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Cycling Through Novato's Big Intersections Just Got Easier

Electronic upgrades made at 10 intersections to detect cyclists waiting for lights to change.

Cycling Through Novato's Big Intersections Just Got Easier

It’s now safer and probably a little bit quicker to ride your bike through Novato’s biggest intersections.

Ten roadway junctions in Novato that have the highest usage by bicyclists recently received upgrades worth $348,000 by the Marin County Department of Public Works. The money came from a federal grant from the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. In all, 31 traffic signals in Marin County received enhanced signal detection for cyclists as part of the $25 million grant.

 “I am delighted that Marin is enhancing signal detection for bicyclists,” Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold, who represents most of Novato, said in a release. “It is a key safety improvement for our county that will encourage increased bicycle riding.”

The installations provided video cameras or bicycle-specific sensors embedded in the pavement to address safety and operational concerns, according to county public works chief Farhad Mansourian, a Novato resident. The cameras cannot be used for red light enforcement, he said.

The improvements were made at the following intersections:

  • Alameda Del Prado at Ignacio Boulevard
  • South Novato Boulevard at Arthur Street
  • Nave Drive at Main Gate Road
  • Redwood Boulevard at De Long/Diablo Avenues
  • South Novato Boulevard at Rowland Boulevard
  • Simmons Lane at Novato Boulevard
  • Wilson Avenue at Novato Boulevard
  • Redwood Boulevard at Rowland Boulevard
  • Redwood Boulevard at San Marin Drive/Atherton Avenue
  • Novato Boulevard at Tamalpais Avenue

For more information about cycling in Marin, check here.

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