Shocked by one-way Riverside Dr.
In response to the Index-Tribune article of Sept. 6 (“Changing Riverside Drive”), we are a group of neighbors from the streets surrounding Riverside Drive who were shocked to learn via the newspaper that there was a plan to make Riverside Drive one-way, and that it had reached the stage where it would be considered at the Sonoma County Citizens Advisory Commission this Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The Riverside Drive group has been meeting for almost a year in isolation from the surrounding neighborhoods. Your article stated that this change to Riverside Drive will happen before the end of the year. We fail to understand how this decision could have been made in the absence of traffic impact studies, community meetings and trials of alternative strategies.
This change in the traffic pattern will divert the northbound traffic from Riverside, traffic from the Riverside residents themselves, as well as re-routed neighborhood traffic through our narrow, pothole-ridden streets.
The surrounding neighborhoods now are aware of this issue, and are calling for the commission to defer decision on this proposal until comprehensive impact studies are completed.
We agree with the residents of Riverside Drive that it is a priority to make our streets safer. But increasing traffic to smaller streets only adds to the problem in other neighborhoods. We look forward to joining forces to work together as a community to increase the safety on all of our streets.