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September 9, 2009

1. Cyclists cause less than 10% of bike/car accidents

2. Klunkerz still packs ’em in

3. Back to School – How to pick the right bike for your child

4. Find, buy, sell and trade used bicycles at

5. Take a photo, win a trip to Tuscany

6. 1/2 Year Tamarancho Passes now on sale

7. Ride from Carmel to Hearst Castle on the Audi Best Buddies Challenge

8. Tour de Fat, September 26

9. Trail work on the Olema Valley Trail

1. Cyclists cause less than 10% of bike/car accidents
According to an analysis of Toronto police collision reports

While convalescing after being hit by a truck, Dr. Chris Cavacuiti of the University of Toronto had some time to study the statistics of accidents between cyclists and drivers.

After studying Toronto police collision reports, he got to conclude that collisions have far more to do with aggressive driving than aggressive cycling.

While there is a public perception that cyclists are usually the cause of accidents between cars and bikes, an analysis of Toronto police collision reports shows otherwise: The most common type of crash in this study involved a motorist entering an intersection and either failing to stop properly or proceeding before it was safe to do so. The second most common crash type involved a motorist overtaking unsafely. The third involved a motorist opening a door onto an oncoming cyclist. The study concluded that cyclists are the cause of less than 10 per cent of bike-car accidents in this study.

The available evidence suggests that collisions have far more to do with aggressive driving than aggressive cycling.

Click here for more information.

Source: World Carfree Network

2. Klunkerz still packs ’em in

Otis Guy at Klunkerz

Mountain Bike pioneer Otis Guy

Last Friday night, MCBC partnered with Team Hamana to bring Klunkerz to Film Night in the Park in San Anselmo. Over 300 people packed the little park to see Billy Savage’s documentary on the birth of the mountain bike. Charlie Kelly and Otis Guy introduced the film and Chris Lang also attended the screening; all three are in the film. MCBC provided free valet bike parking at the screening and parked over 30 bikes with the new kickstand service, which can be delivered to a venue by bicycle.

Klunkerz is a must see for any cyclist. It’s more than a story about mountain bikes, it’s a story about people who love bicycles, it’s a look at the Bay Area in the 70’s and it’s about the entrepreneurial spirit that resides here. If you haven’t seen it yet, pick up a copy at your local bike shop.

Film Night in the Park will be screening Rushmore this Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Central Baseball Field in Fairfax at Bank and Broadway Streets (next to the Bank of America). While the movie is not bike related, the screening is sponsored by Sunshine Bicycles and there is a pretty funny scene in the movie involving a bicycle.

3. Back to School – How to pick the right bike for your child

There is nothing like getting a new bike! But what if that bike’s not right for your child? It could hinder their ability to ride, causing them to lose control. While the surprise is fun, it’s better to take your kid with you when buying them a new bike.

Just like cloths, kids will outgrow their bicycles. Before you go out and buy a new bike, think about what type of bike is best for their riding skill and age.

Younger riders are probably best on smaller mountain or BMX style bikes, with large tires that roll over obstacles such as rocks and cracks in the pavement. Once your child is experienced you may want to upgrade them to a hybrid or townie bike, with bigger wheels and thinner tires. These bikes roll more effortlessly on pavement.

Bike fit is very important. Make sure there is a good amount of stand-over clearance: the top tube should be a few inches below the groin when standing over the bike. The position of the seat and handlebars is important as well. When buying your child a bike you have to buy a helmet, too; it’s not just the safe thing to do, it’s the Law. Make sure the helmet fits properly.

Make sure your child test rides the bike and likes the color and style; this will help encourage them to ride it. The sales person at your local bike shop can help you choose the right size bike and helmet and set them up so your child has an excellent riding experience.

4. Find, buy, sell and trade used bicycles at

Here's a great service we want to share with all bicycling enthusiasts. Local Bicycle Trader is a new website set up to help you find, buy, sell and trade used bicycles. Find it here.

For no fee, you can post as many bicycles as you have to trade or sell with up to five photos each on the site. A "feature your ad" option for $3 places your ad on the home page and side tabs of each page to give your bikes priority visibility!

Check out this great resource and you'll just possibly never be without the bike of your dreams!

5. Take a photo, win a trip to Tuscany
Inaugural People Powered Movement Photo Contest runs from Sept 1 to Dec 11

People Poweree Movement Photo ContestThe Alliance for Biking & Walking is inviting photographers from across North America to turn their best biking and walking photos into a chance to win a 10-day all-expense-paid bike tour of Tuscany. The inaugural People Powered Movement Photo Contest, which runs from September 1st - December 11th, is seeking high quality and creative photos of biking and walking.

There are more prizes for runners-up, including commuter bikes, bags, Planet bike gear, and CLIF Bars. Additionally, the grand prize winner will earn a $1,000 communications grant for her local biking or walking advocacy organization (ahem! nudge, nudge...)

Click here to visit the Alliance's website to get all the details. Good luck!

Source: Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

I am Mike - because my bike is my transportation AND my escape. Mike's Bikes


6. 1/2 Year Tamarancho Passes now on sale

Danny Forer, Tamarancho Bike Coordinator, writes:

2009 Tamarancho Friends PassThe 2009 Tamarancho 1/2 Year Passes are now on sale. The 2009 1/2 year pass is valid for unlimited riding until December 31, 2009. The cost for the pass is $25 for an Individual Pass, and $40 for a Family Pass (2 adults living in the same household).

To purchase a pass online, with a credit card, click here.

If you want to pay by check, print out an application and mail to the scouts. If you wish to pay by cash, print out an application; the address for the scouts’ office in San Rafael is listed on the application. To print out a 2009 1/2 year application click here.

Notes about the 2009 1/2 Year Passes:

  1. A plastic pass will be sent to you via snail mail.
  2. Carry the receipt until you receive your pass.

Day Passes cost $5, and are available online (print out the pass on your own printer). For a day pass click here.

Also, you can purchase a day pass at the following bike stores:

  • Fairfax Cyclery and Sunshine Bikes ( Fairfax)
  • Summit Bike ( San Rafael)
  • Caesar's Bike and Paradigm (San Anselmo)

7. Ride from Carmel to Hearst Castle on the Audi Best Buddies Challenge
Ride kicks off September 12 in Carmel

Arnie Neustaetter of Audi Best Buddies writes:

Audi Best BuddiesThe Audi Best Buddies bike ride kicks off Sept. 12 at 7:00 am in Carmel, CA. The 100 mile route goes along the coast from Carmel to Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Best Buddies is a non profit organization founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989 dedicated to helping people with Intellectual disabilities.

Sign up today and join our event Chair, Maria Shriver, for the sixth Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle on September 12, 2009 from Carmel to San Simeon, CA.

Choose your Challenge: select from a 100, 62, 35 or 15-mile bike ride down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway, or a 3K walk or 5K run led by Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis. Following your challenge, pick up your event gift bag, relax with a professional massage, and refuel at an all-you-can-eat gourmet barbecue while enjoying a private concert by Ciara!

You can learn more about Best Buddies and contribute to this cause by clicking on this link, or by emailing Arnie Neustaetter at

8. Tour de Fat, September 26
Free event in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

Tour de Fat

Constance Cavallas of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition writes:

Dust off your most fabulous bike costume and help kick off this ballyhoo of bikes and beer with a fun and mellow bike cruise through Golden Gate Park. Then enjoy the all-day solar-powered jamboree with live music, tasty eats, free bike valet, and, of course, delicious New Belgium beer! Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for this fun-filled day in the park sponsored by our friends at the New Belgium Brewing Company. New Belgium generously donates all the proceeds of this fun day to the SFBC and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Visit for more info.


WHEN: September 26, 9am-4pm
WHAT: Tour de Fat
WHO: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
WHERE: Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park

9. Trail work on the Olema Valley Trail
Hikers, bikers and equestrians come together!

Share the Trail writes:

Olema Valley Trail Share the Trail, working with Point Reyes National Seashore’s Adopt A Trail program, announce a trail work day and picnic on Saturday, September 26.

Share the Trail, a coalition of user groups working to make Marin trails more accessible and safe for everyone, is organizing a trail day and picnic at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County. Hikers, bikers and equestrians will be working side by side to make some much-needed improvements to the Olema Valley Trail, one of the few multi-use trails in the park. These improvements will increase the longevity of the trail, preserving the trail for future generations. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will help with the project and will offer a trail building school, teaching sustainable trail design. There will be a picnic following the trail work with great local food and beverages, including hamburgers and sausages from Marin Sun Farms!

  • Where: Meet at the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center on Hwy 1 about 2 miles south of Five Brooks trailhead, midway between Olema and Bolinas
  • When: Saturday, Sept. 26. Trail work: 10 am - 2 pm; Picnic: 2:30 pm - 5 pm
  • RSVP and questions: or 415-272-2756

About the trail: The Olema Valley Trail meanders along the Olema Rift Zone, created by the San Andreas Fault. The San Andreas Fault runs through Bolinas Lagoon, the Olema Valley and up through Tomales Bay. In fact, the epicenter of the 1906 Great Earthquake was near Olema. As a result of seismic activity, the Olema Rift Zone features a very unique hydrology or drainage pattern. For about a mile in the Olema Valley, two creeks parallel each other and flow in opposite directions to the Pacific Ocean. Pine Gulch creek flows south and empties into Bolinas Lagoon, while Olema Creek flows north and drains into Tomales Bay. This is just one of the many wonders that await you along the Olema Valley Trail.- Stephen Bryne

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

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