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Did You Know?
The average driver spends $9,641 each year on car-related expenses – that’s 52.2 cents per mile. [source]
Progress continues with the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. The WalkBikeMarin website is the best place to go for current updates about project news and happenings in Marin. Recent highlights are:
NTPP Progress Report Available Online
As one of four Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTTP) communities, Marin County must demonstrate a “mode shift” by 2010. Marin County needs to show that the investment in nonmotorized transportation is resulting in more Marin residents walking and biking and driving less. To help determine if this is the case, the County conducted a communitywide travel survey. Results from this survey are incorporated into a larger progress report to Congress that includes survey analyses from all four nonmotorized pilot communities. The data includes information about Marin County’s residents’ transportation and travel habits. The surveys administered in this study will occur again in 2010 to measure the overall mode shift.
Among the findings in this interim report are:
The full report to Congress is available here.
- Eastern Marin County residents walk and bike for over 13 percent of their trips (nationwide this number is almost 10 percent)
- Of Marin County residents who take transit, 45 percent walk or bike to get there
- It is estimated that walking and biking trips in Marin reduce auto traveling by 48,286,503 miles each year
Way to Go Sausalito
This coming July, an innovative program called Way to Go Sausalito will kick off. Modeled after the award-winning SmartTrips program in Portland, OR, the main objective of Way to Go is to increase community health and safety by encouraging walking, biking trips and transit trips. Some highlights of Way to Go will include the delivery of free walking and biking maps to residents’ homes, and the distribution of newsletters and calendars with information about free local events such as bicycle clinics, rides and guided walks. If you have an idea about a potential event that would make a great addition to the summer lineup, we want to hear from you. We’ve posted a survey here that lists some options we are considering. Your feedback will help us create the most exciting and unique events possible. The Way to Go program will be launched in three other Marin communities in coming years.
San Anselmo Bicycle Plan Adopted!
San Anselmo boasts one of the highest bicycling rates in the county. The Town Council recently approved the San Anselmo Bicycle Master Plan, taking another step toward becoming a model bicycle-friendly community. This Plan contains a Complete Streets policy - part of a national movement to help ensure that roads are safe, accessible, and comfortable for all users. The plan also includes strategies for addressing key bicycle transportation issues in San Anselmo, such as the crossing of the Hub and the East-West Bikeway route between San Rafael, San Anselmo, and Fairfax. The Plan identifies priority bicycle routes and bicycle safety and education programs.
You can access the entire plan here.
Marin County Approves Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for Unincorporated Area
The Board of Supervisors approved the final draft of the Marin County Unincorporated Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan on March 25th, 2008. While each city in Marin has its own plan, this serves as a guiding document for the unincorporated areas of the County. The Plan details existing bicycle and pedestrian conditions, and contains proposed improvements that are broken down into three categories: bicycle facilities, pedestrian facilities, and bicycle and pedestrian programs related to safety, outreach and education. You can access the entire plan and see a full list of priority projects and recommendations here.