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

Promoting Safe Bicycle Travel

The Interregional Bike Riding Report prepared by CalBike examines bike riding tourism as an economic opportunity. The report was funded by a Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant. Local civic leaders, business owners, tourism and economic agencies can use this report to build on current bike riding conditions. The report looks at five Showcase Bike Riding areas, four Signature Bikeway Projects, and presents an analysis of the economic benefits of encouraging bike tourism.

https://www.bikevalleytosierra.com/finalreport

This report provides tools and resources to help communities, residents, businesses, and stakeholders consider an approach to economic development that is inclusive and supportive of active transportation. As one resident put it, “we have many of the pieces in place already – we just need to put them together.” It is our hope that this plan will repre- sent the first of many efforts to develop a robust, equitable, and community-supported approach to bicycle tourism.

Photo Courtesy of Ray Prevost

State Parks Hike/Bike Campsite Survey and Tuolumne Volunteer Fair

California State Parks has posted a survey asking for input on Hike/Bike camping. Hike/Bike sites are lower cost shared campsites that don’t require reservations. If you tour or may someday, the availability and amenities offered in these sites may make or break your trip. Take a few minutes to explain your needs to be addressed in any changes to campgrounds or policies. Suggestions? How about Hike/Bike sites at Calaveras Big Trees, and a No Turn Away policy for bikes like in Washington State?

The MLBC is participating in the Tuolumne County Volunteer Fair. The volunteer fair is an opportunity for agencies and non-profits to meet with the public and explain their mission and their needs for volunteer help. The fair was rescheduled for the second time for August 26, 2021 only to have another Covid spike force cancellation of the in-person event. The fair was converted to a community access TV event, and the MLBC recorded a short video. The fair will be broadcast live on Access Tuolumne tomorrow, August 26, at 4pm, and is currently available to stream. Look for the MLBC at about 1:23:15 in the video. While this is a Tuolumne County event, please realize we have the same needs in Amador, Calaveras, and Mariposa Counties. Thanks to Jack Becker for recording the video and to Rob Williams for working on the script!

 

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

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