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MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
WEEKLY BULLETIN
May 5, 2010

1. Bike to Work Day is next week: here’s 10 ways to make May 13 a huge success

2. MCBC signs up 101st new member of 2010

3. Dine for Dollars returns in 2010

4. Northgate Promenade Celebration was a blast

5. Download iBikeChallenge

6. Lincoln Boulevard closure: mid/late May 2010 - late 2011

7. Video: Tom Vanderbilt talks “Traffic”

8. Join the National Bike Ride to Support Climate and Energy Solutions

9. Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hiring a Development Director


1. Bike to Work Day is next week
Here are 10 ways to make May 13 a huge success

  • Bike to Work Day, May 13, 2010 Get your bike ready with a mini Bike Safety Checkup at any Marin bike shop between now and May 9.
  • May 1-31 – Join the Team Bike Challenge at 511.org. Earn points for riding to work, errands, or school. The winning team wins a grand prize! Don’t wait - registration closes May 6.
  • Join MCBC and enter the Spring Bike Sweepstakes, where you can win a Jamis commuter bicycle. If you bike in Marin, why wouldn’t you be a member?
  • May 13 – Stop by a Marin Energizer Station in the morning (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.). Leave home a bit earlier to check out as many stations as possible and vote at the MCBC website for your favorite station.
  • Continue the celebration on May 13 from 4 to 6 PM at Mike’s Bikes of Sausalito, where we’ll honor the Marin Bike Commuter of the Year, Bevan Jones.
  • Read inspiring stories by Marin bicycle commuters [insert link to the stories]. Get excited about riding your bikes and tell others about how bicycling benefits their personal health, traffic reduction, and our environment.
  • Request an Employer Toolkit for your workplace here, complete with Bike to Work Day poster, employer resources, prize cards, and Team Bike Challenge information.
  • Register today to win regional prizes at www.511.org.
  • May 25 – Learn about road-riding safety at a Basic Street Skills class – see MCBC website for details.
  • Attend the Mill Valley Bike Swap – June 5 at Mill Valley Middle School. (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

For more details about Marin Bike to Work Day activities, visit www.marinbike.org. For more information, contact Jo Ann Richards, Bike to Work Day Coordinator, at joann@marinbike.org or 415-456-3469 x7#.


2. MCBC signs up 101st new member of 2010
Dean Witter Foundation matching new memberships $ for $ up to $15,000

The Dean Witter Foundation MatchThe Marin County Bicycle Coalition signed up its 101st new member of 2010 last weekend at the Northgate Promenade Celebration. MCBC has a great incentive to expand membership, thanks to a Dean Witter Foundation Matching Grant we received in January. The Dean Witter Foundation is matching all new memberships dollar for dollar up to $15,000. Our goal is to bring in 500 new members in 2010 to take full advantage of the grant.

Great incentives to join MCBC today:

  • We can offer new memberships for as low as $25 thanks to the matching grant
  • Large membership will give us the political clout to push for important bicycle projects like the Alto Tunnel
  • Everyone joining or renewing between now and June 20 will be entered in the Spring Bike Sweepstakes, with great prizes including a Jamis Commuter 4 bicycle worth $1,000!

Please help us achieve our goal of 500 new members in 2010 by joining today (if you’re not a member) or telling your friends about the matching grant. If you bike in Marin, why wouldn’t you be a member?


3. Dine for Dollars returns in 2010
Pizzeria Picco on May 11 and Iron Springs in June 1

Picco pizzaWhat better way to help raise money for MCBC’s important programs than to wine and dine? MCBC is partnering with some of Marin’s best restaurants in a mutually beneficial way. Here’s how it works: You save your night out for one of the MCBC Dine for Dollars nights, you eat and drink with fellow cyclists and MCBC receives a portion of the evening’s proceeds. Pretty easy, yes?

1st up - Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur on Tuesday, May 11.

Join MCBC for an evening on the Avenue in downtown Larkspur, when we meet up at Pizzeria Picco for some handmade traditional Neapolitan thin crust style pizza cooked in a wood burning oven. One of the first things you’ll notice when ordering are the familiar names of the pizza’s, like the Cannondale, Margherita, Yeti, Surly, Marin, Seven, and Specialized. I think these guys like bikes!

What: Pizzeria Picco
Where: 316 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, California 94939
When: Tuesday, May 11 from 5 pm – 9 pm

Next up – Iron Springs Brewery and Pub on Tuesday, June 1

Iron Springs is the preferred post-ride destination in Fairfax and its right next to the MCBC office. They serve great pub food and tasty handcrafted beer. So mark your calendar now, plan a ride, call your friends and head on over to Iron Springs on Tuesday, June 1. Let’s pack the place!

What: Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Where: 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930
When: Tuesday, June 1 5 pm - 9 pm


Parade at the Northgate Promenade Celebration4. Northgate Promenade Celebration was a blast
Bicycle and pedestrian pathways at Northgate Mall open with big fanfare

MCBC participated in the May 1 Northgate Promenade Celebration to officially open the bicycle/pedestrian facilities around the mall. MCBC provided valet bike parking and set-up a Bike Locally Outpost, complete with Bike Blender and bicycle repair. We talked to many cyclists from Terra Linda and signed-up 9 new members, pushing our total new members in 2010 over the 100 mark.

The money raised at this event will help complete the Northgate Promenade pathway all the way around the mall. An op-ed piece by Kim Baenisch on the event thanking mall owner Macerich for their innovative facility was published in the IJ on Friday, April 30. Check it out.


iBikeChallenge5. Download iBikeChallenge
Team Bike Challenge App for Your iPhone

The iBikeChallenge is a free iPhone application that lets you use your iPhone’s GPS to record bike trips for the Team Bike Challenge. Recording a trip is as simple as tapping start, riding your bike and tapping save. iBikeChallenge saves maps of all your rides so you can keep track of everywhere you’ve biked. It also lets you check your points for the Team Bike Challenge anywhere at anytime so you can stay ahead of the competition. You can even check which Team Bike Challenge medals you’ve earned and which you need to complete for bonus points.

By recording your bike trips with iBikeChallenge you’re helping build a better future for bicycling as city planners can use the anonymized route data to figure out where new bike facilities are needed. Learn more about iBikeChallenge and download it for your iPhone here.


6. Lincoln Boulevard closure: mid/late May 2010* - late 2011
*Specific closure date to be announced

Lincoln Boulevard closure mapLincoln Boulevard will be closed between McDowell Avenue and Montgomery Street for approximately 18 months to allow for the construction of the southbound Battery Tunnel, a key design element of the Presidio Parkway.

Upon completion of the southbound Battery Tunnel, Lincoln Boulevard will be replaced over the top of the tunnel and re-opened to traffic.

  • Vehicle Detour
    Vehicles should use the signed detour along Halleck Street and McDowell Avenue to Mason Street during this closure.
  • Westbound Bicycle Detour
    Bicyclists traveling west should use Halleck Street to Mason Street to Crissy Field Avenue to Lincoln Boulevard.
  • Eastbound Bicycle Detour
    Bicyclists traveling east (from the Golden Gate Bridge) should use Long Avenue (access road down to Fort Point) to Mason Street to avoid the construction area.
  • Alternate Bicycle Route
    Bicyclists may also use the Golden Gate Promenade to avoid the construction area, however, this is a mixed-use gravel path and a slow speed should be maintained.

Please be cautious when traveling around construction sites and follow the instructions from traffic controllers and construction signage.

View a printable advisory, including cyclist and vehicle detour routes .


7. Video: Tom Vanderbilt talks “Traffic”
Posted on Streetfilms by Clarence Eckerson, Jr. on April 27, 2010

Whether you're a transportation geek or just curious about why people do the things they do behind the wheel, Tom Vanderbilt's Traffic is one of the most fascinating books you can open up.

Tom, who also writes the excellent blog How We Drive, was kind enough to drop by the Streetfilms office for a conversation about his vast research into the world of car and driver. Here's our ten-minute highlight reel of his talk with OpenPlans founder and Streetsblog publisher Mark Gorton. The interview covers subjects from the Invisible Gorilla to intense DriveCam footage of automobile crashes to the dangers of noise-canceling technology touted by car manufacturers. Whether you drive every day or not at all, you'll be enlightened about what happens inside people's heads once they're inside an automobile.

Click here if the video does not appear on your screen.

Source: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition


MESSAGES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS


Climate Ride California8. Join the National Bike Ride to Support Climate and Energy Solutions

Tim McLaughlin of Climate Ride writes:

The nation’s largest environmental charity bike ride and ‘climate conference on wheels’ comes to California! After two years on the East Coast, Climate Ride debuts Brita Climate Ride California 2010 this September 21-25, 2010. Two hundred cyclists will pedal beautiful country roads 300 miles along California’s rugged northern coast from Eureka to San Francisco to raise awareness of clean energy, the climate crisis, and pedal power.

This fully-supported adventure raises funds for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Green America, and 1Sky. Climate Ride is the first multi-day, multi-city bicycle ride to address climate issues and highlight renewable energy solutions. The event also showcases that the bicycle is the ultimate carbon-free machine and a viable form of transportation.

Participants can register online at www.climateride.org.


9. Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hiring a Development Director

Deb Hubsmith of The Safe Routes to School National Partnership writes:

Safe Routes to School National PartnershipThe Safe Routes to School National Partnership, which is hosted by the non-profit Bikes Belong Foundation, seeks an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced professional with a successful track record in leading fundraising campaigns with corporations, foundations and individuals to serve as Development Director. The Partnership is a network of nearly 500 organizations which are working to make it safer and easier for children to walk and bicycle to schools.

The Development Director will report to the Director of the Partnership, and is an exciting new leadership position within the organization. The Development Director holds the responsibility for securing and growing the organization's annual operating budget. The position also includes national outreach to new and existing partner organizations. The full job description is available here.

The place of employment will be your home office in the United States. A computer, telephone, internet service, and P.O. Box will be provided. The Development Director will work full time (40 hours per week) and receive health benefits and paid-time-off. The starting salary is commensurate with experience, up to $75,000/year. There will be limited travel within the United States.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and three writing samples in one PDF file to: Deb Hubsmith (deb@saferoutespartnership.org), Director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Applications must be received by May 17 at 5 PM EST to be considered for interviews, which will take place during the week of May 24. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted, but the receipt of all applications will be acknowledged with an email. The position is expected to start in mid-to-late July.

Visit www.saferoutespartnership.org for more information about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the State Network Project. Bikes Belong Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Please forward the text from this email to others who may be interested in this exciting career opportunity. Thanks!


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.

Thank you for being a part of the solution.

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