Council eyes bike traffic report
How much bike traffic is enough bike traffic to warrant the installation of Class II lanes and the partial elimination of on-street parking?
Are two bikes each hour enough?
How about 25 students, counted going to and coming from school, on a peak-usage, “Walk and Roll to School Day?”
Those are questions the City Council will struggle with on Monday, during a review of the level of usage on the not-yet, year-old West MacArthur Street bike lanes.
In a report to the City Council, the Traffic Safety Committee has recommended city staff continue with bicycle education and promotion programs to increase bike ridership.
While acknowledging that bike counts taken on a bike-to-school day are likely atypically high, the committee report recommends the city allow more time for the bike lane to be fully utilized.
“It takes time, effort and education to promote a culture of usage, especially in areas that may have previously been considered unsafe or undesirable with respect to bike ridership,” the committee report states.
City staff say they intend to conduct ridership counts on an annual basis.
Also on the night’s brief agenda is a report by Patricia Talbot on Health Action Sonoma County, a presentation on Cradle to Career Sonoma County (a partnership connecting all sectors of the educational community) and a proclamation honoring Sonoma Valley firefighter Gabriel Stirnus (see story on page 1). The City Council will meet in the Community Meeting Room, 177 First St. W., at 6 p.m. The public is invited.