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!

 

Mokelumne River Bridge Widening and Bridge Rail Replacement Workshop

Caltrans District 10 is hosting a virtual public workshop to provide informations about a project to improve the State Route 49 Mokelumne River Bridge. The workshop is Wednesday February 24 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

To join the workshop, visit https://bit.ly/3pzXG2N or call (408) 418-9388 (access code: 146 532 9118).
Project information and workshop presentation materals are available at https://bit.ly/3pzXG2N or click for PDF files for the press release and workshop PowerPoint presentation.

 

MLBC February 2021 Newsletter

Dear Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Members,

The MLBC Board recently met to discuss bike advocacy plans and bike sponsored activities in 2021. We agreed that our top priorities are to advocate to improve conditions for biking for transportation and recreation, encourage all residents, kids and adults to ride a bicycle, and to promote our region for road and mountain biking.

During the last several months we have all been out riding in the Motherlode and sharing our bike destinations on social media. Carl, Jack, Nikki, Holly, Rob and Carol are posting pictures and routes on Instagram, Facebook, and Strava.

In January, Caltrans District 10 Bike Advocates: MLBC, Merced Bike Coalition, Stanislaus County Bike Club, Modesto Bike Advisory, Lodi Bike, and California Alps Cycling met by Zoom with the new Caltrans District 10 Director of Planning and his staff.

At this meeting we discussed forming a Caltrans District 10 Bike Advisory Committee, our counties’ road safety issues and poorly planned rumble strips. (Photo above)

Our request to form a Bike Advisory is under review by the Caltrans District 10 Executive Managers. (*Purpose for formation of a District 10 Bicycle Advisory Committee is below) We also discussed our collective disdain for Rumble Strips! The good news is that CalBike has hired a transportation planner to draft general guidance to rumble strip application. These guidelines will be published in the final Cycling Tourism Plan and part of any road improvements application from Caltrans.

The Calaveras Arts Council annual bike event, RideandWalk4Art is scheduled for March 21, 2021. MLBC members are encouraged to participate. See https://www.rideandwalk4art.com/

We are proud to share that the Groveland Trail Heads Mountain Bike Destination Trail System in the Stanislaus National Forest was one of eight projects selected for International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Dig In Program founded by Shimano-MTB!

The goal of the Dig In Program is to bridge the gap between local and national fundraising efforts and show a new audience how inspirational and vital trails are to local communities, businesses and youth. This is an online peer-to-peer crowdsourcing opportunity with a $2000 match from IMBA corporate sponsors. Groveland Trailhead Needs our support. Make a donation to support the Ferretti Non-Motorized Trail System.

Tuolumne County has been awarded a $2 million State Active Transportation Program Grant to construct sidewalk improvements in the vicinity of Jamestown Elementary School. MLBC provided a support letter for the project, and we are happy to congratulate Tuolumne County on their first successful ATP application. MLBC also provided a support letter for Mariposa County’s application to the Caltrans Sustainable Communities Planning Grant program for an Active Transportation Plan. We wish them the best of luck in obtaining funding to help plan for walking and biking in Mariposa County.

The foothill counties need to compete with affluent urban areas for these statewide grant programs. Joining MLBC and supporting robust community planning can help our cities and counties demonstrate public support for their plans and projects to better compete for funding.

We hope to resume monthly pop up and weekly bike rides but until then, ride along with us on Facebook, Instagram or the Motherlodebike.org website to stay updated on our latest news.

If you haven’t become a member or would like to renew your membership find the Support MLBC page here.

Rob Williams
MLBC CHAIRPERSON

Important Motherlode Bicycle Resources:

Cycling Tourism Information
Showcase Areas Tuolumne and Calaveras
https://www.bikevalleytosierra.com/post/showcase-area-feedback-2

Caltrans District 10 Survey
https://www.bikevalleytosierra.com/post/caltrans-district-10-active-transportation-survey

My Calaveras County Road Maintenance Request
http://iframe.publicstuff.com/#?client_id=1000177

Caltrans Safety Maintenance Request
https://csr.dot.ca.gov/

Groveland Trailhead Needs our Support
https://www.imba.com/digin-applications-details?diginid=2861435

*Proposed purpose for formation of a District 10 Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC)

  • Provide District 10 with a dedicated outreach channel representing bicyclists throughout the District for planning, project development and delivery, maintenance, and encroachment permits.
  • Bring bicyclist concerns about State Highway conditions to the District in a coordinated way (reduce reliance on individual PIO customer service requests).
  • Improve, not bypass, bicyclist coordination for regional transportation planning agencies (COGs, Transportation Councils and Commissions), cities, and counties.
  • Inform coalition and club alignment with State goals regarding Active Transportation, Complete Streets, and transportation equity/inclusion of underrepresented communities.
  • Increase opportunities for partnership and knowledge sharing between bike advocates in District 10.

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