These photos are of the I Street entrance to Old Sacramento, showing various problems and hazards that exist for pedestrians and bicyclists at this location.

  1. The crosswalks here are not really safe. All sorts of signing has been installed to try to make them safe, but that is a poor substitute for correct design.
  2. The free right turn from I Street eastbound to 3rd Street southbound is taken at high speed by many drivers, leaving insufficient time to stop for pedestrians. It is especially challenging because the driver is leaving the dark area under the freeway underpass and entering a bright area on the street, and the eye adjustment period again leaves insufficient time to stop for pedestrians.
  3. The sidewalk on the southwest corner of I Street and 3rd Street doesn’t really lead anywhere for a person wanting to go to Old Sacramento. There are stairs into the parking garage, but no ramp, and on 3rd Street the sidewalk ends at the driveway entrance to the parking garage. If an able bodied person does us the stairs, there is not indication once inside the parking garage about how to get to Old Sacramento, and several of the ways one might go are signed against pedestrians.
  4. The sidewalk heading west from 5th Street is on the south side of I Street, and there is no sidewalk on the north side due to the high-speed onramps to Interstate 5 and I Street Bridge. From 3rd Street and on into Old Sacramento, the sidewalk is on the north side, and there is no sidewalk on the south side. So a pedestrian must cross over I Street in order to continue westward. It is not comfortable or safe to use this crosswalk. I watched a number of people crossing at other locations, including the island formed by the free right turn, because they didn’t feel safe using the crosswalk. Most motor vehicle drivers stop at the stop sign on I Street, but many do not.

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Dan Allison is a Safe Routes to School Coordinator in the Sacramento area. Dan dances and backpacks, as much as possible.

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