About rob@calbike.org

Former Public School Administrator. Current Co-Founder of MLBC and Cal Bike Outreach Manager

End of Year Newsletter

Happy holidays! The new year is just around the corner and it’s time to celebrate what the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition and our partners have accomplished during 2021, and what we look forward to achieving in 2022.

Last January 2021 we created a monthly bike riding calendar with bike events for the year and an advocacy agenda. Due to Covid, our monthly bike rides and events were cancelled but the Board met bimonthly by Zoom. 

As we ride into 2022, our top priorities are to advocate for improved biking conditions on our public roads; encourage all residents—kids and adults—to ride bicycles for transportation and recreation; and to promote our region for road and mountain biking.

What We Accomplished

Membership and Partners

Our current membership is 23 members who represent biking in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties. Our new bike business partners include all local bike and recreation businesses: Bear Valley Adventure Co., Bear Valley Bicycles in Arnold, Gateway Adventure Co. in Copperopolis, Mountain Pedaler Bicycles in Angels Camp, and Sonora Cyclery in East Sonora.


Welcome BearValley Bicycles in Arnold

Ride & Walk 4 Art

In 2021, the annual bike and walk event we coordinate for the Calaveras County Arts Council as a fundraiser to support the arts in Calaveras public schools had over 150 cyclists, despite it being a “no frills” event due to Covid restrictions and with a last minute change of venue from New Hogan Reservoir to the Valley Springs Elementary School parking lot. It’s true that when one door closes, another opens; our 2022 Ride & Walk 4 Art found a new starting point at the Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Park in Valley Springs, with more parking and a better venue for our returning Chicken-in-a-Barrel lunch. 

We want to thank our Coalition volunteers for their work to make Ride & Walk 4 Art a success. We could not present this premiere Calaveras biking event without them!  An early bird registration discount of $5 at  Ride & Walk 4 Art is open from now until January 1. Register at  www.rideandwalk4art.com 

Bike Riding Tourism Study Outreach Virtual Meetings

This was the final year of Caltrans’ Bike Riding Tourism Study that included numerous Zoom meetings with San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Calaveras and Alpine Counties to discuss bike riding safety, destinations, road conditions, and public and government support. The final report for Bike Valley to Sierra was completed, sent to Caltrans District 10, and has been shared with all local transportation agencies.

Community Outreach

Thanks to funds from the CalBikes Education Project, we’ve continued to expand our website, www.bikevalleytosierra.com to include news about cycling in the Mother Lode, surveys to our members, and even videos! 

MLBC Logo

The logo design process is always a long journey. We continue to solicit ideas;  a few designs are included in this letter for your feedback.

Park Tool Grant

We submitted a $1,000 Park Tool Community Tool Grant to be awarded a bike stand and tools for bike service support at our events. Winners of the Park Tool Grant will be notified in January 2022

Bikeway Trail Projects Recommend in Bike Riding Tourism Report

Sierra Railway Trail

We assisted Cole Przybyla, Tuolumne County Innovation and Business Director, submit to Caltrans an Innovative Concepts Proposal to complete an engineering plan for a Bikeway from Jamestown to Sonora. This proposal was not selected for the first round of support. However, it did spur a meeting with Caltrans District 10, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the Tuolumne County Transportation Council, Tuolumne County Public Works, and the president and vice president of the Sierra Railway, and resulted in a commitment by Caltrans to assist in submitting an Active Transportation Plan in their 2023 cycle.

EBMUD Pipeline Trail

We presented the Bike Valley to Sierra Signature EBMUD Pipeline project to the seven member board in late November. The president of the board discussed the project with the EBMUD General Manager and wrote to us, saying “What a great idea!” A meeting coordinated by the San Joaquin Council of Governments, the San Joaquin County Bike Coalition and the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition is scheduled for mid-December to discuss our next steps.

EBMUD Mastodon Prehistoric Bikeway

Death Ride Rest Stop Team

Nikki Grimes led a team of volunteers at the Lake Alpine Turn Around at the 40th Death Ride. And then, the Tamarack Fire cancelled the ride. What you might not know is Nikki and her team were at Lake Alpine bright and early, ready to stamp rider bibs and assist riders.

Alpine County Chamber of Commerce Recently Shared…Watch for Special Death Ride New Years Eve Announcement at the links below.

https://deathride.com/

https://californiaalpscycling.bike/

Dream Ride Fundraiser for CalBike Education Fund

We participated in the California Dream Ride in October 2021. This virtual ride allowed us to feature local bike riding infrastructure, safety issues, and popular cycling destinations. We raised $140 that supports the CalBike Education Fund which allows us to operate as a bike advocacy organization. The fundraiser is still accepting donations. Use this link to contribute: 

Finally,

The first Caltrans District 10 BIke and Pedestrian Advisory Meeting is scheduled for January 12, 2022.

Sonora Cyclery

2022 Plans and Bike Riding

MLBC Membership Drive in May 2022

Tuolumne and Calaveras Bike Rodeos May 2022

Safe Route to School Day October 2022

2022 Monthly Rides Calendar Weekdays/Weekends Published in January 2022

Read my magazines on Flipboard @robwilliams3994

Blog motherlodebike.org

Ride along with us on Facebook, Instagram, Flipboard, or the Motherlodebike website to stay updated on our latest news

Twitter @MLBCRob

Facebook, Motherlode Bicycle Coalition and Bike Valley to Sierra

Instagram, Motherlodebike

STRAVA, https://www.strava.com/clubs/motherlodebike

For mountain biking in Groveland contact, dwight@grovelandtrailheads.org

Best riding ahead in 2022

Rob Williams, MLBC Chairperson

RideandWalk4Art Century

Ride for Art, Ride for Joy

Ride & Walk 4 Art is one of the most beautiful bike riding events in West Calaveras County. Riding the foothills in March is a fantastic experience on rural roads that runthrough brilliant green pastures and oak lands blooming with wildflowers. On a clear day cyclists can expect beautiful views of Mt Diablo, Sierras and the Central Valley along the 100 mile route.

The Judge Rounding Poloma Road

The ride starts at a new venue this year, the Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial in Valley Springs. This new central location provides greater access to parking. This year we’re bringing back the our fully-stocked food and water rest stops manned by experienced volunteers as well as an excellent chicken-in-a-barrel lunch with all the fixin’s after the ride or walk.

Cyclists can choose from three rides—a 30-mile ride, a 45-mile ride, and an all new 100-mile ride that follows the 45-mile route but adds four out-and-back hill climbs that branch off the main route. Customize your ride and select one or all four hill climbs! 

The bike ride starts and finishes in Valley Springs and the 45-mile loop takes cyclists around Pardee, Camanche and New Hogan lakes. Cyclists who opt to add the CenturyRide routes can choose to cycle Poloma, Stoney Creek, South Hogan Dam Roads and Gwin Mine to Middle Bar Bridge. New this year, Ride 4 Art Ambassador’s will escort participants out of town to Poloma Road and along all hill climb options.

The Century
New Gwin Mine to Middle Bar Bridge Option

Three bike shops will proved mechanical assistance along the route: Mountain PedalerBicycles from Angels Camp, Bear Valley Bicycles from Arnold, and Jackson Bike Shop from Jackson. Friendly, on-the-road support will be available as well; the Calaveras Amateur Radio Association will help monitor cyclists and walker safety with vehicle support using two way radios and SAG Trucks.

No matter what ride you choose, please self-assess your abilities. Typically, an average cyclist can finish a century ride in 7-8 hours, though that always varies on your skill level and how much time you spend off the bike during the course of the day. Road safety control will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Lunch will be served from noon to 3 p.m. After 3, there will be boxed lunches available at the end of the course.

If you ride parts of the ride prior to RideandWalk4Art Don’t forget to stay in touch on Facebook, Instagram, and our Strava club.

For more information contact Rob Williams at 209/273.8009 or mlbcrob@gmail.com

Social media links

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/calaverasarts

Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/calaverasarts

Changes and Challenges for Safe Streets at Caltrans – Streetsblog California

Sustainable Transportation in the Golden State
— Read on cal.streetsblog.org/2021/09/17/changes-and-challenges-for-safe-streets-at-caltrans-hq/

The case for funding bike infrastructure in Democrats’ spending bills – Vox

It’s about climate change, public health and economic development.
— Read on www.vox.com/22671552/bike-infrastructure-funding

We have several Bikeway Projects proposed and timing is right for funding! Fingers crossed.

RideandWalk4Art 2022 Century

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/embedded/4647916099?width=600&height=400&elevation=true&info=true&line_color=E68006c6&rgbhex=c60680&distance_markers=0&unit_type=imperial&map_mode=ROADMAP&show_marker_every=1&last_updated=2021-09-21T19:43:31+00:00 More Details

100 miles, Short and steep Hill Climbs…Paloma, Stoney Creek, Gwin and Coal Mine, Pardee, and Hogan! The route starts in Valley Springs and cyclists ride near three West Calaveras County Lakes. The hill climbs offer views of Mt. Diablo in the Bay Area. Three route options, 25, 45 and Century. The Century hill climbs are out and back so, optional! You decide!

Ride support includes road safety signage, course arrows, radio communications, safety ambulance on site at start and end location. Four Rest Stops with fresh fruit, sandwiches, snacks and water. A post ride lunch features Barrel Chicken, pasta, salad, wine and beer, and desert.

Registration Opens in November 2021. For more information email, mlbcrob@gmail.com

Middle Bar Bridge Rest Stop

FROGTOWN BIKE RODEO FOR KIDS

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Inside Fairgrounds at Upper Stage Area

Got a kid who wants to ride a bicycle?

The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition and San Andreas CHP invite kids, ages 4-12 to learn how to ride a bicycle. Kids will learn basic riding skills: stop, turning, listening and watching for safe travel.

The Bike Rodeo location is inside the Fairgrounds at the upper stage area. The Fairgrounds Lawn will be available for learning how to balance and ride.Adult volunteers will assist kids with bike fit and helmet fit as well as bike handling. Bike sessions will be held at 9am-11am. No Reservation Required.

A parking fee is required to participate because the Bike Rodeo is being held during the first annual FROGTOWN BMX CLASSIC FESTIVAL. Parents, kids and families are invited to stay and watch BMX Bike Racing throughout the day!

Event Info

For more Bike Rodeo information call MLBC Chairperson, Rob Williams 209-273-8009or email at mlbcrob@gmail.com