Safe Streets Petaluma

Sign the Declaration: " We Support Complete Streets for Petaluma"

We created Safe Streets Petaluma in Spring 2022 to accelerate the creation of  "Safe, Healthy, and Affordable Mobility for All."  Over the past year, we sought advice from other American cities who have done this. They agreed: we need to assemble a powerful coalition of all the local people and organizations who will benefit from safe streets. That turns out to be ... everyone in Petaluma.

We chose to use the term "Complete Streets," which refers to a well-established practice. Complete Streets are safe and comfortable for everyone, regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, sex, income, or disability. They give all of us more choices for getting around town, whether we choose to travel by car or truck, on foot, on public transit, or on a bike, a scooter, or a wheelchair. Complete Streets help Petaluma solve many of our most pressing problems, from public health and safety to affordable housing and traffic congestion to climate-readiness and social equity...

You can join our "coalition of everyone" by signing our Declaration: We Support Complete Streets for Petaluma. Be sure you indicate you want to be added to our mailing list.

Declaration: We Support Complete Streets for Petaluma

As community members, leaders, and advocates, we strongly support the City of Petaluma’s efforts to transform our streets into Complete Streets.


For decades, we have been building wide streets but thinking narrowly about them. We have built streets as a way of moving cars and trucks as rapidly as possible. But we have reached a crisis point where our streets are now unsafe, clogged with traffic, and expensive to maintain. They discourage active transportation and encourage driving, a leading contributor to our climate crisis.


Complete Streets refers to a well-established practice, adopted by over 1500 American cities and towns. The Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) provides significant federal funding and prioritizes projects that take a Complete Streets approach. By MTC’s definition, Complete Streets are “ and comfortable for everyone, regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, sex, income, disability or chosen transportation mode.” Equally important, they maximize “...the use of the existing public right-of-way by prioritizing space-efficient forms of mobility (walking, cycling, shared mobility and public transit) over space intensive modes (single occupancy auto travel).”


Complete Streets give people more choices for getting around town-- whether they choose to travel by car or truck, on foot, on public transit, or on a bike, a scooter, or a wheelchair. They make it possible for Petaluma children to safely walk and roll to school. And streets that are safe for our kids are safe for everyone!


Our streets can be transformed to encourage greeting and gathering -- beautiful, quiet, lined with shade trees and landscaping where natural systems thrive, and precious rain runoff is captured and saved underground.


AND our drivers benefit. As more people use car alternatives, traffic congestion declines. Physically separating cars from cyclists and rollers reduces collisions and stress for everyone.

AND overall health improves when people combine fresh-air exercise with their everyday getting around. 

Their outdoor encounters with fellow Petalumans help cure isolation and loneliness.


AND we boost affordable housing, social equity, and economic vitality. A city-wide network of Complete Streets lowers the cost of new housing by reducing expensive parking requirements.  Bikes and their kin are far less expensive for families to buy and operate, expanding access to jobs, shopping, and services for lower-income households. 


AND we protect our climate. Burning gasoline accounts for almost ⅔ of Petaluma’s climate pollution. We need Complete Streets to achieve the City’s 2030 carbon neutrality goal… for our kids.

We therefore call upon the City of Petaluma to give highest priority to accelerating the redesign and retrofit of our streets as Complete Streets. This will require the following commitments:


I am happy to add my name (and my organization’s name, if applicable) in support of Complete Streets for Petaluma.

SIGN THE DECLARATION: To formally sign-on to this declaration, click here and fill out the form

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