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8/3/18

Mendocino’s First ever BIG BIKE BASH!

Walk & Bike Mendocino will be hosting the first ever Big Bike Bash at Alex Thomas Plaza in Ukiah on August 17 from 5 to 8 PM. The Big Bike Bash is a celebration of bicycles with a focus on the joy of bicycling. The event will be free. Food trucks and beverages for both adults and children will be available. The following morning at 9AM Walk & Bike Mendocino staff will lead a Family Bike Safety Workshop and Fun Ride. The bike safety workshop will be led by certified bike trainer Erich Sommer and will help parents and children learn the basics or safe bike riding. Parents will also be coached to continue working with their kids on traffic safety.

Free bike valet parking will be available for those who choose to ride to the event.

Activities will include:

·         Helmet decorating and face painting for kids

·         People’s choice bike awards – a variety of bicycles (racing bikes, specially modified bikes, tandems, mountain bikes, etc) will be on display. Attendees will be encouraged to vote for their favorite bike.

·         Adult Drift Trike races – Drift trikes are “Big Wheels” that tend to slide sideways around corners. Participants can take a turn on the trikes. There will also be “Celebrity” trike races featuring Ukiah High Principal Gordon Oslund, Police Chief Dewey, David Weiss (COO Adventist Health), Shannon Riley, UUSD Superintendent Deb Kubin, Firefigher John Strangio, Mo Mulheren, and more. Participants will be encouraged to soak the racers during the race!

·         Water soakers

·         Information Booths (Safe Routes to Schools, Street Safety, Dave’s Bike Shop, Bicycle Kitchens, Ukiah Valley Trail Group)

·         Scavenger Hunt

·         Community Inspired Bike Art Project – The bike will be raffled off! Win an Art Bike!

 

Family Bike Workshop and Fun Ride

Families are invited to learn how to ride together in a safe and fun way at our FREE Family Bicycling Workshop. Join our certified cycling instructor and learn the safest neighborhood routes to schools, parks, and more! Kids receive a free blinky light! Children must be able to ride a bike and be ready to take to the road with their parents. Parents are allowed to trail their children in trailers or child seats too.

Bring your own bikes and helmets. Register early, space is limited! For more information call Erich at 707-841-7029

About the Family Bike Safety Workshop and Fun Ride Erich Sommer said “It’s really important to us to provide this kind of training. Oftentimes people don’t realize what they don’t know until they take one of our classes. We can alleviate a lot of safety concerns people have about biking and that then allows them to become more active.”

Walk & Bike Mendocino is a program of North Coast Opportunities. Our mission is to create happy, healthy, connected communities by making it easy to Walk & Bike.

For more information on the Big Bike Bash go to walkbikemendo.org or call 467-3217

For more information on the Family Bike Workshop and Fun Ride call Erich Sommer at 707-841-7029

4/6/18

Placemaking VISTA AmeriCorps Position at Walk & Bike Now Open

Walk & Bike Mendocino is happy to announce we have an opening for a VISTA AmeriCorps service member to help us build our capacity to effectively engage the entire spectrum of our community. VISTA positions are typically filled with recent college graduates who are looking to expand their life experience or build their resume. “Service members are provided with health insurance, a minimal wage, and a few associated benefits.

We’re looking for someone to help build the capacity of Walk & Bike Mendocino (WBM) to reach, and improve the health of, low income and Latino communities by developing and organizing placemaking events, recruiting and training community volunteers, and organizing neighborhood associations to understand the health benefits of, and advocate for, safe streets and neighborhoods while increasing physical activity through active transportation.

Although not a job requirement, we would love to find a bilingual, bicultural service member. For more information on AmeriCorps VISTA benefits and requirements go to: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvista

2/16/18

Our January #SkipATrip challenge was super fun. We asked people to tell us about times they left their car at home and Skipped A Trip (#SkipATrip) by walking or biking instead. All the participants had to do was skip a trip, post about it on social media, and tag it with our #SkipATrip hashtag. We had a bunch of people post to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Clearly, participants had a great time! Why drive when you #SkipATrip and enjoy the time?

We chose Tarney Sheldon as our #SkipATrip winner because she posted often and used great photos to create engaging content! Thanks to Dave’s Bike shop for giving us a good deal on a bike for Tarney as a prize for her efforts. We expect to see you posting about your new pink bike now, Tarney!

01/05/2018

#SkipATrip for the New Year

This year Walk and Bike Mendocino launched the Skip-A-Trip Challenge for anyone looking to get cracking on those New Year’s resolutions to get more exercise, burn a few more calories and do something to help the environment.

Throughout January, Walk and Bike Mendocino encouraged county residents to skip-a-trip in your car or truck, and instead walk, bike, or ride Mendocino Transit Authority public buses during your commutes to school or work, when doing errands and even during lunch.

Walk & Bike Mendocino augmented your own incentive with prizes: A bike and other prizes will be awarded to selected participants who shared their experiences on social media with the hashtag #SkipATrip.

“We’ll be giving the prizes to participants with frequent or high quality social media posts” explained Walk and Bike Mendocino Fort Bragg Field Coordinator Harley Nunan.

For instance, starting last month, Walk and Bike Mendocino is sponsoring Walking Wednesday’s at Yokayo Elementary School. Every Wednesday there are three designated meet-up locations that serve as the start of “Walking School Bus” routes. The “buses” leave about 20 minutes before school starts and work their way through the neighborhoods before arriving at school. “A parent could walk to school with their child, make a hashtagged post on Facebook, then walk to work and make another post and hashtag about their walk to work. That would get our attention” said Nunan.

But if you are already sensing the time crunch that “skipping a trip” and leaving the car at home might cause, it’s not nearly as tight as you might think.

“A ten-minute drive may take 20 minutes to walk, but you’re replacing ten minutes of boring, often frustrating car time with 20 minutes of relaxation and time to enjoy your day and engage with your community,” said Walk & Bike Mendocino Director Neil Davis.

If you live farther away, you can #SkipATrip by taking the bus and then skip another trip by walking or biking during your lunch break.  Davis adds that Ukiah is an inherently walk-able community.

“According to Google Maps, it takes four minutes by bike or bus to go from downtown Ukiah to the Pear Tree Shopping Center, the same as by car. Major employers like Ukiah Valley Medical Center and Ukiah Unified School District are only a few minutes-walk or bike from downtown.

And in a smaller town like Fort Bragg, walking or biking might even save you time.

“Sometimes biking is even quicker,” explained Nunan. “Anytime you are in or around downtown Fort Bragg, biking is quicker. You don’t get stuck in traffic and you don’t have to find a parking spot.” With that, WBM hopes you will join us in skipping a trip in the car, this month and beyond.

“Once you make those changes to your routine, they tend to stick, “added Nunan.

11/15/2017

Ukiah Rail Trail Funded!

The City of Ukiah, with the help of North Coast Opportunities, has been awarded a 1.8 million dollar Urban Greening Grant from the California Natural Resources Agency (CRNA) to extend the Ukiah Rail Trail from Norton Street to Brush Street (Phase 3). The project will include natïve plant landscaping and workforce development. City of Ukiah staff will supervise the construction of the trail and North Coast Opportunities staff will supervise the landscaping and workforce development. The Ford Street Project will provide native plant landscaping training to help their clients reenter the workforce.

North Coast Opportunities (NCO) staff approached City staff early this year with an offer to help with project development and grant writing. NCO staff solicited additional project partners who committed to help with volunteer labor, expertise, and/or matching funds from; the Ukiah Valley Trail Group, the Sanhedrin Chapter of the CA Native Plant Society, Red Road to Recovery, Grace Hudson Museum, The Wagenseller Neighborhood Association, and Project Releaf.

The project will install three tenths of a mile of new Class 1 Bicycle path, a pedestrian bridge across Orr Creek, two pocket parks, and a healing garden with a section of trail along Orr Creek.

The CRNA provided $76 million in funding for 39 green infrastructure projects through the state’s Urban Greening Program. Funded by Capand-Trade revenues, the grants support projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicle miles traveled. The projects also convert built environments into green spaces that improve air and water quality and provide opportunities for walking, biking and recreation.

Ukiah Senior Civil Engineer Ben Kageyama has been a key architect and proponent of the project.

Staff at North Coast Opportunities identified the Phase 3 Rail Trail project as a good fit for the Urban Greening Funding. Neil Davis, Director of Walk & Bike Mendocino said “City of Ukiah staff informed us they did not have time to pursue the funding, so we offered to help with project development and grant writing. Ben Kageyama from the City had the plan for the trail ready and it made for a great partnership.  We hope this will be a model for future collaborative projects.”

The CRNA evaluated 143 applications and Ukiah’s Phase 3 Rail trail projects was one of 39 projects recommended for funding. Ninety two percent of the funding was awarded to projects in disadvantaged communities as defined by SB 535 of 2012.

California’s Cap-and-Trade program, along with other state carbon reduction measures, ensures the state will meet its SB 32 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

9/20/16

Join Our Team! We’re hiring!

Safe Routes to School Field Coordinator – Use your creativity and energy to promote healthful living.

Our Field Coordinators work with children and adults to promote healthy, active living. Help us 1) teach kids to walk & bike safely, 2) design and implement behavior change strategies to foster healthful living, 3) promote our programs to wide audiences through social and traditional media, and 4) explore ways to help improve the walk-ability and bike-ability of neighborhoods.

Walk & Bike Mendocino is a program of North Coast Opportunities. Our mission is to create happy, healthy communities by making it easy to Walk & Bike. We’re committed to maintaining a healthy, creative, and collaborative work environment that fosters success both for our employees and clients. Walk and Bike Mendocino promotes walking and biking as a primary transportation choice in short distance travel in Mendocino County. We support pro walking and biking governmental policies and infrastructure, provide public education, and collaborate with other organizations and volunteers working on similar or supportive projects to meet shared goals. We are currently providing Safe Routes to School programs at selected schools in Anderson Valley, Covelo, Fort Bragg, Laytonville, Potter Valley, Ukiah, and Willits. With Walk & Bike Mendocino you’ll make a living wage and enjoy a flexible schedule and the chance to work with high energy people who want to make a difference in the world.

For full job description details and application go to www.ncoinc.org/about-us/jobs or 707-467-3200 x 302. Closes: 10/2/17 @ 5pm (Postmarks not accepted). EOE

To Apply:
Complete and return an NCO employment application by the closing date. Applications are available on the NCO website at www.ncoinc.org/aboutus/jobs/, by calling 707.467.3200, or at the NCO main office, 413 N. State Street in Ukiah.

9/6/2017

It’s Walk-Bike-Bus Day in Fort Bragg this Friday the 8th! every year the good folks in Fort Bragg take this day to try out a different commute routine. We don’t mind if you use some other kind of self propelled system, we just hope you choose to LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME! Thanks to all the volunteers who work so hard to make this happen every year!

8/1/2017

We’re Hiring!

Safe Routes to School Field Coordinator – Use your creativity and energy to promote healthful living.

Our Field Coordinators work with children and adults to promote healthy, active living. Help us 1) teach kids to walk & bike safely, 2) design and implement behavior change strategies to foster healthful living, 3) promote our programs to wide audiences through social and traditional media, and 4) explore ways to help improve the walk-ability and bike-ability of neighborhoods.

Walk & Bike Mendocino is a program of North Coast Opportunities. Our mission is to create happy, healthy communities by making it easy to Walk & Bike. We’re committed to maintaining a healthy, creative, and collaborative work environment that fosters success both for our employees and clients. Walk and Bike Mendocino promotes walking and biking as a primary transportation choice in short distance travel in Mendocino County. We support pro walking and biking governmental policies and infrastructure, provide public education, and collaborate with other organizations and volunteers working on similar or supportive projects to meet shared goals. We are currently providing Safe Routes to School programs at selected schools in Anderson Valley, Covelo, Fort Bragg, Laytonville, Potter Valley, Ukiah, and Willits. With Walk & Bike Mendocino you’ll make a living wage and enjoy a flexible schedule and the chance to work with high energy people who want to make a difference in the world.

Temporary position. For full job description details and application go to www.ncoinc.org/about-us/jobs or 707-467-3200 x 302. Closes: 8/14 @ 5pm (Postmarks not accepted). EOE

To Apply:
Complete and return an NCO employment application by the closing date. Applications are available on the NCO website at www.ncoinc.org/aboutus/jobs/, by calling 707.467.3200, or at the NCO main office, 413 N. State Street in Ukiah.

 

6/15/17

Fort Bragg Gain’s A Field Coordinator

Welcome Harley Nunan to Walk and Bike Mendocino!  Hired at the beginning of this month, Harley is very passionate about influencing others to live a healthy and active lifestyle, which motivated her to graduate with a MSc in Sports Science & Health and BSc in Nutrition & Health. She has a lot of experience with walking and biking on a daily basis, from growing up in Denmark, where it’s the norm, and also being a competitive runner and triathlete.”It’s just second nature to me to walk and bike most places,” she says.  “And I can’t wait to be able to pass this idea on to community members in Mendocino County.  I’m very excited to be part of a great team of like minded people!” In addition to being a Field Coordinator at Walk and Bike, Harley also works as a personal trainer, coach and nutritionist.

6/15/17

Low Cost Helmet Program; Walk & Bike Teams Up with Ukiah Police to Start New Program

With the help and monetary support of the City of Ukiah Police Department, Walk and Bike Mendocino is introducing a low cost helmet program for students throughout Mendocino County.  Along with educating students how to walk and bike safely in our community, Walk and Bike Mendocino would like to offer parents the opportunity to buy high quality helmets at the low cost of five dollars per helmet.  The helmets are designed with a ratchet tightening system for quick, easy fitting and ensured safety.  They are extremely stylish as well If anyone is unfamiliar with how to properly fit a helmet, Walk and Bike Mendocino staff will be on hand during sanctioned events to educate parents and children how to do so, which might be a detail that goes unnoticed.  But it’s of great importance: a properly fitted helmet is a safe helmet.

So you may be asking, why do children need to wear a helmet?

First, it’s the law.  In California, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle on a street, bikeway or public bicycle path or trail. This includes children who are sitting in restraining seats or are being towed in a trailer behind the bicycle. The law also requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet when riding a scooter, skateboard or when using inline skates.

Secondly, it decreases the chance of head injury during a crash or accident. It is particularly important for children and inexperienced riders to wear a helmet.

These are important points for all community members to be aware of, which is vital information both Walk and Bike Mendocino and the City of Ukiah Police would like to continue to spread throughout our region.

Over the years, Chief Dewey has been a huge advocate of informing the community about safely walking and biking around town, as well as providing tips for motorists to be more aware of pedestrians and bicyclists.  Chief Dewey’s recurring column in the Ukiah Daily Journal frequently features traffic safety messages. Walk and Bike Mendocino appreciates the support of Chief Dewey and all the officers in continuing to keep our children safe and active.

The low-cost helmet program wouldn’t be possible without the help of generous donations like the City of Ukiah Police Department has provided, and continued support is always appreciated and necessary to sustain this program for the future.

Funding from the Active Transportation Program administered by the Mendocino County of Governments is allowing Walk & Bike Mendocino to provide Traffic Safety Education to local schools. With the assistance of staff from the Health and Human Services Department Walk & Bike will provide access to the low cost helmets during in class programs.

Parents interested in purchasing a low cost helmet can email Walk and Bike Mendocino at walkbikemendo.org.

Any donations or inquiries can also be answered by calling (707) 467-3217.

4/10/2017

Human Race 2017:  Join Team Walk & Bike!

Walk and Bike Mendocino will take part in the Human Race on Saturday, May 6th, 2017.  The race is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations…

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3/6/2017

Helmets for Kids: Walk and Bike Mendocino Awarded a Gracious Grant

Recently, Walk and Bike Mendocino was awarded the California Kids’ Plates Safety Equipment Distribution grant.  This grant provided us 120 multi-sport helmets to distribute to low income children throughout the county. Walk and Bike staff will hand out these helmets during…

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1/19/2017

Accepting the Weather: Tips on how to ride in the rain

For some people, weather conditions can be seen as a barrier to walking and biking on a daily basis.  Walk and Bike Mendocino is here to show people that it doesn’t have to be, as long as you prepare for every type of weather.

Lately, Mendocino County has experienced…

 
12/13/2016

Holiday Lights Slow Roll  

Enjoy Ukiah’s finest holiday decorations with friends and family

On Thursday, December 15th, Walk and Bike Mendocino staff will be leading a “slow roll” bike ride through the best holiday decorated neighborhoods in Ukiah.  Riders will meet up at 6pm at Alex Thomas Plaza…

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11/26/2016

Routes and Racks: Seeking Input on How to Make Biking Easier in Ukiah

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 10/4/2016

Potential Bicycle Route Map

Walk & Bike Mendocino is soliciting public input into the drafting of a map of preferred bike routes for the City of Ukiah. The routes will be identified with odd numbers assigned to North/South routes and even numbers used for East/West routes.  Directional signage will be mounted along the routes. The map will be used to assist bicyclists, particularly new bicyclist…

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8/28/2016

It’s Walktober in Mendocino County!

The Challenge: Walk for 10, 20, or 30+ minutes EVERY day
during the month of October.

October is the perfect month to get outside, join up with co-workers, friends, and family, and go for a walk – and walking is the ideal way to be active. It’s available for all ages and abilities, whether you are young or old, fast or…

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