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1. Two big SMART wins!
$33 million approved for train and pathway, allowing contract to move forward this year.
And the SMART pathway was approved for a list of projects for federal funding.

SMART train and pathwaySMART secures $33 million for train and pathway; bonding / construction contract to move forward this year

On September 28th the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved $33.1 million in regional funds for the SMART train and pathway.  These funds complete the funding necessary for building the initial operating segment of the SMART train and pathway system from San Rafael to Santa Rosa.  SMART recently provided the MTC with a balanced funding plan- a key part of the basis for the decision.  SMART will now move forward to issue bonds and will soon be issuing construction contracts for the initial operating segment of the project. MCBC applauds the work of SMART’s new General Manager Farhad Mansourian and the SMART Board of Directors for their strong leadership in moving the SMART project forward.

The SMART pathway approved for federal project funding list

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission included $18 million for SMART in a list of projects that it has approved for federal funding at its meeting on September 28th.  Adding SMART to this list of projects puts SMART one step closer to receiving federal TIGER III funds; SMART is currently applying for $18 million of TIGER III funds to complete the SMART pathway from San Rafael to Santa Rosa.   “The bicycle and pedestrian path along the SMART right-of-way is a key benefit of the project for the people of Marin and Sonoma,” said Judy Arnold, Marin County Supervisor and SMART Vice Chair.

2. The Bikers Ball returns—Casino Style!
Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Servino Ristorante, 9 Main Street, Tiburon

Biker' Ball and Casino NightDon’t take chances with the future of bicycle advocacy—take chances and support the MCBC at Casino Night! There’s something for everyone: roulette, craps, blackjack, poker, beer, wine, mixed and soft drinks, appetizers, fantastic casino prizes, silent auction, the beautiful setting and views of Servino and all of your bike friends.

Tickets are $50 for members, $60 non-members (Join MCBC and receive a $10 per ticket discount) or $55 and $65 at the door (if we don’t sell out!).

Some of our favorite casino prizes include a Western Spirit cycling trip for two, and a 2012 Specialized Tarmac Elite Road Bike donated by Mike's Bikes. We’ll also have a silent auction featuring several fantastic items that you'll want to bid on, including original "Beecycles" artwork by Matt Lively. More items are rolling in every day, so check our website for updates.

The 2011 Bikers Ball and Casino Night is sponsored by
Mike's Bikes, Backroads, and Fits by Paul

Backroads Fits by Paul Mikes Bikes


3. Women on Wheels: back by popular demand
Bicycle classes just for women; taught by women

Women on WheelsWomen on Wheels is back this fall! These clinics, taught by women for women, can be taken individually, or you can sign up for all four at a discounted rate.

In these clinics you will learn the foundations of road and path cycling

  • Improve your confidence and knowledge
  • Learn to turn and shift
  • Gain the confidence to bike around cars
  • Learn to climb and descend hills

2011 Fall class dates:

  • On the Bike Clinics: Bicycle Handling
    Saturday, October 8, 10 AM - Noon, in Corte Madera
  • Basic Street Skills - Classroom Presentation
    (attendance highly recommended)
    Monday, October 10, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, in Mill Valley
  • Bicycle Maintenance Work Shop
    Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, in San Anselmo
  • On the Bike Clinics: Gearing and Hills
    Saturday, October 22, 10 AM - Noon, in Fairfax


$30 ($25 for MCBC members) per class
$110 for all four classes ($90 for MCBC members)
Become an MCBC member, and receive discounts on all Women on Wheels classes


Bring your working bike and helmet

Info / Registration: For details click here, or contact peggy(at), or 415.456.3469 x 8

4. MCBC is hiring a Dirt Director
Part time salaried position at $30K/year begins January 2012

MCBC Takes it Off-roadMCBC is currently hiring a part time Dirt Director to start in January 2012 who will report to MCBC’s Executive Director.  The Dirt Director is responsible for successful management of our Trail Stewardship program that is designed to minimize user conflict and maintain the health of the trails. The position includes direct communication with land managers, elected officials, MCBC members, and the public about trail and land stewardship, user conflicts, off road bicycle needs, design issues, priorities and more.

The Dirt Director will represent MCBC’s off road positions at public and stakeholder meetings, through written submittals, media articles and interviews, and social media messaging. 

This position is currently available, and will be open until filled.  Interviews will be conducted as relevant applications are received. MCBC is an equal opportunity employer. 

Interested applicants are invited to apply by sending the following to Kim Baenisch, Executive Director, at cover letter, resume, three references with contact information, and two writing samples (at least one should be advocacy/technically-oriented). No phone calls, please. 

For a complete job description, click here.

5. Benefit for MCBC's new Off-road program
Tuesday, October 11, at Broken Drum

Broken Drum Brewery & Wood GrillThe Broken Drum Brewery and Wood Grill in San Rafael will make MCBC the beneficiary of a Give Back Tuesday night at the 4th Street pub. 10% of all sales for the evening will go to MCBC’s new Off-road program, which will focus on education and trail and land stewardship, educate riders about trail etiquette, and work to reach consensus on where access for bikes can be increased in Marin.

Please join MCBC from 3:30 pm to 11 pm for food, drink and conversation. Meet MCBC staff, Board Directors and local mountain bike legends, while supporting our new Off-road program.

Door prizes given out hourly!

Give Back Tuesday at the Broken Drum


Tuesday, October 11 - 3:30pm – 11 pm


Broken Drum Brewery and Wood Grill
1132 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456-4677 (HOPS)


See you there!

6. Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk update

Bicyclists on the Golden Gate BridgeStarting next Tuesday, October 4 (yesterday), at the soonest or the following Monday, October 10, at the latest, crews will begin disassembling the scaffolding now located on the west sidewalk that runs about 400 feet south of midspan. The painting of the main cable has been completed along this section of the main cable so the scaffolding is being taken down, moved, and reinstalled on the 400 foot-long section running north from midspan. Once reinstalled, paint crews will being work on this portion of the main cable.

The moving and reinstalling process will take up to 4 weeks (weather will be a big factor in the speed of this process) or through to late October/early November

What does this mean to bicylists now using the west sidewalk?

  1. On weekdays only, at varying times during this process (that cannot be determined or scheduled in advance) work crews will hold all bicycle traffic wishing to travel through the work zone for up to 15 minutes at a time.
  2. The 15 minute hold periods will be followed by 5 minute periods for bicycle traffic to pass through the work zone and then hold again for another 15 minutes. This cycle will continue on weekdays only between 7 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays, for up to 4 weeks as noted above.
  3. We will post appropriate signs and have flaggers on the west sidewalk to conduct the temporary bicycle traffic holds.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

One a side note: Starting in mid to late October, we will also be installing scaffolding on the east sidewalk at midspan in a 400 foot-long configuration.  This operation will be conducted between 7 am and 3:30 pm weekdays and will take up to 4 weeks; again weather is a big factor in the timing of this process.  During the process, the east sidewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic just south of midspan during working hours; during non-work hours, the east sidewalk will remain partially closed (at the seismic retrofit work zone at the north end) as it currently.

Learn more about the retrofit work sidewalk impact here.

7. How to pass a horse safely on a mountain bike

Bikes and HorsesEquestrians have a legitimate safety concern when encountering mountain bikes due to the natural predator/prey reaction horses often have, and the main defense mechanism for a horse is flight. A well-trained horse can usually interact with bikes without incident, but even the most experienced trail horse may be spooked by sudden action especially from fast moving objects approaching from behind.

To alleviate the potential problem, and to make your fellow trail user happy, when approaching a horse follow this simple protocol.

  1. Let the horse know you are there as soon as possible, preferably by saying "Howdy," or, if more than 10 yards away, by ringing a bell. Be especially cautious when approaching from behind.
  2. Slow down, be prepared to stop if on a narrow trail or if the horse seems nervous, and always ask if it's safe to pass.
  3. Be friendly, ask if you can pet the horse, and engage in a little chit chat.

This may seem like an inconvenience, but it is rare to encounter equestrians on the trail, so why not take a little more care when you do. Positive mountain biker/equestrian interaction is a key step in developing a better dialog with equestrians.

Law Office of Daniel H. Rose, Bike Injury Lawyers

8. Upcoming MCBC events

MCBC needs you!  Click here to see our upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Trail work on the 680 trail680 Trail building
Saturday, October 8
9 AM; Lucas Valley Road at Mt Muir Ct.

Women on Wheels Fall sessions

On the Bike Clinics: Bicycle Handling
Saturday, October 8
6:30 - 8:30 PM; Mill Valley

Basic Street Skills Classroom Presentation
Monday, October 10
6:30 - 8:30 PM; Mill Valley

Bicycle Maintenance Work Shop
Wednesday, October 19
6:30 - 8:30 PM; San Anselmo

On the Bike Clinics: Gearing and Hills
Saturday, October 22
10 AM – Noon;  Fairfax

Bikers Ball & Casino Night
Saturday, October 22
7 PM – 11 PM; Servino Ristorante, 9 Main Street, Tiburon

See an expanded list of events


9. Legendary Napa Bike Wine Tour
Friday, November 11, 2011 - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Mike Costanzo of the Napa County Bicycle Coalition writes:

The Legendary Napa Bike Wine TourWe've got an event that might be of interest to some of you.  It's a chance to ride with Levi Leipheimer for a day as part of a small group (no more than 25 permitted), eat some great food prepared by world-class chefs, and drink some amazing wine made by famous winemakers who love to ride - all while making a tax-deductible donation to Napa Bike. 

Why a celebrity bike ride?  As you probably know, Napa is the least populated Bay Area county, and so has always received the smallest share of transportation funding, especially for bicycle infrastructure. Ironically, our roads are heavily impacted by visitors as the 3rd most visited destination in California.  So we have a lot of work to do and need to add resources to get the job done. We don't yet have the membership base to put on a big event like Biketoberfest, so working with the limited resources we do have, we were able to get the services for this event donated by Levi, Solage Calistoga, Pine Ridge Winery, Vineyard 29, and Velo Vino, with a lot of behind the scenes support from the Napa Destination Council. 

The event is not inexpensive . . . it is $1500 per person, but it is unique and 100% of the donations go to Napa Bike to ensure we can continue and accelerate our agenda. 

I hope some of you are interested in helping out.  We just launched this last week and we've already got 7 of the spots taken. It would be cool to have a contingency from Marin be part of this special group.

For more ride info, click here.

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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