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Why do we care about transportation?

Transportation refers to how we move ourselves and our stuff around. Countywide, transportation is responsible for the biggest chunk (60%) of our "activity-based" emissions. It also has a large impact on our daily lives. Let's imagine transportation systems that are clean, affordable, safe, equitable for all members of our community -- and fun!

Sebastopol berry pickers, 1909 (Sonoma Heritage Collection - Sonoma County Library)
Four or five generations ago, around 1900, people and things moved on the county's roads on foot and by horse. Traffic moved at a pedestrian pace. And we didn't have traffic problems, highway fatalities, and photochemical smog.

As our county has sprawled, we've become more and more dependent on our gasoline- and diesel-fueled cars, trucks, and SUVs to more us around, yet 60% of all trips are shorter than 5 miles. And owning a car is expensive: according to AAA, "...In 2016, the average cost of owning and operating an average sedan costs $8,558 per year."

A zero-emissions, clean-air transportation system that supports a healthy planet and healthy people. Infrastructure will include new bikeways, charging stations, bus rapid transit stations and many more simple yet effective innovations.


Affordable (or free) transportation for all. Everyone should be able to move around for their basic living needs, regardless of how much money they have. It is a fundamental right.


Ease of getting around without a car, within a system that is safe, comfortable, simple, efficient and available to all people regardless of socioeconomic status, race or ability.


An integrated public transit system that connects all the places people need to go (residential neighborhoods, downtown, schools, playing fields, libraries, parks, shopping areas, business zones, etc.) so that people of all ages and abilities can easily get around town without the need to own their own car.


Streets for people. Before the automobile, traffic moved at a pedestrian pace. Streets were places where people walked, biked, encountered one another, even played and gathered. Imagine cars and trucks as guests on streets for people!

Streets for people are designed for active transportation, including heavily-used dedicated/protected bike paths, bike lanes, and bike streets.


A complete network of (intercity and intracity) bike lanes and bike paths that connects all the places people need to go (residential neighborhoods, downtown, schools, playing fields, libraries, parks, shopping areas, business zones, cities and towns, etc.) so that people of all ages and abilities can easily get around without the need to own their own car.


A quieter world -- one that is free from the rumble and clamor of trucks, cars, motorcycles, dirt bikes, leaf blowers, brush chippers, etc.


A culture that supports active transportation, including fun and community-oriented events--such as car-free Bike Sundays, bike parties, and other walk-n-roll events.

This will be sustained by a transportation system that encourages and allows social interaction. All the studies tell us that happiness correlates with social interaction. Cars isolate us.


What are we missing?   What is YOUR vision?

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Comments (4)

Posted by Angela Conte(Santa Rosa)

Inclusion of transport resources for those who are mobility limited because not everyone can ride a bike. This would include resources for tiny electric transportation vehicles that are enclosed and can go inside and outside of buildings. This would require the addition of future buildings that have elevators that accommodate small vehicles and hallways and resident entries to accommodate small vehicles that are more than a wheelchair, but less than a mini car. We have to think more broadly about the needs for our future and not get stuck in the 20th Century idea it.

Posted by Angela Conte(Santa Rosa)

Development of more thoughtful long-term codified socio-economic systems that allow for people to work from home, or in live work communities so that they do not need to travel to make a living.

Posted by Lance Kuehne(Petaluma)

I think we need to implement the 30x30, that Biden is doing at the national level, and Newsom is doing at the state level. That plan would set aside 30% of all land for conservation.

We need to designate 3 types of land use throughout the county, urban, rural (farms & ranches), and nature, and make sure our long term development plans conform to these designations. There should be no more sprawl or McMansions in rural areas, and no more clearcutting of forests for agriculture. We need to stop fighting "stupid" and destructive, development projects on a one-by-one basis, and allow other areas where "smart" developments can be fast-tracked.

We need to create a scientifically determined buffer zone around all of our wetlands, creeks, and rivers that we restore to their pre-industrial state.

We need biologists to identify the most ecologically sensitive ecosystems in the county that need to be restored, and stop just having "wildlife corridors" that we somehow think is going to be enough to save endangered species. We then need to implement a restoration plan on a multi-decade basis until the designated area is ecologically restored.

Posted by Barbara Moulton(Santa Rosa)

We need to anticipate and eliminate barriers to transit use. EG, Right now, it is not easy to manage getting a cart full of groceries onto and off of a city or county bus, or to secure said cart safely during the bus ride. Also, if you're doing a lot of shopping, but dont have a car, it would be good to have secure places to park one's bike and purchases while continuing shopping, dining etc. Many more public bike lockers, designed to hold both bike and panniers, basket etc. would be helpful.

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