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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Improve bicycle and pedestrian safety
July 17, 2020

We all thrive on taking in some sunshine. Whether it be a stroll around the block or a brisk bike ride - we can all agree that being outside just feels good. I’m excited to announce that the city recently launched a study with the goal of enhancing pedestrian and bicycle travel in Rohnert Park.

The U.S. 101 freeway is a major barrier to east-west travel in Rohnert Park, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians and creates gaps in the city’s active transportation network. The underpasses at Commerce Boulevard and Golf Course Dr. and the Rohnert Park Expressway overpass allow travel across U.S. 101. But, these crossings present safety concerns by requiring cyclists and pedestrians to navigate freeway on and off ramps.

Several planning documents state the need to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and connections in Rohnert Park and identify Hinebaugh Creek and Copeland Creek as potential locations for a new crossing of US 101. However, no studies to date have assessed the feasibility of a new bicycle and pedestrian crossing at the creek locations, or other locations along the U.S. 101 corridor. And we have no information regarding the demand and potential impacts of a new crossing.

To improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and circulation, the city is developing a feasibility study of bicycle and pedestrian crossings of U.S. 101. The study will evaluate potential crossing locations and alignments and recommend a community-preferred alignment for a safer travel between the east and west sides of Rohnert Park. This study is made possible by funding from Measure M, the 2004 Sonoma County Traffic Relief Act.

A Public Input Survey is available for you to provide feedback on the project and closes on Sunday, July 19, 2020. To receive updates and invitations to future public meetings for this project, sign up at rpcity.org/newsletter and select the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee newsletter. We look forward to your participation in the improvement of our bicycle and pedestrian safety.

I’m excited to announce that we recently released our community listening session dates. The listening sessions are a fundamental part of the city’s efforts to achieve greater equality. We will be hosting a series of community engagement sessions focused on Equality Policy and Practice Review. If you believe that existing city policies and practices are contributing to inequities or unequal treatment based on race, we want to hear from you. We kickoff our series with a virtual listening session on Wednesday, July 22 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Virtual event details Community Voice

City Manager Darrin Jenkins July 17, 2020 and a complete session schedule are available at www.rpcity.org/equality. Also, look forward to next week’s column for additional details on the Equality Policy and Practice Review engagement efforts and sessions.