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The bus has a range of 135 miles and the route distance is totaled at 95 miles. Photo:
The bus has a range of 135 miles and the route distance is totaled at 95 miles. Photo:

Local Shuttle # 24
Bus Buddies Line Up

Ride The GREEN Bike
Lanes on September 21
Adopt a Landscape

Aug 26, 2019
by Sarah Glade Gurney


Update — September Bus Buddies

Consider trying out public transit in Sebastopol. Bus Buddies will be available in September and October to help you learn to ride the Local Shuttle # 24. Sebastopol’s electric bus circles town in a 45-minute loop, stopping at or near the important spots.

Buddy Volunteers for September and October ride on a new day this Fall: on Thursday. They meet at a new time: 9:15 AM at the same location, the Hub/Rialto stop, eastbound on Laguna Parkway across from the Police Station, departing at 9:21 AM.

            The September line-up presents the opportunity for conversations with Council Members:


            September 5        Sarah Gurney with Michele Linfante from Burbank Heights


            September 12      Mayor Neysa Hinton


            September 19      Una Glass


            September 26       Vice Mayor Patrick Slayter 

In response to rider requests, the # 24 now starts earlier. “We introduced a new schedule, effective August 12, that added a weekday morning trip to allow commutes to the Sebastopol Independent Charter School. In the past, there was only an afternoon return trip serving the school. The school and parents have been very supportive and hopefully this will generate new interest and riders over the next few months,” explains Bryan Albee, the Transit Systems Manager for Sonoma County Transit.

At its new campus, the Charter School is located immediately north of the O’Reilly complex and the West County Trail, at Hwy.116 and Mill Station Road, across from the bus stop. There is safe access to the school and the trail using the crosswalks at the signalized intersection.

Bus riders, not going to school, can enjoy a 15-minute walk to Andy’s Market, for coffee, eats, and shopping. 

“There are now six local Fare-Free routes,” Bryan continues. “On August 1, we added the Cloverdale Shuttle.” Sebastopol’s bold move more than a year ago inspired Windsor, Healdsburg, Sonoma, the Russian River Shuttle, and now Cloverdale to go Fare-Free. Each of these local routes is a fun way to tour another city without the hassle of driving a car.

Reminder — Ride The GREEN Bike Lanes on September 21, 9 AM to 11 AM

 The guided bike ride, sponsored by the City of Sebastopol and the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, will begin at the Police Department parking lot. Image: www.bikesonoma.orgRemember there’s an opportunity to learn how to ride the green bike lanes and practice with other cyclists. The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and the City of Sebastopol will host the event named SebastoPedal GREEN on September 21, 2019, from 9 AM to 11 AM.  Local bike mechanics will offer a quick bike-check. Helmets and taillights will also be available. There will be an orientation for participants prior to entering the green lanes. Check the SCBC and City websites for more information.

With two-thirds of Sonoma County’s greenhouse gas emissions coming from car exhaust—that’s above the statewide average—riding bikes for errands or commutes is one way to respond to climate change. “Park once and walk” is another strategy. Some local citizens have formed the Sebastopol Climate Action group to propose other ways to address the climate crisis. Look for news about theirrecommendations.

What to know about green bike lanes

Fall Gardening — Want to Adopt a Landscape?

This program of community involvement allows an individual, group or business to adopt a median, island or park area to help keep our City looking its best. Photo: City seeks individuals, businesses, organizations, and community groups to help maintain Sebastopol’s green spaces. Volunteers give time, talent, and/or money to assist our Department of Public Works to keep the City looking its best.

There are about 35 small areas on the Adopt-a-Landscape list in need of special attention. About 25 are available to be claimed by folks with a sense of pride and ownership of our town. Tasks range from the complete makeover of an area to routine weeding and pruning of established plants. Depending on the volunteers and their resources, the work takes an average of 4-6 days per year. Some areas are stand-alone while others are matching pairs, for instance the bulb-outs at the smart crosswalks.

DPW makes sure the irrigation system works, provides free mulch, and also recognizes adopters with a sign on site. Costs for new or replacement plants are negotiable, depending on the circumstances.

Visit the City’s website for more information, including safety tips and recommended plants. Contact Dante Del Prete, Public Works Superintendent, at  707.823.5331  (ext. 201) to develop an adoption plan.

Sebastappeal By Sarah Glade Gurney


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