Several community groups are worried that a planned Dick’s Sporting Goods near Coddingtown Mall may make it harder to build a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Highway 101.
Santa Rosa will spend an additional $400,000 studying a controversial bridge over Highway 101 for bicycles and pedestrians. It will be years before the city can attract the funding needed to construct the bridge. Should the city build it?
The Santa Rosa High School auditorium Sunday had the feel of part victorious political rally, part community party and part tent revival as Sonoma County’s two largest law enforcement agencies announced they would begin accepting Mexican consular cards as a valid identification. The cards will reduce the number of people booked into jail for lacking identification or for traffic offenses. And that will lead to fewer deportations from the jail.
Chanting “Build it Now,” a group of North Bay activists rallied Tuesday morning at the site of the proposed bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Highway 101 in Santa Rosa. Members of the North Bay Organizing Project, which includes labor, immigration, conservation and bicycle advocates, said the proposed bridge has the potential to create jobs and bring together the east and west ends of the city.
The Press Democrat’s May 12 Editorial (“Bike bridge: Exercise in frustration?”) suggested the city shouldn’t invest in the “community connector” bridge because, among other things, federal funding is uncertain. We at the North Bay Organizing Project disagree. In Sonoma County and all around America, transportation is about connecting people to opportunity.
A proposed $20 million bicycle bridge over Highway 101 again appears in peril after Santa Rosa council members raised new questions about the cash-strapped city’s ability to afford the soaring cost of the controversial project. One of its supporters, Councilwoman Susan Gorin, says the opposition means the project will be effectively killed or delayed for a long time.
Santa Rosa pressed forward with plans for a bicycle bridge over Highway 101 Tuesday after the outgoing council majority used a parliamentary technique to prevent the incoming majority from delaying the project. Ernesto Olivares, who was named mayor, calls for “a time of reconciliation.”
So what’s going to happen at tonight’s Santa Rosa council meeting? Expect to see a chamber of cycling enthusiasts championing the merits of the proposed pedestrian-bike bridge.