There are several surveys happening right now that are looking for input from people who bike in Petaluma. Please share what you know to help Petaluma improve.
The Petaluma General Plan has a visioning workshop that is looking for input on what the goals of the plan should be. Start here to tell the city what you want Petaluma to look like before they start writing the plan. https://www.planpetaluma.org/visioning-workshop-materials There is also an in person event at the Petaluma Library Branch: Thursday, October 7, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Bike Petaluma is trying to get Petaluma included in next years Places for Bikes city rankings. In order to do that we need people who ride in Petaluma to fill out this survey about the current state of biking here. Because Petaluma hasn’t been ranked yet you will need to write it in when you get to the part where you put in what city you are in. https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6332336/commsvy21
There is a Sonoma County Vision Zero survey which is looking for information on where you ride and what areas are dangerous. https://bit.ly/SonomaVisionZero
***SMOKE & POWER OUTAGE UPDATE*** Oct. 25 EVENT POSTPONED, new date to be determined. Due to smoke and power outages, the Petaluma Community Center will be used as a charging and clean air center this weekend, so we can’t screen the film. Stay tuned for more info on rescheduling, we can’t wait to bring you the bikes, the fun, and the film.
On Sunday October 27th from 1-4:30 pm, Bike Petaluma is hosting a free film screening of Motherload, free bike parking, panel discussion on car-free lifestyles, and free cargo bike test rides at the Petaluma Community Center. Motherload is a documentary about getting out of your car and onto a bike. Join us for a community ride to the event leaving Bob’s Beach/Brewsters at 12:30.
Guest post by Bike Petaluma member Camille Esposito, who was the power behind bringing the Motherload screening to Petaluma.
“I first saw a woman riding a longtail bike about 12 years ago. It was a such an inspiration! Imagine riding a bike with kids and groceries and backpacks and not feeling like you were going to fall over from the weight all on the back wheel!? The bike I saw had an Xtracycle Free Radical on it – basically it could turn ANY bike, into a cargo bike. What an amazing invention! It took me a few years to get one since it was about $500 to add one to my bike but the local shop, Bicycleworks in San Anselmo, was a co-op and they sold me a floor sample and hooked me up. I have been riding a cargo bike in some form for about 10 years now. Along the way a friend in Fairfax, Liz Canning started documenting this revolution of bike transportation. Her film, Motherload, took eight years to finish. I’m so excited that it’s here and it seems like it’s coming at the perfect moment in time. To some of us, cargobiking is a way of life, to others it’s a totally new concept. But it’s something we all need to consider – how we move thru the world and how it affects our planet. Please join us this weekend to hear stories from around the world about the potential of riding your bike as a primary source of transportation, talk to families that are doing it now and test ride all sorts of options from SCBC’s lending library & Bike Partners in Santa Rosa and The New Wheel in Larkspur. I hope that you come away knowing more about what is possible and how you can be part of the revolution!”
October 27th: Motherload Film Screening, Panel & Cargo Bike Test Rides, Free event, 1-4:30pm, Petaluma Community Center
Ongoing First Friday Bike Banter (5:30-7pm, location varies), next event is November 1st, at Pub Republic
Ongoing Second Saturday Community Bike Rides (9:30-11:30am, starting point varies), next ride is November 9th, leaving from Aqus Café
November 23rd: Mutant Bikes costume workshop and group ride, Free event, 12-4pm, Petaluma Arts Center
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“SMART has spent nearly $57 million on the pathway, about 60% of which has been paid for with grant funding leveraged through sales-tax revenues from Measure Q, the 2008 tax measure. The agency estimates the cost to finish the remaining 40 miles of unfunded path at between $73 million and $78 million in today’s construction costs. SMART doesn’t know when it will have that money or who it will come from.”