As part of a citywide visioning process, the City of Sebastopol identified a list
of pedestrian and bicycle related improvements for its downtown.
Two state highways (SR 116 and SR 121), both of which are owned by Caltrans, run through
Sebastopol’s downtown. The recommended projects included corner and
mid-block bulbing, additional crosswalks, bicycle trails, and lighted in-pavement crosswalks.
Subsequently, the City of Sebastopol received an MTC Transportation for Livable Communities
(TLC) grant to implement this context sensitive design.
CHS was responsible for identifying projects that were feasible
from a traffic engineering perspective and worked with Caltrans
to receive approval for these improvements along SR 116 and SR 121.
CHS was also responsible for the design of pedestrian and bicycle
crossing improvements at four locations. The final design approved
by Caltrans involved corner and mid-block bulbs to reduce pedestrian
crossing distances and to narrow travel lanes, flashing beacons, lighted
in-pavement flashing lights, improved lighting, ADA compliant curb ramps,
and more visible striping.