One More Green Trip

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Family Biking and Bike Mobile

Receive free service on your child's bike and learn valuable skills on biking together

Location:Mill Valley Middle Schoolblack-top

Date:Friday, March 27, 2015

Bike Mobile:2:45 to 5:45pm pre-registration requiredFamily Biking workshop: 3:30 to 5:30

 

Protect Your Bike
from Theft

Marin County Sheriff’s Office Bicycle Registry Program is a free law enforcement service database of bicycles so that in the event of loss or theft, the likelihood of recovery will increase. It will take 1 min to register. Register online now.


 


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NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Tiburon Bike Trains Keep on Rolling


The Tiburon Bike Train has turned Orange this year! Since the first day of school volunteer parents have stepped up to ride with children on the five mile trek from Belvedere to Bel Aire. After a one year trial of running a bike train funded by Tiburon, volunteers have ironed out the kinks and barriers. Their grass roots efforts are gaining some big support from local businesses. Bike trains are growing out of each neighborhood and from them, a visibility campaigned has emerged. The Belvedere group calls themselves The Orange Bicycle Team and have applied for a grant from  The Belvedere Community Foundation to purchase orange helmets.

David Ross, a parent who rides every day to and from Belvedere to Bel Aire, says, "It's all about the orange and being visible. Kids don't always make the right choices so its up to the adults to watch out for the kids." For this reason an orange helmet makes a lot of sense. Children are required to wear helmets by law when they are biking, they're easy to put on and take off, and in this case, if you are wearing the helmet, volunteers know you've signed a waiver and learned how to ride through a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. The children learn the safest route and are knowledgeable about riding in a group.

Those who are independent of the "Orange Bike Team" riding from other neighborhoods, still show their support, still ride as a group in a bike train and even show their support when they ride wearing their own bright orange socks, gloves or backpacks. The bright orange is a warm glow flickering throughout Belvedere and Tiburon as if to say thanks, Tiburon, for starting the bike trains. We're going to keep it rolling!


One More Green Trip

“One more green trip” is the pledge of the day at Sinaloa Middle School in Novato. Each student who pledged to walk, bike, carpool, or bus one more day per week, put their name on a piece of fabric and tied the fabric to the fence line – right at the front of the school. The Teens Go Green club hopes that the green will visually remind students to do their part to help the environment. If every student in the school were to make the pledge, there would be 20% fewer cars coming to the school on any one day.

 


 

 

Family Biking Workshops:

Mill Valley Friday, March 27 3:30 pm
Bay Area Bike Mobile will be offering free bike safety checks and repairs from 2:45-5:30pm. Register in advance or first come/first served after 3:15pm. Space limited

San Anselmo Saturday April 25 10 am

Click here for details

 

March Blog

The Amazing Bus Race

“It’s fun because you feel independent; you don’t have to rely upon your parents to take you places - it’s your own thing - it’s pretty cool.”

A Terra Linda High School student expressed the essence of teen motivation - independence - at the Amazing Transit Race sponsored by Marin Transit last December. Fostering autonomy and self-reliance is an important step for parents to nurture in their teenage. Giving teens the opportunity to problem solve and learn adult skills, builds confidence and promotes self-esteem as teens branch out into the wider world.

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Congress Deciding on SR2S

If you have been paying attention to how Congress has handled transportation over the past several years, you’d be justified in thinking that this May’s expiration of the MAP-21 transportation law will get pushed back by months and that you don’t need to pay attention to transportation this spring.

But, you’d be wrong. While it is likely that we won’t see a new transportation law by May as Congress sorts out how to fund it – the transportation committees are indeed working on the policy as we speak. Decisions are being made this spring about what programs will be continued, consolidated or cut and what changes will be made. House offices are telling us that more than half of the transportation bill has already been agreed to—though bicycle and pedestrian issues have not yet been addressed.  Read full report