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What Are The New White Triangles Painted In Front of Crosswalks on Miller Ave?

This new pedestrian safety measure was installed over the summer. It's a temporary measure until improvements from the Miller Avenue Streetscape Plan are implemented.


What, exactly, are the white triangles recently painted in front of crosswalks along Miller Ave? Chances are, if you’ve noticed them, you’ve correctly assumed they mean you should stop.

Called “shark teeth” they were installed over the summer, along with new yellow pedestrian crossing signs, to encourage drivers to stop further back from the crosswalk and yield to crossing pedestrians.

Jill Barnes, director of public works, said they help reduce accidents when there’s a crosswalk across two lanes moving in the same direction.

“In these instances, the motorist is usually not aware of the crossing pedestrian since the pedestrian is shielded by the yielding vehicle,” she said. But the shark teeth encourage drivers to stop further from the crosswalk, making it easier to see a person crossing.  

Painted between the end of July and early August, they were in place before school started. They’re also a temporary safety measure until permanent improvements for both pedestrians and cyclists can be constructed as part of the Miller Avenue Streetscape Plan, said City Councilor Stephanie Moulton-Peters

“A number of the crossings on Miller are very long, or are partially shaded by trees, making them difficult for pedestrians to use,” she said.

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Mari September 26, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Thanks for the info!
jerry slick September 26, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I can send you a copy of a picture I sent to our DPW, showing wavy lines painted on the street to slow and warn drivers BEFORE the crosswalks. Also, if the Redwoods can have a dedicated pedestrian LIGHT, why can't our other dangerous crosswalks have the same? Dangerous? Yes- I've had to run to safety more than once.
Cate Lecuyer (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
My pleasure!
Janine Martin September 26, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I feel my children and I take our life into our hands every time we cross on Miller, cars go far too fast in the morning when they must be aware that children are going to school. It is really dangerous and makes for a stressful start to the day. I am looking forward to the safety improvements being put in place. Thanks for reporting on this.
Rico September 27, 2012 at 01:31 AM
jerry, The City of M.V. only has 5 signalized intersections. There are a series of warrants that are required to install a signalized intersection that must be met according to the MUTCD guidelines. Municipalities cannot just go installing signals (or stop signs for that matter) "willy nilly" everytime a resident wants one. The traffic engineers have to do traffic counts and review accident reports to see is the expense is warranted and also if the traffic control devices will be effective or will just create more different problems. And Patch, I am having problems with writing now , I don't know if it is my computer or your server. But it is impossible to properly edit and some of the lines are a smaller font than normal. Check it out and let us know.
Larry Bathgate September 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
These white triangles painted in front of crosswalks have been appearing in many other locales within the last 6 months, not just in Mill Valley.

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