Pedestrian Safety on Miller Avenue

September 26, 2017

Over the past week the City has received a number of comments and questions about pedestrian safety on Miller Avenue. We appreciate your interest, and the following information describes the actions the City has taken to improve pedestrian safety on Miller Avenue:

Infrastructure Improvements
The Miller Avenue Streetscape Plan was a community-based plan developed based on the input and guidance of community members through various committees over a ten year period. The committees worked with traffic and civil engineers to make decisions about the flow of traffic on Miller. They deliberated carefully the location of stop signs, and whether or not to include a traffic signal, or even a traffic circle at high-volume intersections. The final adopted plan took all of these factors into consideration, with the intention of creating a safer thoroughfare for all users, from drivers and public transit riders to cyclists and pedestrians.

The project’s infrastructure improvements include new signs, rapid flashing beacons, curb extensions and striping, which are intended to improve motorist, pedestrian and cyclist safety. Pedestrian improvements include wider sidewalks in the Main Street and Gateway sections that are free of obstructions and uneven surfaces. The project also includes new mid-block crossings at 505 and 430 Miller Avenue (near the Toy House and Super Duper Burger) and illuminated pedestrian flashing beacons at the Evergreen Avenue and Reed/Valley Circle intersections to heighten visibility and alert drivers of pedestrian activity.

Crosswalks have been enhanced with continental style striping, curb extensions, reducing the length of the crosswalk and creating a more clearly protected zone to increase safety and visibility. Curb extensions on Miller Avenue are new, and require drivers and cyclists to be alert, slow down while turning and adjust to the new conditions. Work crews are painting curb extensions red to improve their visibility and clarify where parking is prohibited.

Enhanced Speed and Traffic Enforcement
The Mill Valley Police Department (MVPD) is aware of heightened traffic concerns on Miller Avenue. MVPD is addressing these concerns with enhanced speed, traffic, and parking enforcement. Police Officers are conducting regular and special patrols which target specific pedestrian, bicycle or motor vehicle operation violations.

Future Improvements
While we work towards the goal of creating a safer thoroughfare for all users, please remember that the project is still underway, with additional signing, striping and landscaping yet to be completed. During this time, we will closely monitor the safety and performance of the new roadway, and make adjustments as needed.

What You Can Do
This is a community based-plan, so let's work together to make sure the project is a success. Here is how you can help:

  • Motorists: Be sure to drive the speed limit, come to a full stop at stop signs, and stop for pedestrians when they are crossing the street.
  • Cyclists: Ride single file, observe the speed limit, come to a full stop at stop signs, and stop for pedestrians when they are crossing the street.
  • Pedestrians: Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, look both ways before crossing the street, don't be distracted by your mobile device while crossing – look up and make eye contact with drivers.

If we all work together, we can make Miller Avenue safer for all!

Click here to learn more about the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project.