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Bicycle Shops of Sonoma County Bicycle Shops of Sonoma County
July 1, 2012
The Bicycle Shops listed below are independently owned local shops with a few exceptions - where the owner is a franchise owner of a larger enterprise. They all offer services on a personal level, know their craft and are worthy of your financial support. Please shop at a local merchant for your bicycle needs. These people will serve you best - thank you. 
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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Sustainable Solutions Electric Vehicles 101 - Charging Stations
May 29, 2014
by Sam Euston

According to the 2011 Climate Protection Committee’s Greenhouse Gas Report, 60% of carbon emissions in Sonoma County are generated from transportation. 

Now that Sonoma Clean Power has opened its doors, and unveiled its newEvergreen program, (which utilizes 100% local renewable power), the use of electric vehicles in our Count

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Jake Mackenzie Elected Chair of Metropolitan Transportation Jake Mackenzie Elected Chair of Metropolitan Transportation
March 1, 2017

Rohnert Park Mayor Jake Mackenzie took over the reins of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) after the 18 voting members of the 21-member regional Commission unanimously elected him as chair for the two-year term running through February 2019. Mackenzie has served for the past two years as MTC’s vice chair, and has represented Sonoma County on the Commission since 2008. 

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March 1, 2017
by Jack Swearengen
Trains are running at increased speeds and frequency. SMART is asking motorists and pedestrians to be alert and aware at all crossing gates and remember the following safety tips: 
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Green Valley Road at Atascadero Creek Green Valley Road at Atascadero Creek ready for evaluation
February 24, 2017
This morning, (Wednesday, February 23rd) water levels on the road receded enough to allow Transportation and Public Works (TPW - the folks who fix the roads) to do a preliminary evaluation of the segment of Green Valley Road that has been inundated with water. TPW staff are working to open the road to one lane by the end of the day on Thursday, 2/23, with stop controls for alternating traffic.
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Green Valley Road Emergency Repair Delayed - Graton Green Valley Road Emergency Repair Delayed - Graton
February 15, 2017

Temporary Delay on Emergency Green Valley Road Project

Road will remain closed due to dangerous road conditions

An emergency repair project to divert Green Valley Creek from flowing over Green Valley Road has been temporarily delayed. The project, which was slated to begin today, will begin as soon as the Sonoma County Water Agency obtains an Incidental Take Permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


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Green Valley Road - flooded Green Valley Road Community Meeting for Emergency Repairs
February 9, 2017

Emergency repairs will begin on Tuesday, February 14. A community meeting will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, February 10, at the Sanchietti barn, 10076 Green Valley Road, at the corner of Sullivan Road, to describe the project to neighbors.

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Highway 101 widening at Marin-Sonoma Narrows next phase funded Highway 101 widening at Marin-Sonoma Narrows next phase funded
February 6, 2017

The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) took the final step needed to fully fund the next phase of Highway 101 in the Marin Sonoma Narrows. The project will open five miles of new lanes in each direction south of the Petaluma River Bridge.

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Bike Arc in Palo Alto and Contra Costa County shelters parked bikes Bicycle Thought - physical exercise provides stress relief
January 4, 2017

Over the years (61 so far) I’ve sought cognitive relief in creative ways. When my head is full of confusion and doubt. When I’m troubled about things going on in my life, big or small, I have turned to a variety of distractions in an effort to restore balance. I’ve found that physical exercise provides the best remedy for what ails me: walking, running, kayaking, hiking, backcountry skiing.

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Belden Barns Farms Gets Green Light for Expansion Belden Barns Tasting Room Gets Approved
November 22, 2016
Pandora’s box has opened in Sonoma County. One sees at a Supervisors hearing like this how development creeps into inappropriate places, how Sonoma County could become as environmentally and socially compromised as Napa County.  As well, public safety seems lost in the scrum.
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Clipper® Turns 10 Bay Area’s Transit Fare Payment Card Marks Milestone Clipper® Turns 10
November 20, 2016
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) marked the 10th anniversary of the Bay Area’s Clipper electronic transit-fare payment card. 
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USS Independence under the sea for 65 years USS Independence gets a First Look after 65 years buried at Sea
August 22, 2016
Beginning Monday AUG 22, the expedition ship E/V Nautilus will conduct a cruise to study the cultural heritage and natural wildlife in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) and adjacent sanctuary waters. Recently expanded to protect 3,295 square miles, GFNMS contains over 400 shipwrecks and is largely unexplored in the deepest portions. 
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Bike Arc in Palo Alto and Contra Costa County shelters parked bikes SMART seeks Bicycle Parking Plan input
August 21, 2016
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is encouraging the public to weigh in on plans for bicycle parking near its rail stations. SMART’s Bicycle Parking Investment Plan was initially reviewed by its Board of Directors Wednesday, and is scheduled to be brought back to the Board for further review in October.
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CAUTION -  Children Crossing sign School Is Back in Session - STOP for Children Crossing
August 16, 2016

Advisory: School Is Back in Session this week, Remember to STOP when the red lights are flashing on the school buses

The 2016/2017 school year has begun. With a few districts starting up today, most of Sonoma County schools start back this week, on Wednesday August 17 and Thursday August 18, the California Highway Patrol wants to remind the public of the laws regarding school buses and speeding in school zones.

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Gleason Beach Highway 1 Road Repair starts Week of August 15 Gleason Beach Highway 1 Road Repair starts Week of August 15
August 10, 2016
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin road repair on a section of Highway 1 near Gleason Beach in Northern Sonoma County. Earlier this year, Caltrans closed the southbound lane due to substantial erosion of this coastline road. Caltrans expects the highway to open back up to two lanes within 6-8 weeks. One lane of the road will remain open at all times during construction, controlled by a traffic signal.
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Boat too close to whale Farallones marine sanctuary warns boaters: keep distance from whales
July 10, 2016

Following is a statement from Maria Brown, Superintendent of NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. This has been prompted by the high numbers of whales in vessel traffic lanes, and by reports that small boaters are approaching whales closer than the federal government's guidelines, potentially harassing the whales, and even risking harm to themselves.

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Historic Road Funding for Sonoma County New Road Surfaces Historic Road Funding for Sonoma County New Road Surfaces
July 9, 2016

The Board of Supervisors recently approved the final contract for 2016 road work, which will result in 67 miles of new road surface in Sonoma County this summer. The Board also approved a plan for next summer with another 97 miles of much needed resurfaced roads. This summer’s road construction is slated to begin the first week of July.

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 IRONMAN® 70.3® Vineman triathlon starts at Johnson's Beach, Guerneville IRONMAN® 70.3® Vineman triathlon comes to Sonoma County
July 5, 2016

More than 2,500 registered elite and age-group athletes from around the world representing 18 countries and 42 states will be competing in the annual triathalon in northern and western Sonoma County from Windsor to Guerneville. 

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What Will it Cost to Ride the SMART Train? What Will it Cost to Ride the SMART Train?
June 29, 2016

Many good questions came from attendees who commute to the City – which is one of the main targets of public transportation... regular commuters who suffer through hours of traffic jams to get to and from work. 

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SMART train at Windsor Station on Airport Blvd. SMART sets Fares and offers Eco-Pass and Bulk Discounts
June 8, 2016
A basic fare has been established for $3.50 with additional charges based upon how far a passenger travels.  Each zone passed adds $2. The fare plan will be submitted to Metropolitan Transit so that Clipper Card machines can be programed in time for when the trains run on a regular schedule. Clipper Cards are loaded with money that is deducted as a passenger exits the train and can be used on bus transportation as well. The system is already in place for Santa Rosa CityBus, Sonoma County Transit, Petaluma Transit, and the Golden Gate Transit buses and ferries. Since the train will not accept cash, this is the only system to collect fares. Bus riders will get additional discounts of $.75 to $1.50 for using both the bus and the train. 
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