Pt. San Pedro Roadway: Roadway Safety

The Roadway Committee’s Safety Subcommittee is working with the appropriate City (Police and Public Works) and County staff, the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Marin Bicycle Coalition, area residents and other groups in developing and implementing a safety and education program for Point San Pedro Road that would encourage all users of Point San Pedro Road (motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians) to behave in a safe and respectful manner.

Point San Pedro Road is made up of segments that are controlled by the City of San Rafael and Marin County. One of the challenges for the Traffic Management Subcommittee will be working with the City and County to get an agreement on a consistent set of policies and practices for the entire roadway.

For example, there is some inconsistencies in how the bicycle lanes are marked and signed by the City and County. The County has chosen to use red curbs to identify Class II segments of the bicycle lanes while the City, for maintenance costs reasons, has chosen to use No Parking signs.

In some of the transitions between Class II to Class III lanes and vice versa, there are street markings and signage and in other instances there are not. This creates an unsafe situation for both motorists and bicyclists.

The newly repaved and striped road has presented additional safety challenges. One of these is that many more motorists now exceed the posted speed limits.

The Traffic Management Subcommittee will work with City and County staff to ensure, to the extent possible, there is adequate and consistent signage and pavement markings. The Roadway Safety Subcommittee will work on developing and implementing strategies so that all road users (motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians) have a clear understanding as to how the road should function in a safe manner.