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MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
WEEKLY BULLETIN
May 4, 2011

  1. 92 deals in Marin just for riding your bike!
  2. Get your work place and co-workers ready for Bike to Work Day
  3. Bike to Work Day After Party and Bike Expo
  4. MCBC is hiring an Advocacy Coordinator
  5. Julian LePelch is Marin County’s Bicycle Commuter of the Year 2011
  6. Dias Ridge Trail update
  7. Video: Memories of Bike to Work Day 2010
  8. Upcoming MCBC events
  9. Trips for Kids seeks Re-cyclery part-time sales associate/mechanic

Don't Drive: Take Route 5!1. 92 deals in Marin just for riding your bike!

Check out the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s (MCBC) newest bicycling program this May through July – the Route 5 Passport. Pick up a Passport at bike shops, MCBC sponsored rides and events, at the 92 participating businesses, and in 1,400 free Bike to Work Day tote bags given out on May 12.

MCBC has partnered with 92 businesses in central Marin to offer unique deals for people who ride their bikes to shop, dine, and for entertainment. Some of the deals include buy one, get one free at Tully’s Coffee, Peet’s Coffee and Double Rainbow; 50% off a LG or XL pizza at Pizza Orgasmica; and a free bag of popcorn at the Rafael Theater.

Route 5 is Marin County’s north/south bicycle artery parallel to Highway 101. To help people discover the bicycle route and its connecting routes, MCBC is hosting a variety of rides May through July, including a ride to the Food Truck Crush at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, Film Night in the Park, and a Giants game in San Francisco.

Click here to learn more about the Route 5 Passport program.


2. Get your work place and co-workers ready for Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day, May 12, 2011Send an invitation to a coworker or friend to pedal with you on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 12. If you have a friend who is considering bicycling, or a coworker who just needs a little encouragement, your support could be just what they need to give biking a try.

Here are two things you can do to make sure your work place is ready for the biggest celebration of bicycling of the year:

  1. Pick up some Bike to Work Day posters from the Marin County Bicycle Coalition office to hang at your workplace. Come by Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm, at 733 Center Blvd. Fairfax, or call 415-456-3469, 8#
  2. Request an Employer Toolkit: Get your free Bike to Work Day Employer Toolkit for your work place, complete with an official event poster, employer resources and more! Click here to download the Employer Toolkit.

Volunteers like you make Bike to Work Day the best biking day of the year: Your energy and passion for riding bicycles is needed to make 2011 the biggest celebration yet! Thursday, May 12, is the day you can help energize commuters at one of our 17 Energizer Stations. Contact Peggy Clark 415-456-3469, 8#, peggy@marinbike.org to volunteer.


3. Bike to Work Day After Party and Bike Expo
Celebrate with a Bang from 5:30 pm - 8 pm, Thursday, May 12 at Marin Country Mart

Party and Bike ExpoCome join MCBC, WTB, Mike's Bikes, and other local bicycle industry folks for the Bike to Work Day After Party and Bike Expo: 5:30 pm - 8 pm, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA.

We will be taking over the patio of Marin Brewing Company for an evening of food, beverages, friends, fun, and of course.... bikes! We are inviting cyclists of all disciplines to experience the fun of bike commuting. The expo will showcase a range of industry buffs showing off their favorite commuting gear. MCBC will hand out Cal Park Tunnel plaques (6:30 pm ceremony) and announce the commuter of the year.

You can also meet our six new Bike Locally Challenge riders!

Ride to the Expo:

Want to arrive in style? Pedal to Mike's Bikes of Sausalito or Mike's Bikes of San Rafael for a group ride to the After Party. Rides will leave at 5:30 pm. Both rides will be for all levels of cyclists, and all riders will receive a FREE beverage token which can be redeemed for ANY beverage of choice.

2011 Event Sponsors:

Mike's Bikes, WTB, Marin Country Mart, and MCBC

Exhibitors:

Enjoy the cycling wares of these great manufacturers at the party:
Viva Bikes | Bike Smart | Freedom/WTB | Bike Monkey | Yuba Bicycles | Camelbak | Soulcraft Mission Workshop | DZR Shoes | Retrotec | Timbuk2 | Specialized | Light & Motion


4. MCBC is hiring an Advocacy Coordinator
Fulltime opportunity to work on countywide bicycle advocacy campaigns! 

Sharrows in San AnselmoJoin the hugely successful Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s advocacy team – we’re currently hiring a full-time Advocacy Coordinator who will report to MCBC’s Advocacy Director.  The Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for successful outreach and public involvement on County of Marin projects, for empowering local citizens to take action in their own town/city, and publicly represents MCBC’s positions on infrastructure and policy platforms at public meetings and through written submittals. 

The position includes direct communication with public works directors, elected officials, MCBC members, and the public about bicycle needs, design issues, priorities and more. Candidates require excellent written and public speaking skills, project management and partnership building experience, and the ability to take initiative and work independently.

The position is currently available, and will be open until filled. Interviews will be conducted as relevant applications are received. The salary is $41,600 - $45,760/year DOE with benefits. 

For more information on how to apply, please click here.


Julian LePelch5. Julian LePelch is Marin County’s Bicycle Commuter of the Year 2011

Congratulations to MCBC member Julian LePelch who has been chosen as Marin County’s 2011 Commuter of the Year! Julian lives in Mill Valley and attends Tam Valley Elementary School where he is a 5th grader. Each year, in honor of Bike to Work Day (Thursday, May 12, 2011), friends or coworkers nominate an inspiring person for the title of Bike Commuter of the Year.

Julian set the goal last summer of riding his bike to and from school every day. He was able to achieve his goal, never missing a day, despite one of the wettest winters on record. The coldest days of January and February required increased tenacity on his part. But Julian didn’t stop there. Using the Sausalito bike path as his main artery to various venues, he often rode from 3.5 to 5 miles a day. Leading by example, Julian hopes to become a role model to other students and adults by eliminating car trips. Many parents and fellow students took notice and recognized him for his enthusiasm and commitment.

Nominators rave, “We see him every single day riding his bike to and from school - with a smile!  Rain, shine, hail, you name it we’ve had it all this year- nothing stops him.  He is 100% committed ……I've never seen anything like it - he is amazing! By doing this early in life, Julian is very likely to continue the conscious effort to better our world throughout his lifetime.”


6. Dias Ridge Trail Update
Please stay on open trails only!

Trail workers on Dias RidgeState Parks is finishing work at the top of the Dias Ridge Trail to completely take out the old fire road and replace it with ride-able trail! Please stay off the new alignment until work is completed later this summer.

In the meantime you can enjoy the recent improvements to the bike legal section of the Miwok Trail between the Dias Ridge Trail and Highway 1. The lower section has been notoriously boggy due to poor drainage. Special thanks goes to the Conservation Corps North Bay who did the work.

While the southern portion of the Miwok Trail is open to bikes, the northern portion of Miwok and the Redwood Creek Trail are closed to bikes. These narrow trails provide a natural loop for equestrians who ride out of the stables at the bottom of Dias Ridge. Please don’t damage the goodwill that we have with the Golden Gate Dairy Stables by riding closed trails in the area.

Soon work will begin to continue the Dias Ridge Trail north and ultimately it will connect with the Coast View Trail. Help us keep things rolling forward by staying off closed trails.

Thank you!


7. Video: Memories of Bike to Work Day 2010

A year goes by so fast -- right before 2010 Bike to Work Day, the City crews installed the green bikeways on Market Street. Watch this video and hear how excited everyone was riding on these great improvements for the first time and remember how much fun Bike to Work Day is and get excited for additional improvements to Market Street coming this year, as well. Make sure you've pumped up your tires and are ready to ride this Bike to Work Day, May 12!

Click here if you do not see the video in your browser.

Source: the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC)


8. Upcoming MCBC events

Bike to Work Day, May 12, 2011Bike to Work Day
Thursday, May 12, all day
Energizer Stations throughout Marin County

"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 MYC, 1115 Third Street, San Rafael.

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.

See an expanded list of events


MESSAGES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS


9.  Trips for Kids seeks Re-cyclery part-time sales associate/mechanic

Trips for Kids personnelMarilyn Price of Trips for Kids writes:

Trips for Kids is looking for a Sales Associate to work at our Bike Thrift Shop at 610 4th Street in San Rafael. This is a part time job (Tuesdays through Sundays availability - approximately 18 hours a week).  Candidate must have knowledge of bikes and bike parts (both new and old), be a qualified bicycle mechanic, and be good at customer sales.

Please send resumes via email to info@tripsforkids.org but do not send as an attachment - just copy and paste it into the body of your text. You may also mail your resume to Trips for Kids, 610 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. No telephone inquiries please.

Salary commensurate with experience.


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

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