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Looking for a fun way to celebrate Earth Day? If you’ve got a bike and live in Martinez, ride over to the John Muir National Historic Site on Saturday for the Birthday-Earth Day Celebration! Why ride your bike? Not only would John Muir – “The Father of our National Parks” – applaud you for keeping our air clean by using pollution-free transportation, but the Bay Area BikeMobile will also be at the event doing free bicycle repairs & giving maintenance tips from 10am until 2pm!... Read the rest
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22! We’ve pulled together a list of Earth Day celebrations in Contra Costa, happening now through Sunday the 23rd. If you see a  next to an event listing, it means 511 Contra Costa staff will have a table at the event. Say hello, pick up some 511CC swag & get info on bonuses for trying an alternative (and environmentally friendly) commute. Click any link below for additional information Earth Day Events Thursday, April 20 Pleasant Hill  : Diablo Valley College Earth Day – Blend your own smoothie on 511CC’s blender bikes, learn about recycling, sample free vegetarian fare & enjoy live music!... Read the rest
Do you use the North Concord/Martinez or Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station? Live or work in East County? BART wants your input! With plans to expand East Contra Costa service in 2018, BART is conducting a study to identify projects to improve access to stations for pedestrians, bikes, vehicles and transit. They’ve drafted a preliminary document identifying barriers and proposing improvements, and now they want to hear from you! For more information or to submit feedback, visit the North Concord to Antioch BART Study webpage.... Read the rest
After a successful first year, the Summer Bike Challenge is back! This time around it’s open to both adults & children, so everyone can enjoy free stuff while exploring their town by bike. Pleasant Hill, Martinez and Brentwood each have their own Challenge cards, featuring local destinations to visit by bike. Throughout the summer, there will also be giveaways at local parks and businesses for people who arrive by bike, including free swimming, treats, and Carrot Cash at local farmers markets.... Read the rest
Earth Day is Friday, April 22! We’ve pulled together a list of Earth Day celebrations in Contra Costa, happening now through Sunday the 24th. If you see a  next to an event listing, it means 511 Contra Costa staff will have a table at the event. Say hello, pick up some 511CC swag & get info on bonuses for trying an alternative (and environmentally friendly) commute. Earth Day Events Wednesday, April 20  Pleasant Hill: Diablo Valley College Earth Day – 321 Golf Club Rd, 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday, April 23 Martinez:  John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration – John Muir National Historic Site, 10am-4pm Antioch: Keep Antioch Beautiful Day: Citywide cleanup, 8:30am-11am Danville: Danville Earth Day Celebration, Danville Library, 11am-2pm Richmond: Earth Day on the Richmond Greenway – Richmond Greenway Revitalization, 9am-1:30pm Sunday, April 24 Lafayette: Lafayette Earth Day Festival, Lafayette Library, 11am-3pm... Read the rest
The California Highway Patrol – Contra Costa invites you to celebrate National Night Out with them on Tuesday, August 4 from 3-6pm! Click to enlarge image National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our communities safer. On August 4, CHP – Contra Costa will be hosting a National Night Out gathering at their Martinez headquarters, featuring: Free child safety seat inspections/installations Free bicycle helmet giveaways Additional free gifts for the kids, and A police utility vehicle on display for the children to check out Everyone is invited!  ... Read the rest
Bring your teen to one of the CHP’s Start Smart classes! Spending just two hours with them can make them a safer driver. This program is for new and future licensed teenage drivers and their parents. All are invited to attend! There are three classes happening soon: Monday, April 20 – Concord: Clayton Valley CHS, 1101 Alberta Way, 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, April 30 – San Ramon: California HS, 9870 Broadmoor Drive, 7-9pm Thursday, May 7 – Antioch: Antioch HS, 700 W.... Read the rest
If you’ve got a teenage driver in the house, or a teen who’ll be driving soon, a great way to help them stay safer behind the wheel is to bring them to the CHP Smart Start Driving Safety Program. This two-hour driver safety class targets new and future licensed teenage drivers and their parents. On the evening of Wednesday, September 17th, all are invited to attend the Smart Start class at Alhambra High School.... Read the rest
CONGRATULATIONS to Alexandria Rickli, a 6th grader from J. Douglas Adams Middle School in Brentwood. The Central/East office of 511 Contra Costa conducted a student artwork contest among middle schools in Central and Eastern Contra Costa County for the 2014 511 Contra Costa market bag design.  The winning artwork of Alexandria Rickli was chosen among 12 entries.  The theme of the artwork contest was Explore New Ways to Get Around: carpool, transit, bike, skateboard and walk and was to depict how these environmentally-friendly ways of getting around help reduce pollution and promote clean air.  ... Read the rest
Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline A beautiful view from Carquinez Scenic Drive, overlooking the Carquinez Strait Photo credit: renedrivers Next fall, Central and West Contra Costa County will be better connected for travel by foot and bicycle as the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) will complete work on converting 1.7 mile of the neglected, and outdated, Carquinez Scenic Drive country road, between Martinez and Port Costa, into the latest scenic addition to the regional San Francisco Bay Trail.... Read the rest