Map: Proposed Safe Bike Route to Fairfax Schools

Check out our map of the Fairfax Bike Spine Project's planned route that kids can take on their way to school. Is it the safest option?



Efforts are underway to create a marked bike route that zigzags through Fairfax neighborhoods and ends at Ross Valley School District schools.

We created a rough outline of the proposed route in the map above. Note that the route also includes Arroyo Road, depending on which way the cyclists are going.

At its Aug. 1 meeting, the Fairfax council members spoke in strong support of the Fairfax Bike Spine Project.

Councilman Larry Bragman and Vice Mayor John Reed are on the committee have has meeting to determine the route and what upgrades are needed, such as adding a stop sign or a new crosswalk, for the Transportation Authority of Marin Measure “A” funded project.

This month officials plan to get feedback from parents during back-to-school events and hold neighborhood meetings where there will be traffic control or parking changes. According to a Fairfax town staff report, the project proposes removing one parking space.

The Bike Spine Project could be complete as early as October, officials said.



Reed told his colleagues Aug. 1 the project, which will include green pavement markings for shared lanes, bicycle lanes and arrows, directs children on a safe route to school while letting motorists and others in the area know there are children cycling in the area.

Bragman said the road markings are “very bright” and are designed to get the attention of motorists.

The town is getting caught up with the more innovative public work designs for bicycle-related markings, Bragman said, and will “make it safer for the kids and encourage them to be biking and walking to school.”

The bike route begins on Bolinas Road near Cascade Drive and continues down Bolinas Road until it turns on Park Road, then takes either Sequoia Road or Arroyo Road to Scenic Road, then continues on Manor Road to Sir Francis Drake Blvd, where it will branch out for the three different schools – Manor Elementary, Cascade Canyon School and White Hill Middle School.

“This is the route we figured out is the safest,” Reed said.

Fairfax Mayor Pam Hartwell-Herrero said the project has been in the making for many years. 


What do you think? Do you worry about children riding bikes in Fairfax? Will this help? 


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Ralph August 13, 2012 at 07:29 PM
agreed. common sense getting to WHMS applies.
John Reed August 14, 2012 at 05:14 AM
A group of us has been working to come up with a design that both guides and keeps kids as safe as possible, and alerts motorists to the presence of the kids. There is of course a balance to be struck between all of the users of the roadway, and of course to do it in a way that is affordable. Right now is the chance for everyone to see the plan, and make comments, so that adjustments can be made before it's actually built. I encourage everyone interested to attend our next Town Council meeting, on September 5th, when a detailed presentation will be made. We will soon also have a more detailed description of the Bike Spine on the Town Website. When it is up, I will put a link here on this thread! See you on the 5th!
C Ross August 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
John F: Yup, Uh-Huh, Everything is my fault, even when the Emperor really does have no clothes. Designating a bike route with shiny green signs does nothing to improve the safety of our roads. They were not designed to accommodate so much traffic, and certainly not motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all competing for the same limited road space. Bank and Broadway is probably one of the most dangerous spots, especially for younger cyclists, with poor visibility, and no crosswalk. (I don't live there, BTW). Center is a BAD idea for cyclists, not because of me, but because it's not wide enough, with no shoulder, making it impossible for anyone to "share" the road safely (especially with the arrogant "entitled" attitude of far too many). In fact, there is no "really" safe way for children to bike to school in Fairfax, from many of our neighborhoods, especially when our elementary and middle schools are both off our busiest main thoroughfare, where kids have to compete with commuters trying to get to work (No, not all Fairfaxians work at Good Earth or Java Hut.) BTW, My own son was hit on a bike, by a Safe Routes to School Bike Safety Instructor, so I'm not convinced that artificial designations do anything except give the *illusion* of appeasing CittaSlow mandates. (If Fairfax really wants "safe routes", they should follow the model of cities like Stockholm. But that does mean actually addressing infrastructure (and spending $$), not vacuous resolutions and making pretty signs.
John Ferguson August 14, 2012 at 09:04 PM
You can take the Martyr mask off, Cindy - I just suggested that those 'fast and fearless' cyclists who wish to traverse our fair burg at 20+ take Center at least to San Anselmo and not ride down on Lansdale where as you have so helpfully pointed out there are stop signs and kids on bikes and dogs and teenagers smooching and wandering jugglers and flute players and that's just what I observed coming home last night.. There's no really safe way for us to live our lives except for bubble boy and we don't want to be him. It's all about working within our limits and making things a little safer than they are now and hoping nobody gets hurt or sued or both.
John Reed August 19, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Here is a link to a fact sheet showing more details of the "Bike Spine Project". http://town-of-fairfax.org/pdfs/Fairfax%20Bike%20Spine%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf There will also be a public presentation at the September 5th Fairfax Council Meeting, and that meeting is a great place for comments from the public .


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