Hey, when are they going to install the bike path next to the (SMART) tracks? This is the reason I voted for it. – Aways by bicycle

It’s complicated, SMART officials say, but it’s coming, piece by piece. You’re talking about 71 miles of trail between Larkspur and Cloverdale, 54 miles of it along railroad right of way and 17 miles on city streets.

Parts of the trail have already been built, some are under construction, some are ready to begin and the rest are awaiting environmental clearance, regulatory permits or funding. For details, listen to Chief Engineer Bill Gamlen’s January update to SMART’s Board of Directors, but in a nutshell:

* The Calpark Tunnel has been completed in Marin County;

* Healdsburg has built the Foss Creek Trail;

* Caltrans will build the trail between Novato and Petaluma as part of the Highway 101 Novato Narrows project;

* Sonoma County Regional Parks will build a section connecting Hearn Avenue with the Joe Rodota Trail;

* Santa Rosa will build a section between Eighth Street and College;

* SMART will award design/build contracts this spring for seven more segments near train stations, including one segment in San Rafael, three in Novato, one in Cotati, two in Santa Rosa.

Want more? Get the powerpoint report here.

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  1. svo

    Tiny correction. A PowerPoint file is not the same as a PDF file. The two types require different software to read them.

    March 12th, 2013 7:38 am

  2. Guy Mandude

    hey Always by Bike, if the bike trail will be constructed when the Narrows is widened, I’d say the answer to your question, ‘When will the bike trail be installed?’ is ‘when hell freezes over.’

    March 12th, 2013 9:13 am

  3. Wilson

    Always by bicycle – You bought one of SMART’s red herrings. If you do some deeper research than you’ll find in the PD, you’ll see that SMART is not really about the train and they don’t really intend to put hiking/biking trails in. They only care about the housing that they themselves require to be built near the train stations. SMART too advantage of the cycling community to get public support, nothing more.

    March 12th, 2013 9:51 am

  4. Road.Warrior

    Thank you for the correction, svo. Read the full report in whatever format works.

    March 12th, 2013 10:01 am

  5. Liz

    Perhaps when always by bicycle pays taxes like automobile users do to travel on roads then bicycle users can demand special accomodations.

    March 12th, 2013 2:00 pm

  6. Kathleen

    Hey Liz,
    Like most cyclists, I also own automobiles. I pay the same taxes you do. When I use my bike, I am saving taxpayers – you and me – money because the impact of a bike trip on a road is much less than the impact of the auto trip on the same road.

    March 12th, 2013 11:44 pm

  7. Lee

    Man, are militant bicyclists the most self important groups imaginable?
    What makes them so confident in their self righteous superiority?

    March 13th, 2013 8:21 am

  8. Train Green

    So the bike paths will be parallel to the train tracks?

    March 27th, 2013 12:01 pm

  9. Dennis Byrne

    You will never get a straight answer from the SMART officials to this question because the bike trail will never be built as it was promised to get the SMART sales tax passed. SMART is now taking credit for bike trails that are not constructed by SMART or with SMART funds. SMART in fact is sucking up other funds that could be used for roads and bike paths. SMART all along has been an elaborate bait and switch with low-ball cost estimates and exagerated use estimates. Just wait until it is in operation and we are told how much it must be subsidized to keep running.

    April 10th, 2013 11:12 am

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