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May 10, 2021
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City of Rohnert Park

Mary Grace Pawson
It creates gaps in the city’s transportation networks
April 23, 2021

We can all breathe a sigh of relief as life begins to transform back to what it once was pre Covid. Although we still have some restrictions in place, adding a bit more outside activity to our routine is something we can all appreciate. Often, I see many of you walking, biking, or running around town, and I’m excited to share that we’re advancing the bicycle and pedestrian crossing conversation with an online public workshop. 

As many of you are aware, the US 101 freeway is a major barrier to east-west travel in Rohnert Park. It creates gaps in the city’s active transportation network, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians. Busy underpasses at Commerce Blvd., Golf Course Dr. and the overpass at Rohnert Park Expressway present safety concerns. East-west bound cyclists and pedestrians are required to navigate freeway on-ramps and off-ramps.  

Several planning documents acknowledge the need to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and connections in Rohnert Park. Hinebaugh Creek and Copeland Creek have been identified as potential locations for a new crossing of US 101.

The city is currently developing a Feasibility Study for a new bicycle and pedestrian crossing of US 101. The Feasibility Study is made possible by funding from Measure M, the 2004 Sonoma County Traffic Relief Act. 

The study assesses the feasibility of a new bicycle and pedestrian crossing of US 101 in Rohnert Park. In consideration of new and planned development, it also addresses the demand for and impact of a new crossing. The study evaluates seven potential crossing locations and many alignment alternatives. The goal is to identify a safer community-preferred design that is ADA compliant for cyclists and pedestrians traveling to and from east-west sides of Rohnert Park. 

Please join us at an online Public Workshop on Thursday May 6 at 6 p.m. to learn about the study’s findings and provide feedback. For workshop registration details and more information, please visit the project webpage at: http://bit.ly/RohnertPark101BikePedCrossing.

In addition to the Public Workshop that focuses on over and underpasses in Rohnert Park, there is a broader countywide pedestrian safety discussion called Vision Zero. The initiative is a partnership between the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and pledges to reduce all traffic related deaths to zero. 

You’re invited to provide feedback about traffic safety concerns within the county by participating in the Vision Zero survey. The responses from the survey will be used to get a better understanding of countywide injuries and fatalities caused by traffic collisions and to help develop the Vision Zero Action Plan for Sonoma County. Your answers are confidential, and it takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Visit https://scta.ca.gov/vision-zero/ to provide your input and learn more about the Vision Zero Action Plan.