A trail project that pits hikers against cyclists will move forward following a decision by the Marin County supervisors.
The project in the Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve will install two recreational bridges over San Anselmo Creek, realign Canyon Trail to create approaches to the bridges and open a section of Canyon Trail to bicycle use.
The project will also implement speed control features and decommission sections of Canyon Trail and High Water Trail.
The 504-acre Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve is in the Mount Tamalpais watershed adjacent to Fairfax. It includes the Elliott Nature Preserve.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed proposed the project to the Marin County Open Space District in 2016. The plan has been working its way through the regulatory process since then.
On Tuesday, supervisors approved the mitigated negative declaration, which certified that a full environmental impact report won’t be required for the project to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act. The supervisors also approved the proposed changes following a lengthy public hearing.
A number of speakers during the hearing said they feared that the bridges would result in much heavier use of the trail, particularly by bicyclists, and noted that the area has little space for parking.“Already the safety of all foot traffic is imperiled by the large number of mountain bikes and now e-bikes that are coming into the nature preserve,” said the Rev. Beverly Brewster, pastor of Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church. “I’m out there at least five days a week […]