MLBC End of Year Newsletter

The Motherlode

December 15, 2020

Dear Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Members,

Thanks for being a member!

We hope this newsletter finds you safe, outside, riding and healthy. The MLBC Board Members are optimistic about the new year. We are committed to making our roads safe for bike riding and being a public partner in all Caltrans District 10 and county public work road projects. 

Our 2021 scheduled bike ride plans include Covid safety procedures in place and a continued commitment to exploring the Gold Rush Towns in the Motherlode.

The new year is looking better than March 2020 when all things bike related were cancelled: RideandWalk4Art, Monthly Pop Up bike rides in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties and MLBC in person board meetings. 

We did meet as a Board using Zoom to discuss advocacy actions that would support safe bike routes. Also, we shared our collective voice with Caltrans and county transportation agencies. 

Active Transportation Plans were updated with your comments and suggestions.

We held our holiday party on Zoom which included a presentation from Youth Bike America. Our special guests included SFUSD Teacher Andy Padlo, a Senior Projects Teacher from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and three recent graduates: Emmet Forde, Dasha Yurkevich and Julian Jordan. They shared their Bike Ride Across America during the summer of 2020!

2020 Highlights

Provided comments to improve the Active Transportation Plans in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties.

Provided comments to Caltrans District 10 SHOPP Improvements 

Conducted summer Bike Event Director’s Meetings, co-sponsored by Cycle California Magazine, to plan bike events post Covid 19.

Submitted Caltrans and county road maintenance requests on Murphys Grade, Highway 4, and Highway 108.

Supported CalBike Cycling Tourism Study to improve and encourage recreational biking in the Motherlode.  https://www.bikevalleytosierra.com/about

2021 Agenda

Advocate for the formation of a Caltrans District 10 Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Reschedule Monthly Pop up Bike Rides led by MLBC Board Members featuring our favorite Gold Rush rides.

Organize youth bikes rodeos in the Motherlode.

Take an active role in supporting the California Bicycle Coalition 2021 Advocacy Agenda.

Come ride with us! Become a MLBC Member in 2021

With your energy, experience, and membership, we can work together to:

● Build bicycle-friendly communities

● Break down barriers to cycling

● Improve air quality and public health

● Educate cyclists and motorists on Sharing the Road

● Promote bike rides and routes in the Motherlode

● Organize more bicycle events to promote cycling, increase public awareness, and have fun.

Safe riding in the California Foothills in 2021

Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Board Members 

Rob Williams

Carl Baker

Jack Becker

Nikki Grimes

Robert Leibold

Dwight Follen 

Carolyn Ryder

Join Cal Bike and the MLBC for a Holiday Virtual Get Together

We are getting together to celebrate another year of bike advocacy with a presentation from Youth Bike America about their cross country tour! Our special guests include, SFUSD Teacher, Andy Padlo, a Senior Projects Teacher, from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and three recent graduates Emmet Forde, Dasha Yurkevich, and Julian Jordan.Our guests will share their San Francisco to New York City bike adventure.

The presentation will be via Zoom. Contact rob@calbike.org, use the “Contact MLBC” page or call 209-273-8009 to request a Zoom invitation.

Cal Bike Cycling Tourism Update

Learn about the economic benefits of encouraging bike riding in the Central Valley, Motherlode, and Sierras. See Bike Valley to Sierra.

Sign up to stay informed about updates to the Bike Valley to Sierra website. shoutout.wix.com/so/c7NL-F5B7

Why You Should Care About This Picture, The Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan

Mono Way/Sanguinetti Road Intersection

This intersection is designed to optimize vehicle circulation by allowing right turning vehicles from Mono Way to make the turn without slowing down. Think about how this design affects the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists traveling straight on Mono Way. In addition to encouraging vehicles to speed through the intersection, the design increases the distance a pedestrian needs to walk to cross the street. Modern street design discourages this kind of thinking in favor of making streets work for all users, not just for vehicles.

In drafting the new Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan, The City of Sonora, Tuolumne County, and the Tuolumne County Transportation Council (TCTC) ignored our requests to focus on improvements like fixing this intersection. The MLBC provided a comment letter (TCTC ATPlan Draft comments) requesting changes to the plan in order to emphasize improving bike and pedestrian travel to the essential destinations that serve the greatest number of County residents. We believe that a bike friendly community starts with bike friendly places to shop, work, and access essential services.

The MLBC Board wants to ensure our advocacy has the support of our members and cyclists in the community. We welcome your feedback on our letter either via the comments section or via a message through the “Contact MLBC” page.

Welcome Wisconsin and California to the U.S. Bicycle Route System! | Adventure Cycling Association

Check out our Members portal to find your next adventure, learn about bicycle advocacy, and connect with a peloton of enthusiastic bike travelers.
— Read on www.adventurecycling.org/members/news/welcome-wisconsin-and-california-to-the-u-s-bicycle-route-system/

Proud to participate in helping SR 50 become a safe bike traveling route! https://www.bikevalleytosierra.com/

Advocacy Opportunities Abound

Working with the government to enact change sounds great, but it requires work. The MLBC is working to help make the Central Sierra a better place to bike, walk and live. Here is a heap of chances to learn about what is being planned and to participate.

The MLBC has requested Caltrans District 10 make improvements to upcoming projects to include more sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes in Angels Camp and San Andreas and to remove rumble strips on SR 108 in Tuolumne County and SR 88 in Amador County that don’t allow sufficient room for cyclists to ride to the right of the fog line. Our letter is here: Letter of Support with Rumble Strip Concerns. If this strikes a chord with you, please send an email to Caltrans to lend your support or provide your own comments.

Edgeline rumble strips on Highway 108 near Little Sweden.

The Tuolumne County Transportation Council has several plans ready for public review with virtual public meetings scheduled or to be announced soon.

Calaveras County and the Calaveras Council of Governments are working on an application for State Active Transportation Program funding to partially implement the Murphys Complete Street Plan. Contact CCOG through their website to ask how you can help support this application.