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WBMLogo Walk Bike Marin News

Summer 2010 Volume 3 Issue 2

In this Issue:


- Street Skills
- Riding with Youth
- Bike Repair
- Share the Path Events
- WalkBikeMarin Safety Campaign
- Way to Go! 2010 launches in central San Rafael
- Project Updates

Bike Month may be over, but WalkBikeMarin's classes and workshops are just getting started! This is the perfect time to visit the Events Calendar on the WalkBikeMarin webpage and find a class that will pump up your enthusiasm for walking and biking around Marin. If you're already enjoying rolling on two wheels this season, maybe you have a friend or a family member who needs that extra incentive to start pedaling. A WalkBikeMarin Street Skills or Bike Repair class could be just what they need to get them ready to bike and walk this summer.

Street Skills

Street Skills is a two-hour course that teaches essential bicycling techniques for safe, effective riding. Whether you are a current or new bike commuter, a racing cyclist or a parent who rides with children, you'll enjoy cycling more when you have the tools to ride confidently in traffic, knowing your rights and responsibilities on the road. Street Skills information is customized for Marin County, using demonstration photographs and examples from local streets and intersections.

Street Skills classes are free and are open to individuals 16 years and older. You do not need to bring a bicycle to attend the class. Each class is taught by League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors. The Marin County Superior Court allows a bicycle-related traffic infraction citation fee to be reduced to $50, regardless of the original fine amount, upon completion of a Street Skills class. Register for Street Skills by emailing streetskills@marinbike.org, or call (415) 456-3469, extension 8#.

The next Street Skills class will be held on Wednesday, June 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Edgewater Room at Sausalito City Hall. Visit the Street Skills event page for more information, including downloads of brochure and flyers, along with a complete class schedule.

Riding with Youth

Are you a parent who wants bike with your child and want to learn how to ride together safely? Do you want to give your children independence, health and freedom by helping them learn how to bike safely on the road? Riding with Youth teaches adults and their children how to safely navigate streets and learn about proper equipment, communications and appropriate behavior for bicycling.

Riding with Youth is a two and a half hour workshop for students in 2nd through 8th grade and their parents learn to navigate streets and about proper equipment, communications and appropriate behavior. Classes are offered on Saturday mornings in spring and fall to help accommodate the schedule of busy families. Spring classes have concluded, but fall classes start again on September 11th. To teach your child how to bike safely next school year, register for Riding with Youth by emailing streetskills@marinbike.org, or call (415) 456-3469, extension 8#.

For a complete schedule of workshops, check out the Riding with Youth event page on WalkBikeMarin.org.

Bike Repair


Get to know your bicycle better by visiting WalkBikeMarin's weekly bike repair classes, hosted by The Bicycle Works. The Bicycle Works is Marin County's non-profit community bike shop resource in San Anselmo at Yolanda Station. Open classes are held every Tuesday from 5 pm to 7 pm, and provide an orientation to the resources available at The Bicycle Works, proper tool use, and basic bike repairs. The Bicycle Works is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm, for general instruction and shop use.

Visit the Bike Repair event page for more information on bike repair classes, including special appearances by The Bicycle Works on-site bike repair booth this summer at events around Marin County.

Share the Path Events

WalkBikeMarin will host Share the Path "checkpoints" on Marin paths this summer to educate path users about their shared rights and responsibilities. In addition to educational and safety literature on how to "Share the Path" with other users, checkpoints will include free water bottles, flat tire patch kits, bike maps, and more.

The Share the Path program takes inspiration from the Burma Shave roadside campaigns of the 1940s and 50s. Burma Shave, a popular shaving lotion of the era, would set up small, similar signs, with a rhyme and punch line at intervals along American highways. This type of signage is perfectly suited towards the slower speeds of bicyclists and pedestrians along Marin paths.

Look for a WalkBikeMarin checkpoint on the Mill Valley-Sausalito, Corte Madera, and Tiburon Paths on select weekday evenings from May through August. Upcoming Share the Path events include Monday, June 7th on the Corte Madera Path and Wednesday, June 9th on the Tiburon Path at Blackie's Pasture. Check out the Share the Path event page for a complete list of dates and locations.

WalkBikeMarin Safety Campaign

This April and May, WalkBikeMarin has been conducting a safety campaign to encourage and promote safe walking and bicycling. In addition to Golden Gate Transit bus ads and Marin IJ and Pacific Sun advertisements, our staff is visiting community events to share information and give away free WalkBikeMarin swag.

We've been connecting with great Marin residents who are excited about walking and bicycling more. During the first week of April, we were at the first Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market of the season and talked with more than 75 people. Later in April, we attended the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market and handed out goodies, while helping residents with bike maintenance. In May, WalkBikeMarin was also part of Bike to Work Day at the San Rafael Canal Energizer Station, and talked to visitors of the Caledonia Street Fair in Sausalito on May 30.

If you want to carry on the WalkBikeMarin Safety Campaign at your home or work this summer, click on the thumbnail images below to download our safety posters:

Way to Go! 2010 launches in central San Rafael

This summer, central San Rafael will be home to Way to Go! The program helps residents get out, stretch their legs, and give walking, bicycling, and transit a try.

About 2,700 residents in our central San Rafael target area will be invited to order customized information packets containing their choice of maps, brochures, and helpful resources on transportation options in San Rafael. Customized packets will be assembled and delivered (by bicycle!) to San Rafael homes, along with a free gift designed for walking, bicycling, and taking transit. The first 900 order forms were sent out on May 15, with additional mailings over the next two weeks. Deliveries for returned order forms will begin on June 1st. Households can expect deliveries within about two weeks.

Way to Go! will also host guided walks and bicycle rides in San Rafael throughout the summer. The events will take Marin residents to fun and interesting destinations around San Rafael - to try out new skills, enjoy the neighborhood, and discover the ease and fun of walking and bicycling in Marin. The program will also offer residents the knowledge and tools for explore San Rafael and Marin by transit. All San Rafael residents are invited to these special events, especially beginners looking for a fun and safe atmosphere to get started. Events kick off Tuesday, June 22nd; check the Way to Go! Event Calendar for information about art walks, bike rides and transit tours in San Rafael, including a preview of the new Cal Park Tunnel before it opens!

If you live in San Rafael or want to learn more about Way to Go!, visit www.walkbikemarin.org/waytogo/.

Project Updates

Everyone knows spring in Marin County brings out the bicycles, but don't forget public meetings and construction crews! Visit the WalkBikeMarin Projects and Programs page to keep up with your favorite local projects. View fact sheets on infrastructure projects or visit the webpage for your local planning effort or study. Couldn't make it to the last San Quentin Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Study public meeting in April? You can download study maps and view the meeting presentation as a slideshow online. Other recent updates include the newly completed San Rafael-Fairfax Corridor Study, which is available for download.

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