group Ride announced
Saturday, August 22, 9 AM, at the MCBC office, 733 Center Blvd., Fairfax

Light at the end of Cal Park Hill Tunnel MCBC’s next group ride will take place on Saturday, August 22, at 9 AM. We will see all the new facilities (bike paths, signs, tunnels, etc.) that have been installed in Central Marin since MCBC formed in 1998.

We will start at the MCBC office at 733 Center Blvd. in Fairfax, which is next to Sunshine Bicycles and Iron Springs Brewery. We will then head east through San Anselmo and Ross on our way to Corte Madera to see the path that leads to the Alto Tunnel. From there we will ride north to the Larkspur portal of the Cal Park Hill Tunnel and then back up the Ross Valley through Greenbrae and Kentfield to Fairfax.

This 15-mile bike ride on roads and bike paths is fairly flat and can be made on any type of bicycle. The ride should take about 2.5 hours.

Please RSVP Tom Boss at tom@marinbike.org.


4. Win a GoPro HERO Helmet Camera
In the Summer 2009 Pedal Press

GoPro HERO Helmet CamBe sure to check out the contest to win a GoPro HERO Helmet Cam on page 11 of the Summer Pedal Press. Answer three questions (answers are all in the Pedal Press) and win a helmet camera worth $189, courtesy of GoPro.

As always, the online Pedal Press includes full color graphics and active links for navigation and more information.

Hard copies of the Pedal Press are available at all local bike shops and other businesses that regularly stock our publication. Recipients for whom we do not have an email address will continue to receive a mailed copy.

Can’t be without a hard copy?? If you simply cannot do without a hard copy Pedal Press for your coffee table, office waiting room, or staff lounge, let us know NOW.

Click this link to tell Jo Ann Richards, “I need my Pedal Press mailed to me” – she’ll be happy to make that note in our database, and will even reply to you with a confirmation that she received your request.


5. MCBC helps energize Marin Century riders
With food, parking, bike repair, and a comfortable lounge

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition sponsored the Nicasio rest stop along the Marin Century route last Saturday and we all had a great time. This year, in addition to serving food and providing bike parking for the 2,000 riders, we also created a comfortable lounge and bicycle repair shop.

We’d like to thank all the volunteers who helped throughout the day; we couldn’t have done it without you!

Food table and tent at the MCBC rest stop


Biketoberfest 20086. SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 10 – Biketoberfest returns to Fairfax

Biketoberfest is Marin County's premier bicycle event, held in Fairfax, the birthplace of the mountain bike. The event caters to all who ride bicycles, including mountain, road and transportation cyclists. It combines a handmade bicycle show with a brewfest, featuring the best Northern California has to offer.

There will be great live music, 25 bicycle vendors, 15 brewers serving 20+ beers and tasty food. Proceeds from the event support the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes.

What: Biketoberfest 2009
When: Saturday, October 10, 2009; 11 am - 6 pm
Where: Fair-Anselm Plaza at 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930


7. CDC recommends adoption of Complete Streets

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended adoption of complete streets policies as a strategy to fight obesity. Six of the 24 suggestions on the list deal with the creation of complete streets. Read the Streetsblog recap here.

Source: League of American Bicyclists


Safe Routes in Urban Velo magazine8. Deb Hubsmith & Safe Routes to School profiled in Urban Velo
Free online download - great magazine about urban bike culture

Deb Hubsmith was profiled in the most recent edition of Urban Velo - a relatively new magazine that focuses on urban bicycling and culture. In addition to being MCBC's Director of Advocacy, Deb runs the Safe Routes National Partnership. The article, written by MCBC's Director of Planning, David Hoffman, focuses on the work that Deb is doing at a national level. The article can be downloaded for free here (it's in the current issue - #14 - on page 48). Urban Velo, which has a circulation of about 50,000 copies, is read worldwide.

Additional articles about the work that is being done here in Marin County can be found in: Issue #1 (Complete Streets), #7 (Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program), #9 (Profile of Joe Breeze), #11 (innovative bike facilities), and #12 (funding for bike organizations like MCBC). All downloads are free. Paper copies are available by subscription for a small fee.


I am Mike - because riding without training wheels is awesome. Mike's Bikes.


MESSAGES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS


9. October 3rd is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Hosted by San Francisco Urban Riders

Daniel Schneider of SF Urban Riders writes:

Just another reminder that SF Urban Riders will be hosting a local 'Take A Kid Mountain Biking' in McLaren Park. It will feature bike skills areas, trail rides, and other fun stuff for all all ages and skill levels. We are proud to have IMBA, Clif Bar, YMCA, and others as sponsors.

SFUR will be needing volunteers to assist with this event and look forward to hearing from anyone interested - keep it in mind.

For more info contact info@sfurbanriders.org.


10. TransForm is hiring a California Field Organizer
Work with partners to influence the upcoming federal transportation bill

Carli Paine of TransForm writes:

TransFormTransForm, California's leading organization working for sustainable and equitable transportation, is hiring a California Field Organizer to work with partners in key regions across the state to influence the upcoming federal transportation bill.

TransForm is partnering with Transportation for America, a diverse coalition of groups working to ensure federal legislation will help meet critical environmental, social and economic goals, on a nationwide campaign to reform federal transportation funding and policy. We are seeking an experienced and dynamic Field Organizer who is prepared to speak to diverse audiences, and work with the California coalition to organize both grasstops and grassroots events for nonprofits, business leaders, and elected officials.

For the full job description click on California Field Organizer here.


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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