School is Back In Session - Bike, Walk and Ride!

The Mill Valley City Council has identified reducing traffic congestion as a priority and has taken measures to improve circulation in the community. These include supporting the Yellow School Bus Pilot Project, the work of the Traffic and Congestion Reduction Advisory Task Force, working with the Mill Valley School District to adjust bell times, and several other changes to reduce traffic congestion.

Here are some resources for you to consider as you plan ahead for the return to school:

Take the bus or ferry:

Bike or walk:

Carpool or rideshare:

If you must drive:

  • Avoid peak times:
    • 8:00-8:30 am weekdays - directly correlated with school start times.
    • 3:30-4:00 pm weekdays - correlated with after-school pick up and travel to after-school activities.
  • Lessen trips by linking several errands into one outing to reduce the number of times you need to leave home.
  • Request that any service providers who come to your residence (contractors, housekeepers, gardeners, nannies, etc) also carpool and avoid traveling at peak times.

Stay informed about local traffic conditions:

  • Before your trip, check for current traffic conditions.
  • Follow MVPD Twitter for circulation updates. Mill Valley Police officers are often first to know about traffic issues and they regularly advise the community via Twitter.
  • Sign up for Nixle for emergency alters. Emergency situations can often impact local traffic.
  • Sign up for MVConnect and our eNotification system to stay informed of traffic and construction issues. Sign up for weekly updates about the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project.
  • Sign up for Nextdoor - a private neighborhood social media site where residents share information such as neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and referrals. The City has the ability to send urgent messages to all subscribers.

Safety Tips

  • Slow in the Cone Zone – There are a number of road and sewer construction projects on Mill Valley roadways. Please slow down, and never cut through the cones. Keep a safe distance from construction vehicles and other cars and obey traffic control personnel. Stay alert and minimize distractions. Expect delays - plan ahead and allow extra time if you will be travelling through a construction zone.
  • Yellow School Buses – Flashing Red Means STOP – Drivers must stop for school buses when their red lights flash. School bus lights will flash yellow when they are preparing to stop to let children off of the bus, indicating that you should slow down and prepare to stop. When the lights flash red, you must stop until the lights stop flashing. You must stop even if you are traveling in the opposite lane of traffic. The same rules apply to school buses that use stop signs instead of flashing lights. If you fail to stop, you may be fined up to $1,000 and your driving privilege could be suspended for 1 year. Learn more here.

Staff has identified improvements that can be made at the 101 interchange and Redwood Highway frontage road that might help relieve traffic congestion. City Council will hear a presentation and review the suggestions at their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:30pm. 

The City Council and staff recognize that congestion and frequent traffic snarls impact the community’s quality of life and have taken steps to evaluate the causes and implement measures to reduce the conditions. The Council has established addressing traffic congestion as one of its top priorities and has directed substantial and sustained focus and resources on improving traffic conditions in the community. 

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