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WBMLogo Walk Bike Marin News

Fall 2008 Volume 1 Issue 4
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Visit the WalkBikeMarin website- the best place to go for current updates about project news and happenings in Marin. Recent highlights include:

Cal Park Hill Tunnel Project Breaks Ground

Groundbreaking
Craig Tackabery, Assistant Director, Marin County Department of Public Works digs in at the Cal Park Hill Tunnel Groundbreaking
On September 24th, a groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the start of the long-awaited project to reopen the California Park Hill Tunnel. The $25 million project will renovate the abandoned rail tunnel between San Rafael and Larkspur, and will include a bicycle and pedestrian pathway that will make walking and biking between the two cities significantly easier and more direct. Work is scheduled to be completed in December 2009.

The 1,100-foot tunnel, which has been closed since the 1980s, will be rebuilt to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians on one half, and rail service on the other half. The tunnel, which sits directly adjacent to Highway 101, is seen as a critical piece in Marinís efforts to reduce congestion and provide alternatives to auto dependency.

More information about the Cal Park Hill Tunnel can be found on the WalkBikeMarin web site.

Pilot Communities Hold Annual Meeting in Marin

During the week of September 22nd, representatives from the four Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program communities (Marin County; Minneapolis, MN; Columbia, MO; Sheboygan County, WI), along with representatives from the federal government and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, came together in Marin for the NTPP annual meeting.

The group met to share experiences and strategize on ways to facilitate project delivery, improve the federal funding process, share opportunities and constraints with the community at large, and expand funding. Also included in the conversation was the upcoming federal transportation bill reauthorization - slated for 2010 - where there is significant interest in expanding the program to additional communities throughout the U.S. Learn more about this effort at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s website.   

Given the newness of the Pilot Program and its intended impact on nonmotorized transportation, the communities benefit tremendously from working together and identifying best practices. Marin County will surely benefit from innovative ideas that originated with the other pilot communities, and hopefully Marin can return the favor.

More Bike Parking Coming to Marin County

Bike ParkingHave you ever ridden your bike to the grocery store or to meet friends, only to find there is no place to park and lock it? Recognizing the parking frustration that cyclists often face, the Marin Board of Supervisors recently approved a new program to increase the number and quality of bicycle parking installations throughout Marin County.

The new Bicycle Parking Program will provide organizations with bicycle racks and lockers at a substantial discount. Any private business, public agency, or non-profit organization located in Marin County is eligible for the program. If you notice a lack of bicycle parking, you can tell business owners, property owners, and organizations about the program and encourage them to apply. 

For more information and application forms, see the Bicycle Parking Program web page at WalkBikeMarin.org.


Way to Go Sausalito Shows the Way

WTG Map
A Walk-Bike-Transit map of Sausalito was one of the materials available in the customized Go Kit.
As part of WalkBikeMarin, the Way to Go program kicked off this year in Sausalito. From July through October, Way to Go held events and workshops and provided Sausalito residents with information about walking, bicycling, and taking transit in and around town.

More than 800 Sausalito residents ordered customized Go Kits of maps, brochures and free gifts. Go Kits were then delivered to homes around town by bicycle. The program also featured 21 guided walks and rides highlighting Sausalito’s dramatic hills and staircases, spectacular views, and charming streets. Six classes were hosted by specialists and community members to give residents the knowledge and tools to explore the area on foot, by bike, and by bus and ferry. Way to Go staff "made the rounds" at community events all summer long to answer questions and distribute free maps and materials.

WTG Walk
Way to Go walk participants gather at the top of one Sausalitoís unique staircases.
Program participants discovered that walking and bicycling are fantastic ways to experience Sausalito's natural beauty, as well as great ways to meet neighbors and increase physical activity. The Way to Go program will continue next year in other parts of Marin. Parts of Greenbrae, Larkspur, and Novato will host the program in 2009, and a portion of San Rafael will be home to Way to Go in the summer of 2010.

Program Quotes:

“Thank you for leading the staircase walk. We had a great time. A few of us have organized a new walking group that will meet up every Tuesday! Thank you for the inspiration.” –Maeve

“I received my little tote bag with all the coupons, calendar, and map, etc. I was delighted with the contents. You guys rock!” – Alex

“You are doing a wonderful service for this community. Thanks.” – Robert

“Thanks for putting so much transit information all together...makes taking buses easier...and more likely!” – Betty Ann

RTC releases Active Transportation for America Report

The Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC), one of the original partners in the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, released a report about the future of the national Active Transportation Campaign. Together with towns, cities, and counties across the nation, the RTC is making the case to Congress that increased federal investment in walking and bicycling is needed, and will be an investment with major returns in increased health, reduced carbon emissions, increased safety, and reduced dependence on oil. A copy of the Report is available here: http://www.railstotrails.org/whatwedo/trailadvocacy/ATFA/index.html

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