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MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION (MCBC)
WEEKLY BULLETIN
October 23, 2003

1. CONTRACT AWARDED FOR CAL PARK HILL TUNNEL DESIGN
Pathway will utilize railroad right-of-way to connect San Rafael and Larkspur

2. MCBC'S JOE BREEZE NAMED "ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR" AT INTERBIKE
America Bikes' Martha Roskowski named "Cycling's Woman of the Year"

3. LETTER TO GOVERNOR-ELECT ADVOCATES BIKE-FRIENDLY SOLUTIONS
Signed by attendees of the Walk/Bike California Conference

4. WORKSHOPS TO PRESENT TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES IN SW MARIN
For the S.W. Marin Parklands Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan

5. BIG BIKE BASH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND SILENT AUCTION DONORS
Mark Your Calendar for the November 22 - Party of the Year!

6. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MAILING PARTIES
Help send out our Annual Report, posters for the Big Bike Bash, and the Pedal Press

7. NEW EPA STUDY ON SCHOOL SITING RELEASED
Evaluates the relationship between school location, travel choices and the environment

8. SAN FRANCISCO VELO SWAP, NOVEMBER 15
THE place to talk, think, see, swap, and buy bikes

9. TYLER HAMILTON/CLIF BAR EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Thank you for all of you who responded.


1. CONTRACT AWARDED FOR CAL PARK HILL TUNNEL DESIGN
Pathway will utilize railroad right-of-way to connect San Rafael and Larkspur

On Tuesday, the Marin County Board of Supervisors awarded a contract for $544,354 to Oakland-based Earth Tech to do the preliminary engineering on the Cal Park Hill Tunnel.

The project is estimated to cost $7,000,000. The work contracted to Earth Tech will include developing a more precise cost estimate. $3,900,000 to fund the project has already been awarded by the State of California.

The Cal Park Hill Tunnel will follow the railroad right-of-way through a now closed tunnel under Cal Park Hill, from Larkspur Landing above the Ferry Terminal to Anderson Drive in San Rafael.

The Cal Park Hill Tunnel is, and has been, MCBC's number one priority. It is a key link in our plan for the North-South Greenway, planned to run from Sausalito through Sonoma County along the Northwestern Pacific Railroad line. The Greenway is a "linear park" and non-motorized transportation corridor; separated from automobiles, it connects bus stops, ferries, schools, businesses, workplaces, and residences.


2. MCBC'S JOE BREEZE NAMED "ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR" AT INTERBIKE
America Bikes' Martha Roskowski named "Cycling's Woman of the Year"

MCBC's Advisory Board member Joe Breeze was named "Individual Advocate of the Year" at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas in October. At the same awards banquet, America Bikes' Martha Roskowski was named "Cycling's Woman of the Year". The bicycle industry's awards dinner is sponsored by Bicycle Retailer & Industry News (BRAIN).

Internationally known as designer and builder of some of the first off-road bikes and for his Breezer mountain bikes, Joe received his BRAINy Award for his new line of Breezers specifically designed for everyday transportation needs, and their role in getting more people on bikes more often in America. Additionally, Joe was recognized for his volunteer work with MCBC. He has donated over 1500 hours of his time to the Marin Bicycle Map. Joe has also donated hundreds of hours of analysis and planning for Marin roadways and bikeways.

Martha Roskowki, America Bikes' Campaign Manager, helped organize the campaign to save funding for the Enhancements program in the annual transportation appropriations bill. The campaign mobilized the bicycle industry, advocates and others to tell Congress to keep the program. An amendment restoring funding passed by an overwhelming margin in a vote on the floor of the House, 327 to 90. America Bikes is a national coalition of organizations representing more than 50 million Americans who bicycle. Visit www.americabikes.org for more information.


3. LETTER TO GOVERNOR-ELECT ADVOCATES BIKE-FRIENDLY SOLUTIONS
Signed by attendees of the Walk/Bike California Conference

At the suggestion of MCBC Executive Director Deb Hubsmith, a letter has been sent to Governor-elect Arnold Schwarznegger recommending bicycle and pedestian planning as a part of transportation solutions in California. The letter was signed by nearly 200 participants in the Walk/Bike California Conference last week in Oakland.

The letter promises to work with the Governor-elect, and promotes bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, and construction as a critical piece of the solution to the issues of health, safety, and transportation. It cites his membership on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and points to his "unprecedented opportunity to lead California into a healthy transportation future."


4. WORKSHOPS TO PRESENT TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES IN SW MARIN
For the S.W. Marin Parklands Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan

The U.S. Department of the Interior is assembling a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan for Southwest Marin Parklands. This plan will identify alternatives for reducing traffic congestion along Highway One and Panoramic Highway in southern Marin County and reducing environmental impacts related to roads and parking.

Public workshops to present alternatives will be held in October and November. For more information, please visit http://www.ctmpmarin.com. Workshop times and locations are below:

Tuesday, October 20, 7 PM
Tamalpais Valley Community Center
203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley

Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 7 PM
Muir Beach Community Center
19 Seascape Drive, Muir Beach

Early November (date TBD)
Stinson Beach Community Center
32 Belvedere Street, Stinson Beach

Tuesday, November 17, 7 PM
GGNRA Headquarters
Ft. Mason Building 201, San Francisco


5. BIG BIKE BASH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND SILENT AUCTION DONORS
Mark Your Calendar for the November 22 - Party of the Year!

*** VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS

The MCBC's 6th Annual Big Bike Bash membership appreciation party will be here before you know it! The date is set for Saturday, November 22, and we need volunteers for all aspects of the event preparations: Bar Pohbahs, Kitchen and Catering Kingpins, Table and Décor Conductors, Raffle Mavens, Silent Auction and Marketplace Moguls, Security and Bike Parking Potentates, and Breakdown and Clean-Up Colonels. Please contact MCBC Outreach Coordinator, Frances Barbour Hayden at (415) 456-3469 x 2# or frances@marinbike.org to sign up for a volunteer slot. Free entry, food, and drinks are provided for all event volunteers!

**** MERCHANDISE SOLICITATIONS

Donations from MCBC members and local merchants are being sought to add to the variety of our successful Big Bike Bash's Silent Auction. This is a great way to advertise your own products, talents, and services to the MCBC membership. Soliciting donations from businesses that you visit personally is another way to donate.

The promotional opportunities include:

  • On-site event product/certificate visibility
  • Donor acknowledgement through on-site event signage
  • Donor acknowledgement on MCBC website
  • Donor acknowledgement in Pedal Press January/February issue

The following solicitation materials are available for anyone with a donation in mind:

  • "Asking for Donations - What and How"
  • "Gift Certificate Donation Instructions"
  • Merchandise solicitation request letter from Big Bike Bash Coordinator
  • MCBC brochures
  • MCBC recent Pedal Press issues
  • Tax deduction receipt forms

Please contact Big Bike Bash Coordinator Kim Baenisch at (415) 456-2977 or kim@marinbike.org to receive these materials and how to's. See more details on our website at www.marinbike.org.


6. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MAILING PARTIES
Help send out our Annual Report, posters for the Big Bike Bash, and the Pedal Press

MCBC is looking for volunteers next week for three important and fun mailings! You don't need to attend the entire party (but you can!); come for whatever your schedule allows.

THE DATES & TIMES ARE:

1) Monday, 10/27 anytime between 12noon and 4pm;
2) Tuesday, 10/28 anytime between 2 and 6pm;
3) Thursday, 10/30 anytime between 2 and 6pm

IT'S FUN, EASY AND & REFRESHMENTS SERVED!

If you have some time and enjoy good conversation, please contact Frances Barbour Hayden, 456-3469x2# or frances@marinbike.org.


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7. NEW EPA STUDY ON SCHOOL SITING RELEASED
Evaluates the relationship between school location, travel choices and the environment

"Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting" is a study released on October 7, 2003 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Over the next few decades, communities making decisions about the construction and renovation of thousands of schools will be challenged to meet multiple goals -- educational, fiscal, and environmental.

This study is the first to empirically examine the relationship between school location, the built environment around schools, how kids get to school, and air emission impacts of those travel choices.

This study finds that:

  • School proximity to students matters. Students with shorter walk and bike times to school are more likely to walk or bike.
  • The built environment influences travel choices. Students traveling through pedestrian-friendly environments are more likely to bicycle and walk.
  • Because of travel behavior differences, school location has an impact on air-emissions. Centrally located schools that can be reached by walking and bicycling result in reduced air emissions from driving.

To request copies of this report, call EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications at (513) 891- 6561 and ask for publication number EPA 231-R-03-004. To access this report online, visit the Publications section of www.epa.gov/smartgrowth.


8. SAN FRANCISCO VELO SWAP, NOVEMBER 15
THE place to talk, think, see, swap, and buy bikes

Join the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and bicycle advocacy groups from around the Bay Area at the Cow Palace on Saturday, November 15th from 9am - 5pm for the first-ever San Francisco VeloSwap!

VeloSwap covers 100,000 square feet of space and features booths for bicycle advocates, clubs, manufacturers, dealers, teams and individuals. It's THE place to talk bikes, think bikes, and see, swap, buy, and sell every imaginable bike, part and cycling accessory.

VeloSwap proceeds benefit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and other cycling advocacy groups. Advance tickets are $6 at ticketmaster.com or at the Cow Palace box office, or $8 at the gate. Children under 12 get in free. For more information, go to www.veloswap.com or call 800-811-4210 x 222.


9. TYLER HAMILTON/CLIF BAR EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Thank you for all of you who responded.

The Tyler Hamilton/Clif Bar event scheduled for October 30th in Berkeley, and publicized in our bulletin last week, has sold out. Our thanks to anyone who responded.

About the Tyler Hamilton Foundation:

I [Tyler Hamilton] had the good fortune of being part of well-established clubs and teams in my youth. But today, it's tougher for kids to get a start in the sport. Your tax-deductible donation to the Tyler Hamilton Foundation supports these young cyclists across the U.S. as they pursue their dreams of victory.

The Tyler Hamilton Foundation will officially launch in early 2004. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.


Marin County Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 35
San Anselmo, CA 94979
Office Location: 85 Bolinas Road, Suite 6, 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.

Thank you for being a part of the solution.

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