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Old 12-09-10, 05:38 PM   #1
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Marin's $27 Million Bike Path

Tomorrow should be the ribbon cutting of the new Cal Park Tunnel, a dedicated bike path linking San Rafael to Larkspur Landing (Marin County CA). By refurbishing an old, unused train tunnel and building entry and exit lanes, bikers and walkers can significantly reduce danger and save some time by boring through the hill instead of having to travel very busy auto roadways. This video on YouTube is the only one I have seen and taken before the tunnel is officially open.. interesting to note at about the 40 second mark, the bike of choice this time around is a Dahon ..

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Kind reminds me of riding underneath the West Side highway.....from around 60th to 70th street.............27 million spent....doesn't look all that impressive but we'll take it....julesray
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27 Mill, that's Chump Change as Highway projects go.

Nicely done Cal DOT.
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27 Mill, that's Chump Change as Highway projects go.

Nicely done Cal DOT.
And, it is very nicely done.. I took my Moulton (with fenders) over the wet roads the long way up and over and around from both sides today, right up to the gated tunnel proper.. no telling how many people will show tomorrow, but it is an important step for SF Bay area cyclists.. there is a more involved project a little further south, the Alto Hill Tunnel .. I hope to see it completed before I die
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Nice dedicated bike path! Sure beats attempting to "share" the road with rush-hour traffic. Using that old tunnel likely saved a lot of $ and altitude gain, too.

Today, we used the nearby dedicated bike path from the marina area up to the Pacific View Mall - It just as easy as, and more fun than, driving.
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That is awesome!!! Two thumbs up for Cal DOT
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I want to ride on it! The only tunnel we get on the lakefront path is a short one under the entry drive to the Adler Planetarium. The Cal Park Tunnel looks much cooler.
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I want to ride on it!
So it is written, so it shall come to pass.
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If any SF Bay area cyclist wants to join in the celebration tomorrow, more info can be found HERE!
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Oooh, want some additional company? A mini Moulton gathering is looming...
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If any SF Bay area cyclist wants to join in the celebration tomorrow, more info can be found HERE!
Too bad, I have obligations tomorrow. Maybe we save the route for when Mr. Lexm comes out?
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Too bad, I have obligations tomorrow. Maybe we save the route for when Mr. Lexm comes out?
Okay, mark your calendar ... January 6, 2011 .. noonish ... the Magnificent Marin Merry Moultoneer Melee ..
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Okay, mark your calendar ... January 6, 2011 .. noonish ... the Magnificent Marin Merry Moultoneer Melee ..
It's in the book. It'll be one for the ages.

I hope that Mr Crunch - whose excellent adventure is the inspiration for this somewhat lesser but still pretty darn excellent one - can join us!
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It's in the book. It'll be one for the ages.

I hope that Mr Crunch - whose excellent adventure is the inspiration for this somewhat lesser but still pretty darn excellent one - can join us!
WooHoo! I'm in. How can I possibly miss a Moultoneer Melee, especially a Merry, Magnificent one in Marin! Wow, there will be quite a collection there.

Alert the media!
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WooHoo! I'm in. How can I possibly miss a Moultoneer Melee, especially a Merry, Magnificent on in Marin! Wow, there will be quite a collection there.

Alert the media!
But what if I want to ride an Airnimal?
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But what if I want to ride an Airnimal?

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Wow, that's the nicest bike path I've ever seen.

Looks useful too unlike typically recreational facilities.
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Wow! It's looks like its downhill in both directions.
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Anyone go to the ribbon-cutting ceremony or ride the route? Ride report!
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The path/tunnel looks very narrow - perhaps an artifact of the camera's focal length?
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The path/tunnel looks very narrow - perhaps an artifact of the camera's focal length?
It's not too bad, it maintains this width for the entire length .. and the lighting is terrific..

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Anyone go to the ribbon-cutting ceremony or ride the route? Ride report!
I rode over for the ceremony! Big event for Marin transportation with lots of people to thank for all the hard work it took to complete the project .. Dark gray skies overhead but the rain held off (had been lightly raining most of the morning).. I'm sure someone did a tally, but I'd say there were hundreds of cyclists and walkers for the initial ride/walk through the tunnel... quite the array of bikes for sure.




I saw a couple of Bromptons... the guy who rode in on the green one insisted on folding it and then walking around with it as luggage .. he must really enjoy the fold..







There were a few Bike Fridays, here's one.




This one I took especially for VIC.





I took this one for forum member datako ..



This one for our good professor .. Airnimal Joey with Bionx electric kit... actually quite a few Bionx equipped bikes.




Wow! A nice Moulton AM-14!! wait, that's mine..




The red ribbon which was eventually ceremoniously cut.




And, a picture from the old days with a train coming through the old tunnel.

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It looks to be the same width as Chicago's lakefront path. I see also that, like in Chicago, you have pedestrians oblivious to all traffic who like to walk three or more abreast and block the entire path. Ah, the comforts of home...

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All kidding aside, that's one fine looking path. I look forward to riding it with Messrs Metras and Crunch a mere 27 days from now.
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A Pedersen!

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