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Summer 2009 Volume 2 Issue 3
In this Issue:

- New Youth Bicycle Classes
- WalkBikeMarin at the Marin County Fair
- Cal Park Tunnel Pathway Update
- Projects Under Construction

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

WalkBikeMarin and Trips for Kids Start New Youth Bicycle Classes

Youth Classes

On April 3rd at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City, WalkBikeMarin, the Twilight After-School Program, and Trips for Kids Marin launched a new youth bike club, drawing students from nearby Bayside Elementary and Willow Creek Academy.; Students from all three schools learned about basic bike safety and performed check ups on bikes that they will use on group rides. At a second clinic on May 8th, students performed hands on repairs, including adjusting cable tension, brakes, and shifters on their bikes. A third session, held on June 5th in cooperation with the Spring Festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, drew approximately 30 students eager to talk about bike safety and maintenance.

Through the middle of August Trips for Kids in conjunction with WalkBikeMarin will hold 14 more youth bike clinics on Wednesdays at the Manzanita Recreation Center Summer Camp in Marin City.

Community Checks in with WalkBikeMarin at the Marin County Fair

At the Fair

Over the July 4th weekend, many attendees of the Marin County Fair took the opportunity to visit the WalkBikeMarin info booth and discuss the progress of Marin County's Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program.  The Fair presentation was divided into two sections: projects and programs. 
On the project side, many residents were interested in the ongoing restoration and conversion of the Cal Park Tunnel between San Rafael and Larkspur Landing.  The Cal Park Tunnel will accommodate a bicycle and pedestrian path along with the SMART rail line. The project is scheduled for opening early next year.  The corridor study looking at three corridors to provide bicyclist and pedestrian connections between Mill Valley and Corte Madera also generated conversation from fairgoers.  The three corridors are Camino Alto/Corte Madera Avenue, the Alto railroad tunnel, and the Horse Hill pathway. Project information is available at WalkBikeMarin | Projects.  For programs, County Fair attendees learned about upcoming bike repair classes, share the road and path events, and youth bike classes. All program event information is available here: WalkBikeMarin | Events.

WalkBikeMarin staff looks forward to next year's County Fair, when many of the infrastructure projects will be completed and showcased!

Cal Park Sees Light at the End of the Tunnel

Cal Park Tunnel

On June 22nd, a ceremony celebrated the Cal Park Tunnel "breakthrough," connecting both ends of the tunnel for the first time since it was closed by fire and collapse decades ago. The County Board of Supervisors, the County Department of Public Works, the cities of San Rafael and Larkspur, SMART, engineering contractors, Transportation Alternatives for Marin, and a handful of other local advocates attended the ceremony. Supervisors Steve Kinsey and Charles McGlashan, Larkspur Councilwoman Joan Lundstrom, San Rafael Mayor Boro, and MCBC Executive Director Kim Baenisch provided remarks that reminded participants why this is an important facility for bicyclists and pedestrians.

As part of the North-South Greenway, the tunnel will allow bicyclists to ride between San Rafael and Larkspur in 5 minutes instead of the existing 20+ minute route. The project is funded from a variety of sources.  The tunnel will provide both a commuter rail corridor and a bicycle and pedestrian pathway between Andersen Drive at West Francisco Blvd. in San Rafael and Larkspur Landing. With the "breakthrough," all structural reinforcement sets are in place and construction is beginning on the rail bed and bicycle and pedestrian path.  Work on the tunnel and pathway is expected to be completed in early 2010.

Projects Under Construction

In addition to the Cal Park Tunnel bicycle and pedestrian path, three other Marin Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program infrastructure projects are currently underway this summer:

  • Along Alameda del Prado road in Novato, bike lanes are under construction to close a 1/2 mile gap in the North-South Bikeway corridor. Project completion is expected this fall. More information is available here: Alameda del Prado Fact Sheet.
  • The Puerto Suello Hill Pathway along Highway 101 in San Rafael is scheduled for completion in late fall. When finished, bicyclists will be able to travel from the intersection of Mission Avenue and Heatherton Street to the Puerto Suello Hill summit without crossing any streets. More information is available here: Puerto Suello Hill Path Fact Sheet.
  • Ranchitos Road between central San Rafael and Terra Linda is being widened to provide new bike lanes in both directions. Project completion is expected in late August. More information is available here: Los Ranchitos Connector Fact Sheet.
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