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October 21, 2009

1. Dining For Dollars at Piatti and Paradise Loop

2. Golden Gate Ferry allows folding bikes onboard its vessels

3. Trips for Kids wins GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Award

4. Video: Google's new street view trike will provide “Bike There” directions

5. Lawn Chairs in Times Square? Pedestrian Plazas and the Public Realm

6. Race Across the Sky - Leadville Trail 100 documentary

7. Join Ride350 as they cross the Golden Gate Bridge

8. 2nd Annual WaterAid Mountain Bike Ride, Nov 14

1. Dining For Dollars at Piatti and Paradise Loop
Group ride and brunch, Sunday, October 25

Piatti Ristorante & BarThe Marin County Bicycle Coalition invites you to join us for a road bike ride and/or brunch at Piatti Ristorante on Sunday, October 25 to support MCBC’s Share the Road campaign.

The Ride – 9 am
Join Membership Director Tom Boss and MCBC Board Member Maureen Gaffney on a Paradise Loop ride from Piatti’s. We’ll head out from the restaurant (625 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley) Pizza Con Pancetta & Uovatowards Strawberry and on to Tiburon. We’ll ride around the backside of Tiburon along Paradise Drive and into Corte Madera, over Camino Alto and head back to the restaurant in time for a tasty brunch! For those looking for a shorter ride, you can break-off at Trestle Glenn Drive and head back the way we came.

Brunch 10 am – 3 pm
Join us at Piatti Ristorante for an excellent Italian Style brunch. There is a lot to choose from, including a tasty Pizza Con Pancetta & Uova, with tomato sauce, mozzarella, grilled pancetta, arugula and an egg. (Click here to see the menu). MCBC will receive a portion of all brunch sales on this day, so call your friends and head to Piatti for brunch!

Please RSVP to Tom Boss if you plan to join us!

2. Golden Gate Ferry allows folding bikes onboard its vessels

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

Effective October 15, 2009, to further advance options for alternative modes of travel, Golden Gate Ferry (GGF) will allow folding bicycles aboard all of its vessels. Customers may stow a folding bike, in an appropriate carry-on bag, under their seat or in an alternate location deemed safe by the onboard crew. Folding bikes may not be stowed in the onboard bike racks reserved for regular, non-folding bicycles. Regular, non-folding bikes are allowed aboard GGF vessels on a first-come, first-serve basis, and capacities vary based on the type of vessel and the passenger load of a given trip.

In addition to allowing bikes onboard, the Larkspur Ferry Terminal has a number of bike racks that can be used, free of charge. There are 30 bike racks are located outside the paid terminal area that can accommodate 2 bikes each, along with one bike rack inside the paid waiting area that can hold up to 11 bikes.

3. Trips for Kids wins GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Award
Best of the West Medium Non-profit Category Winner

Trips for KidsTrips for Kids won the 2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Award for being the leading medium size non-profit in the Western region focused on youth mentoring and outdoor recreation. Rated at the top by members of the public, the results of reviews were gathered by GreatNonprofits in partnership with VolunteerMatch,, and Guidestar.

"We are most grateful that GreatNonprofits exists, and does all this work to help nonprofits,” says Marilyn Price, Executive Director of Trips for Kids. “We are most fortunate, given the reach that the Internet has today, that we have won this award and word of our work is getting out there."

The contest, held during August and September, asked people to submit reviews and ratings about nonprofits serving youth. This is the first ever list providing reviews of nonprofits serving youth by those who have actually experienced their work. These unique results will be helpful to donors and supporters looking to get involved with this area.

“There are so many great nonprofits that don’t have an advertising budget and are not household names,” says Perla Ni, CEO and founder of GreatNonprofits. “Through this first-ever list of top-rated nonprofits serving youth, you can see how some of these nonprofits are changing lives. Donors and volunteers who are interested in helping kids and youth now see which nonprofits are really making a difference."

4. Video: Google's new street view trike will provide “Bike There” directions
That's right - Google Maps "Bike There" directions are coming!


Congratulations, y’all! 50,000 signatures! We hit that number about a week or so ago, thanks to ‘Jessica’ — the 50,000th signature.

Shortly after we hit the big 50k mark, Google made a small announcement on their LatLong blog:

The best part about this new dataset is that we’ve been able to add a lot of new, detailed information to Google Maps – information that helps people better explore and get around the real world. For example, college students will be pleased to see maps of many campuses; and cyclists will now find many more trails and paths to explore. Soon we even plan on providing you with biking directions to take advantage of this new data. Of course, in the true Google spirit of “launch and iterate,” we plan to work with more data sources to add new features in the map.

This is totally awesome. We heard the rumors before, but this is an official announcement.

Google's Street View TrikeThe San Francisco Bicycle Coalition adds:

And with the new Street View Trike, the folks at Google will be able to capture images of trails, campuses, and other areas inaccessible by car to make planning a bike trip easier for Google Maps users. If you have any suggestions, let them know about the bikeable areas you'd like to see on Google Street View.

Click here to see a short video of the Street View Trike in action.


5. Lawn Chairs in Times Square? Pedestrian Plazas and the Public Realm
Lunchtime Talk TOMORROW at noon, at SPUR, 654 Mission Street in S.F.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition writes:

Lawn chairs in Times SquareThe San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and SPUR's Great Streets Project are proud to bring Tim Tompkins of the Times Square Alliance to San Francisco on Thursday, October 22nd at Noon at SPUR, 654 Mission Street. Almost overnight, Times Square in New York City has become a great place to sit and watch the world.

Tim Tompkins is president of the business improvement district that manages the iconic New York space and will share the story of the ongoing trial of a new pedestrian plaza in Times Square, how business organizations can make the most of the public realm. Free to SPUR members, $5 for non-members. OK to bring lunch.

6. Race Across the Sky - Leadville Trail 100 documentary
THIS Thursday night ONLY at selected theaters

Marilyn Price of Trips for Kids writes:

Race Across the Sky - Leadville Trail 100On October 22, selected local theaters will air Race Across the Sky - Leadville Trail 100, a one-night special in-theater event, featuring a documentary covering the 2009 Leadville Trail 100 bike race. The premier will also feature a broadcast panel discussion amongst some of the principle riders, including Lance Armstrong, Travis Brown, Dave Wiens, race director Ken Chlouber and others.

In addition to the panel discussion hear extraordinary stories from amateur cyclists whose stories will move and inspire you. Stories include a Leadville woman who was critically injured training for the 2008 Leadville Trail 100 and came back to compete this year; a 45+ year old man who has competed in the Leadville Trail 100 for 15+ years, and a woman struggling with MS.

Trips for Kids is a promotional partner for the debut of this event.

For tickets and theatre information, click here to see which theaters in your area are showing Race Across the Sky - Leadville Trail 100 and to purchase tickets.

To view the 5:00 trailer and see additional photos from the Leadville Trail 100 2009 Race, visit the Race Across the Sky website.

At 12,600 feet anything can happen...Don't miss this intense one night event!

7. Join Ride350 as they cross the Golden Gate Bridge
Ride to promote climate change crosses the bridge THIS Saturday at 2 PM

David Lewbin of Ride350 writes:

Ride350Ride your bike in the name of climate change activism! Join Ride350 as they finish the last leg of their 350 mile bicycle journey down the California coast in alliance with Ride350 encourages you to meet, on bicycle, at the parking lot on the northwestern end of the Golden Gate Bridge no later than 2 pm on Saturday, 10/24. The assembled group - you included - will then ride en masse to Justin Herman Plaza, where's International Day of Climate Action will be in full swing. A HUGE 350 photo will take place in the plaza at 3:50 pm and will be broadcast in Times Square.

Ride350 is a dedicated group of friends who are taking their message of climate change awareness on a six-day, 350-mile bicycle ride from Arcata to San Francisco. The ride has been coordinated with the encouragement and support of, an international non-profit organization founded by the American writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben that seeks to raise awareness of the most important number on the planet: 350.

There is an upper limit to how much carbon the Earth’s atmosphere can hold before irreversible damage to our planet takes place,” says 30 year-old Adam Taylor, lead organizer of the trip. “That limit is 350 parts per million…Right now we’re at 390 ppm, and rising at approximately 2 ppm a year. The science is understood, but the potential global implications of this increase are harder to quantify."

For more information visit or

8. 2nd Annual WaterAid Mountain Bike Ride
Ride up Mt. Tam to support water infrastructure improvements in developing countries

Peter Moritzburke of the WaterAid Mountain Bike Ride writes:

WaterAid 2008Please come bike with us on November 14. We will meet at 8 am in the parking lot near the Corte Madera Recreation Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. To support WaterAid America, you can make a donation of $107 (or more or less) online through Firstgiving. Your contribution goes to a great cause! Some examples are at the bottom of this message.

We will provide a map to all riders before we ride and will mark the routes with arrows along the way. Routes as currently envisioned will be (1) a shorter loop up to Blithedale Ridge, cut down to RR Grade, across Hoo-Koo-E-Koo, then back down to Town Park, and (2) a longer loop up to Blithedale Ridge, cut down to RR Grade, up to Westpoint Inn, down Stagecoach and Coastal to Muir Beach, up Green Gulch or Coastal, down Miwok and through Mill Valley, then over the hill to Town Park. We'll have volunteers at SAG stops along the routes.

WaterAid supports life-saving water and sanitation-related infrastructure projects in developing countries. WaterAid has been widely written up about its amazing work around the world. Here are some statistics that might help to guide your donation:

  • $30 trains a mason to build latrines in Nepal.
  • $50 pays for tools for a hand-dug well in Ghana.
  • $120 buys a rope pump in Uganda.
  • $360 pays for a borehole and a hand pump to serve 15 families in Bangladesh.
  • $700 pays for an improved hand-dug well in Salima, Malawi fitted with a Malda direct action hand pump.
  • $3000 pays for a 40 foot hand-dug well fitted with a hand pump that provides water for 250-300 people.

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