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WBMLogo Walk Bike Marin News

Summer 2008 Volume 1 Issue 3
In this Issue:

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

Bicycle and Pedestrian Makeover to the Wellness Campus
This sidewalk will be widened on the eastside of Kerner Boulevard
In an effort to combine its various health services into one location, Marin County is developing the County Health and Wellness Campus in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood. As part of the Marin Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP) and the County’s commitment to improving conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians, a number of enhancements are in the works for people-powered access to the Campus. Walking and biking are popular means of travel for Canal area residents and more visitors will be coming to the neighborhood to access these services.

Most bicyclists and pedestrians will use the intersection of Kerner and Bellam Boulevards to access the Campus, and making this location more manageable for non-motorized users is a priority for the NTPP. A number of improvements are on the way! The sidewalk on the east side of Kerner Boulevard will be made wider; pedestrian signals at the intersection will be replaced with countdown signals, and a new video-detected bicycle left turn lane will be added to southbound Kerner Boulevard. In addition to these improvements, others coming to the area include upgraded accessible curb ramps, pedestrian push buttons, and wayfinding signage.

For more information about the County Health and Wellness Campus visit the WalkBikeMarin website.

Way to Go Sausalito Program Now Underway
Sausalito hits the pavement on the first Way to Go walk.
On July 1st, the Way to Go Sausalito program officially began with a successful kickoff event in Robin Sweeny Park. There were over 35 people in attendance, including representatives from the Sausalito City Council, Marin County, and the Chamber of Commerce. The event gave residents an opportunity to learn more about the program and included an enjoyable group walk around nearby Dunphy Park.

Studies have shown that when people have access to optimal walking and bicycling routes, transit maps and other trip-planning resources, they are much more likely to walk, bike or use transit. With this in mind, Way to Go Sausalito staff have designed a program that provides participants with fundamental educational tools as well as fun and healthy events to attend in the area. Way to Go Sausalito will give Sausalito residents free information packets that include a new Sausalito walking map, various transit maps and schedules, and other useful walking, bicycling, and transit literature. Way to Go Sausalito staff will also appear regularly at community events to answer questions about walking, biking, and transit use. The last, and perhaps most fun, component of the program will be bi-weekly activities like guided bicycle rides, group walks, and bicycle clinics scheduled throughout the summer.

For more information about Way to Go Sausalito’s schedule of events, click here: http://www.walkbikemarin.org/waytogo/events.php

Marin County Fair Success
A WalkBikeMarin Team member at the Marin County Fair describes some benefits of walking and biking to a family.
WalkBikeMarin was an active participant at the 2008 Marin County Fair. The Fair was held at the County Fairgrounds from July 2nd to July 8th. WalkBikeMarin shared a booth space with the County’s Parks Department. Featured at the booth was information about the NTPP and its funded projects and programs. Fair attendees could fill out a survey about their walking and biking habits automatically entering them into a drawing for a brand new bike!

In addition to the booth, WalkBikeMarin held two classes at the Fair. The first class was Bike Repair and Maintenance where participants learned how to change a flat tire and adjust breaks and derailleurs. The second class was Bike Commuting 101. In this class, participants learned about the best bike clothing, carrying belongings on a bike, and route planning.

Look for WalkBikeMarin at other County events in the future!

UK to invest 140 million in Bicycling
Marin County is not the only place receiving significant federal funding for improved access to alternative transportation. The United Kingdom is investing an unprecedented £140 million (approximately $280 million) in programs designed to encourage citizens to bicycle. A total of £100 million will be allocated to twelve “Cycling Demonstration Towns” across the U.K. Similar to the four nonmotorized pilot communities in the US, the demonstration towns will need to show how their investments have impacted bicycling rates.
Bristol, England has been named the first official “Cycling City.” Over £11 million will be invested in Bristol in the program’s first year, and increasing annually over the next two years. Bristol hopes to double its number of cyclists on the road within three years. Some of Bristol’s proposed investments include: creating an on-street bike rental network, doubling the number of children who receive cycling training, establishing a program for low-income residents to receive bicycles, and overall infrastructure improvements. Government officials have stated that the long-term goal of the program is to see a 20 percent increase in national cycling levels by 2012. 

For more information about the Cycling Demonstration Towns, click here.

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