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1. A big win for cyclists/pedestrians in the Senate Transportation Bill

U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

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Cyclists nationwide have won a big battle for retaining bicycle/pedestrian funding in the federal transportation bill.

After several long weeks of intense work from advocates around the country, we are extremely pleased to report that the Cardin-Cochran amendment has been accepted as part of the base Senate transportation bill, MAP-21. This amendment will ensure that local governments, school systems, and metropolitan planning organizations are able to access much-needed funds to make routes to school and routes throughout communities safe for bicycling and walking.

Thank YOU for making this Senate win a reality!  We are one step closer to a federal transportation law that makes streets safer for all users. Please consider calling Senator Boxer at (202) 224-3553 to thank her for supporting the Cardin-Cochran amendment, and to express your support for the Senate Transportation Bill, MAP-21.

Of course, there's lots of work ahead. With this change, we now strongly urge the Senate to move forward quickly on passing this much-needed transportation bill, MAP-21. 

While this is a big victory and a big step forward, we still have a ways to go before it can become law.  Your help will be key over the coming weeks to ensure that the Senate bill passes, to restore bicycle and pedestrian funding in the House, and to make certain that any extension retains Transportation Enhancements (bike/ped funding), Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails funding.

But, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.  For now, let’s all take some time to celebrate this testament to the value that of local action creating significant change at the federal level!

2. Tour de Marin registration is open
Free T-shirts are going fast, register today!

Tour de MarinRegistration is open for Tour de Marin on Sunday, May 20, 2012, and 150 people have already signed-up! Be sure to register today to guarantee you’ll receive a free 2012 Tour de Marin t-shirt (details below).

Join the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Whole Foods Market on Sunday, May 20, for a 45-mile ride through scenic Marin and then watch the final stage of the Tour of California in the afternoon. There will be great food all along the ride, including fine gourmet cuisine from Marin artisan cheese and bread makers. You'll ride along Bicycle Route 5, roll past Stafford Lake, see redwood groves and horse stables, and take in a feast at the Nicasio energizer station.

Nicasio Rest Stop, Tour de Marin 2011All ride levels are welcome; no one is left behind. The ride will be well supported, with ride leaders, sweepers, course marshals and SAG (support and gear) wagon courtesy of Mike's Bikes and REI. Tour de Marin proceeds will help MCBC's efforts to expand Marin's bicycle network with safe bike lanes, pathways, bridges and tunnels.

All riders get a goodie bag filled with great snacks and swag, and a supported ride complete with SAG and energizer stations. The first 250 people to register will receive a 2012 Tour de Marin T-shirt. After the ride we'll gather back in San Rafael to watch the final stage of the Tour of California, and Whole Foods Market will have a food truck and various food vendors selling food and sampling other delicious treats!

Pre-register & score

  1. Organic cotton ride t-shirt to first 250
  2. Pre-race breakfast treats at Whole Foods Market
  3. Energizer station at Nicasio Valley Cheese with great local food 
  4. Swag bag featuring Whole Foods Market vendors and bike swag (no flyers!) 
  5. Ride support and SAG wagon

Register today at Eventbrite here.  

3. Nominate your Marin County cycling hero

Bike to Work Day, May 10, 2012Bike Commuter of the Year Nominations are now being accepted. Recognize a cyclist in your community that is committed to making every day a "Bike to Work Day." Please share his/her story by letting us know how they incorporate the many health and economic benefits of bicycling into everyday life.

Tell us in (200 words or less) why they deserve the Bike Commuter of the Year Award. All entries must include the nominee's Name, Email, and County. All nomination entries must be submitted by April 23. Don’t wait: do it now!

Please login or register for the Bike to Work Day site in order to submit your nomination. You must be logged in to gain access to the nomination form.

Bike to Work Day 2012  is Thursday, May 10th and is funded by a grant from, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Kaiser Permanente. Regional sponsors are: Beyond Pix, Chipotle, Typekit, Adobe, Clif Bar, BikeMS, REI, and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition. Local MCBC Sponsors who support Bike to Work Day in Marin County: Whole Foods Market, Sunshine Bicycle Center, City Cycles, Zinn Law Firm, California Bike N Bean, Sports Basement

Marin County Parks and Open Space4. Community Workshop: Saturday, March 31
Provide input on Open Space’s Roads and Trails Management Plan

Action alert! Please attend this Community Workshop on Saturday, March 31, from 8:30 AM to noon. This is an opportunity to provide input to the Marin County Parks and Open Space District's Roads and Trails Management Plan (RTMP) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

The RTMP/EIR process provides mountain bikers with a key opportunity to speak up for improved access to the singletrack trails of Marin County open space and parklands.

County planners need to hear from cyclists. Please join MCBC staff at this important workshop. More details will be provided the week of March 26.

5. MCBC’s Kim Baenisch to ride and speak at Echelon Riders event
Ride features multisport athlete and movement specialist Jessi Stensland

Kim BaenischJoin MCBC Executive Director Kim Baenisch this Sunday for a ride with former pro Triathlete Jessi Stenslund as part of the Echelon Riders Club Annual Marin Celebrity Ride, supported by Mike’s Bikes and Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Kim will speak about our work at the start of the ride.

The ride is the finale of a three-event weekend with Ms. Stenslund:

  1. Meet + greet! Plus discuss strategies for endurance performance. Friday, March 9th, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Mikes Bikes, 836 Fourth Street, San Rafael.

    Jessi will discuss her endurance sporting career and give insight into her movement-based training strategies as taught at her MovementU classes. Refreshments provided by Mikes Bikes, and admission is FREE!

  2. Move! MovementU interactive workshops at Five Points Fitness, Paradise Drive, Corte Madera.  Women only 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and women and men 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

    All workshop attendees receive a free 7-day pass to Five Points Fitness. $99 per workshop. For more info and to register click here

  3. Jessi StenslundRide! Celebrity ride with Jessi Stensland, Sunday, March 11th, at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 2500 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur

    Complimentary breakfast from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM for the first 70 to register. MCBC will be present with 2012 advocacy and event information. 2-hour ride leaves the Marriot at 9:45 AM for Mike’s Bikes San Rafael and leaves there at 10:00 AM. SAG and refreshment stop at Rancho Nicasio provided by Mike’s Bikes. Registration: $25

For more information and to register click here.

6. Bike Locally Challenge 2012 Call for Entries
Watch on Monday for details

2011 BLC participant Brianna GeorgiMCBC will launch its third Bike Locally Challenge on Monday, March 12, with a Call for Entries to apply for one of seven bikes to encourage novice bicyclists to commit to riding a bike to work, school, and for local errands from May through October.

This year we have two new categories, including a Parent/Child team and a Family/Business Cargo Bike Challenge.

Read how the Challenge changed the lives of past Challenge participants Susan Doyle, Karen Herzog and Sharon Dahme and Peter Meringolo. Click on their names to see their blog posts.

Watch for next week’s Call for Entries for MCBCs 2012 Bike Locally Challenge!

The Bike Locally Challenge is part of our Bike Locally Campaign. To learn more about the program components, including the Route 5 Passport and Bike Locally Outposts, visit our website.

7. Upgrading to the new iPad?
MCBC needs your old iPad!

iPad with Square card readerThe Marin County Bicycle Coalition needs an iPad to take full advantage of the Square credit card system. We will be using Square to handle credit card transitions at the office and at events. While the service works with a smartphone, it’s much more powerful when used with an iPad.

If you plan to purchase the new iPad and haven’t promised your current tablet to someone else, please consider donating it to MCBC. We will supply a thank you letter with our 501c3 tax id number so you can write off the donation. Please contact Tom Boss at if you can donate your iPad.

Thanks for helping MCBC with your technology upgrade!

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8. Upcoming MCBC events

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

Fairfax BrewfestFairfax Brewfest
Saturday, March 17
1:00-5:00 PM, Fairfax Pavilion

Pedal-Driven, a Bikeumentary
Thursday, March 22, 2012
6:30 PM and 8:15 PM; Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur

MCBC Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, April 11
6:30-8:30 PM; Tamalpais Room, San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael

Dias Ridge Trail Day
Saturday, April 14
9:00 AM – Noon, Dias Ridge Trailhead, Muir Beach

Earth Day Marin
Saturday, April 21
11am–6pm at Marin Civic Center Lagoon Park, San Rafael

Bike to Work Day
Thursday, May 10
All Day! Visit an Energizer Station near you

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

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