The MLBC Board will be meeting at 4:30 pm next Thursday, October 24, 2019, at board member Carl Baker’s home in Columbia. The MLBC board meetings are scheduled for the fourth Thursday of the month. For more information, directions to the meeting, or the agenda, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the Board Meeting, at 6:00 pm, we will be hosting a member meetup at Carl’s house in Columbia to socialize, share a meal and welcome new members to MLBC. If you are not a member, please JOIN the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition and invite a friend.
We would like to get to know the members of the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition and hear your priorities for improving riding conditions in our area. Every other month we will plan a meet and greet to discuss bike news and events happening in our area. Please RSVP to email@example.com, if you are planning to attend, so we can plan ahead and make enough food for everyone.
Finally, four MLBC board members participated in the Dragoon Gulch Trail Work Weekend and had a great time. See the Union Democrat for a report, or come to the Board Meeting to see how our poison oak is coming along!
The Volunteers for Outdoor California provides a volunteer workforce for large-scale trail maintenance and construction projects, habitat restoration, and related land stewardship activities on public lands in partnership with public agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Help us maintain and expand the Dragoon Gulch Trail system October 12 and 13 with V-O-Cal!
If you’ve come to motherlodebike.org looking for the Membership page, please also take a look at the “Our Work” section to get an idea of what your contribution can support. We need your financial support to grow, but we also need your support with advocacy by showing up to public meetings of the Tuolumne County Transportation Council, Calaveras Council of Governments, Amador County Transportation Commission, and your local City or County. Currently, the TCTC is accepting surveys for the Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan. Please make your voice heard by providing your priority needs for bike and pedestrian improvements by completing the online questionnaire.
As we work to organize events like bike rodeos, repair days for recycling bikes, or fund raising rides, we also need volunteers. If you are unable to contribute financially, please consider using the “Contact Us” page to submit your contact information with a message explaining how you can help. When the time to stage an event comes, we need a list of potential volunteers.
The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition led their first bicycle rodeo this summer with the help of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Sonora Cyclery, and Sonora Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. We set up a fun and educational bike safety course following the League of American Bicyclists‚ Bicycling Skills 1 2 3 Manual, gave out free helmets, provided bike maintenance, and gathered community responses for the Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan (ATP). As a small bike advocacy organization, the involvement of the local business community and law enforcement was extremely helpful, and together we held a successful bike rodeo that we will replicate in the future.
Please contact us if you would like to host a bike rodeo or bike maintenance workshop in Tuolumne or Calaveras County. We plan on leading more bike safety education rodeos and workshops for children and adults next year.