ABCs of



A Guidebook Prepared

by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition


October 1999

First Draft

Marin County Bicycle Coalition

P.O. Box 35

San Anselmo, CA 94979

phone/fax: (415) 488-1245

Executive Director: Debbie Hubsmith


The MCBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to "promote bicycling for everyday transportation and recreation." We are supported by individual memberships, donations, grants, contracts, and sales of our Marin Bicycle Map. All donations are tax-deductible.

Table of Contents

Important Players in the Funding Process ……………………………………1

FUNDING SOURCES ……………………………………………………… 2-7

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) ……………………2

Surface Transportation Program (STP) ……………………………..2-3

Transportation Funds for Livable Communities …………………….3-4

State Bicycle Transportation Account ………………………………4

Transportation Funds for Clean Air Program (TFCA) ………………4-5

Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 ………………….5

Transportation Enhancements ……………………………………….5-6

Safe Routes to School ………………………………………………6-7

Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) ……………7

Sales Tax …………………………………………………………… 7

Town Contacts ……………………………………………………………..7-9

Marin County Board of Supervisors ……………………………………….9-10

Web Resources ……………………………………………………………..10Please feel free to reproduce any or all contents of this Guide. The October 1999 version is a first draft. Please send comments or suggestions to Debbie Hubsmith at or by fax at (415) 488-1245. Thank you.

This Guidebook was sponsored in part by Bikes Belong Coalition,

Important Players in the Funding Process:

Cities: If you want to get funding for a bicycle or pedestrian project in your town, you need to start with your city. It’s important that you identify specifically what you would you like to see funded (or have a few projects that you are interested in). Call you city’s public works director or city manager (after hopefully getting an OK from your town’s BPAC to move forward). Try to set up a meeting to talk with the Public Works Director about drafting a grant application for your specific project. Detail what funding source(s) you think would fund your project. Bring maps and as much information to the meeting as possible. Hopefully, Public Works will be receptive to your proposal. If not, (and if you are not satisfied with why "it’s not possible"), then it’s time to contact your city council members, and show up at the next city council meeting — with others if at all possible. Please note: It’s definitely a good idea to go to city council meetings before there’s a problem, just to express your interest in moving forward with having the city actively improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Each BPAC should always have from 1-2 members at each city council meeting (other than BPAC members who are on the city council). Often times there are items on the agenda that you may not be aware about that do affect bicycling and/or pedestrian corridors. To get an item on the agenda for a council meeting you will need to contact a city council member (but you can also always speak during open time, if you’re not on the agenda and it’s an emergency, or if they refuse to put you on the agenda). Always be polite, and send thank you notes after any meetings or important phone conversations. It’s important to build a positive relationship with your city, and to remember that they also need to maintain the road system.

Congestion Management Agency (CMA): The CMA is Marin’s countywide agency that is responsible for preparing and implementing a Congestion Management Program. This group consists of 12 representatives: one from each city, and one from the County (Supervisor Kinsey, who serves as Chair). The CMA is extremely important, as almost all projects for funding must get their blessing before the applications can move through the regional, state, or federal funding process. CMAs came into existence as a result of state legislation and voter’s approval of Prop. 111 in 1990. The Marin County CMA meets on the 4th Thursday of every month beginning at 7:30 PM at San Rafael Council Chambers. (The December meeting is on the 16th, however, because of the holidays.) Members of the MCBC are at all CMA meetings.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC): MTC is the transportation planning, financing, and coordinating agency for the nine Bay Area counties that touch San Francisco Bay. All Federal funding from TEA-21 comes through MTC. This agency is also responsible for creating a 20 year Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) that is updated every two years. The recent RTP, approved last fall is for $88.5 billion dollars (bicycles and pedestrians are only written in to have 0.5% of the funding). Fortunately, the RTP can be amended at any time. Supervisor Kinsey is Marin’s representative that serves on the MTC Board of Directors. MTC funds BART, mass transit, highways, bike/ped projects, etc.

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Centry (TEA-21): Federal legislation that passed through Congress in May of 1998, and was signed by President Clinton in June of 1998. This legislation retains and expands many of the programs created in 1999 under ISTEA, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. TEA-21 funds transportation projects from 1998-2003. Before ISTEA in 1991, almost no money was available for bike/ped projects.




Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ):

Amount: $2 million for Marin being programmed now for the next three years.

Source: TEA-21, an 11.5% local match is required.

Deadline: Projects are due from cities to the CMA by January 10th. START NOW!

What the funds can be used for: Projects that improve air quality in three categories: 1) Traffic flow (upgrade signal timing, turn pockets), 2) Transit improvements, 3) Other modes to get people out of cars (bicycle projects, park and ride lots, etc). The bike activities typically funded include: access to transit centers and regionally important activity centers, bike racks on transit, or gap closures for regionally significant class I paths and class II bike lanes, including freeway crossings. Other low cost improvements that are eligible include: sidewalk bulbs, widening shoulders, safe drainage grates, signs, striping, crossing protection.

Process: This funding, "The 1999 Golden Gate Corridor Plan 25% Fund" will be programmed very soon, and is completely eligible for bicycle and pedestrian projects. The applications will go to a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for review on December 7 and 8. The TAC includes 14 people from Marin, and has two bicycle reps who serve on the County Bikeways Committee. (Mike Howe, chair of the Bikeways Committee and Patrick Seidler of Transportation Alternatives for Marin.) The TAC will make its funding recommendations to the County CMA for their December 16th meeting. The CMA will then forward its applications to MTC in January.

How to get funding for bike/ped facilities: All applications must be submitted by a city or the County, so it is important to express ideas to DPW and city councils very soon. Talk to local BPACs as well.

Contact: Your city or Art Brook (County): (415) 499-6752.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Lizzie Kemp: (510) 464-7804

Example: Last year, $400,000 was provided for a bike path that will run from South Novato Boulevard to Enfrente Road. Please note: This project ended up being ranked #4 out of a list of hundreds of projects that went to MTC! It was ironic, however, that it almost didn’t make it to MTC because the CMA originally did not want to submit the application. It was the only bike application submitted by Marin last year — at the time, Novato was the only active BPAC. Now that we have BPACs in almost every town (and avid advocates in towns without BPACs) we have a good shot at the funding for this year.


Surface Transportation Program (STP):

Amount Available: $5 million for Marin. Being programmed now for the next three years.

Source: TEA-21 funds; requires an 11.5% local match

Process: These funds have traditionally been for "Rehabilitation and Maintenance." The $5 million is divided up among the cities and the county based on their population and the amount of cars on the road. (Since the County of Marin is the largest entity — including unincorporated areas -- they get $1.5 million of the total $5 million.)

Deadline: Projects are due to the CMA by January 10, 2000. In November a letter will go out to each city designating how much funding they can get, and what it can be spent on. The cities are asked to submit their projects (based on their funding portion) to the CMA by January 10, 2000.

What it can be used on: Traditionally, these funds have always been spent on motor vehicle projects for construction, repair or maintenance of highways. DPW also tells us that if a project includes widening a road, a bike lane can be included if that part of the project does not exceed 20% of the total funding. The MCBC has done research about this funding source as well, however, and it shows (through the reauthorization of ISTEA to TEA-21) that these funds can now ALSO be used for construction of bicycle transportation facilities if it is in conjunction with ongoing highway improvements, and the non-construction projects (such as maps, brochures, and public service announcements) related to safe bike use are eligible. PLEASE TALK TO YOUR CITY AND TRY TO GET A PORTION OF THIS FUNDING FOR A SPECIFIC BIKE PROJECT. It is necessary to move quickly.

How to get funding for bike/ped facilities: All of the decisions will be made at the city level, so BPACs and other groups must contact their DPWs and city councils to ask for consideration of particular projects.

Contact: Your city or Art Brook (County) 499-6752.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Lizzie Kemp: (510) 464-7804



Transportation Funds for Livable Communities (TLC):

Amount: $9 million/annually available on a competitive basis through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for all 9 Bay Area counties.

Source: TEA-21, and 11.5% local match is required.

Deadlines: Capital projects: December 16 at Noon, ($150,000 to $2 million)

Planning program: October 5, 2000, Noon, ($10K - $50K)

Type of Funding: Capital and planning grants are available to support a community’s development or redevelopment activities, enhance a communities identity, and increase overall quality of life. The project should result from a collaborative and inclusive planning process. (Typically, they have funded projects around transit stations. For example, they provided $200,000 for a downtown San Anselmo revitalization at the Hub that is going on now; TLC also provided $550,000 for a new "Mahon Path" in San Rafael that will go along an abandoned rail line and connect to the Transit Center from Andersen Drive.)

Note: The TLC program is an innovative new program started by MTC. It is a good program, however, it is unfortunate that the $9 million in funding that has been allocated has been taken in part ($4 million) from the Transportation Enhancements program which was designed by the Federal Government to be the largest source of funding for bike projects.

Contact: Karen Frick of MTC (510)464-7704 or

Your city council and DPW director

It might be a good ideas to contact Karen in advance to see if a project you have in mind may be eligible, and to get specific advice. Ask her to send you a copy of their guidelines (they were just mailed out in October 99). You will ultimately need to convince your city to go for the funding. SO PLEASE START SOON!


State Bicycle Transportation Account

Amount: $2 million statewide annually

Deadline: December to January

Eligible: Caltrans administers this statewide discretionary program. Eligible projects include: bicycle paths, lane or route construction and maintenance, lockers, racks on transit vehicles, planning and safety education.

Contact: Rick Blunden, Caltrans Bicycle Coordinator: (616) 653-0036

Note: This account will increase to $5 million/year over the next few years.


Transportation Funds for Clean Air Program (TFCA)

Amount: $350,000 for Marin annually (40% program)

$ 12 Million () for the Bay Area on a competitive basis (60% program)

Deadline: February annually

Eligible: Bike programs, ridesharing, clean fuel buses, traffic management, and rail/bus integration projects

Process: 40% Funds are administered by our Marin CMA — over the past few years, no bicycle projects have even applied for funding, except for police bikes. (Note: GO GERONIMO received funds from this program $10,000 in 98/99 and $8,100 in 99/00). There is a complicated formula that must be used to show the amount of pollution that is spared from the air, based on vehicle miles saved and the length of trips. The 60% funds are administered directly through the Air District. I am researching to find out more about this program. School districts, cities, counties and public agencies can apply.

Contact: Bay Area Air Quality Management District: Dave Burch for bicycle projects: (415) 749-4665.

Note: The funds are "reimbursement" funds: do the work now, get paid when you submit a final report.


Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Funds:

Amount: about $175,000 annually in Marin (part of our sales tax)

Deadline: February/March

Eligible: Bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safety programs, planning

Note: We used all of this year’s TDA Article 3 funds to do the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Process: A letter will be sent in January or February asking the cities for projects. They submit requests and two bodies make the funding recommendation (the County Bikeways Committee and the Public Works Association of all the DPW directors in Marin). This recommendation then goes to the CMA for approval. It then goes to MTC for final approval.

Contact: Art Brook, County of Marin, 499-6752, and your city.


Transportation Enhancements:

Amount: Marin has $1,035,500 to spend (our entire allocation for the 6 years of TEA-21 guaranteed enhancements funding)

Deadline: Most likely March 2000. Farhad Mansourian, executive director of the Marin County CMA, has wanted to wait to use these funds until the Master Plan process is complete. (This was a very good idea, as we will have much better projects now that we have engage all of the cities in discussion.) It has been noted that there will be a call to the cities for eligible projects in March 2000.

Eligible: Bicycle, pedestrian, transit, landscaping, public art or historic projects linked to transportation.

Note: These are the funds that Public Works Directors traditionally think of being the "bike funds." We are trying to widen the circle, because $1 million is not enough to do much in Marin. These funds can also be spent on safety and education programs. The MCBC plans to apply for a grant to implement an in-school education program that would provide bike education to every 4th grader in Marin County, and possibly pedestrian education to every 1st grader.

Contact: Art Brook 499-6752 and the DPW and City Council in your town.

Research: I’ve read that Transportation Enhancements are also available at the statewide level. I’m researching this more. Caltrans Statewide contacts:

  • Marsha Mason: (916) 654-5275 for State Enhancements and Conservation Lands
  • Bill Borden, Resources Agency: (916) 653-5656 for Environmental Enhancements and Mitigation.


Safe Routes to School:

Amount available: $18 million statewide (available on a competitive basis)

Deadline: Has not yet been determined, but will likely be determined in only a few months. (This bill was just signed by Governor Davis.)

Source: The Safe Routes to School funding comes from the Hazard Elimination Safety (HES) program of TEA-21. One third of the money is now being designated for safe routes to schools (bicycle, pedestrian and traffic calming projects). In the past, all $55 million went to highway projects like guardrails, median barriers and lighting.

Match: Like all TEA-21 federal funds, an 11.5% local match is required.

Need: For almost all capital grants, engineering documents, community support, timelines, cost estimates and right-of-ways must already be established. We will get a lot of this information from the Master Plan.

Notes: AB1475 was just signed by Governor Davis! This will provide the largest source of funding for bicycle/pedestrian/traffic calming projects in the State of California. It is precedent setting for this Highway money to be used for local roads. Other states are already looking to pass similar legislation next year. California will be looking for good demonstration projects.


Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP):

Notes: The RTIP traditionally has focused on larger projects such as highway widenings and transit line extensions. However, rehabilitation is now explicitly eligible. Bicycle and pedestrian projects are eligible for RTIP funding, though the RTIP has not been the traditional source for these projects. MTC administers this program.

Marin will be programming these funds in January of 2000, but it appears that the funding has already been programmed for the big Freeway widening project (HOV gap closure from San Rafael to Larkspur) …

The year 2002 will be the next time that STIP and RTIP money is available in Marin. We actually owe another County $10 million that we borrowed for the HOV project. (The MCBC and TAM are now working to try to get the portion of the Bike Freeway that is parallel to this widening project included as part of the project for environmental mitigation.


Sales Tax:

Amount: $300 million over 20 years.

Process: This was Measures A & B in 1998 .

It will be on the November 2000 ballot.

Money for Bikes/Peds: Last time $10 million was allocated for bicycle and pedestrian projects. Patrick Seidler was the bicycle rep, and he did an amazing job. This time we can lobby for a much greater percentage. Last time we only got 3% of the overall $300 million budget. Now, we are much stronger, we will have a completed bike/ped plan, and we have a new idea: ask for the County to establish goals for the % of people that we would like to see using each transportation mode in 20 years — then, provide funding based on those goals.

Importance: These funds make us a "self-help" county and provide the local match needed for all the TEA-21 and other federal funds. Five of the nine Bay Area counties already have a _ cent sales tax. This could be the single best chance for big money to come to Marin for bicycle and pedestrian projects. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the MCBC will not be lobbying about this issue, but we will keep you informed.

Town Contacts:

Belvedere:435-3838 (phone)

435-0430 (fax)

450 San Rafael Avenue (94920)

First contact: Ed Sandiego City Manager

Art Gibney, Superintendent

City Council meets: first Monday at 7:30 PM

Corte Madera:927-5050 (phone)

927-5087 (fax)

300 Tamalpais Drive (94925)

First Contact: Suzanne Suskin, Public Works Director

City Council meets: first and third Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

Fairfax:453-1584 (phone)

453-1618 (fax)

142 Bolinas Road (94930)

First Contact: Elizabeth Patterson, Planning Director

Pat Echols, Public Works Director - 453-0291

City Council meets: second Monday at 8 PM

Larkspur:927-5110 (phone)

927-5022 (fax)

400 Magnolia Avenue (94939)

First Contact: Jean Bonander, City Manager

Hanid Shamsapour, Public Works Director

City Council meets: first and third Wednesdays at 7:30 PM

Mill Valley:388-4033 (phone)

381-1736 (fax)

P.O. Box 1029 (94942)

26 Corte Madera Avenue (94941)

First Contact: Wayne Bush, Public Works Director

David Coe, BPAC liaison

Cesar Jaime, City engineer

City Council meets: first and third Monday at 8 PM

Novato:897-4311 (phone)

897-4354 (fax)

900 Sherman Avenue (94945)

First Contact:Roderick Wood, City Manager

Vi Grinsteiner, Community Development

Emmett Creason, Staff liaison to BPAC

City Council meets: second and fourth Tuesday at 7 PM

Ross:453-1453 (phone)

453-1950 (fax)

P.O. Box 320 (94957): Lagunitas Road at Sir Francis Drake

Ross First Contact: Rabi Elias, City Manager

City Council meets: second Thursday at 7 PM

San Anselmo:258-4600 (phone)

459-2477 (fax)

525 San Anselmo Avenue (94960-2682)

First Contact: Beth Pollard, City Manager

San Anselmo is now hiring a new PW Director.

City Council meets: second and fourth Tuesdays at 8 PM

San Rafael:485-3070 (phone)

459-2242 (fax)

P.O. Box 151560 (94915-1560)

1400 Fifth Avenue (94941)

First Contact: Dave Bernardi, Public Works Director

Rod Gould, City Manager

Lydia Romero, Asst. to City Manager/BPAC liaison

City Council meets: first and third Mondays at 8 PM

Sausalito:289-4100 (phone)

289-4167 (fax)

420 Litho Street (94965)

First Contact: Brock Arner, City Manager

Paul Albritton (Council member who worked on

the bike plan.)

]City Council meets: first and third Tuesdays at 7 PM

Tiburon: 435-7373 (phone)

435-2438 (fax)

1505 Tiburon Blvd. (94920)

First Contact: Tony Iacopi, Public Works

Scott Anderson, Planning Director

City Council meets: first and third Wednesdays at 7:30 PM

Marin County Board of Supervisors:

Phone: (415) 499-7331

Fax: (415) 499-3645

District 1:John Kress

Area:Terra Linda, Lucas Valley, Marinwood, Santa Venetia, San Rafael and

Peacock Gap.


District 2:Harold Brown, Jr.

Area:Downtown San Rafael, Gerstle Park, West End, Lomita Park, Bret

Harte, Sleepy Hollow, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Ross, Kentfield, Greenbrae,

a portion of Larkspur

District 3:Annette Rose

Area:Mill Valley, Strawberry, Tiburon, Belvedere, Marin City, Tamalpais Valley,Sausalito

District 4:Steve Kinsey

Area:West Marin, West Novato, San Geronimo Valley, Canal area of San

Rafael, South San Rafael, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Homestead Valley

District 5:Cynthia Murray

Area:North Marin, Novato, Black Point, Ignacio, Hamilton, Indian Valley

Marin County’s population is 239,530 (State Department of Finance, January 1, 1996). Each Supervisorial District has approximately 46,000 residents. (1990 Census data).

Web Resources:

Government Agencies


Caltrans, District 4,

County of Marin:

Department of Transportation,

Environmental Protection Agency,

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),

Metropolitan Transportation Commission,

Golden Gate Transit,

TEA-21 information, or


Bicycle Federation of America (Clearinghouse),

Bikes Belong Coalition,

National Center for Walking and Bicycling,

League of America Bicyclists,

Marin County Bicycle Coalition:

International Mountain Biking Association,

State bicycle laws:

Surface Transportation Policy Project:

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy,