Action Needed! Bike Improvements to Miller Avenue Slated for Decision Monday
Sign on to MCBC’s letter demanding safety improvements
Long-planned bicycle improvements to the dangerous Miller/Almonte intersection–a key connection to the Mill Valley-Sausalito Pathway and Shoreline Highway–will go to the Mill Valley City Council for a final decision next Monday, April 3. This is your chance to join MCBC in asking Mill Valley’s City Council to prioritize safety for people walking and bicycling.
What You Can Do to Help
- Sign on to our letter to the Mill Valley City Council here. Add a personalized message (optional) telling them why this project is important to you.
- Attend Monday night’s City Council meeting (6:30 PM, Mill Valley City Hall) and speak in support of the planned improvements. Give us your contact information here and we’ll send you an email reminder and some talking points.
Want to learn more about what’s at stake? We’ve included information about the project below.
Following several years of planning and outreach, the Mill Valley City Council adopted the Miller Avenue Streetscape Plan in 2011. One of the primary purposes of the project is to make this corridor a safe place for all roadway users.
Under the adopted design (shown below), the westbound right turn lane (Miller to Almonte) was slated for removal in order to keep bicycle riders from having to merge across 40 MPH traffic to continue towards Tam Junction or access the MV-Sausalito Path.
Those who recently responded to MCBC’s recent call for comments to the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) were instrumental in securing the BPAC’s recommendation of this design as their preferred option.
After some opposition to the removal of the turn lane, the project engineers revisited the design and now recommend a configuration that preserves the right turn lane, but does so with a shortened “mixing zone” to improve visibility of people on bikes (shown below).
Some project opponents instead seek a third design option (shown below). It would preserve the dangerous conditions that force people biking to merge across the right turn lane, and is therefore unacceptable.
For a more detailed report, view a staff report here.