Bike Project of the Year: Foss Creek Trail, Healdsburg

More than a decade in the making, the three miles of continuous paved bicycle path (Class I) along Foss Creek and the Northwestern Pacific rail line is one of the longer bicycle projects recently completed in the county.  With an additional third of a mile currently underway as part of private development, the path will eventually connect to Wine Country destinations to the north and to Windsor to the south as further sections of the SMART Multiuse Pathway are constructed.

The Healdsburg City Council has made the pathway a priority to encourage more people to walk and bicycle. “A well-connected multimodal transportation network is a key city goal. We know that people will walk and ride more if they feel safe doing so. This path provides a safe and inviting option for residents and visitors alike,” says Healdsburg Principal Engineer Clay Thistle. The pathway also provides improved access to the Community Center and an opportunity to connect residential areas to downtown.

The final segment of approximately one half mile is expected to be incorporated into a large road diet project schedule for construction in 2026.