MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
September 2, 2009
1. MCBC to co-sponsor Klunkerz screening, September 4
2. Help save funding for Safe Routes to Transit and Safe Routes to School
3. 2,009 in 2009 - September is Back to School Month
4. Discount Biketoberfest tickets on sale NOW
5. Win a GoPro HERO Helmet Camera
6. Advertise in the Pedal Press
7. Bay Bridge closure, Thurs, Sept 3, 8 PM through Tues, Sept 8, 5 AM
8. Portland bike shop offers its own Cash for Clunkers program
9. Get a discount on the Ridge Trail Council’s 4th annual Ridge Trail Cruz
Come early with a picnic dinner to San Anselmo’s Creek Park on Friday, Sept. 4. Watch Klunkerz - a film by Billy Savage tracing the history of modern-day mountain biking – presented by Film Night in the Park and co-hosted by MCBC and Team Hamana. The film starts at 8:00 PM. Suggested donations are $6 for adults and $3 for children.
In the 1970s, some Marin free thinkers began riding fat tire cruisers (circa 1930-50s) fast down steep dirt fire roads on and around Mt. Tamalpais, eventually cobbling together a hybrid with gears to tackle the uphill. Because these bikes were mostly recycled from the discard bin and had a propensity to rattle (or look the part), the riders affectionately referred to them as their “clunkers.” Producer Billy Savage illustrates his story with the joyful memories of those present at the birth: Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly, Otis Guy, Wende Cragg, Tom Ritchey, and plenty of others. Savage even tracked down former members of the pioneering Morrow Dirt Club, who blew everyone’s minds and then disappeared for 20 years.
Bring your friends and family for an evening of fun. Visit the MCBC table. For more information, contact Tom Boss at 415-272-2756 or email@example.com.
When MTC adopted the 2009 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) this spring, we applauded them for taking climate change seriously and recognizing the importance. Not only did they set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets, but for the first time ever, included $400 million in funding for a five-year Transportation Climate Action Campaign with $100 million worth of funding for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Safe Routes to Transit (SRTT) programs.
Now, MTC is backpedaling on their commitment to climate. Instead of funding the Transportation Climate Action Campaign in the first five years of the life of the RTP, they’re proposing to shift funding to freeway priorities and fund the Climate Campaign at just 17% of the level promised, threatening millions of dollars of bicycle funding through the SRTS and SRTT programs!
Join MCBC and our partner TransForm in telling the MTC Commissioners to make good on their word and fully fund the Transportation Climate Action Campaign.
Take action here.
In September MCBC is focused on the benefits of riding your bike to school. One of our five programs is Safe Routes to Schools, which was started by MCBC in Marin County and has become a national program with funding in over 40 states. The principle goal of the program is to get more children walking and biking to school safely.
Watch for upcoming articles in the MCBC eBulletin throughout September, including safety tips, how to pick the right bicycle, and an Ice Cream Group Ride. Plus you’ll learn about International Walk and Roll to School Day coming up in October.
Want to support Safe Routes to Schools? Join MCBC today and help us reach 2,009 members by the end of the year.
Biketoberfest is gearing up to be the cycling event of 2009. We have all the best handmade bike builders coming, including Sycip, Rivendell, Steelman, Retrotec and Soulcraft. There are just too many brewers coming to list them all (see the website for details). Plus we’ll have great live music featuring Honeydust, The Philip Der Stein Quintet and Sons of the Pacific.
While the music and bike show are free, it will cost you $25 to sample the 20+ NorCal brews at Biketoberfest. But you can buy your ticket today and save $5.
Your ticket includes a commemorative 8 oz. Biketoberfest tasting glass.
There is lots more planned including group rides, tasty food and a soda tasting for the kids.
Biketoberfest Marin 2009, don’t miss it.
Be sure to check out the contest to win a GoPro HERO Helmet Cam on page 11 of the Summer Pedal Press. Answer three questions correctly (answers are all in the Pedal Press) and enter a drawing to win a helmet camera worth $189, courtesy of GoPro. Answers are due to MCBC by 12 am Thursday, September 3.
As always, the online Pedal Press includes full color graphics and active links for navigation and more information. Hard copies of the Pedal Press are available at all local bike shops and other businesses that regularly stock our publication.
Email your answers to Jo Ann Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in the drawing by the September 3 deadline. Then head over to the screening of Klunkerz at Creek Park in San Anselmo on Friday, Sept. 4 to see if you won.
Have you noticed the improvements to the Pedal Press this year? First we introduced a color cover. Then we expanded the contact to appeal to a broader selection of cyclists. Now you can reach over 5,000 people by advertising in the Pedal Press at very reasonable rates.
Plus, by advertising in the Pedal Press, you receive the benefits of a Business Member.
Contact Tom Boss at email@example.com today for details. Hurry, there’s only one week left to get in the fall issue.
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will be closed for construction from 8 PM on Thursday, September 3, to 5 AM on Tuesday, September 8.
Avoid traffic delays in the Highway 101 Corridor in Marin County by taking public transit, staying home, or leaving town early ahead of the closure and coming back after the Bay Bridge has been reopened. Motorists are advised of the very strong likelihood for lengthy delays in specific areas if people decide to drive, notably: access to the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco streets, and the 101/580 interchange in San Rafael.
The Golden Gate Bridge and the Highway 101 corridor directly adjacent to the north operate at capacity on weekends and particularly on holiday weekends. Traffic will back up if additional vehicles are added. Rides have been added to Golden Gate Ferry Service.
For complete transit information, and more on the closure, click here.
Joe Doebele of Joe Bike
Southeast Portland ’s Joe Bike will accept an old, clunker bike, donate it to charity, and then give customers a discount on the purchase of a new bike. Now, owner Joe Doebele has extended the program to include car donations.
Doebele has worked out a special a deal with the American Lung Association and car-sharing company Zipcar. Here’s how it works:
Donate your old car to the American Lung Association. The ALA will tow your car (running or not) for free, and you’ll also get the tax deduction.
Then, bring the receipt into Joe Bike and they’ll give you a 10% discount on any bike they sell. In addition to the bike discount, Joe Bike will also give you a unique coupon code for a Zipcar membership. With a bike purchase, you’ll be able to become a Zipcar member for $25 (instead of $75), your annual renewal fee will be just $25 (instead of $50) and you’ll get $150 driving credit.
It’s kind of a nifty little program. In one fell swoop, you can trade in your old car, help out the ALA, get a tax deduction, a discount on a new bike, and a discount on Zipcar.
More info at Joe Bike’s website.
MESSAGES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council announces:
The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council's 4th Annual Ridge Trail Cruz, on Saturday September 12, offers cyclists a unique opportunity for a "preview Cruz" of the Ridge Trail in Sanborn County Park, as part of this one-day special permit event before the park’s official opening to mountain bikes.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Event fee includes a shuttle for bicyclists (and bike) from the staging area to the start of the ride, rest stops, lunch, maps, ride guides & sweeps (you ride at your own pace).
The Bay Area Ridge Trail will be a 550+ mile trail on the ridgetops circling San Francisco Bay, open to hikers, cyclists & equestrians. Currently, there are over 318 miles of trail open to the public, of which ~85 percent are open to cyclists. The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council is the nonprofit organization that plans, acquires, builds, maintains, and promotes the Ridge Trail.
The Council partially funded the Master Plan for Sanborn County Park, which has recently been approved, and when implemented, will open trails throughout the Park to cyclists, including the Ridge Trail which is to be extended. Santa Clara County Parks, with the Council, the Trail Center and REI, has hosted a number of volunteer work days to bring the Ridge Trail in the park up to their multi-use standards. To highlight these efforts, and to support the Council, County Parks has granted this special one-day bicyclist access. You must be registered for the Cruz to ride in the park this day. The County Parks Department will officially open the park to mountain bicycling uses once the Department completes the required improvements to the trails system at the park.
In support of the work the Marin County Bicycle Coalition is doing, we are offering MCBC members a discount of $10, use discount code "MCBC" when you register for the ride. To register or for more information, 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
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.
Thank you for being a part of the solution.
To reach the MCBC Staff:
- Kim Baenisch, Executive Director, 456-3469 x 1#, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Boss, Membership Director, 272-2756, email@example.com
- Jo Ann Richards, Database and Activities Coordinator, 456-3469 x 7#, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bob Trigg, Administrator, 456-3469 x 3#, email@example.com
- Deb Hubsmith, Advocacy Director, 454-7430, firstname.lastname@example.org
- David Hoffman, Director of Planning, 456-3469 x 4#, email@example.com
- Andy Peri, Advocacy Outreach Coordinator, 457-0802, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wendi Kallins, Safe Routes to Schools Program Director, 488-4101, email@example.com
- Laura Kelly, Safe Routes to Schools Project Coordinator, 456-3469 x 2#, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peggy Clark, Share the Road Program Manager, Safe Routes to Schools Project Coordinator, 456-3469 x 8#, email@example.com
- Aviva Joseph, Safe Routes to Schools Teen Coordinator, 456-3469 x 5#, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gwen Froh, Safe Routes to Schools Teen Coordinator, 456-3469 x 5#, email@example.com
- Frances E. Barbour, Safe Routes to Schools Instructor, 577-4601, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Heather Crawford, Safe Routes to Schools Instructor, 456-3469 x 6#, email@example.com
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