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Winter 2009 Volume 2 Issue 1
In this Issue:


- Cal Park Tunnel Update
- Corridor Study Underway
- Way to Go
- New Health & Wellness Campus

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

Light at the End of the Cal Park Hill Tunnel

CPT Interior
Work on the interior of the north side of the tunnel includes new steel supports.
Marin County residents have long contemplated the Cal Park Hill Tunnel and wondered when it would be renovated and opened for pedestrian and bicycle use. They will not need to wait much longer work on the tunnel is scheduled to be completed by December 2009. 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.

The 1,100-foot tunnel, which has been closed since the 1980s, will be the first railroad tunnel in Marin County to be rehabilitated for bicycle and pedestrian use, and is the only one that will feature transit use as well. The tunnel sits directly adjacent to Highway 101, and is seen as a critical piece in Marin's efforts to reduce congestion and provide alternatives to auto dependency. In addition to representing a key link in the North-South Greenway and an important eastern corridor connection, the path will provide convenient access to Larkspur Landing, the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, and residential and employment centers in downtown San Rafael, the Canal, and the Andersen Drive corridor.

After taking their first ride or walk through the new Cal Park Hill Tunnel, Marin residents will likely find the experience to be well worth the wait.

Mill Valley/Corte Madera Corridor Study Underway

Corte Madera Sidepath Marin residents have identified the connection between Corte Madera and Mill Valley as a top bicycle/pedestrian priority for the county. In response to this input, a study is currently underway to evaluate three potential alternative routes between the communities, including: (1) the Horse Hill/Alto Hill Pathway and connecting roadways, (2) reopening the Alto Tunnel for bike/ped use, and (3) the Camino Alto/Corte Madera Avenue on-street route. Each of these routes will be evaluated independently from the others to improve bike and pedestrian access within each corridor.

There will be two public workshops for this project one in early 2009 and one in mid-2009. The first public workshop will be an opportunity for interested parties to review the project scope, existing conditions, and provide input and comments for each of the three alternative routes being studied. The second workshop will review and confirm recommendations for improvements to each of the three alternative routes. Come and share your thoughts!

To receive notice for the upcoming public meetings, please contact Carey Lando, County of Marin project manager, at clando@co.marin.ca.us, or 415.499.5078. Meeting details will also be posted here as soon as they are available.

Do you know the Way to Go?

Way to Go walk
Sausalito's hills and hidden staircases made for great guided walks as part of the Way to Go! Sausalito program.
Are you interested in walking or riding your bike more often, but are looking for more information and guidance to get started? If so, this coming summer the Larkspur/Greenbrae and Novato areas will be hosting a program called Way to Go that will help. Way to Go, which is modeled on Portland's award-winning SmartTrips, is a personal travel planning program that helps residents get out, stretch their legs, and give walking, bicycling, and transit a try.

Way to Go will host guided walks, bicycle rides and workshops throughout the summer. The guided walks and rides will take you to fun and interesting destinations, help you meet neighbors, and find new walking and bicycling partners. The workshops will provide the knowledge and tools you'll need to confidently explore Marin County by foot, bicycle, bus and ferry. All events will be open to the public, especially beginners looking for a fun and safe atmosphere to get started.

We invite you to participate in the upcoming Way to Go program and explore how easy it can be to leave the car at home for everyday trips. For more information about the program, visit www.walkbikemarin.org/waytogo or send an email to waytogo@walkbikemarin.org.

New Marin Health and Wellness Campus is foot- and bike-friendly

Marin Health Campus
New pedestrian facilities connect to the Marin Health and Wellness Campus
The Marin Health and Wellness Campus opened on November 16th to great fanfare. The campus, formerly home to Industrial Light and Magic, was designed to be extremely energy-efficient, achieving Gold LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). In addition, the campus location in San Rafael's Canal District was selected to be accessible to Marin residents by transit, bicycling, and walking. Learn more about what the campus means for Marin residents' health and wellness with this video, then bike or walk by the campus to take a look!

More info: http://www.co.marin.ca.us/campus/

http://www.abrittonproductions.com/temp/MHWCv2.wmv (video)

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