Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Trail
The Bodega Bay Trail Pedestrian & Bicycle Project, located in the Sonoma County’s Fifth District, was approved in the Sonoma County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (August 2010). As part of the California Coastal Trail, this project offers a scenic pathway through the town of Bodega Bay parallel to Highway 1. Visitors and residents using this trail would be able to experience the small village atmosphere of Bodega Bay and access the beautiful Sonoma County Coast beaches, historic harbor and picturesque waterfront.
The primary purpose of this project is to develop a safe route for bicyclists and pedestrians travelling along Highway 1 and throughout the town of Bodega Bay. The primary bikeway routes include development of 3.4 miles of bike and pedestrian (Class 1) pathway and 4 miles of shoulder (Class 2) bike lanes along Highway 1. A major project component is construction of over a mile of waterfront boardwalk with access to retail shops, restaurants and scenic overlooks of Bodega Bay Harbor. Secondary bicycle and pedestrian routes will provide pathway connections to surrounding parks, marinas and educational facilities including Spud Point Marina and Bodega Bay Marine Lab.
A conceptual improvement plan and feasibility study for the project was completed in September 2005. This plan was initiated by former fifth District Supervisor Mike Reilly and a community working group. The project consultant LandPeople (of Oakland), prepared the plan, with the input of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) representing community groups and public agencies. Several TAC meetings were held during various stages of the plan preparation including two community forums. The April 7, 2005 meeting at the Grange Hall attracted well over 50 participants.
Implementation of the plan is underway. Responsibility for
implementing the various segments of the plan is based on public right of way,
agency jurisdiction and facility construction. Regional Parks in partnership
with State Parks is responsible for implementing the primary Class 1 pedestrian
and bikeway segments of the project parallel to Highway 1. Caltrans is
responsible for implementing the Class 2 bike lanes along Highway 1 right of
way, and Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works is responsible for
implementing the connecting Class 1 pedestrian and bikeway projects and Class 2
bike lanes along the County road.
The total cost of the Bodega Bay Bicycle and Pedestrian
Trail project, as identified in the 2005 Bodega Bay Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Study (12.9 MB), is approximately $20.4 million. This total includes planning,
design, right-of-way, acquisition and construction costs of $6.4 million
dollars for the primary pedestrian bikeway routes parallel to Highway 1; $12.4
million for the bike lane improvements along Highway 1 and $1.6 million for the
secondary connecting bikeway routes to the surrounding areas. Information on
the project cost estimate is included in Section 4.6 of the 2005 Bodega Bay Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Study.
opportunities for the proposed pedestrian and bikeway improvements come
from a variety of Regional, State, Federal and Special Transportation and
Recreational Programs. County Measure M transportation tax includes funding
earmarked for the Bodega Bay Trail project. For more information on Measure M
visit the Sonoma County Transportation
Authority (SCTA) website.
The Bodega Bay Trail project is identified as a high priority
in the adopted 2010
County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. As each of the project segments
is further defined, more site specific environmental work will be needed for
compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National
Environmental Policy Act.
The Regional Parks Department is responsible for completion
of 8 segments of bike and pedestrian pathway totaling 3.4 miles in length.
These segments are organized into development phases, in the order that they
have received environmental clearance and funding:
The Regional Parks Department completed a 0.4 mile Segment
6C of the Bodega Bay Trail in 2008. This trail segment includes a 110 foot long
bridge over Cheney Creek connecting Doran Beach Regional Park to Bird Walk
Coastal Access Regional Park. The trail along this segment of the project has
an aggregate surface and slopes that are compliant with provisions of the
Americans with Disabilities Act. Trailhead parking areas are located in both
parks to access the trail. A total of $540,000 in funding from Park Mitigation
Fees, a State Coastal Conservancy grant and Measure M funds were used to the
complete design and construction of this project.
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(Tentative Construction 2013-2015)
The next phase, Coastal Prairie Trail (segments 1B &1C),
is located at the most northern end of the Bodega Bay Trail project. At this
location, the bikeway is planned to travel through the scenic coastal prairie
areas of the Sonoma Coast State Park and County owned land offering a welcome
alternative for pedestrians and bicyclists traveling along Highway One.
Proposed facilities for this phase of the project include a
1.1 mile bike and pedestrian trail with an eight foot wide paved surface, two
foot wide rock aggregate shoulder, 950 linear feet of boardwalk and a 120 foot
long bridge over wetlands and drainage way areas. The project also includes
trailhead parking for 7 cars along the shoulder of Keefe Avenue. The disabled parking areas are to be paved to
meet ADA standards, with the remaining parking areas to be porous crushed rock.
This project phase originally scheduled for construction in
2010 was rescheduled for construction after 2012, due to environmental issues
involving Federal consultation and biological assessments for the endangered
California red legged frog. The project specific Initial Study was completed in June 2011. A neighborhood and community scoping meeting was held
June 2009 for this project at the Bodega Bay Grange Hall. A cooperative
agreement between State Parks and Regional Parks for trail facility
installation and maintenance will be needed prior to construction. An estimated
$1.2 million in funding is needed for the Coastal Prairie Trail phase of the
project. Of this amount, approximately $800,000 is currently budgeted from
existing funds. Pending additional funding, this phase of the project is tentatively
scheduled for construction between 2013 and 2015.
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Harbor Coastal Trail — Segments 3D-2, 5B & 6B
This 1 mile of pathway, including over 0.3 miles
of boardwalk, is in the planning stage. It goes through the County
Birdwalk Coastal Access Regional Park, public tidelands and the right of way
along State Highway 1 and Smith Brothers (County) Road. Aerial Topographic mapping
has been prepared and Right of Way negotiation with the owners of the Tides and
Lucas Wharf will be needed to complete the design of the pathway alignment.
An estimated $2.0 million in funding is needed for this
phase of the project.
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North Harbor Coastal Trail — Segments 2B & 3D-1
This 1 mile of pathway, including over 0.6 miles of
boardwalk will travel through Bodega Dunes State Park, along the right of way
of Eastshore Road and the public tidelands of Bodega Bay Harbor. Right of Way
negotiation with State Parks and the owners of the Porto Bodega Marina property
will be needed to complete this alignment.
The estimated cost of this phase of the project is $2.4
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The next step for Regional Parks in the Bodega Bay
Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail Project is to complete the Coastal Prairie Trail
phase of the project. To receive existing grant funding, this
project phase needs to have the regulatory permits issued, complete the federal environmental review process, complete
a cooperative agreement with State Parks, and be ready for bidding by August 2013.
The middle 2 miles of the pathway, the Harbor Coastal Trail
and North Harbor Coastal Trail phases of the project will need to secure $3.9
million in additional funding for final planning design, acquisition and
construction. Regional Parks is currently using a planning grant from the State
Coastal Conservancy, Park Mitigation fees, and measure M funds to complete planning
and design for this phase of the project. Once the planning and design has been
completed, a neighborhood scoping meeting will be scheduled.
Citizens Advisory Committee
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department is in the
process of re-establishing the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Bodega Bay
Trail project. The committee is an advisory body and provides recommendations
to the Regional Parks Department with respect to the Bodega Bay Trail project.
This committee will focus on the southern trail segments (North Harbor Coastal
Trail and Harbor Coastal Trail) from the Bodega Bay Community Center to the
Birdwalk Coastal Access Park.
Anyone interested in serving on the committee, please
contact Ken Tam at (707) 565-3348 or by email.