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After a very long wait, the Sebastopol Complete Streets Advisory Committee is a reality and the City is the first . After interviews with the City Council, I was among the seven members appointed at the May 1st City Council meeting:
The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to complete the streets. States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.Instituting a Complete Streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
Thank you, Sebastopol City Council.
- Complete Streets Advisory Committee Gets Final Approval (Finally!) (socolife.wordpress.com)
The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition reports that the position at SC Regional Parks eliminated the position responsible for handling bicycle trail maintenance requests. Presumably remaining staff will take on the worst problems, but I don’t imagine routine problems — such as glass — will get much attention. I’ll keep my fingers crossed (but I’m not holding my breath) that anyone will be able to go after puncture weed this year. We’ll need to keep on our toes and carry our brooms…