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.
Bike Petaluma strives to create a town where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy bicycling for transportation and recreation.
Call for Applications
Bike Petaluma seeks committee members to support our volunteer organization. Our goals range from improving bicycle safety, mobility, and infrastructure to raising the profile of and celebrating all forms of bicycling in Petaluma. Opportunities are currently open to serve on the Steering Committee, Advocacy Sub-Committee, and Community Engagement Sub-Committee (see descriptions below).
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can make a commitment of at least one year. Individuals can serve on up to two committees. Each will meet once per month, typically for 1-2 hours on a weeknight.
As previously noted, Caltrans is currently developing a plan to improve bicycling along and across our state highway system. In Petaluma, this includes US-101 and CA-116 (Lakeville Avenue east of US-101).
Caltrans wants your thoughts on how to improve bicycle travel along and across Petaluma’s two state-owned roads: US-101 and CA-116 (Lakeville Highway; pictured above).
Caltrans is currently developing a plan to improve bicycling along and across our state highway system. Your input will help shape future Caltrans improvements for bicycling in Petaluma and across the North Bay!
At this community workshop, attendees will discuss Caltrans’ proposed projects for bicycle improvements and share ideas on local priorities. This is a great opportunity to call out the need for new and/or improved 101 crossings and protected bike lanes along Lakeville Highway.
When: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5-8 PM (Caltrans will present between 6-7 PM; with an ‘open house’ format before and after)
If you would like to participate but are unable to make this date, there will also be an online workshop on November 30. More details will be available on Caltrans’ Bike Plan webpage prior to November 30.
Earlier this year, Bike Petaluma and Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition teamed up to ask the Petaluma City Council to prioritize updating the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in 2017. That update has not yet occurred, nor are there currently any plans for it to occur.
Even worse, City leadership recently indicated that it would rather leave potential grant funds on the table than update the plan.
How You Can Help
Sign our petition urging the City of Petaluma to prioritize updating the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in 2017-18.
Attend next Monday’s (9/11) City Council Meeting at 6:45 PM and ask the Council to prioritize a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan update. You can check a box in the petition to RSVP; we’ll send you a reminder and some talking points prior to the meeting.When: Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 6:45 PM | Where: City Hall Council Chambers, 11 English Street, Petaluma
Why It Matters
Of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans that have been adopted in California, Petaluma’s is now among the oldest. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan provides the blueprint for improvements that would make Petaluma a safe, active, and healthy community. It is crucial that this plan is kept up-to-date in order to incorporate:
New approaches to bicycle network planning
The latest in street design techniques
Recent changes in Petaluma’s bicycle and pedestrian network, and
Projects that would compete for regional and state funding and/or can be included in new development or street repaving projects
Low-Stress Networks = More People Biking & Walking
Communities emphasizing low-stress bike and pedestrian networks that serve people of all ages and abilities have had the greatest success at increasing the number of people biking and walking for transportation. A plan update would provide the community an opportunity to consider the latest in low-stress street design techniques, helping to realize a safe and comfortable bike and pedestrian network that works for all Petalumans.
An Updated Bike & Pedestrian Plan = More Grant Funding
Funding opportunities for bicycle and pedestrian projects are extremely competitive. By including the latest in bicycle network planning and by illustrating broad community support for projects prioritized in an updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, the City will be more competitive for the funding needed to get these projects on the ground.
Update, 9/2: The suspect was arrested for 20001(a) VC, Hit and Run with Injury and transported to Sonoma County Jail. City staff informed Bike Petaluma that the cause of the collision was inattentive driving.
Bike Petaluma was terribly saddened to hear of Friday night’s hit-and-run collision on Caulfield Lane that left a 68 year-old man severely injured. Our thoughts are with him and his loved ones in this difficult time; we wish him a quick recovery.
We encourage anyone with details about the collision to contact the Petaluma Police Department immediately at 707-776-3721.
No one should have to fear for his/her safety while walking or bicycling around town. Between 2006 and 2016, five people on bikes were hit and injured while riding on Caulfield Lane between Lakeville St. and S. McDowell Blvd. Bike Petaluma will continue to call on City staff and leadership to make safety a priority so tragic incidents like this one do not continue to take place on our streets.