$190K grant to fund bike path study

Sonomans could be one step closer to being able to bike – or walk – to Santa Rosa and any place along the way.

The possibility of such safe and easy human-powered travel comes after Sonoma County Regional Parks received a grant from the California Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of a bike path from Sonoma to Santa Rosa.

After years of applying for the grant, said Sonoma County Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart, the county was finally awarded the prestigious “Community-Based Transportation Planning Grant,” which totals $190,575, as part of a larger plan to make the county completely – and safely – navigable on bike or foot.

The highly competitive grants are only awarded to projects that Caltrans finds encourage public involvement and partnership.

The study for the inter-city pathway, referred to as Sonoma Valley Trail, will span 13 miles from Agua Caliente Road north of Sonoma to Melita Road south of Santa Rosa.

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