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August 25, 2010

1. MCBC helps SMART apply for federal funding

2. Town of Ross sets ambitious goal for bike/ped trips; passes Complete Streets

3. Dine for Dollars, Aug 31: Roadside BBQ and the Lincoln Hill Pathway

4. Ride to the Sausalito Art Festival: free Valet Bike Parking

5. Music bike tour highlights national bike efforts

6. Upcoming MCBC Events

7. Vintage English Bicycle Ride

SMART train1. MCBC helps SMART apply for federal funding

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition has been working closely with Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) to raise additional funds for the project. On Friday, SMART submitted a $17.6 million grant request to the US DOT for a TIGER II grant to build 36 miles of the bicycle and pedestrian pathway.

Last week MCBC's Advocacy Director Deb Hubsmith traveled to Washington DC with SMART's chair Deb Fudge and board member Charles McGlashan to advocate for the TIGER II grant which is being supported by Senator Boxer and Congresswoman Woolsey. The pathway will carry from 7,000 to 10,000 people walking and bicycling each day.

You can click here to review SMART's funding application, or click here to view a 6 minute video about the project.

Bikes in Ross2. Town of Ross sets ambitious goal for bike and pedestrian trips
And passes Complete Streets resolution

Recognizing the environmental, health, and economic benefits of walking and biking, the Ross Town Council adopted a resolution that sets a town-wide goal for 20% of local trips to be made by bicycle or walking by the year 2020. According to a 2007 Marin County survey, an estimated 11.8% of non-recreational trips are currently made by walking and 1.8% by bicycle in Ross. The Town of Ross goal for additional walking and biking trips would represent an approximate 50% increase over the current mode share, according to town staff.

The August 12th resolution also directs staff to include “complete streets” transportation elements in development and capital improvement projects in Ross. A complete street is one that provides safe and accessible passage for all kinds of transportation, motorized and non-motorized alike. The policy will ensure the Town considers the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, the disabled, transit users, and automobile users whenever a new development or capital improvement project is proposed.

Bike rider at Lincoln Hill Pathway3. Dine for Dollars - Tuesday, August 31
Ride the new Lincoln Hill Pathway to Roadside BBQ at Northgate

MCBC’s next Dine for Dollars is going to be smoking hot and tasty! We’re heading to the Northgate mall for one of the best-kept secrets in Marin, Roadside BBQ. While it appears to be a chain restaurant, it’s actually locally owned and offers some of the best BBQ this side of Kansas City. Their pork, beef and chicken are BBQ’d for 4 to 17 hours, with a combination of apple, hickory and mesquite woods. They have Memphis-style pulled-pork, Texas-style beef brisket and German-style potato salad. You’re going to need to ride your bicycle to work this one off!

MCBC will receive a portion of the evening’s sales, so eat up! As a bonus, with permission from the Transportation Authority of Marin, we’ll be riding on the new Lincoln Hill Pathway, which will officially open in September. The new bike path is smooth, direct and lit at night.

What : Dine for Dollars at Roadside BBQ in San Rafael
Where : 5000 Northgate Mall, San Rafael, CA 94903 415-479-7200
When : Tuesday, August 31 - from 11 am to 9:30 pm

Can’t meet us until the evening? MCBC members will be gathering at 6 pm in front of Iron Springs Pub ( 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax); we'll be rolling down 4th Street in San Rafael about 6:40 pm, for anyone who wants to join us along the way. Our group will make stops in San Anselmo and San Rafael. Watch for details in the next bulletin.

For more on Roadside BBQ see this Marin IJ Review.

Valet Bike Parking at the Sausalito Art Festival4. Ride to the Sausalito Art Festival: free Valet Bike Parking
Great way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend

Avoid traffic congestion. Don’t worry about where to park your car. MCBC is offering free valet bicycle parking at the Sausalito Art Festival in Marinship Park on Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6.

Bike parking will be located outside the main gate from 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday, and from 9 AM to 5 PM on Monday. MCBC will watch your bike while you enjoy the world-class collection of fine art, live music, and gourmet delights.

To volunteer as a bike parking valet and get FREE admission to the festival for a day, email

Ditch the Van Tour5. Music bike tour highlights national bike efforts
Ben Sollee’s Ditch the Van Tour launched August 18

From an Aug. 11th Adventure Cycling Association news release:

On August 18, 2010, musician Ben Sollee will launch his Ditch the Van Tour 2010 in San Diego, CA, officially kicking off what is likely the first-ever coast-to-coast music tour by bicycle.

Linking together four regional tours to create a transcontinental itinerary, Sollee will perform and engage with local cycling advocacy along the way, as well as raise awareness about national efforts to improve cycling in America.

The Ditch the Van Tour is a reaction to the massive carbon footprint that many music tours leave behind — imagine a long caravan of semi-trailers toting enormous stages and huge amounts of gear — but for Sollee, it is also an effort to slow down to the pace of life, which he described as a "beautiful limitation".

Cycling advocates are invited to get involved through cross-promotional efforts such as tabling at shows, joining the Sollee crew on a group ride through town, membership drive incentives, and more. For information on how to get involved, contact Katie Benson of Fits Productions, at

"We also hope to pedal with all the enthusiasts and fans we can along the way," added Sollee.

For more details, click here.

Source: Centerlines, the newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking

6. Upcoming MCBC events

MCBC Fun Ride
Tuesday, August 31, 11 AM – 9:30 PM
500 Northgate Mall, San Rafael

Sausalito Art Festival with Valet Bike Parking
Saturday, September 4 – Monday, September 6, 10 AM – 6 PM
Marinship Way, Sausalito

Riding with Youth
Saturday, September 11, 9:30 AM – 12 noon
Terra Linda Community Center , 670 Del Ganado Rd, San Rafael

Basic Street Skills
Tuesday, September 21, 6:30-8:30 PM
Marin General Hospital , Tamalpais/Magnolia Room, 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae

Riding with Youth
Saturday, September 25, 9:30 AM – 12 noon
Novato Youth Center , 680 Wilson Ave, Novato

Riding with Youth
Saturday, October 2, 9:30 AM – 12 noon
Community Center for the Tamalpais Community Services District, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley


Vintage English Bike Ride7. Vintage English Bicycle Ride
Saturday, October 2, 1-4 PM; meet at Depot Park in Sonoma

Ron Miska writes:

Join vintage English bicycle enthusiasts for a ride in and around the beautiful town of Sonoma on Saturday, October 2, from 1 - 4 pm. We'll meet at the west end of Depot Park, across from the Depot Hotel.

This ride is for enthusiasts of vintage English 3 speed bicycles - Raleigh, Rudge, Humber, Phillips, Triumph, Sunbeam, etc. Not sure if you have an English bike? Go to, then click on "Old Bikes", then "English 3 Speeds".

Much of the route will be along rural to semi-rural roads lined with vineyards; portions will be on shaded streets with beautiful homes in the vicinity of historic downtown Sonoma. The entire route without stops would take about an hour to ride at a slow to moderate pace. Portions of the route are along bike paths. Most of the route, however, is on public roads, all of which are paved, but some are quite patched and bumpy. Gradients are flat. There are no steep hills.

For details, visit its Facebook page, or call ride organizer Ron Miska at (707) 769-8709.

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