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Which Mill Valley School Has the Worst Traffic Jams?

With three days of drop-offs and pick-ups behind us, we want to know how your school commutes have been so far. And which school has the biggest backup and what can be done to fix it?

Most of is just good old stomach butterflies. But plenty of parents and non-parent local residents alike are less than excited to get back to the traffic mess created during drop-off and pick-up times at local public schools.

Mill Valley certainly has its fair share of students who ride or walk to school. But the car lines at many local schools can stretch down the block and then some, sometimes causing anxious parents to be overly aggressive.

With the at five of the six schools, , there are bound to be some extra headaches.

Tim Ryan, the district's director of maintenance and operations, said the district is deploying a pair of traffic guards at , where the to has resulted in a shift in the drop-off and pick-up flow.

The traffic guards, from Bright Star Security in Novato, are being used each day this week and the district will evaluate how frequently to deploy them in the coming weeks, Ryan said.

So which Mill Valley school do you think has the worst traffic during drop-off and pick-up times? We'll get you started:

And do you have any crazy school traffic stories from this week yet? Do you have any suggestions that would alleviate problems (other than somehow paying for school buses)? Let us know in the comments below. 

While you're at it, send a shout-out to your favorite crossing guard. Most of them are worth their weight in gold, right?

One other thing: Make sure to participate in the Safe Routes to School program and consider walking or biking with your kids to school if you have time — for the health of it and to help alleviate traffic.

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Anne Tique September 14, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Since, by law, we have open enrollment (since sometime in the early 80's) within each district, we have many students attending other than their neighborhood school. When my kids began in the district 18 years ago, the kids on our small street represented each of the four public elementary schools open at the time. Since siblings had priority - even those from across town - one's closest school often didn't have space. Ours were not the only kids who lived within a few blocks of Park who could not could not get in and made the trek to Edna. A friend of mine, living way up Summit had to take her children across town - and across hwy 101 - to Strawberry Point. All of this contributes mightily to the traffic snarls in the morning and afternoon and creates a barrier for children getting themselves to and fro' as well.
Cindy Ash September 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Is there someplace we can get information about bike paths? I would like to be able to start using them more, but I am an inexperienced biker with kids too young to be trusted to ride safely on streets (even residential streets are hairy when we try it) but we're never going to get any better by staying in our car.
william luke rice September 17, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Would be nice to see the bike lanes expanded, wide enough to encourage more riders, including children and families! Would add some extra character to the town!
Uncle Fishbits September 20, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Definitely Reed in Tiburon. I mean, it's all MV kids. =^D
Jak Manson May 07, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Traffic jams are never fun and it is always good to know about which schools have bad traffic passing by too. It is really crazy to see these kinds of things in the long run. I really am glad to find these kinds of things out. Jak Manson | http://security-unlimited.com

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