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WBMLogo Walk Bike Marin News

March, 2012

In this Issue:

- Corte Madera Creek Path and Hal Brown
- Central Marin Ferry Connection Multi Use Pathway Project
- Tennessee Valley Pathway Improvement Project Progress
- Bike, Jog or Walk: A New Link Lets You Connect Between Novato & San Rafael


Visit the WalkBikeMarin website- the best place to go for current updates about project news and happenings in Marin. Recent highlights include:

Corte Madera Creek Path and Hal Brown-Creekside Park Improvements Make Getting Around Kentfield a Breeze

Dusted the winter off of your bicycles yet? Tied up your tennies for a good walk with the family? You have new reasons to now, because the Corte Madera Creek Pathway is open again and all new! Combined with the spectacular improvements at Hal Brown-Creekside Park completed last year, walking, bicycling, and enjoying the Lower Ross Valley has never been easier. The ¾-mile path was closed for two extended periods over the last two years for a sewer main replacement project because the pipe runs underneath the path.

 Bicyclists Enjoying CM Creek Path
Bicyclists Enjoying CM Creek Path

With the pipeline replacement complete, the path has been completely repaved and the shoulders improved for walking and bicycling as it meanders along Corte Madera Creek between Bon Air Road and Stadium Way. 

It also provides an easy connection to Hal Brown-Creekside Park, a 26-acre jewel in the County’s park system which features play areas and structures targeted for different age groups, a large turf area, picnic tables and benches, a health and wellness grove, petanque (similar to bocce) area, and restroom facilities. There’s a nature-themed tot area with California Clapper Rail nest sculptures, spinning bowls, a turbo slide, sand and water play areas, a tricycle track complete with traffic signs, a climbing wall, swings, and a 17ft. spider web climber. There’s also a sports field, clean new water fountains, and an overlook over the marshes from which to watch herons and egrets.  To the northwest, the path continues through Bacich School to neighborhoods north of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, providing a pleasant, traffic-separated route away from the hustle and bustle of Sir Francis Drake itself.


Commuter Bicycle/Pedestrian Pathway Splits

Take advantage of the nice weather to stroll or ride on the new path and take in the spectacular views of Mt. Tam, the Hal Brown Park, the Creekside Marsh area, and the creek itself.

The Corte Madera Creek Path and Hal Brown Park is opposite Marin General Hospital and street parking is available. The bike path makes the park easily accessible from Corte Madera, Larkspur and southern Marin, as well as Ross and towns further west. For more information about Hal Brown-Creekside Park, visit: http://www.marincountyparks.org/Depts/PK/Divisions/Parks/Hal-Brown.





Central Marin Ferry Connection Multi Use Pathway Project

Imagine walking or wheeling over and above Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Larkspur on a safe, state-of-the-art pathway to make your way to the ferry, the Cal Park Hill Tunnel, San Rafael, and eventually to the new rail station? It’s becoming reality in the near future as the design phase is underway and will continue through this year, on the proposed Central Marin Ferry Connect (CMFC) Multi-use Pathway Project!

 2012 CMFC Conceptual Vision
2012 CMFC Conceptual Vision

The new pathway is a multi-layered, multi-agency project funded by the County of Marin’s Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP), the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), City of Larkspur, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, Caltrans, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and with support from the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC). Project funding is through Regional Measure 2 Program and federal funding from NTPP and the Regional Bicycle Program.

This new multi-use path will not only safely provide you with access from the Cal Park Hill Tunnel multi-use pathway to the north but also with existing pathways on the south side of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (SFDB). You’ll soon have non-motorized travel alternatives to the Larkspur Ferry and SMART’s Passenger Rail Station for your commuting and recreational outings.


Commuter Bicycle/Pedestrian Pathway Splits

Easy non-motorized accessibility to Larkspur’s busy retail and transportation hub has been a priority topic of discussion between participating agencies and the local community. Results of an informal survey, conducted in spring 2011 showed strong support for the project.

Now, imagine all the benefits you’ll reap from this new connection!

  • Connecting transit facilities including: Larkspur Ferry Terminal, Marin Air porter, future SMART Larkspur Station, and future local and regional bus stops
  • Improving connections between the Cal Park Hill Multi-use Pathway, North-South Greenway, Bay Trail Network, and Corte Madera Creek path
  • Connecting many local shopping, dining, and residential destinations with a multi-modal facility, including Larkspur Landing, Bon Air Center, and Central San Rafael
  • Providing a safe pedestrian/bicycle crossing of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
  • Reducing delays at the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard/Larkspur Ferry Terminal signalized intersection
  • Reducing parking demand at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and surrounding areas
  • Providing an alternative post-disaster, non-motorized lifeline to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and other transit facilities
Need more info? Please contact Bill Whitney, TAM Project Manager at bwhitney@tam.ca.gov, or Dan Dawson, County of Marin’s NTPP Principal Transportation Planner at ddawson@marincounty.org.





Tennessee Valley Pathway Improvement Project Progress

Not only do you see signs of spring popping up everywhere, you can also see the early signs of construction progress popping up on the County of Marin’s Tennessee Valley Multiuse Pathway Improvement Project!

 Current Tennzanita at Shoreline Path
Current Tennzanita at Shoreline Path

Accessibility and improved safety are the primary reasons this project is vital for non-motorized transportation into and around Tam Valley. The County of Marin Department of Public Works, WalkBikeMarin, and Caltrans have collaborated to see this project come to life, which provide a Class I multiuse pathway residents and visitors will not believe until they see! In addition to improving pedestrian and cyclist access to Tam Valley, much of the new path will be on a raised boardwalk which means that the routine flooding of the existing path will be a thing of the past.

The new accessible multi-use pathway will follow along Coyote Creek from the Mill Valley/Sausalito path (Route 5) to a signalized crossing of Shoreline Highway at Tennessee Valley Road. Work has already begun upstream of Highway 1 toward Marin Avenue. A new bicycle/pedestrian bridge will be constructed on the west side of Shoreline Highway over Coyote Creek to connect the path to Tam Junction. A portion of the path between the TCSD cabin and Marin Avenue will be a cantilevered boardwalk.

 NTPP Project #2635 Tennessee Valley Path
NTPP Project #2635 Tennessee Valley Path

The Tennessee Valley segment of the improvement project is now underway, with Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc. as its General Contractor, and is expected to be completed by this November. The project is being constructed in three phases, with the segment between the Tam Community Center and Shoreline Highway scheduled for completion in May at which time the second phase will begin which will construct the traffic signal and the new bridge over Coyote Creek. This is scheduled for completion in July at which time the final segment, between Shoreline Highway and the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path will be constructed. The entire facility is expected to be completed and open in November.

The Manzanita Connector, a spur path between the new Tennessee Valley Pathway and the Manzanita Park and Ride lot, is a separate project on Caltrans property and is currently in negotiations with Caltrans. Construction on this segment is planned for 2015.

We do appreciate your patience while the existing path is periodically closed during construction. For continual and frequent updates on the pathway’s progress, closures, and construction schedules, please visit the Tennessee Valley Pathway Improvements Projects Page: http://www.walkbikemarin.org/tvupdates.php.

For more information, please see the Project Fact Sheet: http://www.walkbikemarin.org/documents/Fact_Sheets/2635 Tennzanita.pdf, or contact Todd Coleman, DPW Engineering Assistant at 415 473 4324 or tcoleman@marincounty.org.





Bike, Jog or Walk: A New Link Lets You Connect Between Novato & San Rafael

So, you’d like to get from Novato to San Rafael, but don’t want to use a car? No problem! There’s a new multi-use pathway connecting an existing path along South Novato Boulevard with Enfrente Road along the west side of Highway 101 in Novato. A multi-use pathway means just that: you can ride a bicycle, jog, and walk the dog on it, plus it’s accessible to people with disabilities.

 Bicyclists enjoying opening day on Enfrente Connection Path
Bicyclists enjoying opening day on Enfrente Connection Path

If you’ve had the pleasure of riding the new Enfrente Pathway which officially opened December 16, 2011, then you’ve likely noticed how popular it has already become amongst local cyclists and pedestrians. After 30 years of planning and anticipation, this beautiful new facility, completely separated from cars, provides cyclists and pedestrians with a much needed connection from South Novato Boulevard, just before it merges with Highway 101, to Ignacio Boulevard and Alameda Del Prado via the Inn Marin and Entrada Drive. As you enjoy this wonderful new facility, safe and respectful riding, especially to adjacent businesses and other pathway and corridor users, is only right! The City of Novato will soon post speed and/or safety signs to help remind cyclists to be alert and to maintain slow speeds, especially through the Inn Marin parking lot.

In addition to its countywide significance, the path provides a connection for Hamilton, Bel Marin Keys, and Ignacio residents and workers to the rest of Novato. For folks living near the southern end of South Novato Boulevard, the path creates easy access to retail shopping to the south.

 Cyclists riding safely alongside southbound Highway 101 traffic
Cyclists riding safely alongside southbound Highway 101 traffic

This new “Commuter Connection” provides a key link on the North-South Greenway, Route 5, a mostly car-free bicycle and pedestrian corridor 25 miles long, from Marin County’s southern edge at the Golden Gate Bridge through Novato to the north. There are still a couple of gaps left in the North-South Greenway, yet planning and construction continues. Marin County Department of Public Works and City of Novato are very pleased to have collaborated to bring this project to its completion.

To find the path, just follow the signs for Route 5. From the north, you can access the pathway from South Novato Boulevard at either Redwood Boulevard or Gateway Circle. From the south, travel north from Ignacio Boulevard on Enfrente Road (making the left turn between the Shell Station and freeway off ramp), then turn right on Entrada Drive, and then left into the Inn Marin parking lot. Proceed through the parking lot parallel to the freeway; the back corner and path entrance. Check out a map of the pathway area: http://g.co/maps/dw665 Need more info? http://www.walkbikemarin.org/documents/Fact_Sheets/1502 Enfrente.pdf or contact Dan Dawson, Principal Transportation Planner at ddawson@marincounty.org





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