Dragoon Gulch Trail Work Day

There’s another work day tomorrow, Saturday January 25, starting at 9:00. Contact Kevin at the address on the poster below. It’s fun and great way to help build a more healthy community.

The Chasm Between the Sonoras

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 barriers at Mono Way

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.

Sullivan Creek adjacent to Bergel Road

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.

Sierra Railway Rails-with Trails report, 2004

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.Sonora ATP Meeting Flyer

End of Year Newsletter

END OF YEAR NEWSLETTER

December 30, 2019

Dear Members and Friends of the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition!

2019 is coming to a close with MLBC and we wish to carry our momentum into the new year. We designed a new website, expanded our social media efforts on Facebook and Instagram, and started meeting monthly as the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition! I suspect I could end this end of year report with our collective effort to get “organized” but, we also accomplished important local and state cycling advocacy efforts, sponsored bike events, rides, and are collaborating with local partners to support Cycling Tourism in Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties.

Highlights from 2019

Supported bikes-for-tykes-work-days repairing bikes for local youth.

MLBC Members volunteered at the Dragoon Gulch Work Days to expand the trail network for biking and hiking

Sponsored the Moccasin Marsh Flat Pop Up Ride

Recruited 20 members during our membership drive!

Hosted a Tuesday Rides series featuring Gold Rush Towns of the Motherlode

Organized a Tuolumne County Bike Rodeo with Sonora Cyclery and the local CHP

Assisted with the Tom Frost Memorial Old Priest Grade Ride and RideandWalk4Art

Most importantly, we have a committed board and appointed an Executive Director. The board meetings are scheduled the fourth Thursday each month and meetings are held at various foothill locations to encourage broad representation. The meetings are held from 4:30pm 6:00pm.

The upcoming 2020 calendar for the MLBC will be presented at the January 2020 MLBC General Membership Meeting.

2020 Events

Monthly Pop Up Bike Rides featuring roads linking our foothill towns

Organizing Youth Bikes Rodeos in Motherlode

Monthly Tuesday Ride Series featuring rides to historic Gold Rush Towns

Hosting Cycling Tourism Workshops for Local Civic Clubs and Tourism Agencies

Taking an active role in supporting the California Bicycle Coalition 2020 Advocacy Agenda https://www.calbike.org/

Come ride with us! Become a MLBC Member in 2020

https://motherlodebike.org/support-mlbc/membership/

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

● Build bicycle-friendly communities

● Break down barriers to cycling

● Improve bicycle facilities

● 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 2020,

Rob Williams

Chairperson of the MLBC

Bikes for Tykes Work Day

Ervin Kroeker has been organizing the Bikes for Tykes component of the Sonora Children’s Holiday Party for over 20 years. Jack Becker and Carl Baker of the MLBC joined Erv and Michael David, Jose Ortiz, Doug Ankrom, and Mike Suess for the December 7 work day to get donated bikes ready for the December 14 party at the Motherlode Fairgrounds in Sonora.

If you missed this chance to donate your no longer needed bike to Bike for Tykes, you can contact the MLBC at any time to donate. We’ll help find your bike a new home with someone that needs it.

Volunteer workers for Bikes for Tykes work day

Erv and Jose

Jack and Michael

Doug and Mike

Michael and finished bikes