MCBC Community Car-Free Roads – Photo Essay (Pt. 1)

Over the past two months, people of all ages and skill levels have seized the unique, seemingly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride some of Marin’s most iconic roads–including Ridgecrest Boulevard, Bolinas-Fairfax Road, and Conzelman Road–all without the danger and threat of car traffic. We asked you to share your experiences riding on closed roads in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, and Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight your rides on car-free roads.

we want to hear from you!

If you’ve ridden any of Marin’s car-free roads, we still want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey and upload photos from your rides. Your testimonials will help us thank park agencies for keeping these roads open to people on bikes and advocate for permanent or periodic closures to cars after the Shelter in Place Order is lifted.

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Europe Puts Its Hospitals on Rails

Author Feargus O’Sullivan

Italy and Spain have hospital trains on standby for any future Covid-19 outbreaks, after medical workers on France’s high-speed TGV train treated 84 patients.

This month, Italy introduced a new tool in its fight against coronavirus and other health crises: a hospital train. Capable of treating and transporting as many as 21 critically ill patients, the newly equipped train is currently located at Milan’s Greco Pirelli railway station, in Italy’s worst hit region, Lombardy. With pressure on regular hospitals reduced since Italian cases of Covid-19 peaked between late March and early April, the train is not due to be deployed immediately. It could, however, be used to relieve any regions hit hard in a second wave. It is one of several converted trains in western Europe since the beginning of the pandemic – with one mobile clinic already being credited for saving lives.

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Redwood Coast Land Conservancy receives $2.1 million in grants for Mill Bend purchase

We are pleased to announce the latest exciting news about Mill Bend.  RCLC has received a $845,000 state grant as well as a $1 million US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) grant that will help purchase the 113-acre Mill Bend property at the mouth of the Gualala River.  The property is currently being held by a conservation buyer.

These grants are a major step toward achieving our funding goals for the Mill Bend project. The CA. state grant was awarded by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Transportation Commission through the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program designed to offset environmental impacts caused by state transportation projects. The $1 million grant was awarded to RCLC from USFWS.

In addition, RCLC recieved a $300,000 grant from California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) to assess the site and do a conservation master plan.  Read More


Seattle will permanently close 20 miles of residential streets to most vehicle traffic

Nearly 20 miles of Seattle streets will permanently close to most vehicle traffic by the end of May, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Thursday.The streets had been closed temporarily to through traffic to provide more space for people to walk and bike at a safe distance apart during the coronavirus pandemic.

Now the closures will continue even after Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order is lifted.

Traffic Lab is a Seattle Times project that digs into the region’s thorny transportation issues, spotlights promising approaches to easing gridlock, and helps readers find the best ways to get around. It is funded with the help of community sponsors Alaska Airlines, Kemper Development Co., NHL Seattle, PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company and Seattle Children’s hospital. Seattle Times editors and reporters operate independently of our funders and maintain editorial control over Traffic Lab content.

Over the next couple of weeks, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will replace the temporary closure signs on the so-called Stay Healthy Streets with permanent markings, guiding drivers to other routes.

The program, which has rolled out in phases, has been implemented in the Aurora-Licton Springs, BallardCentral District, West SeattleGreenwood, Othello, Rainier Beach and Beacon Hill neighborhoods.

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