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.
BRIGHT GREEN PAVEMENT MARKINGS
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?