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MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
WEEKLY BULLETIN
April 27, 2011

  1. MCBC responds to Golden Gate Bridge 10 MPH bike speed limit
  2. SMART train and pathway project moves forward
  3. May is Bike Month!
  4. Golden Gate Bridge meetings to address speed limits and safety
  5. First Sunday Ride, THIS Sunday, May 1
  6. Action Alert! Rescissions threaten bicycle and pedestrian funding
  7. Charles McGlashan Memorial Bike Ride
  8. Light & Motion Commuter Light Workshop and Demo Ride THIS Thursday
  9. Upcoming MCBC events
  10. Trips for Kids Re-cyclery Bike Thrift Shop huge Blow-out Sale, Sat May 7

1. MCBC responds to Golden Gate Bridge 10 MPH bike speed limit

Biking on the Golden Gate BridgeOn Tuesday, April 19, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition was notified by the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District of a report and a set of recommendations to be discussed and potentially approved two days later, on Thursday, April 21st, at the Golden Gate Bridge Building and Operating Committee meeting.

The report, entitled Bicycle Safety Study for the Golden Gate Bridge, includes many recommendations for bicyclists, including a 10 MPH speed limit on the bridge sidewalks and access pathways, a 5 MPH speed limit around towers, a $100 fine for speed violations, and a prohibition of unicycles and bikes with seats higher than 4 feet.

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition was shocked to learn of this report without being given an opportunity to review it and because of the short time-line between the announcement of the report and the committee meeting date just two days later (see StreetBlog.org coverage here).

MCBC was further disappointed as we were fully expecting to be a full participating stakeholder in the process of formulating safety recommendations along with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, other stakeholders and Bridge staff. MCBC is committed to improving safety--this is a core value of the organization and a primary element of our mission statement--and we want to ensure that the Golden Gate Bridge is safe for all users. But we request developing a plan that works for all stakeholders.

MCBC’s particular concerns include:

  1. A one size-fits-all speed limit on the Golden Gate Bridge is unreasonable. During late-night hours and on the west side-walk (where there are no pedestrians), it is unreasonable to mandate that cyclists ride a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour.
  2. Fines of $100 for violating a speed limit are unfair and unreasonable, especially in light of the fact that bicycle speedometers are very rare. A rider that is riding just a few MPH faster, even if riding very safely, could be subjected to this unreasonable fine.
  3. Unreasonable speed limits and excessive fines on the Golden Gate Bridge could discourage use of the Bridge as a transportation facility in direct conflict with one of MCBC's primary purposes- to encourage bicycle use for transportation and recreation.

At the April 21 meeting the Building and Operating Committee directed staff to create a process whereby the public and other stakeholders would have an opportunity to provide input and expertise to Bridge staff. The Committee further directed staff to bring the recommendations back to the committee at an undetermined date after the public process has taken place. The original press release indicated that the recommendations would be brought before the full board on May 13th; this is no longer the case.

MCBC is committed to working with the Golden Gate Bridge to find rational, well-thought-out, informed solutions for actual safety issues that exist on the Bridge in a way that balances safety with the multitude of needs of commuters, recreational riders, and pedestrians using the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalks.

You can email comments to the Bridge Board of Directors and staff at bridgecomments@goldengate.org
Click here to read more about MCBC and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Footnote: Yesterday, MCBC Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator Andy Peri discussed these issues on NPR’s Forum with Michael Krasny. Click here to hear the show.


2. SMART train and pathway project moves forward

SMART train and pathwayOn Wednesday, April 18, the SMART board voted to move forward with the project’s initial operating segment from Santa Rosa to San Rafael, which includes the multi-use path, and to seek bonds for construction. To close a funding gap, the board vote included making some significant funding cuts to the project, including a 1/3 cut to funding for the path. This is the same 1/3 cut that we’ve already reported to you, and which MCBC, realizing that every part of the project would have to take cuts, chose not to oppose.

This vote is a victory for all of us who support the train and pathway because it allows the project to move forward to construction, for the planned opening in 2014.  The next step is to work with SMART staff on which 2/3 of the pathway will be constructed with Measure Q funds, and to strategize with SMART and Marin funding agencies on how to find the matching funds to construct the remaining 1/3 of the pathway.  

MCBC is optimistic. Thanks again to everyone who signed our petition earlier this month to save the path, and all who have worked hard to get the project going, especially the SMART staff and board.


3. May is Bike Month!
A plethora of great biking events for you to enjoy

Route 5 Passport campaign, May 1 – July 31
92 special offers along bicycle Route 5 just for riding your bike!

MCBC’s Passport campaign will encourage bicyclists to patronize local businesses along Marin’s Route 5 north-south bicycle corridor and connecting routes, while increasing their use of Marin’s growing bicycle network. For three months people will be able to pick up a Route 5 Passport, ride along Marin’s bicycle network and receive great deals at 92 participating businesses, all while discovering new stores, restaurants, and health services.  Pick one up next week at your local bike shop, at the 92 participating businesses or in one of the 1,400 Bike to Work Day tote bags given out on Thursday, May 12.

Bike to Work Day, May 12, 2011Bike to Work Day (BTWD)
Thursday, May 12, 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

17 Energizer stations throughout Marin

Stop by a Marin Energizer Station on the morning of May 12 for goodies and lots of cheer. Leave home a bit earlier to check out as many stations as possible and score a tote bag full of goodies. The celebration continues from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the all-new BTWD After Party and Bike Expo!

Bike to Work Day After Party and Bike Expo
Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Marin County Mart (formerly the Larkspur Landing shopping center)

Come celebrate with your fellow cyclists at the courtyard at Marin County Mart. Beer and food will be available at Marin Brewing Company and there will be a bike expo with many great companies showing off their latest bicycle accessories and services. We’ll honor Marin’s Bike Commuter of the Year, give out Cal Park Tunnel awards, and much more! Sponsored by WTB, Mike’s Bikes, Marin Country Mart, and Marin Brew Co.

MCBC Fun Ride/Locust – 1st of the season!
Sunday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.

Mixed-terrain endurance ride on roads, fire roads and trails

The 4–5 hour ride covers 30–40 miles of road, fire road and multi-use trails and there’s a lot of climbing! You’ll get a lesson on trail and road etiquette at the beginning of the ride, so that we’re bicycle ambassadors on the ride. The Fun Ride is free, but we suggest a $15 donation to MCBC. Prizes are awarded for good deeds (details day of event). Check our website in May for start location.

With My Own Two WheelsMovie: With My Own Two Wheels, at The Marin Youth Center
Sunday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. - 1115 Third Street, San Rafael

With My Own Two Wheels weaves together the stories of five individuals across the globe into a single narrative about the bicycle as a vehicle for change. The documentary was shot on location in Zambia, Ghana, India, Guatemala and California and was produced in collaboration with bicycle-driven development organizations including World Bike Relief and Santa Barbara’s own Bici Centro. The screening is a fundraiser for MCBC’s Women on Wheels and The Bicycle Works.

Ales and Trails at China Camp State Park
Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ales and Trails is a benefit for the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s California advocacy efforts to improve trail opportunities throughout the state. Join us at China Camp’s Miwok Meadows for guided mountain bike rides and professionally led skills clinics with pro riders. Enjoy beer tasting, live music and a gourmet BBQ.

Bike Locally Challenge
May – October

Bike Locally Challenge will be awarding six novice cyclists with bicycles, accessories and mentors to convert them from fossil-fuel burning to calorie-burning commuters. The six riders were just selected – stay tuned for who they are!


Riding on the Golden Gate Bridge4. Golden Gate Bridge meetings to address speed limits and safety

On Thursday, May 19, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District will host two open house style public informational meetings to exchange information and ideas and to discuss further the recent set of recommendations put forth by the Golden Gate Bridge staff, which include a 10 MPH speed limit on the bridge for cyclists.

The first meeting will take place from 6 AM to 8 AM at the east sidewalk entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge at Vista Point; the second meeting from 3 PM to 5 PM in the Board Room, Admin Building, 2nd floor at the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza.

MCBC will provide more information about these meetings as it becomes available.

Please click here for more information about what has transpired since April 19th, 2011, on this issue. Included on that webpage are links to the GGBHTD staff report and Alta's Bicycle Safety Study.


5. First Sunday Ride, THIS Sunday, May 1

Sunday at the Farmers MarketThe first Sunday of each month we start at a different point in Marin and ride to the Farmers' Market at the County Civic Center. Riders can join up along the route. After an hour or so of tasting and shopping, we'll load up our purchases and return.

All riders are welcome. If you would like to meet other riders or practice basic street bicycling skills, this is a ride for you.

No registration. Helmet required. Rain cancels. Call Cheryl Longinotti at 415-847-0065 if in doubt.

Sunday, May 1; start at Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito

Timeline:

  • 9:30am, Mike's Bikes in Sausalito,
  • 10:00am, REI in Corte Madera
  • 10:45am, South Portal, CalPark Tunnel
  • 10:30am, San Rafael Transit Center
  • 10.55am, Arrival at Farmer's Market

6. Action Alert! Rescissions threaten bicycle and pedestrian funding

Alliance for Walking and Biking

League of American Bicyclists

The Alliance for Walking and Biking and the League of American Bicyclists write:

Your state DOT may be getting ready to take away millions of dollars in bicycle and pedestrian funding.

Contact your Governor today!

In the latest budget deal between the Republicans and Democrats, the two parties agreed to rescind (read: take back) $2.5 billion in unspent federal transportation funds. Your state DOT has the power to decide which funds they send back.  And based upon history we know what happens next.

Your state DOT may try to empty out the funds that pay for your sidewalks, bike lanes, trails, and education programs.

We have seen this before, and it is happening again. Last year, when states had to send back $2.2 billion in transportation funds, almost half of that money came from programs that fund bicycling and walking projects. See our Rescissions FAQs for more information.

Please contact your governor today to tell them this is wrong. Funding cuts for the rescission should be fair and proportional across the board.

If you are in AK, DC, DE, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, NH, PA, RI, SC, UT, VA, VT, WV, or WY, please click here. If you are in AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, ID, KY, LA, MI, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WA, or WI, please click here.

Thank you in advance for your help!


7. Charles McGlashan Memorial Bike Ride

At the Charles McGlashan Memorial RideLast Friday (Earth Day), over 100 people participated in a memorial bicycle ride and reception for the late Supervisor Charles McGlashan. It has been a month since his untimely death and it’s still hard to believe he’s gone. MCBC and a large group of Charles’ colleagues, friends, and family members shared their personal stories along the 12-mile ride from Charles’ workplace (Marin Civic Center) to his District (Mill Valley).

The ride left the Civic Center at 4:15 PM after words from Charles’ widow Carol Misseldine and a moment of silence led by MCBC’s Andy Peri. The group stopped at several locations along the way to highlight Charles’ work on projects including the SMART train and pathway, the Cal Park Hill Tunnel, and Safe Routes to School.

MCBC thanks the following people for making the ride special and memorable:
Charles’ wife Carol Misseldine and the McGlashan family for joining us, Patrick Seidler and Chris Scheirholtz at WTB for hosting the reception, Heidi Adler for overseeing the reception, Don Magdanz and the Marin Cyclists for superb ride support, Mike's Bikes for SAG support, California Highway Patrol, San Rafael PD, Twin Cities PD and Mill Valley PD for ride escort, Backroads for bicycle shuttles after the ride, Iron Springs Brewery and Grilly’s for providing refreshments, Deb Hubsmith and Andy Peri for organizing the speakers, the speakers Craig Tackabery, Greg  Brockbank, David Heath, Deb Fudge, Steve Kinsey, Wendi Kallins, Garry Lion, Stephanie Moulton-Peters and Shawn Marshall; Nader Mansourian, Carlos Perez and Yuri Hauswald at Bike Monkey, Maureen Gaffney for leading the ride and MCBC Executive Director Kim Baenisch for her closing statement and for authorizing the time to make this happen, and Tom Boss for overseeing the entire production.

Click here to see photos from the Charles McGlashan Memorial Ride on Earth Day.


8. Light & Motion Commuter Light Workshop and Demo Ride THIS THURSDAY!
Experience the joy of riding at night, while improving your safety.

Night ridingJoin MCBC at Tam Bikes in Mill Valley this Thursday, April 28, for a commuter light workshop presented by Light & Motion, leaders in LED bicycle light technology!

Did you know that 72% of bicycle collisions take place at intersections? With a few tips on becoming more visible, you could easily avoid being another statistic. Following the workshop we'll take a 45 minute ride around Mill Valley, with demo lights supplied by Light & Motion (there'll be an off-road demo ride as well)!

WIN a Vis180 ($100 value)! Everyone who shows up will be entered in a drawing for a Vis180, which is 20 times brighter than a traditional blinky light.

INVITED Speakers: Eric Squires of Light & Motion

WHAT: Bike light workshop and demo ride
WHEN: Thursday, April 28 at 7 pm (rides at 8 pm)
WHERE: Tam Bikes – 357 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley
RSVP: Send preference for commuter light or off-road light to tom@marinbike.org


9. Upcoming MCBC events

Night RideBike light workshop and demo ride
Thursday, April 28 at 7 pm (rides at 8 pm)
Tam Bikes – 357 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley

First Sunday Ride
Sunday, May 1, 9:30 a.m.
Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito

GGBHTD open house style public informational meetings
Thursday, May 19
6 am to 8 AM; East sidewalk entrance to the Bridge at Vista Point
3 pm to 5 pm in the Board Room, Admin  Building, 2nd floor at the Bridge Toll Plaza.

Bike to Work Day
Thursday, May 12, all day
Energizer Stations throughout Marin County

MCBC Fun Ride/Locust
Sunday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.
Fairfax, location TBA

"With My Own Two Wheels" screening
Benefit for The Bicycle Works and Women on Wheels (an MCBC bicycling course)
Sunday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
The Marin Youth Center (MYC), 1115 Third Street, San Rafael.

See an expanded list of events


MESSAGES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS


10.  Trips for Kids Re-cyclery Bike Thrift Shop huge Blow-out Sale
Saturday May 7, from 10 am - 4 pm

Trips for Kids' WarehouseMarilyn Price of Trips for Kids writes:

Don't miss the huge one-day sale at two locations. We are offering 25% - 50% discounts on selected items at our Re-Cyclery Bike Thrift Shop in San Rafael and at our Warehouse in San Rafael.  Bike frames, forks, wheels, tires, helmets, bike racks, frame pumps, floor pumps, lights, locks, bar tape, clothes, cycling shoes, and lots more will be on sale at bargain prices. Product donations from bicycle manufacturers and private donors have piled up, and it’s time to make room for new shipments.

The Re-Cyclery Bike Thrift Shop is at 610 Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael. The Trips for Kids Warehouse is located at 125 Larkspur St. Suite 119, San Rafael. For more information call (415) 458-2986 or check our website. There is no visitor parking allowed at our Warehouse so please park on the street.

For more information (415) 458-2986, info@tripsforkids.org or http://www.tripsforkids.org/marin


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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