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Posted on: December 22, 2011

[ARCHIVED] New Pilot Program projects benefit Larkspur walkers

In addition to the City of Larkspur’s many wonderful bicycle facility improvements this year, a couple of new pedestrian projects have been completed as well. The Marin County Bicycle Coalition has played a major role in bringing over $30 million of Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Project (NTPP) funds to Marin County. In addition to helping create new and/or improved facilities for cyclists, NTPP funds have the purpose of promoting and creating infrastructure for pedestrians. The City of Larkspur recently completed two NTPP projects that provide safer and more direct travel options for pedestrians.

First, an old dirt pathway located between Elm Avenue and Bayview Avenue which was steep, overgrown with vegetation, and very difficult to navigate was upgraded with a beautiful new staircase, making the pathway more accessible and usable. The new steps allow residents of Palm Hill to walk to Neil Cummins School, Town Park, and Town Center safely, without taking a long detour.

Second, when the Lark Theater parking lot was repaved, a separate project funded by NTPP made needed repairs to the old steps leading from the back of the parking lot up to Locust Street, making them much safer to use. These steps help pedestrians to avoid a long detour.

MCBC extends thanks to Larkspur DPW Director Hamid Shamsapour, Engineer Phiroze Wadia, and their staff, for making these needed improvements.

More information can be found on the Marin County Bicycle Coalition website at www.marinbike.org.

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