Santa Rosa Bike Lanes Go Green

Photo by:  Christopher Chung/PD

Santa Rosa has given the green light to new bike lanes designed to help cyclists navigate some of the city’s busiest intersections.

The city has installed its first bright green bicycle lanes on Santa Rosa Avenue and has plans for 10 more in locations where bicyclists and vehicles are likely to cross paths.

Workers recently gave the pavement a verdant paint job at the intersection of Third Street and Santa Rosa Avenue in conjunction with the work to reunify Old Courthouse Square.

The other intersections — including busy locations on Mendocino Avenue, Stony Point Road, Sonoma Avenue and Marlow Road — are slated for facelifts this spring.

“This is just kind of round one to see how it works,” said Rob Sprinkle, the city’s traffic engineer.

More could be installed later if they prove popular and effective, he said. The lanes are being funded with about $78,000 in state transportation funding.

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