Exercise & Dark neighborhoods

Jan 17, 2010 in Neighbor News

West End Neighbor not allowed to exercise? Health enthusiast, Kay Sullivan is dedicated to challenging her body with daily exercise. Climbing the 5  flights of stairs at the nearby 7th Street garage is one of her favorite workouts. She was recently told by a City employee that folks are not allowed to use the parking garage in this manner- read her recent Letter to the Editor in the Press Democrat on January 15, 2010.

Walking on Dark Streets

Walking on Dark Streets

Downtown neighborhoods are first targets for Street Light Reduction Program– S. R. City Council approved this program in 2008. The program is estimated to reduce energy costs for the city to the tune of $400,000. Highlights: Lights will remain on during normal active hours (dusk to midnight) and off during typical non-activehours (midnight to either dawn or 5:30 a.m.) Work will be completed over four years. The City recognized street lighting to enhance public safety for: Crossing intersections as a motorist; Pedestrian or cyclist; Identification of unusual or unexpected roadway features, such as tight curves, medians or traffic calming devices; Identification of critical facilities such as hospitals and fire stations.

Concern:   If Santa Rosa is trying to stimulate the downtown economy and support downtown neighborhoods, why would downtown pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods be first in line for street light reductions? Program slated to cover all of Santa Rosa, why not start in car oriented neighborhoods ( without nearby amenities easily accessible by foot or bicycle)?

For comments, concerns and questions contact: Rick Moshier, PW Director (707) 543-3800 or rmoshier@ci.santa-rosa.ca.us.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  — Martin Luther King Jr.

Light is good from whatever lamp it shines. ~Author Unknown

Street Light Reduction Program