Safer Streets for Schools Throughout Marin
Based on the outstanding efforts of parent volunteers, team leaders, Task Force members, and staff at various jurisdictions, much has been done to increase green trips in Marin County, including the planning, design and construction of numerous infrastructure improvements. In fact, over $20 million in SR2S infrastructure projects have been constructed in the past 10 years. Some recent improvements include:
In Larkspur Doherty Drive got a makeover including wider bike lanes in addition to a multiuse path and sidewalk for access to Hall Middle School and Redwood High School. San Rafael completed Belle Avenue Pedestrian Improvements, adding new curb ramps and realigned crosswalks across Belle Avenue and San Rafael Drive. Fairfax completed its two-mile long School Bike Spine, with special green bicycle route markings and signs.
In Ross and San Anselmo, pedestrian refuge islands, curb ramps and signs and markings were added to Bolinas Avenue. Many recent bicycle facilities have been added in Mill Valley, including buffered bike lanes on Miller Avenue and sharrows on Sycamore Avenue. Corte Madera implemented pedestrian and bicycle improvements in the vicinity of the new Cove School. Novato constructed high-visibility crosswalks, curb ramps, and bikeway improvements near several schools.
The Transportation Authority of Marin received applications from nearly all jurisdictions in Marin County for Safe Pathways infrastructure funding. The requests totaled more than $350,000 for lower cost improvements such as Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons and solar-powered radar feedback sign installations. Larger projects such as pedestrian or bicycle gap closures, sidewalk widening, and crosswalk enhancements requested a total of $4,975,600. Many of these projects were developed from school walk audits, in which parents, school staff, and Public Works identify safety concerns.Â The value of requests exceeds the available Safe Pathways funding budget, demonstrating the continuing need for infrastructure upgrades. The infrastructure planning will continue.Â Behind-the-scenes work is underway to eliminate more barriers for walking and cycling. The school travel audits continue to focus on issues and ideas. Task Force meetings continue to bring light to new issues as well as prioritize them. As a result, solutions are being identified and developed, such as new pathways, striping, signs, sidewalks and bike routes, and funding continues to be sought.