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Winter 2010 Volume 3 Issue 1
In this Issue:


- Work Begins on Miller Creek/Las Gallinas Corridor Study
- New Study Will Look at Bicycle and Pedestrian Access in San Quentin
- Celebration as Bike Lanes Open on Ranchitos Road
- Alameda Del Prado Bike Lanes Expected in Spring
- Construction for Steps, Lanes and Paths in Tiburon

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

Work Begins on Miller Creek/Las Gallinas Corridor Study

The Marin County Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to DKS Associates on January 12th, 2010 to aid the County on technical aspects of the Miller Creek/Las Gallinas Corridor Study.  The project will study conceptual improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian facilities along the corridor between the existing Pacheco Hill Pathway and Lucas Valley Road.  Connections to transit service will also be explored.
Work began on existing conditions, opportunities and constraints in late January, and public outreach will be held in March.  Later, technical studies and development of draft conceptual improvements will take place from March through May, with a draft Corridor Study and public presentation expected in early June.

The Miller Creek/Las Gallinas corridor is an important regional and local segment in the North-South Bikeway and is the only existing route connecting San Rafael and Novato. It also serves a number of schools in the area.  For more information, visit the Miller Creek/Las Gallinas Corridor Study project webpage or contact the County's project manager, Ms. Carey Lando, at clando@co.marin.ca.us or 499-5078.

New Study Will Look at Bicycle and Pedestrian Access in San Quentin

The County of Marin is kicking off the San Quentin Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Study this spring.  As a key gap identified in the San Francisco Bay Trail Gap Analysis Study, the area is also one of the top priority project in the county as described in the 2008 Marin County Unincorporated Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The study area includes the corridor along East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and I-580 from Remillard Park in Larkspur to Main Street at I-580 near San Quentin Village, including the challenging intersection of Andersen Drive and East Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Main Street through San Quentin village to the San Quentin Prison entrance, improving the connection to the existing Bay Trail in San Rafael, and improving access to existing bus stops that provide service across the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge.

The study is funded by a Caltrans Community Based Transportation Planning grant of $80,000, plus a $20,000 local match from the County. The County contracted with Alta/LandPeople to provide technical support to prepare the study.  Public outreach efforts will begin in the coming months and a draft study document is expected in mid 2010.  For more information, visit the San Quentin project webpage or contact the County's project manager, Ms. Carey Lando, at clando@co.marin.ca.us or 499-5078.

Celebration as Bike Lanes Open on Ranchitos Road


On a sunny Thursday on December 17th, 2009, local cyclists and Marin County officials celebrated the opening of newly completed bike lanes on Ranchitos Road in San Rafael.  Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams was on hand for the event and cut the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the new Class II facility.  Construction work on the project began in May 2009, with expansion of the road bed to accommodate the extra width needed for the new 4 foot bike lanes.  In October, the road was repaved from North San Pedro to the top of the Puerto Suello hill.  Since the improvements were finished, cyclists have enjoyed a smooth ride on this new connection in the North-South Bikeway between north and central San Rafael.

Alameda Del Prado Bike Lanes Expected in Spring

Improvements to Alameda del Prado in the Loma Verde area of Novato are well underway.  The project is narrowing the median to allow for the installation of bike lanes in both directions while retaining on-street parking and standardizing the vehicle lane width.  A companion project to underground the overhead utilities and improve lighting in this corridor was completed in December 2009.  Work is now progressing on the new median curbs and movement of irrigation lines for the median landscaping.  Once the median work is complete the entire roadway from Ignacio Boulevard to Posada del Sol will be repaved, striped, and signed.  Completion of the project is planned for this spring.  For more information, click here to see the project fact sheet.

Construction for Steps, Lanes and Paths in Tiburon

Tiburon has awarded construction contracts for its Steps, Lanes, and Paths (SLP) projects funded through a $350,000 NTPP grant.  SLP project funding targets improvements to the mid-block pedestrian corridors that exist in many Marin communities.  While some corridors have existing paths or stairs, or have informal pathways, others have never been improved.  These corridors offer direct connections through neighborhoods and to points of interest and provide an attractive alternative to using oftentimes circuitous routes on roadways.  The town has moved quickly to get these projects under way which will provide either paved pathways or stairs in steeper terrain.  The three projects are Lower Raccoon Lane between Centro West and Mar West; Cayford Path between Cecilia and Southridge; and Jefferson Stairs between Jefferson and Reed Ranch.  Construction activities have already begun and all three projects are expected to be completed by the end of March.  For more information, click here to see the project fact sheet.

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