Comments Due 9/22 Help Shape Marin’s Transportation Vision
The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) wants your input on its Strategic Vision Plan, a long-range plan that will provide high-level direction for transportation investments in Marin County. The last iteration of this document was done in 2003, making this a critical opportunity to call for continued investments in our bicycle network.
To review the plan, click here.
Comments should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than Friday, September 22.
If you don’t have time to read all 85 pages in detail, not to worry! MCBC has you covered with some bullets that might help guide your feedback.
Choose those that resonate most with you, but add a personal note to explain why they matter to you:
- The plan should more clearly call out continued investments in Marin County’s North-South Greenway between Sausalito and the Marin-Sonoma County Line as a top priority for active transportation investments. Major gaps include the Alto Tunnel between Mill Valley and Corte Madera, the Corte Madera Creek overcrossing, Andersen Drive to Mission Avenue in San Rafael, and the unbuilt SMART pathway segments between Los Ranchitos Road in San Rafael and the Novato San Marin SMART Station.
- The plan should support the vision of a low-stress walking and biking network that builds on the foundation of existing and planned pathways, such as the North-South Greenway, Cross Marin Bikeway from Fairfax to San Rafael, Corte Madera Creek Path, and Old Rail Trail in Tiburon. Where pathways are routed onto streets, the legibility and low-stress experience should not be degraded.
- A large proportion of Marin residents (27 percent) claim biking as a secondary mode of travel; even more (55 percent) would like to bike for non-recreational purposes like commuting or running errands. This underscores the need for continuous low-stress bikeways that work for people of all ages and abilities and serve major employment centers, community hubs, and regional transit connections.
- Wise transportation investments encourage more walking and biking for recreational and utilitarian purposes. Health should be added to the Transportation Vision Strategies in Chapter Four and have a more prominent role throughout the document.
- Locations along the state highway system that serve as barriers to direct travel by foot and bike should be identified and prioritized in conjunction with Caltrans’ planning efforts.
- Marin’s popular and nationally-celebrated recreational riding routes should be targeted for safety improvements, enabling people to enjoy cycling while also reducing conflicts on the road.