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MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
WEEKLY BULLETIN
January 13, 2010

"Anywhere is walking distance, if you've got the time."
-- Stephen Wright
Source: ThinkExist.com

1. MCBC hit its 2009 Annual Fund goal!

2. Rub shoulders with Dave Wiens at Dirt Bowl

3. Safe Routes to Schools launches Green Ways to School campaign

4. Public comments on Alto Tunnel Corridor Study due January 29th

5. Star in the 2010 Bay Area Bike to Work Day commercial

6. CycleTracks now available on Android

7. California's first green bike box gets stenciled

8. Mountain bike pioneers join Trips for Kids fundraiser

9. Bicycle Transportation Alliance begins search for Executive Director


1. MCBC hit its 2009 Annual Fund goal!
$10,155 donated to keep our projects moving forward

MCBC is thrilled to announce that it reached its goal for the 2009 Annual Fund Campaign. Generous supporters donated $10,155 to help MCBC flatten the hills on the North-South Greenway for all walkers and cyclists. We heartily thank our many generous supporters listed below.

Lucille Allison
Carsten Andersen
Ross and Jennifer Asselstine
Jon Baker
Frances Barbour and William Melbostad
Rik Barr
Al Baumann
Kathleen Belzer
Ben and Marija Berto
Mark and Bev Birnbaum
Joseph Blumenthal
Nick Bonnell
Andre Borgman
Robert Branick
Joe and Connie Breeze
Nathan Brennan and Kathleen McNamara
Nick Brink
Eric Brown
Richard Burger
Michael Burke
Jerry Cahill and Kathy King
Alex Caldwell
Patricia Callahan
Paul Carroll
Thea Cary
David Catania
Michael Chandler
Shana Chrisman
Chris Churchill
George Conlan
Tom Courtney
Rebecca Crandall
Keith and Susan Cronk
Jeff Curtis
Elizabeth Danel
Marilyn Day
Wm. James De Martini, MD
Christina del Villar
Brian Delfanti
Jim Dennis
Helene Drumm
Jerry Edelbrock and Jeri Howland
Ken and Amanda Eichstaedt
Renee and David Erle
Billy Farrer
Jean Fidler
Jai Flicker
Ron Foote
Joan Francis
Marty Giblas
David Glazer
Jim and Connie Goldsmith
Phil Greer
Victor Hanson
Charles and Silvia Harris
Keith Hastings
Larry Hazen
John Hefler
Eric Heitz and Brenda Birks
Nicolle Henneuse
Daniel Hersh
Jan Hobbel
Peter Hogg
Fred Huxham VII
Tad Jacobs
John Jeffcott
Julie Kastrup
Steven Katz
Bob Kaufman
Gary Kern
Kyle and Jennifer Klopfer
Jeffrey Kroop
Jack Lester
Marian Long
Cheryl Longinotti, PhD
Mary Ann Maggiore
Ron and Amanda Mallory
Gary McConnell
Lee McEachern, Jr.
Mary Ann McGlone
Warren McKean
Leland Mellen
Thomas Miller
Robert Miros
Peter Moran
Robert Morris III
Owen Mulholland
Jim Nash and Cynthia Neumann
Shawn Nelson
Thomas Neupauer
Victoria Newton
Alan Nichols, Jr.
Penny Noble and Eileen Worthley
Stephen Ohr
Martin O'Leary
Lillie O'Reilly
Lawson Owen
Amy Park
Tom Peacock
Roger Peters and Stephanie Moulton-Peters
Kevin Porter
Jocelyn Ray
Arthur Richardson
Ralph and Linda Roan, MD
Barry Robbins
Joanna Robertson
Michael Rogers
David Ross
John and Michelle Rutledge
Steven Sager
Jennifer Sanders
Joel Schmukler
Jeffrey Schneider
Robert Schuchardt
Edward Shinnick
Nick Shryock
Judy Silverman
David and Janine Simerly
Peter Smith
Steven Smith
Steven Soja
Kirsten Spinelli
Sander Stadtler
Sheila Stevens
Jeri Stewart
Joe Stewart
Edward Tai
Donald Taracido
Valerie Taylor
Karl Tede
Mark Thompson
Christina Van Der Plas-Nau
Rudi Verhoeven
Scott Warner
Dwayne Warren
Raoul Wertz
John Wetzler
Bill White
Cindy Winter
Barbara Wyeth
John and Marcella Wynne, Jr.
Indi Young
Russ Young

2. Rub shoulders with Dave Wiens at Dirt Bowl
Volunteer at Feb. 7 fundraiser

Dave WiensSix-time Leadville 100 winner, and former US Mountain Bike team member, Dave Wiens, will lead a new annual cycling event for the Bay Area, The Dirt Bowl, to be held on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2010. Produced by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition in partnership with the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League, this is a benefit ride to ensure that kids have safe roads and great trails. Proceeds from the Dirt Bowl will support the ongoing advocacy work being conducted by both organizations.

Volunteer shifts available:

  • Morning check-in at San Geronimo Golf Course, 9:30-11:30 AM: need 3 people
  • Energizer station at Tamarancho, 10 AM to 2 PM: need 2 people
  • Energizer station at Pt. Reyes, 10 AM to 2 PM: need 2 people
  • Afternoon return check-in at San Geronimo Golf Course, 12:30-3:30 PM: need 2 people

To volunteer, please contact Jo Ann Richards at (415) 456-3469 x7# or joann@marinbike.org.


3. Safe Routes to Schools launches Green Ways to School campaign
Marin Community Foundation provides $175,000 Grant

Marin County Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) is pleased to announce its new Green Ways to School campaign to combat global warming, funded by a $175,000 grant from the Marin Community Foundation’s Climate Change Initiative. The Green Ways to School campaign will feature the new SchoolPool on-line trip sharing program, new contests, and cash incentives for the schools that show the greatest increase in green trips to school by walking, biking, carpooling or taking the bus.

Building on the success of Marin’s nationally recognized SR2S program, the Green Ways campaign will employ a classroom competition within schools, and challenges between schools with cash awards ranging from $100 for individual classes to $2000 for the top performing school. All Marin County schools may participate including K-12 public and private schools with special programming offered for middle and high school age students.

Parents will be able to use the on-line SchoolPool program to build a network of friends to share the journey to school Modeled after employee ridesharing programs; SchoolPool will provide parents with match-lists of schoolmates who live along their route to school. They can then form a carpool, walk or bike together, or find bus buddies for their children.

The Green Ways to School campaign will be unveiled at the Marin County Connections Center at 3240 Kerner Blvd. San Rafael on January 21, 2010 at 4 p.m. Superintendent Mary Jane Burke will provide the welcoming address and two of SR2S champion principals will be honored. Popular Rock Teacher Jasper Thelin will act as MC. A special musical presentation by Teens Go Green will round out the show.

For more information contact Laura Kelly at laura@marinbike.org


4. Public comments on Alto Tunnel Corridor Study due January 29th
Please submit your comments to the County

Alto Tunnel - linking Mill Valley and Corte MaderaThe Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) is writing to encourage letters to the County of Marin on the Mill Valley to Corte Madera Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor Study, which analyzes potential bicycle and pedestrian improvements to three routes: Horse Hill, Alto Tunnel, and Camino Alto. The Study was prepared for the County of Marin by consultants Alta Planning Design/Land People for a cost of $250,000.

MCBC has serious questions and concerns about the draft report, mostly related to cost and bicycle and pedestrian use estimates.

Comments are due to the County of Marin on January 29th for the Mill Valley to Corte Madera Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor Study. Comments should be sent to Ms. Carey Lando at clando@co.marin.ca.us.

Should you have any questions about the report or about MCBC's comments below, please feel free to contact me at andy@marinbike.org or call 415-457-0802.


5. Star in the 2010 Bay Area Bike to Work Day commercial
Filming to take place in March

The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition is looking for volunteers to star in our short video to promote Bike to Work Day 2010. The video will highlight the Team Bike Challenge, transforming a team of office workers into bicycle heroes. Filming will take place in two days around San Francisco in March. Both days of shooting will be catered, and all of our stars will receive a Bike to Work Day 2010 t-shirt and bag.

For more information click here.


Cycle Tracks6. CycleTracks now available on Android

Download CycleTracks, the free app that generates maps and statistics of your rides that you can share with friends now available on Android phones and iPhones. Time and route data is saved for you—and also transmitted to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority to improve the bicycle component of their travel forecasting model, helping planners better understand and serve the needs of San Francisco cyclists. You’ll be promoting Bay Area cycling with each ride you record! (All data collected will be kept confidential).

For more information and links to downloads click here.


7. California's first green bike box gets stenciled

Green Bike BoxCalifornia 's first green Bike Box (at Scott and Oak Streets in San Francisco, CA) became a little more prominent last week when DPT crews stenciled a bicycle on it. See photos here. The stencil and the green colored pavement help demarcate this Bike Box, an advance stop line that allows cyclists to safely and visibly position themselves in front of cars while waiting for the traffic light to turn green. Read more at SF Streetsblog.

Now that we've got our first green bike box at Scott and Oak Streets, we've got to know how to use it properly! This Streetfilm from Portland shows just what these innovative markings mean for bicyclists and motorists on the road so you can confidently make full use of our new gifts and have the safest and most enjoyable biking experience possible.

Source: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition


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8. Mountain bike pioneers join Trips for Kids fundraiser
Brews, Bikes, and Bucks, Sun, Feb 21, 2-6 PM, at Broken Drum Brewery

Marilyn Price of Trips for Kids writes:

Trips for Kids MarinMountain biking pioneers will support Trips for Kids’ at the 12th annual “Brews, Bikes and Bucks” fundraising party on Sunday, February 21 from 2-6 p.m. at the Broken Drum Brewery, 1132 Fourth Street in San Rafael. Well known mountain bike pioneers such as Gary Fisher, Tom Ritchey, Joe Breeze, Ned Overend, Scot Nicol, Jacquie Phelan, Otis, Charles Kelly, Ross Shafer, Mertt Lawwill, Chris Lang, Rick Sutton and other pioneers will be guests at the event There is no charge for admission, but Noah Berry, proprietor of the Broken Drum Brewery, will donate a percentage of the proceeds from food and drink sales to Trips for Kids.

Bike-related prizes will be raffled throughout the afternoon. The grand prize will be a 2009 Jamis Dakar XC dual suspension mountain bike (retail value $1,025) donated by Jamis Bicycles, and a silent auction for a 2010 Marin Bikes Alpine Trail 29er (retail value $785). The bikes are currently on display at the Broken Drum Brewery. Advance raffle tickets and auction signups are available at our Re-Cyclery thrift shop ( 610 4th Street, San Rafael) and at the Broken Drum.

Noah is also holding a Pre Brew event on Tuesday, February 2nd from 5:00 to 9:30 pm. 10% of the nights proceeds will go to Trips for Kids. Mark your calendars to join us then too!!

For more details about the Brews, Bikes and Bucks fundraiser or about Trips for Kids call 415/458-2986, email at info@tripsforkids.org or visit their website http://www.tripsforkids.org.


9. Bicycle Transportation Alliance begins search for Executive Director
Portland nonprofit represents all of Oregon and the region of SW Washington

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance announces:

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is a non-profit 5000 member organization with a mission to create healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safer, more convenient and more accessible. Support for bicycling is progressing and the organization is poised to help make more progress towards solving some of the universal challenges to health, livability, and the environment. The organization represents all of Oregon and the region of SW Washington. In Portland alone, there is an average of 17,000 daily bike commuters.

The Executive Director will be accountable for advancing the vision and mission of the organization and will serve as the face of the organization for advocacy, coalition building, fundraising and communications related activities. In addition to requisite strengths in lobbying, advocacy and policy development, the Executive Director will provide leadership to expand capacity, develop team capabilities, and maximize resources to achieve the long range vision.

For consideration, please send resume and cover letter to Roy Notowitz at Notogroup: roy@notogroup.com

For a full description of this position, click 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

The MCBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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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