The city of Santa Rosa, California plans to convert Humboldt Street between Lewis Road and College Avenue into a “Bicycle Boulevard” to reduce speeding and cut through traffic, improve safety for all of the street users, and specifically increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Humboldt Street was first identified as a potential bicycle route by the city Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board in 2001. Since then, residents along the street have asked for traffic calming measures and the city has lowered the speed limit and added stop signs to discourage cut through traffic on this collector street.
A pilot project is planned for Spring 2009, with permanent changes planned for later if the pilot works out and funding can be obtained. The city plans to install “Bikes May Use Full Lane” signs, traffic circles and advanced stop lines for bicyclists (aka “Bike Boxes”).
Other traffic calming features include several traffic circles, colored crosswalks and bulb outs.