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This tour will focus on the canal district with a ride along the Bay Trail and outline potential new bikeways throughout the neighborhood designed to create safe routes for walking and biking. A bicycle pit stop along our route will allow the group to prototype a bike-friendly plaza over lunch. Modeled after the “pedal-ins” of the 1960s, this ride will feature a series of talks that explore the ways in which cycling can be a part of mitigating and adapting to climate change. We will discuss plans for a growing regional bike network and how it may serve the goals of emergency preparedness. Participants will have the opportunity to respond to San Rafael’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, currently under development, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and grow active transportation locally. This tour is part of the “Living With Water” series, created by the Studio for Urban Projects/Bionic Team for the Bay Area Resilient By Design Challenge. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Distance: 7 mile ride
Bring: Bike, helmet, lunch, water & sunscreen

Omar Carrera, Executive Director Canal Alliance
Kim Baenisch, Executive Director Trips for Kids, Marin
Lauren Davini, Traffic Engineer at the City of San Rafael and liaison to the Bike Ped Advisory Committee
Bjorn Griepenburg, Policy & Planning Director Marin County Bicycle Coalition Laura Thompson, Project Manager, Bay Trail
Karen Weiner, Founder of The New Wheel electric bicycle shop
Claire Weisz, Principal-in-Charge WXY Studio

Click to get our Bike the Canal poster!