Wednesday, March 19, 2014

You can help us get Lucas Valley Road designated a Scenic Road!

You signed the petition to express your desire to have Lucas Valley Road designated a California Scenic Road.  You voted to honor and preserve the scenic beauty of this Marin County treasure.

Supervisor Susan Adams is now requesting the Board of Supervisors to approve the Scheduling of county staff time for this to be approved next Monday, March 24, at 1:00 pm.  This staff scheduling approval is the first important step so the County Nomination of the Road can follow next! 

She has asked the community to show up and stand up for this project.  Supervisor Adams has asked us to not take up the supervisors time with speeches.  She wants us all to bring our support by attending and showing our support to all the Supervisors who will need to decide.

Please work this critical event into your calendar.  It has taken us years to get to this critical point.  Now is the time we need for you to attend this Hearing if you can!!
See you at the BOS meeting next Monday, March 24, 1:00 pm, at the Marin Civic Center, Room 328.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Preserve the scenic beauty of Lucas Valley Road

The spectacular scenic views along 
Lucas Valley Road
need to be preserved.

The state established California's Scenic Highways program in 1963, 51 years ago.  Marin county is the only bay area county failing to utilize this legislation to protect its natural beauty.

As our Marin is being forced by the state legislature to significantly increase construction of high-density housing, even classifying Marin as an urban metropolitan area, the need to protect our natural scenic byways has become critical.

We need your support to preserve Marin's scenic natural beauty.

Let's designate Marin's Lucas Valley Road as an official County Scenic Road: to honor, protect and preserve this beautiful natural scenic resource for the  enjoyment of all who travel the corridor.

Protect Marin's Scenery! 

 Please sign the petition to nominate Lucas Valley Road for the Caltrans Scenic County Road designation. 

Visit the information page:

Thank you for your support!

The beautiful rural scenery along Lucas Valley Road qualifies the road to become designated as an official Scenic Road. 

Last year, on February 5, 2013, the Board of Supervisors accepted the Staff Report Recommendation for the Lucas Valley Scenic Road Designation!  

Board of Supervisors, please Nominate the Road in 2014!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

What's Next

Safe Passage Along Lucas Valley Road
Project Update
January 9, 2014
As you can see in the photos, Safe Passage is an “6-year overnight” success!  Giant leaps of progress are being made daily in the construction of the pathway on Lucas Valley Road between Las Gallinas and Los Gamos.  All of the curbing (below) was laid in a single day!

As the project nears the home strech, we anticipate two ribbon-cutting ceremonies!  The County of Marin will hold an event during the week, probably in the afternoon and Safe Passage along Lucas Valley Road will schedule weekend festivities for those who cannot attend during business hours.  As soon as we are able, we will let you know the time/date.  Let us know your ideas for the celebration!

P.S.  If you are going to miss pulling broom, let us know!

What’s next?
A group of our supporters wants to do more! 
Next, we are endorsing Lucas Valley Road as a California Scenic Highway!  We would like your support and will include you unless you ask to be removed from our database.  We expect this project to only take 2-3 years, so we will keep you up to date and offer ways for you to get involved.

The stated intent (Streets and Highway Code Section 260) of the California Scenic Highway Program is to protect and enhance California's natural beauty and to protect the social and economic values provided by the State's scenic resources.

1. A scenic highway designation protects the scenic values of an era. Specifically:
·         Protect from encroachment of inappropriate land uses such as junkyards, dumps, rendering plants and gravel pits.  
·         Mitigate uses which detract from scenic values by proper siting, landscaping or screening.  

·         Prohibit billboards and regulate on-site signs so that they do not detract from scenic views.

·         Make development more compatible with the environment by requiring building siting, height, colors and materials that are harmonious with the surroundings.

·         Regulate grading to prevent erosion and cause minimal alteration of existing contours and to preserve important vegetative features along the highway.

·         Protect the hillsides by allowing only low density development on steep slops and along ridge lines.  

·         Prevent the need for noise barriers (sound walls) by requiring a minimum setback for residential development adjacent to a scenic highway.

2. A scenic highway designation can enhance community identity and pride, encouraging citizen commitment to preserving community values.
3. By preserving scenic resources, a scenic highway designation will enhance land values and make the area more attractive.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Supervisor Susan Adams District 1 Newsletter

District 1 Newsletter

Safe Passage/Lucas Valley Road 

The new 6-foot wide sidewalk from Las Gallinas Avenue to Los Gamos Road on the south side of Lucas Valley Road has been completed. This 2,200 foot long sidewalk gap-closure project connects the residential areas of San Rafael and Marinwood to transit facilities along Highway 101, and provides access to the YMCA on Los Gamos Road.

This project was first identified by residents of San Rafael and Marinwood, who encouraged the County to apply for grant funds for construction of this important sidewalk segmentThanks to the efforts by Supervisor Susan Adams. Federal and local funds were identified , the project was prioritized in the Department of Public Works work program, and the project was completed in a very short time when considering the usually lengthy Federal-Aid project process.

A special thanks to Ray Lorber and Carolyn Lenert for their enthusiasm and leadership throughout this effort.

Ernest Klock

Principal Civil Engineer

Marin County Public Works

3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael, CA 94913

Ph: (415) 473-6552 Fax: (415) 473-3724

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Marin IJ - Readers Forum - Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sidewalk safety project

In the Nov. 13 editorial, "Tragic reminder to drivers of need to be careful," the IJ urged Novato officials, and all leaders in Marin, to make our streets safer for our children, and for all pedestrians and bicyclists. As co-directors of the newly completed Safe Passage along Lucas Valley Road project, we applaud those efforts.

As we approach our Dec. 16 ribbon cutting celebration for the Safe Passage along Lucas Valley Road Project, we pause to think of the seven near fatal accidents over the past 3½ years. Mark MacMillan, Monique Petrov and Emma Ramshaw lived to tell us about their accidents, but their lives were changed forever.

Without doubt, there have been many more incidents, some fatal, on this popular two-lane county road burdened with trucks, emergency vehicles, commuters, visitors, motorcyclists, athletes, cyclists and pedestrians.

Our project was launched in 2006, when we noticed school children walking dangerously close to speeding traffic on Lucas Valley Road. Over the past six years, we spent thousands of hours gathering community support, walking with officials along this route to point out the dangers, and with dozens of volunteers, clearing the brush back to enable pedestrians to walk off the pavement, rather than on the street.

The success of this project is proof that volunteer action works! We are so grateful to our dedicated community members and to San Rafael and county officials for stepping up to provide a safe sidewalk along Lucas Valley Road.

You are invited to join us for the ribbon cutting celebration on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at Las Gallinas Avenue and Lucas Valley Road. Our blog address:

Carolyn Lenert and Ray Lorber, 
Co-Directors, Safe Passage along Lucas Valley Road

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The community is enjoying the new sidewalk

The Ribbon Cutting is nearly ready to be scheduled.  

There are a couple of things that need to be completed first.

But meanwhile the sidewalk is open and in use.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The final step is installation of the railings. Scheduled for the week of November 26.

Workers are installing prototype of the the railing.

The concrete for the sidewalk has been poured
 from Las Gallinas Avenue to Los Gamos Drive.

View of sidewalk looking west from the 101 Lucas Valley Road entrance.

View of sidewalk looking east from the 101 Lucas Valley Road entrance.

Bicyclist racing to keep out of traffic

Pouring the filler to connect the pavement and the curb.