NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
KangaDo. An App for You
We are excited to announce a new partnership with a commercial app called KangaDo that will help our school volunteers organize and strengthen walking and biking groups in their schools, as well as carpools and bus buddies. KangaDo is an app for Iphone and Android that allows parents to organize their children’s activities. The designers have developed schools and Safe Routes to School specific programs within the app for free. These allow parents to organize SchoolPools and to communicate with their members on a regular basis. This give us an opportunity to not only organize walking and biking groups for our Walk and Roll Wednesdays but to continue to communicate to ensure ongoing participation. To view more information go to www.kangadoapp.com
Bacich Teachers Build Bikes
Teachers at Bacich Elementary spiced up their back to school meeting by building eight new bicycles for donation to the children in the Canal neighborhood In San Rafael. Principal Sally Peck joined with the PTA to purchase the bikes and bring them to the teachers for assembly. Our lead instructor James "Bikes Green" Sievert was there to check the bikes before handing them over to Tom Wilson, executive director of the Canal Alliance. At the end of the bike build Bacich staff got to hear a brief presentation regarding the services Safe Routes to Schools and the Canal Alliance provide for Marin County. Watch for smiling kids enjoying a roll along the scenic Pickleweed Park Bay Trail soon!
Miller Ave Streetscape Plans
Mill Valley kicks off first phase of Miller Avenue Streetscape Project: to include buffered bike lanes on Miller between Sunnyside and Park
The City of Mill Valley will kick of the first phase of its Miller Avenue Streetscape Project, scheduled for August through September. Consistent with the adopted Miller Avenue Streetscape Master Plan, the City plans to restripe each direction of Miller Avenue between Sunnyside and Park Avenues, from two traffic lanes in each direction, to one traffic lane and one buffered bicycle lane in each direction. City engineers verified that a lane removal would neither increase daily congestion nor decrease safety, and that modifications would accommodate emergency vehicles.
In addition to the buffered bike lanes on Miller, the initial phase will also include the installation of rectangular rapid flash beacons in the crosswalk at the intersection of Evergreen and Miller Avenues. These beacons, activated by crosswalk users, will be highly visible to approaching motorists, improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
The City will also be striping reverse angle (or back-in) parking along outbound Miller Avenue, from Reed Street to just west of Camino Alto. This option eliminates the challenge of backing into moving traffic while also providing an increase in drivers' fields of vision. It will also enhance safety for motorists pulling out from parking spaces, as well as for oncoming motorized and bicycle traffic. Back-in angled parking is now being used in more than 100 U.S. cities to increase safety and convenience.
But wait, there's more! City engineers also plan to make localized improvements along Miller Avenue, including repairing potholes and refreshing bicycle lane striping!
This fall and winter, City staff will receive community input on the reverse angle parking concept and will refine the design as needed. Also this fall and winter, City staff will coordinate a public outreach effort to communicate these and other future planned improvements and to gain community feedback. Staff will be refining the design concepts, with construction of the full Miller Avenue Streetscape Project planned for late 2015.
Bike Mobile a Big Hit
The BikeMobile has been making the rounds at Marin County Schools. The Bay Area BikeMobile hosts bike fix-a-thons at schools, community centers, parks, and community events across the San Francisco Bay Area. At these fix-a-thons, they help youth repair their bikes, teach mechanics an safety, and provide accessories when possible.
They have recently visited St. Rita, Hall and Miller Creek Schools in Marin. The mechanics worked for 3 hours cranking on bikes. Even some teachers at Miller Creek got a good tune up for their bikes. If you want to sign up for the Bike Mobile for your event or school contact firstname.lastname@example.org