Improving Conditions for Walking and Biking in Tuolumne County

The Tuolumne County Transportation Council is hosting a public meeting on January 9, 2020 at the Sonora Branch Library to gather community input on the Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan (flyer and email text below).

Why do you need to participate? The way construction projects are selected and funded and the kind of planning needed to compete for the funds have changed since the last adopted Bike and Trails Plan in 2005. The state Active Transportation Program allocates the lions share of state and federal funding for bike and pedestrian improvements, and it is now a competitive program. In the first four competitive funding cycles, of over 800 projects funded statewide only one project has been awarded in Tuolumne County, the Red Church pedestrian improvements in Sonora. The kind of thinking in our existing bike plan–a comprehensive network of ambitious projects that never get funded–needs to be replaced with more strategic thinking about projects that have the greatest potential for replacing vehicle trips with active transportation trips and that will most improve safety for bikes and pedestrians. Safer routes to schools and transit are also important elements of the plan. The TCTC needs to hear from you to understand where unsafe conditions exist and where  you won’t travel on a bike or on foot because appropriate facilities don’t exist.

Sonora ATP Meeting Flyer

Email invitation from TCTC with additional information.

Hello Stakeholder, On behalf of the Tuolumne County Transportation Council, I would like to invite you to a community meeting regarding the development of the Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan (a plan to help improve walking, bicycling and access to public transit!). The meeting will be held at the following location:

Tuolumne County Main Branch Library, 5:30pm-7:00 pm
480 Greenley Rd, Sonora, CA

The purpose of this meeting is to introduce area residents to the Active Transportation Plan, identify faulty infrastructure, gather community input and outline future projects that will make active transportation safer in Tuolumne County. The input collected will help shape the Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan.
The meeting will include a presentation on the benefits of active transportation planning, existing conditions and barriers to mobility and solutions for improving active transportation throughout the County. After the presentation, maps and surveys will be made available for community members to comment on and identify specific areas throughout Sonora and Tuolumne County they believe should be given priority.
For further information visit: https://www.activetuolumnecounty.com/
Attached, is the community meeting flyer.
If you have any questions regarding this project, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.
Please feel free to help spread the word about this project.

We have a survey on the website that will be very helpful to the project as well.
This is a good way for folks to participate who prefer not to attend community meetings.

Thanks for your support.

Happy Holidays,

Tyler J Summersett

Sr. Transportation Planner/
Trails Coordinator
Transportation Council/Transit Agency

Two New Dragoon Gulch Trail Work Days Scheduled

A volunteer crew of six made the Black Friday Work Day a great success! We cleared a short stub to a look out spot at the top of the Summit Trail and cleared stumps and tuned up an upper section of the Volunteers for Outdoor California Trail. Wetter conditions made for easier work! Support the City of Sonora and outdoor recreation by turning out for these Work Day opportunities.

Bikes for Tykes Work Day

Ervin Kroeker has been organizing the Bikes for Tykes component of the Sonora Children’s Holiday Party for over 20 years. Jack Becker and Carl Baker of the MLBC joined Erv and Michael David, Jose Ortiz, Doug Ankrom, and Mike Suess for the December 7 work day to get donated bikes ready for the December 14 party at the Motherlode Fairgrounds in Sonora.

If you missed this chance to donate your no longer needed bike to Bike for Tykes, you can contact the MLBC at any time to donate. We’ll help find your bike a new home with someone that needs it.

Volunteer workers for Bikes for Tykes work day

Erv and Jose

Jack and Michael

Doug and Mike

Michael and finished bikes

Dragoon Gulch Trail Work Weekend October 12 and 13

The Volunteers for Outdoor California provides a volunteer workforce for large-scale trail maintenance and construction projects, habitat restoration, and related land stewardship activities on public lands in partnership with public agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Help us maintain and expand the Dragoon Gulch Trail system October 12 and 13 with V-O-Cal!

We are excited to participate in this event, and if you would like to volunteer along side us, sign up at the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4fa4a823aafc1-dragoon. V-O-Cal is trying to get a headcount of the number of volunteers for the work days by October 5th. Sign up today!