CAPTURING IT ALL!
I am working hard to get a draft of the Capitol Corridor Bicycle Access Plan together for a September 6, 2012 meeting with key players in the “bicycle project funding world.” I use quotes because that phrase is my term for all the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Air Quality Districts(ADs) Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs), local jurisdictions (cities and counties), and bicycle advocacy organizations along the corridor we serve. If you put all of those entities together, there are quite a collection of MPOs, ADs, CMAs, jurisdictions and organizations across 170 miles and 17 stations. From your own experience, whether you’re an office worker, an activist, a student or a parent, coordinating large groups is always a challenge and coordinating bike funding expects to be an even bigger challenge. We at the CCJPA can, however, be thankful that the “bicycle project funding world” recognizes the positive combination between bicycling and trains riding as an alternative to driving. So, although we expect a good deal of support, it won’t change the fact that the team here at CCJPA will have our work cut out to gather public input, research solutions and comply with funding application milestones.
To keep you informed of the very latest, I wanted to let you know that we are focusing on a three-legged stool approach for bicycle-related station improvements. One, which we have some funding programmed for, is for secure bicycle storage. The other is akin to the “Brompton Dock” I mentioned in prior posts, a bicycle lease/rent program using folding bicycles. And finally, the third “leg” is having CCJPA support local jurisdictions and any bicycle share programs they may already have – naturally, our train stations are key hubs for programs like that. Our affable citizens who advise us on the Bicycle Policy Advisory Group were happy to hear about all legs of our bicycle access stool when we met with them in early August. What will also go into the plan are the on-train features that we have discussed on the bicycle webpage (cab car retrofits, double stops in Berkeley, etc). That way the on-train fixes, as well as the at-stations solutions, will all be captured by one net.
WATER DOWN YOUR SUMMER RIDE
Commuting from Sacramento, I know by direct experience for many of us cyclists that it is HOT out there! I hope you’re staying hydrated, drinking your water, and getting some of those important electrolytes in your system along the. I will be the first to admit that the water from the dispenser on the train is no Crystal Geyser, but it’s a better alternative than being parched on a ride home in the afternoon heat. So, either plan ahead and bring your top water choice or avail yourself to fill up from the train—just get that water bottle full. Either way, I suggest you enhance your water by mixing in a good balance of your favorite electrolytes.. I think it’s best to remain hydrated and electrolyted (is that a word?) as too much water alone may actually disrupt that electrolyte balance as it is flushed out of your system. There are all sorts of drink mixes out there and I am not in the business to recommend any one of them but if you ride some distance—and and some of you do—I encourage you to research what product works for you and drink it!