MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
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
The 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.
Last 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.
Due 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:
What: A food drive on bicycles
All bicyclists will enjoy Cranskgiving, regardless of their cycling ability.
Come join the fun! For more questions contact Tom Boss at email@example.com .
4. Stafford Lake Bike Park moves forward
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.
Cal Park Tunnel ribbon cutting ceremony
MESSAGES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Bonnie Wehmann of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition writes:
Becoming 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.
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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