Pop Up Rides

The MLBC Board is hosting monthly bike rides in Central Foothills and Sierras. Ride details and more information to be published soon! Join us and explore the Motherlode!

MLBC Board Meeting January 30, 2020

Motherlode Bicycle Coalition
Board Meeting Agenda
January 30, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Carl’s House in Columbia, email via “Contact MLBC” link for directions
Agenda Items
Banking update–account balances.
Events and pop up rides–weekday, weekend, locations, partner with bike shops? Rob’s list.
Bike rodeos. Add family rides? Fundraising events?
Insurance–which coverage and how to work with one free ride policy. Hold harmless.
New Year Outlook and Calendar–what are core events and activities to pursue for 2020.
Calaveras Community Foundation trail maintenance grant application.
Ride and Walk 4 Art.
Potential Triathlon.
Membership–update, efforts and outreach.
Tuolumne County Volunteer Fair April 23 3-6 pm, Motherlode Fairgrounds.
Reports
Trails–GTH and Dragoon.
Advocacy update–ATP meeting, other TCTC and County meetings, Share the
Road signs, Bike Tourism grant update.
Outreach–website, membership, rider contact cards. Bike rodeo grant.
Photos of bikes in communities. Links/partners/sponsors website page.

Tuolumne County Community Survey

If you haven’t already done so, completing the Tuolumne County Community Survey will give you a chance to provide your priorities for the Board of Supervisors. Better facilities for walking and biking are not on the checklists, but there are opportunities to write them in under “other”. The survey closes February 13, 2020.

https://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1254/Community-Survey

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

Popular Bike Rides in the Foothills

Most Popular Rural Cycling Roads in Gold Country

Central Calaveras County

Angels Camp

A popular bike route from Angels Camp are the roads often used in the annual Mr Frog Bike Ride held in April. (Map below shows start in Murphy’s) Begin your ride from Mountain Pedaler Bike Store and ride through the hilly neighborhoods of Angels Camp above Greenhorn Creek golf resort. Ride through historic downtown Angels Camp before heading up Highway 4 to the small Gold Rush Camp Vallecito. Its Union Church is a California Historic Landmark. Leaving Vallecito descend down to Parrotts Ferry bridge on New Melones Lake. Return to Highway 4 and head back to Angels camp. Your ride will make a giant loop back through Angels Camp and up to Murphys via Murphys Grade Road. Ride through downtown Murphys and return up French Gulch Road, a favorite local backroad lined with oak trees and hayfields, then back down Murphys Grade Road into Angels Camp.

There are several local restaurants for post ride lunch or coffee at Starbucks.

Route Options from Angels Camp

Dogtown-Calaveritas Out and Back, 28 Miles, Rolling hills and few steep climbs

Dogtown to San Dominican to Stevenot Winery, to Murphy’s

Old Gulch to Michael and Cave City

Why it’s the best

Some of the States most scenic Gold Rush Rural Roads are a short drive from Central Valley, Sacramento and Modesto and 2 hour drive from most Bay Area communities.

How to get there

West Calaveras County offers an never-ending supply of hill climbing in the Foothills, just a short drive from the Central Valley, Sacramento and Bay Area.

From Stockton take CA Highway 4, for 30 miles to Angels Camp

From Highway 49 take Highway 49 to Angels Camp

Best bike shops in Motherlode

Jackson Family Sports 275 CA-88 Jackson, CA

Mountain Pedaler Bicycle 352 S Main St, Angels Camp, CA

Sonora Cyclery 13867 Mono Way Sonora CA

For more information: Call The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Co-Founder Rob Williams, 209-531-5844 or email rbwilliams72@gmail.com. Check Meetup: Valley Springs Cyclists

The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition is a fiscally sponsored project of the California Bicycle Education Fund and in Partnership with the Golden Chain Bike Club and Sponsored by Mountain Pedaler, Jackson, and Sonora Bike Stores.