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MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
WEEKLY BULLETIN
December 8, 2010

1. Cal Park Tunnel opens THIS Friday at 3 PM!

2. 580/101 ribbon cutting ceremony

3. Cranksgiving on Sat. 12/11; now includes ride thru Cal Park Tunnel

4. Stafford Lake Bike Park moves forward

5. Bikers Ball photos now on flickr

6. Bicycle-only community rolling toward reality in SC

7. Upcoming MCBC Events

8. League of American Cyclists LCI Certification coming Spring 2011


1. Cal Park Tunnel opens THIS Friday at 3 PM!
Join us for a ride to the opening from your hometown

Cal Park TunnelThe Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) invites the public to join in the celebration of the completion of the Cal Park Tunnel, a $27 million alternative transportation facility. The tunnel will provide a safe, easy and fast connection between San Rafael and Larkspur for bicyclists and pedestrians and will eventually accommodate the SMART train.

A ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the County of Marin and SMART will take place at the south portal (near the Century Larkspur Landing movie theater) at 3 pm on Friday, December 10, followed by bike rides through the tunnel and a post-event gathering at Marin Brewing Company.

Join us for this momentous occasion as we celebrate the completion of a major gap in Marin’s bicycle network and the North-South Greenway. The Cal Park Tunnel has been a vision of MCBC since the organization formed 12 years ago and for local bike advocates for at least a decade prior to our incorporating. The conversion of an old railroad tunnel for bicycle and pedestrian use was a dream that’s been realized, and we encourage everyone to come celebrate this major accomplishment.

If you plan to ride to the ceremony, please bring lights for the ride home, as the ceremony may run until dark. Consider arranging for a ride home if you’ve ridden a great distance, or plan to hang out at Marin Brewing Company.

Join a bicycle procession to the Cal Park Tunnel opening! Click here for more information on where to join the ride, and some noteworthy facts about the construction of the Cal Park Tunnel.


2. 580/101 ribbon cutting ceremony
New wider sidewalks on East Francisco & Bellam Boulvard

580/101 Ribbon CuttingLast Wednesday, December 1, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), Caltrans, and the City of San Rafael held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the 580/101 bridge replacement project. In addition to the congestion relief for motorists that this new project brings, it also included significantly wider and safer sidewalks that were constructed as part of the project. The new sidewalks are 8-10 feet in width along portions of Bellam Boulevard and a short section of Francisco Boulevard East. These sidewalks are heavily traveled by local residents on foot and bicycle. MCBC provided significant design input for this project, and while bicycle-specific facilities were not possible, the new sidewalks will act as an informal multi-use path - a huge upgrade from the 4-foot sidewalks (sometimes narrower), and complete lack of a sidewalk on one side of the road under the freeway underpass.

The soon-to-be-opened Cal Park Tunnel pathway is less than a quarter mile from these new informal multi-use sidewalks. MCBC thanks everyone involved in this freeway widening project for their attention to non-motorized transportation and sensitivity to the local population - where more walking and biking takes place than anywhere else in the County. Specifically, our thanks go out to TAM, Caltrans District 4, and the City of San Rafael.


3. Cranksgiving scheduled for Saturday. December 11
Another chance to participate in this fun bike event!

Cranksgiving Food DriveDue to rain on the original date, MCBC postponed Cranksgiving for two weeks. The new date is Saturday, December 11, and allows us to include a ride through the Cal Park Tunnel, which opens to bicycles the day before. So get your bicycle lubed up, pull out your winter riding gear and hauling accessories (front baskets, panniers, trailers, etc.), and get ready to help those in need in one of the most fun ways possible!

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 morning on a bicycle while making a worthy contribution. Here's how it works:

  • Show up with a bicycle, $20 cash and something to carry food in, such as a backpack or messenger bag. Cargo bikes and trailers are welcome, too.
  • Decide to ride for speed, for food volume, or just for fun.
  • Head out on a scavenger hunt for particular items at designated locations around the Ross Valley and Central Marin.
  • Head back to Gestalt Haus in Fairfax to stop the clock and weigh your haul for prizes (everyone wins something)

What: A food drive on bicycles
When: Saturday, December 11 - Meet at 9:30 am, roll at 10 am
Where: Java Hut at 760 Center Blvd. in Fairfax.

All bicyclists will enjoy Cranskgiving, regardless of their cycling ability.

Come join the fun! For more questions contact Tom Boss at tom@marinbike.org .


Proposed bike park at Stafford Lake
Photo Credit: Hilride

4. Stafford Lake Bike Park moves forward
Board of Sups approve $100,000 for planning

Marin Parks and consultants Hilride Progression Development Group gave a presentation to the Marin County Board of Supervisors last week that concluded an off-road bike park at Stafford Lake in Novato is "highly feasible”. The bike park would be located in an area that once was home to the Renaissance Faire and would provide a variety of riding experiences, including a pump track, dirt jumps and trail loops. The planners say it will be a progressive park, with many of the elements starting off easy and progressing to more difficult. It should appeal to bicyclists of all ages and skill levels.

The Board approved planning funding of about $100,000 at the meeting. The construction costs will be in the neighborhood of $300,000. Next steps include looking at fundraising opportunities and developing a team of volunteers to help build and care for the park.

Click here to view the Feasibility study online.


5. Bikers Ball photos now on flickr

We’ve posted photos the Bikers Ball on flickr! You can view them on flickr; click here for the photostream, or here for the slideshow. Or view the slideshow right here:


6. Bicycle-only community rolling toward reality
Plans for a unique bicycles-only community are rolling forward in Lexington, SC

From The State, South Carolina’s Homepage:

Bicycle CityDevelopers of Bicycle City, which promotes “car-free living,” said they will offer the first home lots for sale and begin construction of a community center, with rooms for rent and a small market, in the first quarter of 2011.

Joe Mellett, a Cincinnati-based Internet marketer, announced the project this summer and said it likely will be the only one of its kind in the nation. Other bicycle-only communities are on islands or resorts, he said. Homeowners will park their cars in a designated area just outside the neighborhood and walk or bike to their homes.

The community center is a central part of the development, which Mellett expects to draw eco-tourists. The center will include:

  • Rooms for rent, in the style of a small bed and breakfast
  • An organic garden
  • A market that will sell produce from the garden and the nearby farmers market and other necessities
  • Bicycles and kayaks for renting

Green building also will be a key part of the development, developers said. Some houses might be able to run without backup from commercial electricity providers, while others will use a smaller percentage of alternative energy, they said. “We’d like to make it a showplace for alternative energy in residential use,” Boykin said.

Click here to read the complete article.
Click here to view the Bicycle City website.


Taking the wrap off the Cal Park Tunnel 7. Upcoming MCBC events

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

Cranksgiving
Saturday, December 11, 9:30 PM
Java Hut, 760 Center Blvd, Fairfax

See an expanded list of events


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8. League of American Cyclists LCI Certification coming Spring 2011

Bonnie Wehmann of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition writes:

League of American BicyclistsBecoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certified to teach Smart Cycling is a great and rewarding way to help cyclists in your community. Certified instructors get paid to teach Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Help bring the joy of safe cycling to others. If you are an experienced cyclist and would like to teach others please consider taking the next step towards certification. Becoming a League member and taking Traffic Skills 101 are prerequisites for attending a certification seminar.

April 8-10
Edison Elementary School
2700 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda, CA (1 mile from BART and right off 880)
$200 Maximum of 16 students- register now.

To get more information or register click here. If you have questions call the League at 202-822-1333 or email education@bikeleague.org.


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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