Sonoma County to discuss Santa Rosa-to-Sonoma Valley bike and pedestrian trail

Eloísa Ruano González, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Thursday’s meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First St. W., Sonoma.
The two others sessions will be held in Glen Ellen — from 9 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 4 at Dunbar Elementary School and at the same time Nov. 1 at Sonoma Valley Regional Park.

Sonoma County on Thursday will hold the first of three meetings to discuss plans for a bicycle and pedestrian trail to run through Sonoma Valley.
The proposed 13-mile trail would start on Melita Road on the eastern end of Santa Rosa and run along Highway 12 to Agua Caliente Road in the Springs area. It’ll allow residents and tourists to travel safely along the busy road while visiting wineries, restaurants, parks and other popular destinations in the area, county regional parks planner Ken Tam said. He estimates the trail could cost $4.5 million.
Tam, who’s heading up the project, said the area already is popular among bicyclists.
“I normally see cyclists up and down that corridor,” he said, adding he often comes across tourists who pull over to the side of the road to snap pictures of Sonoma Valley’s open meadows, rolling hills and vineyards.
The county will be doing a study to determine how many people travel along that area, as well as look at a possible trail design, cost and other benefits. It received a Caltrans grant for about $190,000 to do the study.
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