Last weekend an audience question about bikes and pedestrians was asked at the City Council Candidate Forum hosted by NBOP Petaluma, here’s the clip with candidate responses. Candidates respond in this order: Dennis Pocekay, Rob Conklin, D’Lynda Fischer, Dave King, Kevin McDonnell, Scott Alonso.
The City recently applied to and received $48,500 in funding from the BAAQMD to add 3.6 miles of Class III “sharrow” bike lanes to Petaluma, matched by $10,725 of City funds. The City’s statement that “increasing the bicycle network could greatly decrease vehicle trips within the City” is an unlikely scenario given how few people feel safe riding in Class III lanes. Incidentally, one of the new lanes includes connection across McDowell right by the proposed Safeway gas station, where traffic flow will be high. You can familiarize yourself with the City’s 2008 Bicycle Pedestrian Plan, which is currently 5 years overdue for updating. Then think about what types of bike lanes you’d like to see the City get funded based on your experience as a citizen bicyclist.
Is it legal to ride on the sidewalks in Petaluma? Here’s an old overview of this question that addresses why riding in the street can be safer, especially for children over the age of 10. The article references the code for Petaluma, highlighting that the city prohibits bikes on sidewalks in Petaluma’s Central Business District. We have updated the map that highlights the downtown area where bikes aren’t allowed on sidewalks.