Alameda del Prado bike lanes now open
40 Marin cyclists and residents gathered with Marin County Board
President Judy Arnold on August 2nd to celebrate the ribbon cutting for
the newly completed bike lanes on Alameda del Prado between Ignacio
Boulevard and Posada del Sol in Novato. The half mile-long facility
was made possible by $850,000 in federal funding from the Marin
Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program and closes a key gap in the
North-South Bikeway. There is now a continuous bicycle facility from
Indian Valley College to Marinwood. With the soon-to-be-constructed
Enfrente Connector, the continuous route will extend all the way to
downtown Novato. The project included reconstructing the street to
narrow the landscaped median in order to make room for the new bike
lanes. Read more about the completed project in this fact sheet.
EcoCounters track multi use path usage in Marin
have been installed at two locations in Marin to measure usage on the
Mill Valley-Sausalito path and the Corte Madera Creek path. The
automated counters capture both cyclists and pedestrians as separate
counts 24 hours a day, so usage trends can be tracked hourly.
The first numbers coming back from the EcoCounters are impressive.
For the five months between March 14th and August 14th this year, the
counters tallied 152,562 users on the Corte Madera Creek path, and
326,567 users on the Mill Valley-Sausalito path. On April 17th, 3,508
bicyclists were counted on the Mill Valley-Sausalito path in a single
The EcoCounters allow the County to track and compare the
number of users on the two paths at various time increments such as
daily, seasonally, or annually. Over time, the numbers will help
evaluate bicycling and walking mode share and monitor commuting
patterns and recreational trips. Soon, we'll begin posting periodic
"traffic reports" on the WalkBikeMarin website to highlight usage
trends on these paths – check the WalkBikeMarin homepage for a link to this feature in the next few weeks.
Way to Go! Program tours Cal Park Tunnel
On July 31st, WalkBikeMarin's Way to Go!
team and 18 Marin residents were treated to an exclusive tour of the
reconstructed Cal Park Tunnel by Dave Bernardi, the project manager.
The group met at the San Rafael Transit Center and rode to the tunnel
via Andersen Drive. Riders had the lucky distinction of being among the
first cyclists to ride through the tunnel, and observed progress on
the remaining parts of the project where a new bike path is being built
to connect the tunnel to existing surface routes. Mr. Bernardi told
the group about the history of the tunnel, the progress of the
construction, and answered questions of all types about the project.
For more information about the Cal Park Tunnel, see the project fact sheet on the WalkBikeMarin project page. The pathway tunnel is scheduled to open for public use in November 2010. If you're a San Rafael resident, check the Way to Go! event calendar for other events being held through the rest of the summer.
Fall Events Calendar live on WalkBikeMarin website
Summer is winding down, which can only mean the start of Fall
classes and workshops from WalkBikeMarin. Here are some of the events
featured on the WalkBikeMarin website that will be held in the upcoming
Riding with Youth
Riding with Youth returns with the start
of school in September. If you have a child in 2nd through 8th grade
and are looking to improve their on-street bike riding experience,
Riding with Youth is a great way to help your son or daughter start
their year bicycling to school. Four Saturday morning workshops are
currently scheduled at locations throughout Marin, beginning September
11th in Mill Valley. Check the WalkBikeMarin Event Calendar for more information.
Mill Valley to Corte Madera Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor Study - Presentation to Marin County Board of Supervisors
The Final Mill Valley to Corte Madera
Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor Study was released on July 29th. You
can download a PDF copy of the full study by visiting the project website. The consultant team that carried out the project will present the study to the Marin County Board of Supervisors at their September 21st meeting. Board of Supervisors meetings are held at the Civic Center in San Rafael. Check this page for the current BOS meeting agenda; the September 21st meeting agenda will be posted on September 17th.
Visit WalkBikeMarin at Biketoberfest
is coming soon in October, and WalkBikeMarin will be there. While
you're at the festival, visit the WalkBikeMarin booth in between
browsing the works of over 30 West Coast bicycle frame builders and
manufacturers and sampling beers from over 20 West Coast breweries.
Also featured at Biketoberfest: live music, a cyclocross race, kids
entertainment, a classic bike show, and both mountain and road group
bike rides. Biketoberfest 2010 happens Saturday, October 16th at the
FairAnselm Plaza in Fairfax from 11 am to 6 pm. Ride your bike! Valet
bike parking will be provided by MCBC free of charge.