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SCTA Bicycle & Pedestrian Count Program

Countywide Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan

The Countywide Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan has been prepared. The project has 10 components: The Countywide Master Plan OVERVIEW, the APPENDICES, and an INDIVIDUAL PLAN for each of the 8 participating jurisdictions: Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Town of Windsor, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, and Sonoma County.

The Overview and Appendices have been finalized. Each participating jurisdiction is responsible for local adoption of their individual plan. The Overview and Appendices may be viewed below. As the individual plans are adopted they will be posted below, and the associated map will be updated.

collage of people walking, crossing the street and bike-riding

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Routine Accommodation of Pedestrians and Bicyclists in the Bay Area

Bicycle Plan Maps

The bicycle facilities shown on the maps on this Web site generally conform to the designations known as bike paths, lanes, or routes. Some of the sections may not meet specific state or local standards, and are targeted for future upgrading. The County of Sonoma and the cities and towns of Sonoma County assume no responsibility for bicyclists using these bikeways. These maps are intended for informational purposes only.

County of Sonoma HTML version Printable PDF version (1.33 Mb) posted 12/20/2010
City of Cloverdale HTML version Printable PDF version (469 Kb) posted 9/17/2008
City of Cotati HTML version Printable PDF version (614 Kb) posted 11/20/2009
City of Healdsburg HTML version Printable PDF version (1.31 Mb) posted 10/30/2008
City of Rohnert Park HTML version Printable PDF version (1.4 Mb) posted 12/20/2010
City of Petaluma HTML version Printable PDF version (1.19 Mb) posted 12/20/2010
City of Santa Rosa HTML version Printable PDF version (1.98 Mb) posted 1/20/2012
City of Sebastopol HTML version Printable PDF version (586 Kb) posted 1/20/2012
City of Sonoma HTML version Printable PDF version (467 Kb)posted 12/20/2010
Town of Windsor HTML version Printable PDF version (1.18 Mb) posted 12/20/2010

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Definition of Bikeway Types

Class I Bikeway – Provides a completely separated right-of-way for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians with cross-flow of motorized traffic minimized.

Class II Bikeway – Provides striped lane for one-way bike travel on a street or highway.

Class III Bikeway – Provides shared use with pedestrians or motor vehicles.

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Tips For Riding in Traffic

BE PREDICTABLE – Ride so drivers can see you and predict your movements. Remember that the rules in the driver’s manual apply to bicyclists also.

BE ALERT – Ride defensively and expect the unexpected. Remember that bicyclists are more vulnerable.

ALWAYS RIDE WITH TRAFFIC – Bicyclists must follow the same laws as motorists. A bicyclist traveling against traffic is no safer than a motorist would be. Neither drivers nor other bicyclists expect a wrong-way bicyclist, especially at intersections and driveways. Stop at red lights and stop signs just as you would in a car.

RIDE DEFENSIVELY – Be alert and expect the unexpected. In rain, allow three times the normal breaking distance.

RIDE AS FAR TO THE RIGHT AS IS SAFE - Ride with the flow of traffic on the right side, but far enough from the curb to avoid hazards. Ride in a straight line and far enough from parked cars to avoid an opening door.

CHOOSE THE BEST WAY TO TURN – There are two ways to make a left turn. Like a motorist, you can signal, merge into the left lane and turn left. Or you can ride straight to the far side corner, and use the far corner crosswalk as a pedestrian.

OCCUPY A LANE WHEN NEEDED – If you must ride on a busy street, be prepared to occupy a full lane when approaching a major intersection or whenever the lane is too narrow to share with other traffic.

FOLLOW LANE MARKINGS – Use appropriate lane markings for turning right, left or going through an intersection. Do not use a turn lane when going straight. Signal before turning or merging.

DO NOT PASS ON THE RIGHT – Whenever you ride, be cautious-even when riding in a bike lane. When approaching an intersection or driveway, be especially cautious and do not overtake a vehicle on its right; it might turn right in front of you.

RIDING ON SIDEWALKS – The law states you must yield to pedestrians, give a warning before passing (call out or ring a bell), and ride at walking speed when crossing driveways, alleys or intersections. Be alert for motorists turning at driveways and streets.

USE LIGHT AT NIGHT – BE VISIBLE – The law requires a white headlight visible from at least 300 feet ahead and a red rear reflector or taillight visible 500 feet from behind at night or when visibility is poor. Reflective tape on clothing and bright colors for daytime helps you to be seen.


Archive — SCTA Countywide Bicycle Plan 2003 Update


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