Blueprint for Carbon Neutrality
The City of Petaluma is proud to have launched the draft of our Blueprint for Carbon Neutrality, the climate action plan we hope will get us to our goal of becoming Carbon Neutral by 2030.
The Blueprint provides an overview of the greatest challenge that we, as a community, have ever had to face: climate change. Petalumans have already begun to address this challenge through progressive actions that have established our City as both a regional and national climate leader.
We have prepared a brief summary HERE that we hope helps to simplify the what, why, and how of this crucial guiding document. We invite all our residents to read the full 112-page Blueprint for Carbon Neutrality at our General Plan website HERE.
We also invite you to help us refine our Blueprint during the coming weeks. We invite you to provide your feedback on the plan before it goes to City Council later this year. Check out our online feedback form HERE, from now until October 28th.
To learn more, visit cityofpetaluma.org/climateready
Public Works & Utilities
Active Transportation Plan: Bike and Ped Maps Survey
HELP SHAPE PETALUMA’S PLAN FOR WALKING & BIKING IMPROVEMENTS – UPDATED MAPS AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT UNTIL NOVEMBER 19
We are striving to provide a safe, accessible, equitable, and stress-free transportation system for all here in Petaluma, and key to this effort is making walking, bicycling, and other car-free forms of personal mobility (such as scooters, skateboards, assistive mobility devices, etc.) enjoyable and intuitive. When people are comfortable using car-free mobility options, everyone benefits, including those traveling by car!
The Active Transportation Plan (last adopted in 2008 as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan) will identify and prioritize infrastructure, educational, encouragement, and enforcement efforts needed to make walking, bicycling, and rolling safe and accessible for people of all ages and physical abilities.
Thank you to everyone who joined our Active Transportation Plan Open House on October 25. At the Open House, we shared updated project maps that identify improvements needed to connect all of our neighborhoods with safe and accessible sidewalks, bike routes, and off-street trails. These maps were informed by your input on our interactive map earlier in the summer, which received nearly 400 suggestions.
Please take a moment to review the maps and provide comments using the form available on the project webpage. After reviewing your comments, we will update the maps again and take them to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) for a detailed review at its December 6 and, if necessary, January 3 meeting(s).
To learn more and sign up to receive project updates, please visit: cityofpetaluma.org/atp
Vote on Howard Street Improvements
Howard Street is a busy road connecting Petalumans to City Hall, the downtown area, schools, churches, and more. Pedestrian and traffic safety on this popular corridor is of utmost importance.
In the coming months, we will be making upgrades to the underground water and sewer pipes on Howard Street and some nearby side streets, as well as to the surface of the road between West Street and A Street. Our goal is to improve safety and accessibility for all road users while smoothing the surface of the roadway.
Thanks to all community members who have shared their perspective so far. Some areas of items of concern we’ve heard include:
- Calming/slowing down traffic
- Improving intersection safety and operations
- Enhancing existing crosswalks and installing new crosswalks
And we want to hear more! Please take our brief survey today to let us know what you’d like to see on Howard Street. Click HERE to take the survey.
We plan to circle back with the community in early 2024 to share what we’ve heard and outline next steps for the project.
To learn more and sign up to receive project updates, please visit: cityofpetaluma.org/howardstreet
Help Design Caulfield Bridge
Thanks to the nearly 100 community members who took the time to attend our Caulfield Bridge Open House October 17. We received some great input that we will consider as the bridge design takes shape.
The Caulfield Bridge Crosstown Connector Project will create a new 500-foot drawbridge (like the D Street bridge) over the Petaluma River connecting east and west Petaluma via Caulfield Lane to Petaluma Boulevard South. It will provide a safe, convenient route for people walking, bicycling, and driving across town and will help to reduce traffic congestion on existing crosstown connectors.
We want to design the bridge in a way that best serves the needs of the community – and we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill out our online survey below. Your feedback will help inform the bridge design. The survey will be open until November 19.
To learn more and sign up to receive project updates, please visit: cityofpetaluma.org/caulfieldbridge
Safe Streets Nomination Program
We’re on a mission to make Petaluma’s streets safer and more welcoming for everyone, and we need your help! We’re thrilled to roll out our Safe Streets Nomination Program, a unique chance for all Petalumans to play a part in reshaping our streets.
Wondering how? With your keen insights and our assembled data, we can pinpoint, rank, and upgrade areas that need upgrades to slow traffic down and make our streets safer. We know that fast cars and safe streets don’t mix. In fact, high speeds are the cause behind most traffic collisions in Petaluma.
So, Petalumans, ready to co-pilot this transformation with us? Fill out THIS FORM to nominate your street. We will review nominations submitted by August 31 of each year to determine which projects will be implemented and when that work will occur. Find out more about our project selection process at our website HERE.
Parks & Recreation
Kenilworth Park Design Concept
The City is looking for your feedback on a new design concept for Kenilworth Park! The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and all ages are encouraged to participate! Parents are encouraged to help those under 12 years old to help complete all the questions.
The survey will remain open through November 30, 2023 so please take a few moments to make sure your voice is heard! Also, a special thanks to those who have already taken the survey or helped us spread the word. We’ve received over 800 responses to date!
To learn more about the project and sign up to receive updates, please visit: cityofpetaluma.org/kenilworthpark