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July 28, 2010

1. Taming the Bike Commuter Beast THIS THURSDAY

2. Celebrate the Alameda del Prado bike lanes opening

3. Insure better bicycling by making a matching donation

4. SMART rejects Grand Jury recommendation and supports pathway

5. Take 60 seconds to support opening the Alto Tunnel

6. Bike Parking Coordinator needed by August 20

7. Volunteers needed for the Marin Century

8. Learn to “Ride Right” with MCBC’s new video

9. Ross adopts Bike Plan

10. New MCBC bicycle jersey, on sale at select bike shops NOW

11. MCBC Fun Ride II:The Locust Rides Again

12. Studio Velo – Women opens in Mill Valley

13. A great jersey for a great ride

1. Taming the Bike Commuter Beast THIS THURSDAY
A presentation on bicycle commuting

Bicycle Commuter EssentialsMCBC is proud to present “Taming the Bike Commuter Beast”, a presentation by Timbuk2 CEO and Marin to SF commuter Mike Wallenfels.

Riding to work can be a sweaty, frustrating endeavor, but Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels has learned how to make it work. Learn about his 38-mile commute from Novato to San Francisco's Mission District. Mike will share his secrets to bike commuting success that will get you off the fence and on your bike. He will focus on the right gear, apps, and tools required for a bike commute free of road rage.

What : Taming the Bike Commuter Beast - bicycle commuting presentation
When : Thursday, July 29 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where : Mike's Bikes San Rafael, 836 4th Street
Admission: FREE!!!

The presentation is part of MCBC’s Bike Locally Campaign that encourages more people to ride a bicycle for trips to work, to shop and for local errands.

Please forward this email to anyone you know who’s talking about or should be biking to work!

2. Celebrate the Alameda del Prado bike lanes opening
MCBC and Supervisor Arnold will ride and cut a ribbon on August 2

Alameda del Prado bike lanesPlease join the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, County of Marin Public Works staff and Board of Supervisor President Judy Arnold for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the bicycle lanes along Alameda del Prado in Novato.

Monday, August 2, 2010
5:30 PM (bicycle ride)
6:00 PM (celebration)

The bicycle lanes connect the existing bicycle lanes on Ignacio Boulevard to the Pacheco Pathway (near the Marin IJ building), closing a key 1-mile gap in the North/South Bikeway. The project received $850,000 in funding from the federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP) grant.

Bring your bike and ride with MCBC as we celebrate the completion of the first of three major projects that will open along the North/South Greenway this year, including the Lincoln Hill Pathway (September) and the Cal Park Hill Tunnel (November). Refreshments will be provided.

To Join the Ride: Meet at the Pacheco Pathway/Alameda del Prado intersection (near the south-bound off-ramp of highway 101 just south of the Best Western/Novato Oaks Inn) at 5:30 PM. Ride with Supervisor Arnold and MCBC supporters on a ride north to Alameda De La Loma, turning around there, and continuing south to the event site.

To Join the Celebration: Meet at 6:00 PM just north of the intersection of Alameda del Prado and Posada del Sol (across from #365 Alameda del Prado).

Please RSVP to

Bike lane3. Insure better bicycling by making a matching donation
You’ve only got 3 days left to donate!

Rocky Birdsey’s $9,000 Matching Donation challenge has been running all month long. There are only three days left (until July 31, 2010) to take advantage of his generous offer to support MCBC’s work to make our streets safer. We’re at $7965 - donate RIGHT NOW to help us reach $9000.

How much do you value MCBC’s work that lets you ride on new bike lanes, wide shoulders, re-surfaced roads and separated tunnel pathways? Now is the time to show how much you appreciate MCBC’s efforts with a donation. Read why Rocky supports safe bicycling in the Ross Valley Reporter.

Make a donation – double your $50, $100, $1,000 gift today. Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar (up to a total of $9,000) by Rocky until JULY 31, 2010.

Donations can also be made by check. Make your check out to “MCBC” and write “Rocky Matching Offer” in the subject line. Mail your check to MCBC, P.O. Box 1115, Fairfax, CA 94978.

SMART Train4. SMART rejects Grand Jury recommendation and supports pathway
July 21st vote echoed in a July 24 Marin IJ Editorial

On July 21st the SMART Board of Directors voted to reject the implementation of the Marin County Grand Jury's recommendation to "defer plans" for the SMART Bicycle/Pedestrian multi-use pathway.

In November 2008 Marin and Sonoma voters passed Measure Q with a near 70% victory; the measure included both the train and pathway. The pathway is estimated to have 7,000 to 10,000 users per day and will promote a safe and efficient means of getting people to and from SMART stations, many of which have no parking for cars. On July 24th, the Marin IJ wrote an editorial supporting SMART's position.

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition applauds the SMART board of directors for this decision, and also appreciates the support of the Marin IJ.

Alto Tunnel5. Take 60 seconds to support opening the Alto Tunnel
Sign the Open Alto online petition

The Open Alto Tunnel petition now has over 1,150 signatures but we know that there are many more MCBC members that support this project. Please take a moment to sign now. By doing so you will be supporting efforts to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and close the gap between Corte Madera and Mill Valley. Opening the Alto Tunnel would create a flat and separate-from-cars route that will help promote active lifestyles, support local businesses and reduce greenhouse gases.

More information about the Alto Tunnel and how it would serve people of all ages and abilities can be found here.

6. Bike Parking Coordinator Needed by August 20
Have fun at great events while you oversee the bike parking service

Valet Bike ParkingMCBC’s Bike Parking Coordinator has moved on and MCBC is looking for a replacement to manage our remaining 2010 events. The Coordinator needs to have a valid driver license and a truck with a trailer hitch. The pay is $15/hour with no taxes withheld, plus 50 cents per mile mileage reimbursement.

The following events remain this year:

Full-service events with setup/breakdown, and staffed by MCBC Coordinator and volunteers: 5-14 racks provided plus corral equipment; coordinator transports equipment to/from site, sets up equipment, supervises volunteers (recruited by MCBC), helps with bike parking, and breaks down equipment. Events may last part of a day, one day, or entire weekend.

  • Sept. 4-6: Sausalito Art Festival
  • Oct. 10: Marin Classic
  • Oct. 16: Biketoberfest
  • Nov. 25: Appetite seminar

Rack rental events with equipment delivery and pickup only: 5 racks - plus corral equipment if desired – provided. Equipment is transported to/from event site. Event volunteers are shown how to set up the equipment. Coordinator does not oversee service.

  • Aug. 4 & 8: Marin Century (trailer drop-off on 8/4; pickup on 8/8)
  • Oct. 9: Brookside School Octoberfest
  • Nov. 13: Manor Winter Fair

Setup and breakdown take about 1-2 hours each, depending on size of event. The bike parking trailer is located in Fairfax near the MCBC office, so this is the start/end point of all bike trailer transporting.

Responsibilities and skills required:

  • Outgoing, pleasant attitude and a sense of humor
  • Ability to independently coordinate, train and inspire a staff of volunteers
  • Valid CA driver license
  • Vehicle owner with trailer hitch for towing equipment trailer
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy equipment for set-up/break-down
  • Oversee equipment loans and rentals
  • Train volunteers on valet service and marketing MCBC
  • Be present at events to interact with volunteers and community members
  • Transport of bike parking equipment trailer to and from event locations
  • Equipment set-up and break-down at events
  • Equipment maintenance, repairs and purchases
  • Event data reporting to MCBC office
  • Excellent follow-through on assigned responsibilities
  • A self-starter with organizational skills
  • Professional written and verbal skills
  • Good command of the English language
  • Desire to clean, maintain and repair equipment
  • A love of bicycling!

If you are interested in doing all or some of the events above, please contact Jo Ann Richards, MCBC Volunteer & Activities Coordinator, at 415-456-3469 x7# or

7. Volunteers needed for the Marin Century

Marin CenturyMCBC hosts the best Marin Century rest stop at the Nicasio School on Saturday, August 7. Come out and support the 2,700 cyclists that ride 60, 100 or 200 miles along the back roads of West Marin. Have fun chatting with the cyclists while you prepare and serve food. This year our rest stop will have music and comfortable furniture to relax on. Encourage riders to enjoy the MCBC lounge while you promote MCBC’s valuable work.

In addition, we’re supporting the Marin Century by providing Share the Road encouragement. Volunteers are needed to post ‘Burma Shave’ signs and hold stop signs.

Volunteers are still needed. Please sign up for one of the following shifts:

  • 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM – setup and food prep; need 4 people
  • 6-8:30 AM – hold stop signs, near Vallecito School; need 3 people
  • 11:30 to 5:00 PM – food prep; need 4 people
  • 2:30 to 5:00 PM – MCBC table; need 1 person
  • 3-6 PM – collect Burma Shave signs (Terra Linda to Marshall); need 2 people
  • 4:30 to 11:00 PM – food and breakdown; need 3 people

Help MCBC support the Marin Century cyclists and raise awareness about our environmentally beneficial work – contact Jo Ann Richards ASAP to select a shift at 415-456-3469 x7# or We will be providing t-shirts for the volunteers; please indicate your size.

8. Learn to “Ride Right” with MCBC’s new video

Ride Right ridersAre you comfortable co-existing with vehicular traffic on your bicycle? Learn the basics for safe group riding in MCBC’s new Ride Right video!

The Ride Right video was just released by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition in partnership with the Marin Cyclists recreational cycling club. This is a first in educational cycling videos on Share the Road issues. The short video provides excellent visuals and narration on the top techniques for passing, being passed and identifying obstacles when cycling with a group.

The Ride Right technique utilizes single file riding under specific circumstances to increase the safety of the rider(s) when traffic approaches. A particularly useful skill that is demonstrated is how to transition quickly from a group of many parallel riders into single file. If you’re riding by yourself, it’s also in your best interest to Ride Right to allow faster moving cyclists or motorists to pass on your left.

The video is narrated by local cyclist, Marin Independent Journal columnist and editor and publisher, Bob Cullinan, who explains cyclists’ need to be aware of traffic on the roads and to Ride Right when it’s undesirable to impede traffic flow. Professional photographer Michael Sexton of donated his camera handling and script savvy to create the video.

The Marin Cyclists will be running the video for its 2,700 Marin Century participants at its registration events on August 6 and 7. MCBC hopes this video will be the first of several bicycle safety videos that we can create to reach Bay Area cyclists (and beyond!) with useful safe cycling techniques.

For more information on the Ride Right video, contact MCBC Share the Road Program Manager, Peggy Clark at 415-456-3469 x 8# or

9. Ross adopts Bike Plan

On July 15th the Town of Ross unanimously adopted their Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. This is the Town's first such plan, which includes many significant improvements for the town, including expanding bike parking, creating official bike routes to the Branson School, installing bicycle loop detectors at the intersections of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Lagunitas Road and Laurel Avenue, and the installation of bike lanes on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.

In addition to the Plan's adoption, the Town of Ross is in the process of replacing the Lagunitas Road bridge. The new bridge will be wider, incorporating bicycle and ADA pedestrian improvements and is expected to be completed in November 2010. The Town is also in the process of constructing a new asphalt or decomposed granite pedestrian pathway on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard through Ross.

10. New MCBC bicycle jersey, on sale at select bike shops NOW
Buy one today for just $69 and join Team MCBC

MCBC jersey at the Larkspur Ferry Energizer StationHave you seen the new MCBC jersey on the roads or trails of Marin? The sporty new look was created by Marin cyclist Rob Mesarchik of Mez Design. Rob created our green rider logo and he incorporated the logo look and color scheme into our new bicycle jersey design.

Show Marin County cyclists that you are part of the team that’s making their rides safer, easier, and more enjoyable by purchasing the MCBC jersey and wearing it proudly on your rides.

These high quality short-sleeved jerseys are made by Voler and look great on the roads and on the trails of Marin. The jerseys retail for $69 and are available at Fairfax Cyclery, 3 Ring Cycles in San Anselmo; and Mike’s Bikes San Rafael and Sausalito stores.

For a limited time you can buy matching shorts from MCBC for just $65 (includes tax and shipping)! They are available in MED, LG and XL. Contact Jo Ann Richards at to purchase yours today.

11. MCBC Fun Ride II: The Locust Rides Again
52 miles, 7,500 ft of climbing, 5 hours on the saddle
Ride report from MCBC Membership Director Tom Boss

MCBC Fun Ride“Does anyone have any spare chamois butter?” That’s what a suffering Moonie shouted out as we rode past him on mile thirty-eight of the MCBC Fun Ride last Sunday. At first I didn’t know why people were calling him a “Moonie”. He WAS wearing one of those flowery Sheila Moon Team jerseys? “Aahhh, Sheila Moon, Moonie, now I get it”.

What does this have to do with a 52-mile ride with 7,500 ft of climbing that went all over Marin on roads, fire roads and trails? Well, I guess you have to be a little bit different if this is your idea of fun.

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition hosted the second Fun Ride on Sunday, July 25. It is a mixed terrain endurance ride on roads, fire roads and multiuse trails. The ride started at 10 am at Java Hut and ended in the afternoon at Gestalt Haus, where people gathered to share stories about their ride experience over a brat and a beer.

The Fun Ride route is decided the morning of the ride. Not knowing what to expect, riders showed up on a variety of bikes, including Mountain bikes, Cyclocross bikes and hybrid touring bikes. We sent riders up and down Mt. Tam, up Bolinas/Fairfax road, out Bolinas Ridge and back on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Regardless of the steed, all appreciated the mystery and mayhem of the Fun Ride.

I should point out that at the beginning of the ride I gave a talk about rules, trail etiquette and the importance of being bicycle ambassadors. I asked everyone to create as many positive experiences as possible while riding the roads and trails of Marin County. I think they all listened, because the only rangers our riders encountered were the Ranger IPA’s at the end of the ride provided by New Belgium Brewing.

Scott Penzarella of Studio Velo was the first to arrive back at Gestalt in 4 hours on the nose. Jim Hewett of Summit Bicycles arrived 12 minutes later and “Moonie” Krishna Dole arrived two minutes after Jim (Sheila Moonie, that is). I took a more leisurely approach and did the 52 miles in about 5 and ½ hours.

Mark your calendar for the next MCBC Fun Ride on Sunday, August 22.


Studio Velo - Women12. Studio Velo – Women opens in Mill Valley

MCBC welcomes Studio Velo – Women (SVW), a new store with a women’s focus, offering a full array of cycling-specific apparel, bicycles, nutrition and accessories for women of all ages and abilities.

Founded on the principles of supporting the local community and female cyclists with weekly group rides, clinics and cycling trips, SVW brings a new level of professionalism, personality and fun to women’s cycling. SVW is located in the space adjacent to Studio Velo [insert address] and is managed by Tammy Scott.

Stop in to meet Tammy and other women cyclists at the new store.

13. A great jersey for a great ride
Register for the Chileno Valley Classic and receive a free NorCal jersey

NorCal jerseyReceive a free jersey for registering for the NorCal League's 4th annual Chileno Valley Classic before July 31, 2010! The Chileno Ride is a fundraising road ride, which helps the League develop safe and quality mountain biking programs for teens in Northern California.

Ride participants will be graced with breathtaking scenery, gorgeous roads, impeccable support and a fabulous post event party. The ride is limited to the first 100 sign-ups so be sure to register soon as the event is on September 19, 2010. Fundraising minimums can easily be met through the personalized website every rider receives upon registration. We hope you, your family and/or your team will join us this year!

To register please 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

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