A public meeting over plans for a proposed bike boulevard and traffic circles on East D Street will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Petaluma Community Center, in Lucchesi Park.

The meeting will allow residents to give input on the city's plans to install traffic circles and street markings to encourage biking on East D Street along three blocks between Payran and Lakeville streets.

The one-year trial project is designed to reduce emissions, and will be funded by a $50,000 grant from a Bay Area air-quality organization.

Although the plans are not finalized, the proposal to remove stop signs and install traffic circles has already generated controversy among residents and local business people who say that doing so would make the street unsafe. A petition has been circulated to stop the project.

The public forum is a special meeting of the city's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, which will hear the public testimony before forwarding a recommendation to the City Council.

— Argus-Courier Staff