As an avid cyclist and as a parent residing in Mill Valley, CA, I'm particularly interested in learning the most dangerous intersections in my bicycle-friendly town. Mill Valley is very bicycle-oriented and I like to claim that Mill Valley is the birthplace of mountain biking.
Mill Valley residents are, of course, familiar with bicycling groups zooming by on Saturday mornings, sometimes before 8:00 a.m. through our town, and finishing their rides in The Depot square. The mountain bikers tend to congregate on Mt. Tamalpais--all of its trails--at all hours of the day, trying to share the trail with often angry hikers. The mountain bikers also seem to end up at the square.
So, what are the most dangerous mill valley intersections? The corner of East Blithedale Avenue and Ashford Avenue seems to top the list. The most dangerous Mill Valley intersections for bicyclist accidents are where we have the most conflict points with motorists. Where bikers share the road with automobiles and trucks we have potential for conflict.
Please understand that I don't mean to say that conflict results in an argument. I mean to say that when two types of users of the road come to a point on the road at the same time, we have potential for impact and injury. And when car meets bicycle, the vulnerable cyclist is most likely the one to get injured. While it is important for all bicyclists to maintain a high state of vigilance whenever they are on the road (or trail), some roadways are statistically more dangerous.
Some of Mill Valley's top accident-prone intersections are:
- East Blithedale and Ashford Ave
- Miller Ave and Camino Alto
- Shoreline Hwy and Tennessee Ave
(If you're interested in learning about more Mill Valley dangerous intersections, see the map by clicking the link above)
As a Mill Valley Bicycle Accident Attorney, I am always interested in how our community is making the roads safer. I am pleased to learn about a countdown crosswalk installed in front of one of the busiest intersections, in front of Tam High School, as well as plans for a complete overhaul of the intersection at Shoreline Hwy and Tennessee Valley. I support whatever we need to do to make our roads and intersections safer for both automobile drivers and also cyclists.
About the author: Claude Wyle is an aggressive advocate for San Francisco Bay Area bicyclists and pedestrians. Claude has decades of experience representing those harmed by the wrongful conduct of others, and, as a San Francisco pedestrian and bicycle accident attorney, has fought to protect the rights of injured cyclists and pedestrians throughout his legal career. Claude is also an avid cyclist himself and member of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and is a sponsor of Safe Routes to School. He is also a member and lecturer of EDD, a group dedicated to End Distracted Driving.