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MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
WEEKLY BULLETIN
November 10, 2010

1. SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars for two momentous occasions!

2. Celebrate more successful cycling advocacy with MCBC

3. Cranksgiving postponed: new date is Saturday, November 27

4. “Give Back Tuesdays” at Iron Springs benefits MCBC Next Tuesday, Nov. 16

5. Safe Routes turns 10!

6. Please send a thank you to Congressman Oberstar

7. It’s getting dark: make sure you can be seen!

8. Appetite Seminar – a mountain biking tradition for 35 years

9. Upcoming MCBC Events

10. Conzelman Road reopening in Marin Headlands, Nov 20

11. Railroad Tunnels in Marin, an illustrated talk by local railroad historians


1. SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars for two momentous occasions!
Saturday, Dec. 4 - Lincoln Avenue Pathway ribbon cutting ceremony – 9 am
Friday, Dec. 10 - Cal Park Tunnel ribbon cutting ceremony – 2 pm

Cal Park Hill TunnelRider at Lincoln Hill PathwaySaturday, December 4 at 10 AM – Lincoln Avenue Pathway ribbon cutting

The Lincoln Avenue Pathway will officially open to the public on Saturday, December 4. MCBC will meet at the southern end of the pathway (Mission and Heatherton) at 9 am and ride up the new pathway to Puerto Suello Hill, where the ribbon cutting and festivities will happen at about 10 am.

Friday, December 10 at 3 PM – Cal Park Tunnel ribbon cutting ceremony

The Cal Park Tunnel will officially open to the public on Friday, December 10.

MCBC will lead rides from Novato, Mill Valley, Fairfax and San Francisco to the south portal (Marin rides start at 2 pm, SF at 12 noon), where there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 pm. Shortly after that we can all ride through the tunnel to San Rafael.

Click here for more information and watch future bulletins and eBlasts.

For now, mark your calendar and spread the word!


2. Celebrate more successful cycling advocacy with MCBC
Bikers Ball - Saturday, Nov. 13 at Servino Ristorante in Tiburon

Lucas EuserJoin Lucas Euser from Team SpiderTech at the Bikers Ball THIS SATURDAY, November 13, at Servino Ristorante in Tiburon. Lucas will be in attendance to share some stories and sign up folks for his charity ride benefitting MCBC the following day .

Live and silent auction items include a stay at a home on Donner Lake, a Cannondale SuperSix 5 road bike from Mikes Bikes, a Western Spirit Cycling Adventures trip for two, a Santa Cruz full suspension “Nickel” mountain bike, a Northstar-at-Tahoe unlimited season pass, a Backroads luxury 3-day wine country ride, a Globe commuter bike, and much more!

The Biker Ball starts at 7 pm and includes beer, wine, heavy appetizers and the music of Vinyl! Plus you'll find incredible deals at the silent auction.

Tickets are $65 for MCBC members, $75 for non-members.

This event sells out, so buy your tickets today!


3. Cranksgiving postponed: new date is Saturday, November 27
Meet at 9:30 at Java Hut in Fairfax

CranksgivingMCBC will postpone our annual bicycle food drive by two weeks to give us more time to promote the event and collect prizes. If you’ve never participated in a bicycle food drive and are in town over Thanksgiving Day weekend, please join us for the fun.

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition is partnering with the Marin Food Bank to round up food for people in need of nutritional assistance during the holidays. This is a fun way to spend the day on a bicycle while making a worthy contribution. Here's how it works:

  • Show up on your bicycle with a backpack, messenger bag, cargo bike, or trailer.
  • Decide to ride for speed, volume or just for fun.
  • Head out on a scavenger hunt for particular items at designated locations around the Ross Valley or Central Marin.
  • Head back to Gestalt Haus in Fairfax to stop the clock and weigh your haul for prizes.

All bicyclists will enjoy Cranskgiving, regardless of your cycling ability. For more questions contact Tom Boss at tom@marinbike.org

What: A food drive on bicycles
When: Saturday, November 27 - Meet at 9:30 am, roll at 10 am
Where: Java Hut at 760 Center Blvd. in Fairfax.


Bike at Iron Springs Pub and Brewery 4. “Give Back Tuesdays” at Iron Springs benefits MCBC Next Tuesday, Nov. 16
Plan a ride that ends at the Fairfax pub and raise money for our programs!

It’s that time again to eat, drink, ride, and raise money for bicycle advocacy. It’s easy: just plan a visit to Iron Springs Pub and Brewery on Tuesday, November 16. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you. MCBC has received over $1,500 from these events over the past year, so please join us and keep things rolling forward for Marin bicyclists!

What: Give Back Tuesday at Iron Springs
When: Tuesday, November 16 from 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: 765 Center Blvd in Fairfax


5. Safe Routes turns 10!
Marin program, started as a pilot, has spawned similar programs in all 50 states

Safe Routes to SchoolsSafe Routes to Schools celebrates its 10th birthday this year. Called an “innovative transportation program that started in Marin and spread across the country” in an article by the Pacific Sun, the program is active in almost all public schools in Marin County, and has spawned similar programs in all 50 states.

Here are some excerpts from the Pacific Sun article, “Safe Routes shifts into high gear”:

That [birthday] milestone comes at the same time as the opening of the Cal Park Tunnel and the completion of the Lincoln Hill bike pathway—significant advancements for local nonmotorized transportation.

"It's super-exciting," says Deb Hubsmith, founding director of Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, about the birthday of the program, which promotes bicycling, walking and carpooling to schools. Grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Department of Public Health and the Marin Community Foundation got the program rolling. Safe Routes started with programs in nine Marin schools. Today, Safe Routes is active in almost all Marin public schools and some private ones, about 50 schools total.

"We launched a pilot program," says Deb Hubsmith, "and the program was so successful that it ignited a national campaign for getting Safe Routes to Schools funding in the federal transportation bill." It was the success of the Marin program—and the people all over the country calling to learn how they could start programs in their communities—that led Hubsmith to develop the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, which has grown to a network of more than 500 nonprofit organizations, government agencies and individuals working to promote Safe Routes across the country.

"I think you will find that the Safe Routes program is unbelievably popular and crosses political lines," says [Transportation Authority of Marin executive director Dianne] Steinhauser. And as for the opening of the Cal Park Tunnel and the new Lincoln Hill bike path, Steinhauser has a short, declarative response: She says she's "thrilled."

Learn more about Safe Routes! Read the entire article on their website.


6. Please send a thank you to Congressman Oberstar
Author of the original Safe Routes legislation lost his House seat in a close race

James OberstarAs you have probably heard, Congressman James L. Oberstar (D-MN) lost his House seat in a close electoral race.

Rep. Oberstar initiated the federal Safe Routes to School pilot projects in the year 2000, and then authored the original Safe Routes to School legislation that created the national program in all 50 states. As Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, he had proposed strengthening Safe Routes to School in next surface transportation bill.

We encourage Safe Routes to School supporters across the country to take a few moments to send an e-mail or letter to Congressman Oberstar to thank him for his legacy on creating the Safe Routes to School program. Please share how Safe Routes to School has positively impacted you, children, and your community—this will mean a lot to Congressman Oberstar, who has indicated in speeches that Safe Routes to School is his legacy, and has the potential to “change the habits of an entire generation.”

Click here to read a letter to Congressman Oberstar from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership thanking him for his leadership and vision on Safe Routes to School and national transportation policy.

You can send personal notes to Congressman Oberstar at jim.oberstar@mail.house.gov


7. It’s getting dark: make sure you can be seen!

Biking at night - use lights!The days are getting shorter, and daylight savings time is over. It’s even harder than usual for drivers to see bikes in the dark. MCBC asks all cyclists who’ll be riding at night to please make sure you have the equipment to make yourself visible.

Being seen by motorists is imperative for getting home safely!

California law requires that every bicycle operated at night be equipped with a white headlamp visible from 300 feet, a red reflector on the rear visible from 500 feet, a white or yellow reflector on each pedal visible from the front and rear of the bicycle from a distance of 200 feet, and a white or yellow reflector on each side both forward and rear of the center of the bicycle (or with reflectorized tires). This is not only the law, it’s for your safety.

MCBC also strongly encourages the use of a rear blinky light. They’re inexpensive, easy to mount, and can save your life! You can purchase all the night riding equipment you need at any good bike shop. Use your MCBC membership to receive discounts at most local shops.

Here are some more good tips for staying visible, courtesy of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition:

  1. Wear light-colored clothing to help everyone see you.
  2. Keep a careful eye out for vehicles -- drivers approaching from your sides might not see your headlights and their lights might not shine on your reflectors. Ride responsibly, predictably and respectfully.
  3. Keep your lights secure by taking them off your bicycle when you park outside.

8. Appetite Seminar – a mountain biking tradition for 35 years
Join MCBC for $25 on Thanksgiving and get a 1-year subscription to Dirt Rag Magazine

Appetite SeminarMarin Bicycle Map/Bicycle Times MagazineThe Appetite Seminar (AKA Turkey Day Ride) is the longest annual non-event in mountain biking. Each Thanksgiving morning hundreds of mountain bikers head out on a rigorous 30-mile Pine Mountain Loop to build up a solid appetite for Thanksgiving dinner. There’s no start or end time, no organization, no marked route - just head to Fairfax between 7 am and 11 am on Thanksgiving morning and follow the bikes.

MCBC will set up bike parking for the post-ride gathering in Lydia’s Organics parking lot at 31 Bolinas Road in Fairfax. We’ll also have a booth where you can join for just $25, thanks to a matching fund grant from the Deal Witter Foundation. Membership includes the Marin Bike Map, discounts at bike shops, and a 1-year subscription to Dirt Rag or Bicycle Times Magazine.

See you in Fairfax on Thursday, November 25!


9. Upcoming MCBC events

Bikers' Ball PosterManor School Winter Faire with Valet Bike Parking
Saturday, November 13, 10 AM – 4 PM
Manor School, 150 Oak Manor Drive, Fairfax

MCBC Bikers Ball
Saturday, November 13, 7 PM til midnight
Servino Ristorante, 9 Main Street, Tiburon

Dine for Dollars
Tuesday, November 16, 5:00-10:00 PM
Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax

Appetite Seminar and MCBC Bike Parking
Thursday, November 25, 7:00 – 11:00 AM
Lydia’s Organics, 31 Bolinas Road, Fairfax

Cranksgiving
Saturday, November 27, 9:30 AM
Java Hut, 760 Center Blvd, Fairfax

Lincoln Hill Pathway ribbon cutting ceremony
Saturday, December 4, 10:00 AM
Meet at Mission and Hetherington at 9:00 AM

Cal Park Tunnel ribbon cutting ceremony
Friday, December 10, 3:00 PM
South Portal of the Cal Park Tunnel in Larkspur

See an expanded list of events


MESSAGES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS


10. Conzelman Road reopening in Marin Headlands, Nov 20
Access for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians resumes

Alexandra Picavet of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area writes:

Project HeadlandsConzelman Road, between McCullough and Field Roads, will reopen to all traffic with weekday delays, starting Saturday, November 6, as the first season of the four-year construction project winds down. The road and trail delays will be Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

On November 20, a bicycle ride and information fair has been organized to celebrate the completion of all roadwork on this project for the season, and the delays being lifted. The ride will start promptly at 9 a.m. from the Northwest Bridge parking lot (formerly known as the Dillingham parking lot). The route will pass Hawk Hill where the information fair will be from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Riders can make their way back to the parking lot down the one-way portion of Conzelman Road and through the tunnel, or over McCullough Road.

Though the construction improved the road in many ways this is still a difficult ride and should not be attempted by novices. After the bicycles have a head-start vehicles will be welcome to follow them to the top of the hill and complete the loop. Project team members will be available at the fair to answer questions about the upcoming construction and improvements in the Headlands, expected through 2014.

Construction will shut down this winter due to weather restrictions, but will resume in February, 2011, with the reconstruction of the Northwest Bridge Parking lot and extension of the right turn lane on Bunker Road near the Baker-Barry Tunnel. Next season improvements will also be made to Field Road and the portion of Conzelman Road from Alexander Avenue to McCullough Road. Information on the construction schedule and regular project updates will be posted on the project website, and you can sign up for regular email updates.


11. Railroad Tunnels in Marin
Illustrated talk by railroad historians Fred Codoni and Richard Torney

Woman standing in front of the White’s Hill Tunnel, west of Fairfax, c.1945.Local railroad historians Fred Codoni and Richard Torney will present an illustrated lecture on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad and its extensive system of rails and tunnels–there are nearly 50 tunnels between Marin and Eureka–with a special focus on the history and lore of the 10 railroad tunnels located in Marin County.

They will also discuss the history and recent restoration of the Cal Park Tunnel which will open in early November, 2010.

Fred Codoni is a co-author of the 2006 Arcadia book, Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Richard Torney authored the section on Railroads and Transportation for the 2007, Ross California: The People, the Places, the History.

WHEN: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Board of Supervisors Planning Chambers, Room 330, Civic Center Administration Building

Sponsored by The Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library


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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