Steele Lane Pilot Project

The City of Santa Rosa is conducting its first school safety pilot project from March 18 to May 24, 2024. This project is on Steele Lane from Meyers Drive to Rowe Drive in front of Steele Lane Elementary School. The pilot project will “road diet” Steele Lane, meaning that one lane of traffic will be removed for a period of two months. The lane of traffic to be removed is the right westbound lane closest to the entrance of Steele Lane Elementary School.

The City is looking to improve Safe Routes to School access to Steele Lane Elementary School and the pilot project will allow the City to understand how more bus, bicycle, and pedestrian space in front of the elementary school may help students and parents access the school. While the City is concerned about safe access to the elementary school, the City also understands that it is near a Highway 101 interchange and is a significant thoroughfare for vehicles. Therefore, the City is implementing this pilot study to determine what impacts the road diet will have on multimodal travel along this corridor before a permanent solution is implemented. City staff will be continually monitoring the site to evaluate impacts for all modes of transportation.

See below for cross section illustrations which show the existing road and what the road will look like during the two-month pilot project. Upon completion of the pilot project, the City will circulate a public survey to gather feedback from the community. This will further help the City understand the impacts a potential road diet may have on all users of the corridor, including vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and public transit. 

A survey will be open from May 1st to May 24th in order to solicit feedback from the public relating to their experience during the pilot study. The survey will be posted on this project webpage and will be advertised upon opening. 

  1. Alexander Oceguera

    Active Transportation Planner

Benefits of "Road Diets"
  • Road diets tend to slow vehicle traffic enough to significantly reduce the rate and severity of collisions, especially for children.
  • Reduced right-angle vehicle collisions due to motorists turning onto Steele Lane needing to cross 3 lanes of travel instead of 4 lanes of travel.
  • Shortens crossing distance for pedestrians.
  • Opportunity to provide more dedicated space for bicycles.
  • Providing a more community-focused, complete-streets environment that better accommodates the needs of all road users. 

Location of Project

Steele Lane Extents

Existing Lane Configuration (Before Pilot)

Steele Lane Current

Steele Lane Configuration During Pilot Project

Steele Lane During Pilot