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MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
WEEKLY BULLETIN
March 9, 2011

  1. Lincoln Avenue Pathway ribbon cutting ceremony THIS Friday
  2. Attend the SMART Board Meeting, March 16, 1:30 PM
  3. Buy an MCBC membership at Good Earth Natural Foods
  4. Like trails? Attend a community workshop on Saturday, March 26th
  5. How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it)
  6. Upcoming MCBC events

1. Lincoln Avenue Pathway ribbon cutting ceremony THIS Friday
Friday, March 11 at 3 pm (2:30 pm bike ride)

Lincoln Avenue PathwayCome celebrate the official opening of the Lincoln Avenue Pathway on Friday, March 11, 2011. While the pathway has been available for use since December, the March 11 event culminates the 101 Gap Closure project, which includes SMART rails to the west, the bike path in the center, and High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on Hwy 101 to the east.

This event also marks the transfer of the pathway from CalTrans to the City of San Rafael. With that transfer comes a regular maintenance program, to assure the pathway is clean and free of debris.

There will be a bike ride tour of the pathway at 2:30 pm, lead by MCBC Board President Maureen Gaffney. Meet Maureen at the southern end of the pathway, at Mission Ave and Heatherton.

After a 20-minute ride up the new bike/ped facility, you’ll be able to park your bike and hear from the public officials and construction workers who built the 1-mile state-of-the-art pathway. Refreshments will be served.

So take the afternoon off and join MCBC in opening a new section of Bicycle Route 5 in Central Marin.

  • What: Lincoln Avenue Pathway Ribbon Cutting
  • Where: Lincoln Avenue Park and Ride Lot (across from the Lincoln Ave. southbound 101 exit).
  • When: Friday, March 11 at 3 pm
  • Bike Ride: 2:30 pm at Mission and Heatherton
  • RSVP: tom@marinbike.org
  • Info: Kim at 415-456-3469, ext. 1#

2. Attend the SMART Board Meeting, March 16, 1:30 PM
Critical meeting for future of the SMART Multi-Use Pathway (MUP)

SMART train and pathwayThe Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) urges you to attend the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) board meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM at the San Rafael City Council Chambers (1400 Fifth Avenue) to give public input to retain funding for the SMART multi-use pathway (MUP).

The March 16 public workshop will be the first time that SMART presents a list of cuts to the initial operating segment of the SMART line, which will extend from Santa Rosa to San Rafael. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has recommended cutting one-third of the MUP. The MCBC continues to urge the SMART Board to fund 100% of the $40 million MUP in order to complete the MUP from San Rafael to Santa Rosa by start of train operations in the fall of 2014.

We need your help to ensure that funds for the MUP are not eliminated. Attend the March 16 SMART board meeting and ask SMART to ensure that $40 million in Measure Q funds are used for designing and building the MUP. The pathway has already been cut from 70 to 40 miles (as has the rest of the rail line) to help with the budget shortfall (and eight miles of that pathway will not be built by SMART, as it will be constructed as part of the Highway 101 Sonoma Marin Narrows project). Additionally, $14.4 million have been spent using non-SMART funds for the MUP segments from San Pedro Road to the downtown San Rafael station.  As such, the MUP has already been dis-proportionately reduced with respect to the rail line and should not be cut further. In 2008 voters overwhelmingly supported the SMART train and pathway and both must be built together for start of operations in 2014. In SMART’s original EIR, the pathway was projected to carry 7000 people on weekdays, 10,000 people on weekends, and serve as a critical means of getting train passengers to rail stations in a way that does not induce traffic congestion in local communities.

The March 16 meeting will be the one public workshop that focuses on the list of proposed SMART cuts before the SMART board makes a final decision on April 6 in Santa Rosa. March 16 will set the tone; this is the time to support the pathway.

Please RSVP to Andy@marinbike.org if you can attend this critical March 16 meeting in San Rafael.


3. Buy an MCBC membership at Good Earth Natural Foods
Fairfax organic market now carries MCBC membership bottles

Membership bottles at Good Earth Natrual FoodsMCBC membership has been available at bike shops for years, but now you can join the Marin County Bicycle Coalition at your local grocery store as well. Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax is now carrying our Membership Bottles.

Good Earth is Marin County’s oldest independently owned, community-based, natural foods store, and they have Marin’s only organic deli, an all organic produce department, and the North Bay’s best selection of organic and biodynamic wines.

We put a membership, along with a few extra goodies, inside a water bottle and sell them throughout Marin County. It’s an easy way to buy or give a membership, which includes the Marin Bicycle Map, discounts at bike shops, new bike paths, safer roads, tunnels and bridges.

So whether you’ve been thinking of joining, or it’s time to renew, stop by Good Earth or you local bike shop and pick up a membership today!


4. Like trails? Attend a community workshop on Saturday, March 26th
Help Marin Open Space plot a course for future recreation and preservation.

Trails in Lucas ValleyThe Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) is initiating the development of its first comprehensive Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to direct future use and management of roads and trails on MCOSD’s 34 preserves.

Come to the Community Workshop on Saturday, March 26 and let MCOSD know what you’d like to see in the future.

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Marin Health and Wellness Campus Connection Center, 3240 Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael]
RSVP: eholland@co.marin.ca.us

The RTMP/EIR will employ a robust, inclusive, transparent public process to study appropriate types and locations of road and trails for public use in the preserves, and analyze relative impacts of alternatives. It will provide direction for future management to achieve the following outcomes and outputs.

Outcomes

  1. A fair, desirable, and appropriate range of recreation opportunities – and associated infrastructure – for the public to enjoy the preserves will be determined.
  2. The impacts to the natural environment from the modified road and trail network will be acceptable under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  3. Conflicts among users will be minimized.
  4. The road and trail network’s foreseeable construction, maintenance, and enforcement responsibilities will be financially feasible.

Outputs

  1. The system of roads and trails to be officially built and maintained by MCOSD will be broadly described.
  2. Key improvements will be detailed.
  3. Strategies to retire, restore, and decommission existing trails that are not to be part of MCOSD trails system will be identified.
  4. Best Management Practices to upgrade and maintain sanctioned preserve roads and trails will be studied.
  5. An approach for monitoring for success in achieving outcomes will be put forth.

See you there!


5. How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it)

BikenomicsIn a February 28 post on Grist.org, Portland bike activist Elly Blue makes an argument that besides the obvious benefits of saving the rider money, a bicycle economy can bring new business into a community and keep the money at home, instead of sending the money to big oil, big insurance, and big auto. Here are some excerpts:

Imagine getting a $3,000 to $12,000 tax rebate this year. Now imagine it coming again and again. Every year it grows by around a thousand dollars.

Imagine how this would change your daily life.

Sounds like a teabagger's wet dream, but it's actually a conservative estimate of how much you'd save by ditching your car, or even just one of your cars -- and getting on a bicycle instead….

There aren't very many economic scenarios in this country where everyone wins. But if you had to choose one single thing that could pull our neighborhoods, towns, and cities out of this murky pit of a recession, you'd do well to bet on the humble bicycle.

Read the full article here.
Use the MCBC bike calculator to calculate you'd save here.

Source: Centerlines, the e-newsletter for the National Center for Bicycling and Walking


6. Upcoming MCBC events

Lincoln Hill PathwayLincoln Hill Pathway ribbon cutting
Friday, March 11, 3 pm (bike ride at 2:30)
Mission and Heatherton, San Rafael

Basic Street Skills
Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae

Women on Wheels
Basic Street Skills class Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Classes follow through April
Locations TBA

MCBC Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
San Rafael Corporate Center, Tamalpais Room, 750 Lindaro St, San Rafael

See an expanded list of events


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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