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 firstname.lastname@example.org, use the “Contact MLBC” page or call 209-273-8009 to request a Zoom invitation.
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
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.
Ride and Walk 4 Art has been postponed with hope for rescheduling for fall 2020.
The MLBC is proud to support the annual Ride & Walk 4 Art event in West Calaveras County. We enjoyed last year’s event and we hope you did too.
This year, in addition to 25-mile and 45-mile bicycle options, we’ve added a 75-mile ride with 3 big hill climbs and 5,600 feet of total climbing. And for those who don’t do wheels, there’s a walk at New Hogan reservoir. For lunch we’ll have chicken-in-a-barrel barbecue with all the sides.
This event is a fund raiser for arts in education in Calaveras County. The arts play a critical role in students’ academic success. Last year’s event raised nearly $6,000 to support arts related assemblies, art materials, visits from teaching artists, and grants to individual students for arts enrichment projects.
Advance registration closes March 20, 2020 25 miles/ $40
45 miles/ $45
75 miles/ $65
$20 for walkers and for age 16 and under for all rides $5 discount for Calaveras County Arts Council Members (To be taken at checkout. Call the Arts Council for the discount code, or watch for it in your member mailing.)
Mono Way and the East Sonora Bypass are the connecting routes between Sonora and East Sonora. Both were constructed as Caltrans highways without much thought of community or the needs of pedestrians and bikes. But does it have to stay that way? The roads have high bridges spanning the defining natural feature of the area, Sullivan Creek. We don’t see the creek, but we can’t unsee this artifact of the construction of the bypass:
Bergel Road extends from Phoenix Lake Road to Mono Way behind the back entrance to Sonora Sports & Fitness. You see it on the right traveling on Mono Way from Tuolumne Road to the Peppery. The barricades make the end of the road an attractive dumping spot, and the barricades, weeds, and fencing are an eyesore. How long has it been this way, and why do we put up with this?
If you park on Bergel Road and go for a walk, you’ll see that despite the neglect, the creek is extremely nice.
This place is public land that could thrive as a mini park with bike and pedestrian access to Mono Way. With a connection under the Mono Way bridge to a Sierra Railway rails-with-trails path, Bergel Road could provide park and bike/walk access from the Phoenix Lake basin to shopping, jobs, and services in Sonora and East Sonora and to the new Law and Justice Center.
This is just a vision with a great many obstacles prior to implementation. But without vocal constituencies, visions remain dreams. This is one example of how advocacy for active transportation could help transform our communities much more than by just making it easier to bike or walk. There is grant funding readily available from Caltrans to plan solutions to these kinds of problems, but our local leaders need to hear that the public wants these kinds of changes.
Join the MLBC in bringing your problem locations and ideas for bike and pedestrian improvements to the Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan Community Meeting tomorrow night (Thursday January 9) at 5:30 pm at the Sonora Branch Library. Without public input, we’ll get the same old plan that has accomplished very little for a great many years.