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.

Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan Digital Workshop Postponed

The Active Transportation Plan Digital Meeting scheduled for August 4, 2020 has been postponed and will be rescheduled. The workshops for the two proposed ATP projects are not affected. Details are available at https://www.activetuolumnecounty.com/meetings

UPCOMING DIGITAL COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

DRAGOON GULCH CONNECTOR TRAIL
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 4:00 – 5:00PM
JOIN ZOOM MEETING: HTTPS://ZOOM.US/J/92927607075

MEETING ID: 929 2760 7075

JAMESTOWN SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 5:00 – 6:00PM
JOIN ZOOM MEETING: HTTPS://ZOOM.US/J/92927607075


MEETING ID: 929 2760 7075


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Tuolumne County Active Transportation Digital Workshops

Folks have been getting outside for walks and bike rides in record numbers!  Let’s build on the momentum and give feedback on the Tuolumne County Draft Active Transportation Plan and projects in Jamestown and Sonora.

UPCOMING DIGITAL COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS


ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2020 4:30 – 6:00PM
JOIN ZOOM MEETING: HTTPS://US02WEB.ZOOM.US/J/82560025856

MEETING ID: 825 6002 5856

DRAGOON GULCH CONNECTOR TRAIL
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 4:00 – 5:00PM
JOIN ZOOM MEETING: HTTPS://ZOOM.US/J/92927607075

MEETING ID: 929 2760 7075

JAMESTOWN SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 5:00 – 6:00PM
JOIN ZOOM MEETING: HTTPS://ZOOM.US/J/92927607075


MEETING ID: 929 2760 7075


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Motherlode Bike Tour Guide May 2010

The Santa Rosa Cycling Club developed the following guide for an extended supported tour for their members in 2010. The day rides for the tour are popular local long road routes with considerable climbing.

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Follow Bicycle Safety Standards for Rumble Strip Installation

Join me in supporting Adventure Cycling’s petition asking for better bicycle safety standards with rumble strip design and installation. State transportation agencies continue to install rumble st…
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Cycling Tourism Central Valley to Sierras

Over a century ago Californians could follow roads from the Pacific to the Sierras and find food, drink and accommodations. In 1895 a cyclist could find roads from the Bay Area to Sacramento or to Yosemite Valley. Today, cyclists in the Central Valley, Motherlode, and Sierras can patch together rides to these destinations.

Currently, there are over 1000 cyclists in regional bike clubs who ride in the Central Valley, Motherlode, and Sierras. Local and regional bike clubs include: Foothill Cycling Group, Erma’s Diner Cycling Group, Golden Chain Cyclists, Stockton Bike Club, Horizon Bike Club, M360, the San Joaquin Bike Coalition, Delta Velo Race Team, Central Valley Velo, Stanislaus County Bike Club, Bear Valley Bike Club, Alta Alpina, and Project HERO San Joaquin. In addition, an estimated 250 individual cyclists or small groups of friends ride and are not a member of a club.

Each year there are eleven bike events that bring over 4,000 cyclists to the Central Valley, Motherlode and Sierras: Peddling Paths to Independence, Party Pardee, Mr. Frogs Ride, Ride4Art, Lodi Tour de Vines, Sierra Century, Ebbett’s Pass Century, Moms Ride, Golden Hills, Almond Blosom Ride and popular Death Ride. And, finally each year over 1,000 Northern California Nevada Cycling Association Bike racers come to Milton or Cooperopolis to race bikes on Easter Weekend and in August.

It’s clear, the rural roads in the Central Valley, Foothils and Sierras are popular for recreational cycling. What’s unknown is the economic impact of encouraging cycling tourism.

The first week in April the Sacramento Bike and Hikers sponsor the Party Pardee, a one day bike event that occurs in Amador and Calaveras Counties. The ride is popular because of the scenic rolling hills surrounding the Tri Dam Lakes. This event has been held for 26 years and registers over 1,400 cyclists. Prior and after this bike event the 40 miles of roads near Valley Springs Tri Dam are visited by bicycle clubs, groups, and families. There are local businesses that cater to cyclists: Starbucks, Hawg Dogs, Ace Hardware, and Subway. Cyclists stop for a coffee, lunch, or buying a spare bike part. Local camp grounds near Valley Springs are Lake Comanche, Pardee and Hogan that cyclists stay the night before or after their ride.

“Promoting Safe Bicycle Travel Opportunities for Bicycle Tourism,” is a strategic collaboration of transportation agencies from five counties: Tuolumne, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, and Alpine. The goal of the project is to improve public safety, increase active transportation, and promote economic development through a comprehensive plan to promote bicycle tourism that emphasizes safety improvements on state and local routes across county lines.

The Cycling Tourism Grant is funded by Cal Trans and the final project plan will identify bike routes for enhancing bicycle tourism, with an eye to improving travel conditions for all modes, and for residents’ travel needs as well as those of visitors.

Cal Bike is seeking input from cyclists, business owners, civic leaders, government officals, Bicycle related businesses, and local residents.

This link allows you to participate in shaping Cycling Tourism in the Central Valley, Foothills and Central Sierras.

https://www.bikevalleytosierra.com/

Cycling Tourism Survey

The survey seeks information about supporting cycling tourism and will be used to study the economic value of supporting cycling tourism.