Red Curbs


We're on a mission to make Petaluma's streets safer for everyone! When vehicles park right next to an intersection or crosswalk, it makes it hard for drivers to see pedestrians entering the crosswalk. Children and people using strollers, wheelchairs or walkers are particularly vulnerable because they’re more likely to be invisible behind a parked car or truck. And with the increase in size and height of many trucks and SUVs, even adults are vulnerable to collisions at low-visibility intersections.

For some time now, we have been updating intersections with crosswalks in Petaluma to increase safety and visibility through the addition of red curbs. These updates are also in accordance with the Daylighting to Save Lives Bill (AB-413), a California State law that bans vehicles from stopping, standing, or parking withing 10-15 feet of the approach side of a crosswalk. “Daylighting” refers to the concept that safety is improved by removing parked cars next to crosswalks.

You will see new red curbs painted to reduce parking near crosswalks around town. While every effort is being made to retain as many parking spaces as possible, the work will result in the addition of red curbs and the removal of some spaces.

If daylighting work is planned to take place in your area, you will receive notification via a postcard from our project team.

You can learn more about Daylighting to Save Lives HERE.

For questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Public Works & Utilities department:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 707-778-4303

Have a safety concern about a street or intersection in Petaluma? Fill out our Safe Streets Nomination Form and our team will look into it. CLICK HERE to learn more.


It's not about how fast you get there in Petaluma, but how you arrive. "Slow the Fast Down" is our campaign to ensure every drive is a safe one. CLICK HERE to learn more, take our pledge, and choose your free gift today! 

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