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WBMLogo Walk Bike Marin News

May, 2011

In this Issue:

- Wheels go ‘round and ‘round
- Miller Creek Road
- EHEI Award
- West Marin Bicycle Signage

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

"And the wheels go ‘round and ‘round" ...

The 17th Annual Bike to Work Day rolled through Marin county Thursday, May 12th, 2011, proving to be the springtime event at which to be seen and honored!

San Quentin Final StudyOver 4,000 cycled to work throughout the county and had an opportunity to be refreshed at 17 different Energizer Stations stretching from Novato to Sausalito, including a Station at the Marin County Civic Center, where waffles and strawberries were served and stories of riding adventures were swapped.

Over 50 County of Marin and local business employees signed-in at the Civic Center Energizer Station Thursday, and received not only breakfast, but support, encouragement, and bicycling resources and fun freebies from Parks & Open Space, Public Works, and the Human Resources departments.

At a time when the national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $3.897, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge Survey, this month’s Bike to Work events and activities are especially poignant in exemplifying the need to find alternative modes of transportation.

Marin was one of four communities selected to share a $100 million federal grant to find out whether making it easier and safer for people to get around on bikes or on foot would actually get them out of their cars.

The County’s Department of Public Works’ Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program appears to be encouraging people to do just that - not get in their cars for every trip. A recent survey of the Program’s impact reflects a 46 percent increase in people riding their bikes since 2007, when the project of bike lane construction and pedestrian improvements got its start. Between 2009 and 2010, there was a 29 percent increase in the count of weekday bike trips.

Special thanks go to Starbucks Coffee Company at Northgate One, the Santa Venetia Market & Rocky’s Quality Meats, and Supervisor Susan Adams as honored providers of products and generous donations for this year’s Civic Center Energizer Station.

Join the County of Marin for Public Workshop #2: Miller Creek Road - Las Gallinas Avenue Bicycle & Pedestrian Corridor Study

Invitation & Project Information
You’re invited to join the County of Marin Department of Public Works (DPW) to learn about the findings of a study of potential improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian facilities along a portion of the North-South Bikeway network in Marinwood. A range of options have been developed to improve the corridor. Existing conditions, opportunities and constraints were analyzed and presented at Public Workshop #1 on March 31st, 2010.

For a detailed look at the Project Fact Sheet, Click here.

There’s Not Only Light At The End of The Tunnel

Public Workshop #2
Public Workshop #2 will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 6:30pm in the Dixie Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room. The purpose of Public Workshop #2 is to present a range of conceptual improvements within the study area for the community's review and input. This will be the last public workshop for this study.
Public Workshop #2 Flier

The study area includes Miller Creek Road from the Highway 101 interchange to Las Gallinas Ave., and along Las Gallinas Ave. from Miller Creek Rd. to Cedar Hill Dr. just south of Lucas Valley Rd. This is along a portion of the North-South Bikeway network in Marinwood that connects San Rafael and Novato via the Pacheco Path (Route 5).

Public Involvement
The County of Marin invites members of the public to participate throughout the development of the Study. Please contact the Project Manager, Carey Lando, at or 415-499-5078, to add your contact information to the interested parties list. Receives Prestigious EHEI Award

Under direction from the Board of Supervisors, the County of Marin Department of Public Works’ (DPW) initiative, WalkBikeMarin, has been recognized by the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) with a 2010 Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives (EHEI) Award in the Education and Training Programs category for "using a range of education and encouragement activities to promote walking and bicycling". The initiative was created to help make Marin more healthy, livable, and environmentally sustainable by encouraging walking and bicycling as everyday transportation.

Grand Display of Green for WalkBikeMarinAt a March 17th, 2011 Marin County Public Works Directors’ meeting, Mr. Vince Mammano, Chief Operation Officer for the California Division office of the Federal Highway Administration, presented the Department of Public Works with the award. Accepting on behalf of Public Works Director Farhad Mansourian, Assistant Public Works Director, Craig Tackabery, WalkBikeMarin’s Principal Planning Manager, Dan Dawson, and other DPW staff, received a prestigious plaque inscribed as follows: "[To] The Marin County Department of Public Works For Education and Training Programs: WalkBikeMarin. In recognition of an outstanding commitment to environmental stewardship for early partnership and development of the WalkBikeMarin initiative. The initiative aims to increase walking and bicycling in Marin County and reduce vehicle use as part of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. As a result of the collaboration with nearby cities, town, schools, and community organizations, new bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure will connect residential and downtown areas with a major transit hub and fill missing trail segments."

FHWA’s EHEI awards recognize and publicize transportation initiatives that make our transportation system work better for the people who use it. Since 2008, the FHWA permit projects to be submitted for joint consideration with the Exemplary Ecosystem Initiatives (EEIs). This joint recognition demonstrates that environmental achievements do not have to be divided between natural and human initiatives, and offers the opportunity for the same initiative to receive recognition in both EHEI and EEI status.

Ten projects received the EHEI recognition nationwide, and the recognition of Marin County Department of Public Works is only one of two ever awarded to a local agency.

In spring 2009, the County of Marin’s DPW was notified that it became one of the U.S. worksites to win the Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) designation, and the WalkBikeMarin initiative proved to be a key component toward earning that innovative distinction.

West Marin Bicycle Guide Signage Installation near Completion

As a component of the Countywide Bicycle Guide Sign Program, the Transportation Authority of Marin’s Measure A - Transportation Sales Tax - has provided the County of Marin’s Department of Public Works necessary funding to complete the creation and installation of most of West Marin’s bicycle guide signage, including Route 6 along Muir Woods Road.

Marin’s Route 5 Bicycle Facility All route signs have been installed with the exception of Route 95 (approximately 30 signs) along State Highway 1. The Department of Public Works, the signage implementing agency, is collaborating with the California Department of Transportation, District 4, to continue the installation process. Funds for the Bicycle Guide Signs Improvements were allocated in FY 2009-10

Scope of Work
The work modifies the east Marin system installed as part of phase one of the Project funded by State Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) funds to reflect new capital projects and system improvements. The Project is also constructing phase two, the west Marin system, that is proposed in partnership with the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Caltrans. The proposed phase two bicycle routes which have been reviewed by partner agencies are shown on the attached drawing. The sign fabrication and oversight has been by Marin County staff. It is anticipated that at least 50 signs have been and will be installed in phase two at junction points similar to the one identified in the attached sample Guide Sign Installation Sheet utilizing personnel from the jurisdiction where the signs will be placed. Funds will also be used to modify the west Marin system to reflect new capital projects and system improvements once the initial signs are installed.

Cost of Scope: $107,700

Strategic Plan Programmed Amount: $107,700

Requested Amount: $107,700

Other Funding: BTA funds $189,000. Local funds $21,000

Project Delivery Schedule (include start & completion milestones):

Approve West Marin Bicycle Guide Sign Routes             12/09 - 2/10
Specify signs for specific locations                                 2/10 - 4/10
Fabricate and Install signs including system upgrades      4/10 - 12/12
East Marin system upgrades                                         12/09 - 12/12

Environmental Clearance: CEQA Notice of Exemption, Section 15303, Class 3(e)

Non-Motorized Travel Considerations
The needs of non-motorized travelers were considered in the design of this project and this project is consistent with Caltrans Deputy Directive 64. Non-motorized travel has not been impeded by this project.

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