news Railroad Grade Entrance Upgrade

A new bridge railing makes a much safer way to transition to one of Marin’s most popular trails.  It’s genesis comes from a ride gone bad…

Following a sudden slide off a slick wooden bridge surface 15 months ago, Mill Valley resident and UC-Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg’s mountain bike ride up Old Railroad Grade ended almost before it started. As he and a riding partner headed over the wooden footbridge off West Blithedale Avenue at the entrance to the trail on a damp winter morning, Goldberg careened off the side of the bridge and landed about 10 feet down onto a drainage pipe, only the waterpack on his back breaking his fall.

Although Goldberg avoided any injury or broken bones, “It was pretty traumatic – I was shaken up,” he said. “It just seemed like a safety hazard not to have rails on the sides of the bridge.”

Goldberg reached out to City Councilmember Jessica Sloan, who put him in touch with City of Mill Valley Department of Public Works staff. Theyt contacted staff at Marin County Parks, which bought the land encompassing that area from the Marin Municipal Water District in the early 1980s. MWWD staffers Mike Swezy and Carl Sanders got involved as well, given their institutional knowledge of the District’s infrastructure.

With regular email check-ins, and strong follow through by Councilmembers Sloan and Stephanie Moulton-Peters, the new railing is now in place. Marin County Parks paid for the materials and MMWD staff installed a railing on either side of the bridge in mid-March.

Similar Articles

County Parks Video Highlights Measure A Results

Following an extensive vetting process, Marin County Open Space was able to start implementing new trail projects in 2016. They have opened 3.5 miles of new trails in Mill Valley and San Geronimo, with another two miles of trail under construction now. This video highlights one of those projects.

Two State Park Projects Need Trail Volunteers

In an effort to speed up progress on the Bill’s Trail change-in-use project, and to get the Shoreline Trail open at China Camp, MCBC is ramping up volunteer training and recruitment. We’d love to have you join our team of skilled trail building volunteers this fall!