Bacich Teachers Build Bikes

Miller Ave in Mill Valley gets Safety improvements

Action Alert! Support Safe School Zones

National Update

Get Racks

Do you need bike racks for your school?  The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is offering reimbursement for bike racks.  Awards are made in the form of Vouchers for up to $60 per bicycle parking spot created, limited to a maximum of $12,000 in total Voucher awards per applicant.  Any public agency may apply.    For more information

 

Bike Buying Guide

Are you planning to get your child a bicycle for the holidays?  Good for you.  But before you go shopping, be sure to check out our bike buying guide.  It’s important that your new bike fits properly. 

Protect Your Bike
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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

KangaDo. An App for You


We are excited to announce a new partnership with a commercial app called KangaDo that will help our school volunteers organize and strengthen walking and biking groups in their schools, as well as carpools and bus buddies.  KangaDo is an app for Iphone and Android that allows parents to organize their children’s activities.  The designers have developed schools and Safe Routes to School specific programs within the app for free.  These allow parents to organize SchoolPools and to communicate with their members on a regular basis.  This give us an opportunity to not only organize walking and biking groups for our Walk and Roll Wednesdays but to continue to communicate to ensure ongoing participation.  To view more information go to www.kangadoapp.com


Bacich Teachers Build Bikes


Teachers at Bacich Elementary spiced up their back to school meeting by building eight new bicycles for donation to the children in the Canal neighborhood In San Rafael. Principal Sally Peck joined with the PTA to purchase the bikes and bring them to the teachers for assembly. Our lead instructor James "Bikes Green" Sievert was there to check the bikes before handing them over to Tom Wilson, executive director of the Canal Alliance. At the end of the bike build Bacich staff got to hear a brief presentation regarding the services Safe Routes to Schools and the Canal Alliance provide for Marin County. Watch for smiling kids enjoying a roll along the scenic Pickleweed Park Bay Trail soon!


Miller Ave Streetscape Plans

Mill Valley kicks off first phase of Miller Avenue Streetscape Project: to include buffered bike lanes on Miller between Sunnyside and Park

The City of Mill Valley will kick of the first phase of its Miller Avenue Streetscape Project, scheduled for August through September. Consistent with the adopted Miller Avenue Streetscape Master Plan, the City plans to restripe each direction of Miller Avenue between Sunnyside and Park Avenues, from two traffic lanes in each direction, to one traffic lane and one buffered bicycle lane in each direction. City engineers verified that a lane removal would neither increase daily congestion nor decrease safety, and that modifications would accommodate emergency vehicles.

In addition to the buffered bike lanes on Miller, the initial phase will also include the installation of rectangular rapid flash beacons in the crosswalk at the intersection of Evergreen and Miller Avenues. These beacons, activated by crosswalk users, will be highly visible to approaching motorists, improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The City will also be striping reverse angle (or back-in) parking along outbound Miller Avenue, from Reed Street to just west of Camino Alto. This option eliminates the challenge of backing into moving traffic while also providing an increase in drivers' fields of vision. It will also enhance safety for motorists pulling out from parking spaces, as well as for oncoming motorized and bicycle traffic. Back-in angled parking is now being used in more than 100 U.S. cities to increase safety and convenience.

But wait, there's more! City engineers also plan to make localized improvements along Miller Avenue, including repairing potholes and refreshing bicycle lane striping!

This fall and winter, City staff will receive community input on the reverse angle parking concept and will refine the design as needed. Also this fall and winter, City staff will coordinate a public outreach effort to communicate these and other future planned improvements and to gain community feedback. Staff will be refining the design concepts, with construction of the full Miller Avenue Streetscape Project planned for late 2015.


Bike Mobile a Big Hit

The BikeMobile has been making the rounds at Marin County Schools. The Bay Area BikeMobile hosts bike fix-a-thons at schools, community centers, parks, and community events across the San Francisco Bay Area. At these fix-a-thons, they help youth repair their bikes, teach mechanics an safety, and provide accessories when possible.

 

They have recently visited St. Rita, Hall and Miller Creek Schools in Marin. The mechanics worked for 3 hours cranking on bikes. Even some teachers at Miller Creek got a good tune up for their bikes. If you want to sign up for the Bike Mobile for your event or school contact peggy@marinbike.org   

 

Save These Dates:

Family Biking Workshops

Learn to ride with the whole family. 
Saturday September 20, Marin General
Noon - 2 pm
register here

Tune Up Those Bikes

Bring the BikeMobile to your school. Contact Laura@marinbike.org

Walk and Roll to School Every Wednesday

See the on-line Walk and Roll Wednesday guide



Tell Governor Brown to Support Safe School Zones


Help us send Governor Brown the message! Share your photo at#SaferSchoolZones

1. Download your favorite signs

2. Have fun taking pictures along your route to school

3. Post on Facebook and be sure include "#saferschoolzones" and "@JerryBrownGov"

Together we can make walking and biking to school safer for kids

Background

The National Partnership co-sponsored SB 1151 this year. SB 1151, the Safer School Zones Bill, will increase safety for school children statewide by increasing penalties for traffic violations in school zones by $35 and putting that additional revenue into the state Active Transportation Program specifically for Safe Routes to School improvements and programs.

Safer School Zones have so far received unanimous legislative support in every committee that has heard the bill.

Despite the overwhelming support for Safer School Zones, Governor Brown is skeptical of fines – no matter how important an issue the fine may be addressing. We need to convince him that SB 1151 is different and warrants his support! Providing children with a safe and active route to school is critical to the future of California, and SB 1151 is part of the solution.