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WBMLogo Walk Bike Marin News

In this Issue:

- Lights On Campaign
- Mill Valley-Corte Madera Study Accepted
- Path User Counts Available
- WalkBikeMarin Projects Awared
- Upcoming December Events

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

Lights On provides a bright finish to the WalkBikeMarin fall events season

marin-lights-on.jpgOn five evenings between November 8th and November 18th, WalkBikeMarin’s annual Lights On campaign visited local multi-use paths to help bicyclists stay bright in the face of darker autumn weather.  This year the campaign distributed 110 free high-quality front and rear lights, and dozens of Marin bike maps, Lights On t-shirts and stickers, and reflective stickers to promote safe and visible bicycling.

WalkBikeMarin notes that about half of the bicyclists riding on the Sausalito-Mill Valley, Corte Madera Creek and Tiburon Paths contacted by Lights On were missing a front or rear light.  California law requires all bicycles to be outfitted with a white front light visible from at least 300 feet, and a red rear reflector visible from at least 500 feet (though a rear light is preferred). WalkBikeMarin would like to remind bicyclists of the importance of staying bright during the fall and winter. Be safe, be seen!

Lights On marks the conclusion of yet another successful summer and fall event season at WalkBikeMarin.  Classes including Street Skills, Confident Cycling and Riding with Youth, along with regular outreach events like Share the Path, reached hundreds of community members and spread awareness of the benefits of safe walking and bicycling.  You can browse outreach reports from previous years on the Project & Program Reports page of the WalkBikeMarin Resource Library.  Highlights this year include:

  • The largest Street Skills class of the year held in San Rafael, with twenty participants taking the class in Spanish
  • Contact with over 500 fair goers at the WalkBikeMarin booth at the Marin County Fair
  • Visits with over 800 bicycle and pedestrian path users across 20 Share the Path events on local multi-use paths

The last regular WalkBikeMarin event of the year passed with the final Street Skills class held in Mill Valley on November 9th.  In case you missed it, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition will hold several Street Skills classes over the winter.  Check the MCBC Street Skills webpage for more information.

Board of Supervisors accepts Mill Valley-Corte Madera Study

Mill-Valley-Corte-Madera-cover.jpgThe Marin County Board of Supervisors accepted the final report from the Mill Valley to Corte Madera Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor Study on September 21st, 2010. Two days later on September 23rd, the Transportation Authority of Marin approved a grant to the County of Marin to implement a portion of the study’s recommendations for segments 2A and 2B along unincorporated Lomita Drive. 

Learn more about the study at the WalkBikeMarin Mill Valley to Corte Madera project page.  Printed copies of the final report may also be purchased at the Marin County Department of Public Works, Civic Center, Room 304 for $90.00.

 

New multi-use path counts available on WalkBikeMarin website

As previewed in the last WalkBikeMarin newsletter, the Ecocounters installed on the Mill Valley-Sausalito and Corte Madera Creek paths continue to log impressive levels of bicycle and pedestrian activity in Marin County.  Since their installation in March 2010, the two counters have tallied more than half a million path users.  Over time, the numbers will help evaluate bicycling and walking mode share in Marin and monitor commuter and recreational trip patterns.

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A new page on the WalkBikeMarin website will let you browse the most recent data from the two counters.  Check out the numbers by clicking the Multi-Use Path Traffic Counts link in the right sidebar, above the Upcoming Events list on the WalkBikeMarin homepage.

Good things come in threes: WalkBikeMarin projects awarded for excellence

Since August, three WalkBikeMarin-funded projects and programs have been recognized as regional or national models for excellence.  The attention highlights the diversity of WalkBikeMarin’s activities in Marin County, including engineering projects and education and encouragement programs.

Read about the three awards in the WalkBikeMarin Press Room archive:

Upcoming December events

Several high-profile WalkBikeMarin multi-use projects are scheduled to officially open in the coming weeks.  The I-580/Bellam/East Francisco project ribbon cutting will be held on December 1st.  The Puerto Suello Hill Pathway ribbon cutting will be held on December 4th, and one week later the Cal Park Tunnel Pathway will have its grand opening on December 10th.  Also upcoming is Public Workshop #2 for the San Quentin Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Study, which will be held on December 1st.  See below for more details.

I-580/Bellam/East Francisco Improvements Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010, 3:00pm
Health and Wellness Campus
3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael
Click here to download a PDF flyer

San Quentin Study Public Workshop #2
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010, 6:00 to 7:30 PM
San Rafael Public Works
111 Morphew Street, San Rafael
Click here to download a PDF flyer

Puerto Suello Hill Pathway Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, December 4th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
North end of the path at the top of Puerto Suello Hill, opposite the Park & Ride lot on Lincoln Avenue

Cal Park Tunnel Pathway Grand Opening
Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 3:00 PM
South Portal of the Tunnel in Larkspur
Click here to download a PDF flyer

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