COUNTY OF MARIN BICYCLE

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The County of Marin’s initiative, WalkBikeMarin, has been recognized by the United States Department of Transportation with a 2010 Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives (EHEI) award in the Education and Training Programs category for “using a range of education and encouragement activities to promote walking and bicycling”. EHEI awards recognize outstanding examples of transportation projects that either create or improve conditions for human activities while protecting the natural environment. Ten projects received EHEI recognition nationwide.

WalkBikeMarin has funded a range of outreach and training opportunities countywide, including: a program website; personalized bicycle and pedestrian travel planning; development of community walking and bicycling maps; confident cycling courses for adults and children; bicycle repair courses; bicycle and pedestrian informational booths at community events, including the Marin County Fair; safety programs targeted at vehicle drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians; a toolkit for health professionals; pedestrian and bicycle facility design seminars for local agency staff and engineering professionals; “Ciclovia/Paseos del Canal” events which promoted the health benefits of biking and walking; a Built Environment conference overseen by the Marin County Health Department; and development of a walking and bicycling toolkit for business owners, teachers, and managers. These efforts enable and encourage increased walking and bicycling throughout the county.

Judy Arnold, Marin County Board of Supervisors President noted: “Being nationally recognized for our efforts to increase walking and bicycling through education and outreach is a great compliment to our creative approach to getting the community to try walking and bicycling and using our ever-improving facilities for everyday trips”.

WalkBikeMarin is an initiative by the County of Marin to implement the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, a federal transportation program which provides $25 million each to Marin County and three other communities in the Midwest to evaluate whether construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, along with educational and outreach programs, can encourage bicycling and walking as a means to reduce automobile trips.

Further information about these outreach and training opportunities and the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program is available.

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The County of Marin’s initiative, WalkBikeMarin, has been recognized by the United States Department of Transportation with a 2010 Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives (EHEI) award in the Education and Training Programs category for “using a range of education and encouragement activities to promote walking and bicycling”. EHEI awards recognize outstanding examples of transportation projects that either create or improve conditions for human activities while protecting the natural environment.

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