RideandWalk4Art Volunteers

Calaveras Enterprise Newspaper Article Written by, Don Urbanus

Normally, if you were covering a bike ride, you’d take lots of pictures of people riding bikes. But if you’re on the support team, your focus is elsewhere. Before we even started the event, we had to mark the roads with different colored biodegradable arrows. Yellow for 30 miles. Green for 45 miles. Orange for 100 miles. Rob Williams (chair of the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition, the organization that helps manage and coordinate the event), his friend Walt, and I headed out Friday morning to mark the roads and intersections to keep people on the correct route. That was a 5-hour job.


Michael Cauthorn, a project engineer and estimator at George Reed Construction, donated 16 hours of his time loading, delivering, and placing two trailer loads of “special event” and “share the road” signs and barriers at strategic locations and intersections along the route. All signs were courtesy of George Reed Construction. Michael is one of the unsung heroes of the event and a big reason why everyone made it back safely.

Safety Sign at Middle Bar Bridge

Cycling Northern California’s Wild Roads

Mr. Frog’s Wild Ride has three route options to challenge and enchant bicycle riders. The shortest, the San Domingo Road route is only 21 miles, but you’ll bicycle through some of the best of rural Calaveras County and the California foothills.

MLBC Chair Rob Williams is organizing this ride to increase visibility of cycling in Calaveras County and support local tourism, as well as to support Feeney Park in Murphys (Mr. Frog’s Wild Ride is a fundraiser for Feeney Park.)

Read a description of the short ride at their blog, and register soon!

Logo for Mr. Frog's Wild Ride Returns on May 7, 2022. Drawing of man in top hat and orange and yellow scarf on bicycle with frog hanging from his coat tails.

The 2022 California Bicycle Summit

California’s most important in-person bicycle advocacy and planning conference is in Oakland from April 6-9, 2022

The California Bicycle Summit is for anyone passionate about bicycling whether a bike advocate, city official, planner, or a CalBike member who simply cares about making the world a healthier, more just, and more sustainable place.

Rob Williams, Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Chairperson is a member of the Bike Tourism presentation panel.

The Final Report of Bike Valley to Sierra will be the focus of this presentation. The report presentation will share Showcase Bike Areas, Signature Bike Projects, Rumble Strip Guidelines, Bike Events, and Final Report Success Stories. Caltrans will share how the report guided bike Complete Street Plans in District 10. 

Registration for the CalBike State Summitt is found at the link below.

Motherlode Bicycle Coalition in the News

Rob Williams, chairperson of the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition was recently interviewed by Margaret Sloan for the Calaveras Enterprise. Download the pdf to read about MLBC’s advocacy for biking in Northern California’s Sierra Foothills.

Download the pdf to read the article.

Photo of Rob Williams of the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition in a white and blue van

First Bike Event of the 2022 Calendar

Cyclists and walkers will enjoy the rolling green hills and rural roads of West Calaveras County during the Calaveras County Arts Council’s Sixth Annual Ride & Walk 4 Art on March 20, 2022. With three bicycle ride choices—30, 45, and 100 miles—or a 4.5 mile walk along the shores of New Hogan Lake—there’s something for everybody.

This year, organizer Rob Williams, chair of the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition, the organization that helps manage and coordinate the event, has freshened the popular fundraiser that supports the arts in Calaveras County schools. The biggest change is a new starting venue. The new site, the Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Park in Valley Springs, offers many benefits. “It’s just a better site,” Williams said. “There is parking for over 200 cars. There are indoor bathrooms. And it starts and ends the ride at a safe neighborhood location. No one is crossing any highways to start the ride.”

CalBike Executive Director Dave Snyder


Signature Bikeway in Tuolumne County


From The Union Democrat, Bike Tourism Report from CalBike and the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition

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