The City of Santa Rosa envisions a community where walking and bicycling are comfortable, convenient, and common for people of all ages and abilities. The Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) promotes this vision and aims to increase the safety of roadways for all users.
The LRSP will supplement the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) by focusing on collisions along BPMP identified priority corridors and providing supplemental citywide analysis of bicycle and pedestrian involved collisions with more recent available data to identify any problematic roadways. The LRSP also evaluated collision trends along roadways identified as part of High-Injury Network (HIN) in the BPMP using more recent collision data.
This study aims to meet goals set forth in the BPMP of increasing access and comfort for bicycle and pedestrian facilities for people of all ages and abilities by identifying safety countermeasures to help mitigate primary crash type trends and reducing the overall collision severity. Additional analysis of bicycle and pedestrian involved collisions with more recent available data was also performed to identify any additional problematic roadways
Click on the LRSP Final Document image below to view the 2022 Plan.
Based on the BPMP list of priority projects, this LRSP will focus on the following corridors in the City of Santa Rosa:
Fourth (4th) Street from E Street to Farmers Lane
Montgomery Drive from Alderbrook Drive to Hahman Drive
College Avenue from Kowell Lane to Morgan Street
College Avenue from Morgan Street to 4th Street
Stony Point Road from W Third (3rd) Street to Sebastopol Road
Roseland Creek Trail from Stony Point Road to Burbank Avenue
N Dutton Avenue from W College Avenue to W 3rd Street
Cleveland Avenue from Industrial Drive to Guerneville Road
What is a Local Road Safety Plan?
A Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) is the preferred safety process for FHWA and Caltrans, which looks at data-driven collision analysis on local roadways more holistically by evaluating input from key stakeholders and community members. LRSP's include stakeholder and community engagement that represents the 5 E's of Traffic Safety - Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Emergency Response, and Emerging Technologies.
The LRSP's are aligned with California's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and provide eligibility for funding through the HIghway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). The overall goal of an LRSP is to reduce fatalities and injury collisions particularly at high-frequency locations where low-cost countermeasures can be applied or systematically to sites with similar risk characteristics.
The development of an LRSP is a six-step process through which stakeholders are engaged throughout.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
The Local Road Safety Plan will support Santa Rosa's current Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and have emphasis areas that align with five of the plan's focus corridors. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan vision is that "Santa Rosa is a community where walking and bicycling are comfortable, convenient, and common for people of all ages and abilities". The goals for this plan will be mirrored in the LRSP and are shown below.
Increase Access and Comfort
Maintain and Expand the Network
Support a Culture of Walking and Biking
Why is Santa Rosa Developing a LRSP?
The City of Santa Rosa is developing a LRSP to analyze the City's collision trends and develop countermeasures that can complement the 5 E’s in effectively addressing the safety issues within the City.
Road safety is, and always will be, an important issue for communities across California. Improving safety measures will save lives, lower fatality statistics and improve quality of life for all users. This living plan will be adopted by Santa Rosa's City Council and typically reevaluated every 5 years. With an adopted LRSP, the City of Santa Rosa will have a road map on how to navigate road safety for all road users, safety goals and prioritized projects for future Highway Safety Improvement Plan (HSIP) applications (for HSIP Cycle 11 in 2022, an adopted LRSP will be a requirement for grant applications) and other grant opportunities.
LRSPs also empower agencies to incorporate safety into routine business (maintenance, capital improvements) and allow for greater awareness of road safety and risks to reduce injuries and fatalities now.
Safety Throughout Sonoma County
Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) oversaw the procurement of seven (7) separate LRSPs to include Healdsburg, Cotati, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and the Town of Windsor. GHD was the consultant selected to perform these LRSPs and is working with each agency (including Santa Rosa) and is coordinating efforts with SCTA and Sonoma County Vision Zero. SCTA defines Vision Zero as "a project that will focus on action-oriented strategies to reduce serious injuries and fatalities caused by traffic collisions, and improving health, quality of life and economic vitality, particularly for low-income and disadvantaged communities".
SCTA desires a consistent approach to the safety plans to help achieve their Vision Zero goal within all jurisdictions of the County. For more information on Sonoma County Vision Zero, visit the link here.