Springs bike trail may be reality by next year

The long-awaited Central Sonoma Valley Trail could be a reality sometime in 2015.

The trail, which starts by Maxwell Farms Regional Park and winds its way to Agua Caliente Road through a mixture of streets and dedicated bike paths, has been on the drawing board since a number of meetings back in 2001.

Ken Tam, a planner with Regional Parks, said one of four dedicated bike paths is finished, and he wants to get the other three segments finished in 2015. “The clock is ticking,” he said. “We need to get these segments done.”

The segment that was finished in 2011, the De Chene Avenue-Larson Park segment, cost $163,500. The segments that have yet to be built, through Flowery Elementary School and Verano Avenue, will cost $625,000, while the last segment, through the Springs mixed-use affordable housing project, will run about $210,000. But that last expense is being picked up by the affordable-housing project developers.

Tam said the bike path, a 2.76-mile trail, will be a combination of Class I, Class II and Class III segments. Class I is a dedicated path for pedestrians and bicyclists, while Class II and Class III are on-street bike lanes with striping .

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