For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 17, 2017
Findings from pilot program to be shared with commission and public January 19
San Rafael, CA – After completing a pilot program designed to measure speeds on its unpaved trails and roads, Marin County Parks will release key findings about the safety effort Thursday, January 19, before the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission.
At the January 19 meeting, staff will present a synopsis of findings from the three-month pilot, which observed the speeds of all trail users. Staff will go over where LIDAR was used, highlights of the data collection, average speeds recorded, why the pilot program was launched and what happens next.
Marin County Open Space District land use regulations mandate a 15 mph speed limit on its roads and trails and 5 mph when passing and around blind corners. Previously, rangers did not have a tool to measure speeds. Although injury collisions between open space users are extremely rare, uneasiness about safety exists with some preserve visitors.
“The pilot program not only allowed rangers and deputies the opportunity to test LIDAR technology as a tool and become more familiar with its operation, it also provided them opportunities to communicate directly in-the-field with preserve visitors to discuss safety, speed, etiquette and interactions with others,” said Ari Golan, Acting Parks and Open Space Superintendent.
The Parks and Open Space Commission meeting starts at 3 p.m. January 19. Commission meetings are webcast and archived. Share feedback about the program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ari GolanParks and Open Space SuperintendentMarin County Parks
Marin Civic CenterSuite 260San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6387Email: Ari Golanwww.marincountyparks.org