TLDR: The City of Petaluma is seeking feedback related to D St. safety updates. As cyclists, I thought it would be important for our group to chime in on the proposed bike lane options for D St from Petaluma Blvd South heading up to Sunnyslope / El Rose Dr.:
The above, as well as other topics, are being decided by the City of Petaluma – very, very soon! Especially if you live near or on D St, or use D St. for your cycling routes, please voice your opinions asap on the survey by clicking on the link:
I've copied and pasted much of the info on the survey below for those who want a preview before completing the survey. I completed the survey and it took me about 4 minutes - it's quick and easy and important to have your voice heard. Thank you!
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D Street serves an important role as a gateway between the countryside and Petaluma. The historic residential street is used by up to 9,500 vehicles per day and is traveled along and across by many people on foot and bike, including children and families accessing nearby parks and schools. Unfortunately, D Street was recently identified as part of Sonoma County's High Injury Network, meaning traffic collisions on D Street occur more frequently and with greater injury severity relative to most Sonoma County roads.
We are seeking community input on proposed traffic calming, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements that can be installed quickly using low-cost, flexible materials. Quick-build projects (also referred to as "pilot" or "demonstration" projects) give the community a chance to experience proposed changes, then provide feedback before we move forward with long-lasting improvements through a planned road reconstruction project that could take place as soon as 2025, pending funding.
After reviewing speed surveys, collision history, and community feedback received thus far, the City has identified several baseline project elements that would help improve safety and slow traffic without significantly changing the roadway characteristics or operations. These improvements include:
Following the October 18 Community Workshop, the City is also evaluating the feasibility of installing new crosswalks at 10th and 12 Streets, as well as additional traffic calming and bike lane enhancements between City Limits and Sunnyslope Ave. / El Rose Dr.
The City is seeking feedback on the potential installation of traffic diverters at the 4th and/or 5th Street intersections due to high rates of collisions involving people attempting to cross or turn left onto D Street at these locations.
Traffic diverters would have the following impacts:
The City is seeking feedback on the lane configuration from Sunnyslope Ave. / El Rose Dr. to Petaluma Blvd. South. D Street is identified as a bike route in the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, but bike lanes and on-street parking cannot be provided in both directions due to limited right-of-way.
Please rate each of the following lane configurations on a scale of 1 (Strongly Oppose) to 5 (Strongly Support):
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