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It was a great 2015!

Click to make 2016 even better!

What happened in 2015?

  • Sonoma Valley Trail. Sonoma County Regional Parks has completed the feasibility study for a trail linking Santa Rosa to Sonoma along Highway 12. Early next year, the Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the proposed alignment and we will be working with Regional Parks to identify funding for this great project.
  • Petaluma Sebastopol Trail. With support from the Bike Coalition, Regional Parks was awarded nearly $200,000 to begin the feasibility study for a 13-mile trail connecting Petaluma to Sebastopol. Work on the study will begin in Spring of 2016
  • Santa Rosa Police Department Bait Bike Program. Santa Rosa has one of the highest rates of bike theft in the Bay Area. In early 2015, the Bike Coalition teamed up with NorCal Bike Sport / Bike Peddler and the Santa Rosa Police department to deploy a fleet of GPS-equipped Bait Bikes that allow the cops to track the stolen bikes and catch the thieves. In 2015, dozens of bike thieves were caught, arrested and sent to jail. 
  • Getting SMART Back on Track. We teamed up with Marin Bike Coalition and Transportation Alternatives for Marin to successfully challenge SMART's elimination of a critical section of the SMART pathway. While other agencies, such as the City of Santa Rosa and Regional Parks have built sections of the SMART Pathway, the SMART has not invested any money in Pathway construction in Sonoma County. In 2016, we will be aggressively pushing SMART to be accountable for building what the voters approved in 2008: A rail transit system with a pathway from Cloverdale to Larkspur. 
  • A Better Chipseal. Working with Sonoma County Public Works and Caltrans, we've been successful in improving the standard for road preservation projects that use chip seal. The new process involves smaller aggregate, a polymer binder and better cleanup to give a surface that's much more bike friendly. Ride Hall Road to check it out. 
  • Joe Rodota Trail Cleanup. Working with Regional Parks, we've established a regular program of trail maintainence that uses supervised adult crews from the Sonoma County Probation Department to clean the trail on a weekly basis. We've also gotten the Santa Rosa Police Department to routinely patrol the Joe Rodota and Santa Rosa Creek Trails. 
  • Improving Caltrans. Gary Helfrich, the Bike Coalition's Executive Director has been selected to serve as chairman of the Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Advisory Committee. This Committee is responsible for improving bicycle safety on state highways and establishing standards for bicycle facilities statewide. It's wonky, but important work. 
  • Finishing the Lynch Creek Trail. Working with the City of Petaluma, we were able to finally get the last segment of the Lynch Creek Trail under construction. This 200-foot section that connects to Lakeville Street has been fenced off for over a decade waiting for the Petaluma River Flood Control Project to be completed. With help from the Petaluma Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, the U.S. Army Corps was pushed into completing work along the river and the final section of the trail is now under construction. 
  • Lake County Bike Drive. With generous donations from our members, help from local bike shops and support from our friends at Napa Bike Coalition, we collected and delivered nearly 500 bikes to families who lost everything in the Lake County fires. 
  • Safe Routes to School Success. In 2015, our Safe Routes to School Program was ranked as the most successful in the Bay Area at reducing automobile trips to schools. This shift reduced the total greenhouse gas emissions of the 42 participating schools by 6%. 

What going to happen in 2016?

  • Push SMART to Build the Pathway. The tax measure that funded SMART would not have passed without the Pathway. Pathway construction is a relatively quick construction process and there is a narrow window of opportunity this spring to efficiently and inexpensively build the Pathway. Once passenger service begins in late summer, construction will become difficult, hazardous and expensive. 2016 is an election year and the SMART Board must be held accountable for it's commitment to build the Pathway. 
  • 8th Street East Pathway. We will be working with Regional Parks and the National Rails to Trails Conservancy to convert the rail line along 8th Street into a trail that will connect to Skaggs Island. Once this trail and the Sonoma Valley Trail are completed, you'll be able to ride from San Pablo Bay to the Russian River on a regional bike trail network!
  • Arnold Drive Bike Lanes. Several sections of Arnold Drive lack bike lanes or even safe shoulders. In 2016, we will be working with Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works to widen and resurface the shoulders on this critical connection between Glen Ellen and Sonoma. 
  • Build our Bike Chick, VeloMed and Family Bike Workshop Programs. These great programs encourage more women to enjoy cycling, provide medical support for bike events and engage families in riding together. Our goal is to make Sonoma County the best place to ride a bike and culture change is as important as infrastructure in achieving our goal. 
  • Better Enforcement of the Vehicle Code. We have been working with the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans to present briefings to local police departments on enforcement priorities and interpretation of the California Vehicle Code. This is an exciting opportunity to create uniform enforcement and focus on the actions that put cyclists and pedestrians at risk. 

We can't do all this without your help!!
To those of you who have already sent a generous donation, a big Thank You and group hug (if appropriate) from all of us at the Bike Coalition.
If not, your bike will thank you if you click here and help us make 2016 the best year ever!

 

 

Wine Country Cyclery

South County is a great place to ride and Wine Country Cyclery is one of our favorite shops in the Sonoma Valley. They have long been a Sustaining Business Member of the Bicycle Coalition and generously support our outreach, advocacy and education programs. Drop on by next time your ride takes you to the City of Sonoma. 
 

Cazadero Supply

We are excited to announce our newest Sustaining Business Member - Cazadero Supply! From high quality bike parts to hardware to fishing and hunting licenses to automotive supplies, Don and Charlotte have you covered! A mandatory stop for anyone riding King Ridge or checking out Old Cazadero Road. 
Many thanks to our Business Members!
 
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