In the time I’ve been creating these weekly news summaries, I have been linking to articles about bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries. I’m going to stop doing so. The real carnage that happens on our roadways involves motor vehicles. Research indicates that the motor vehicle crash rates per mile and per trip are actually much higher than for bicyclists and pedestrians, though it is also true that crashes often have higher consequences for bicyclists and pedestrians. Linking to bicyclist and pedestrian involved crashes while not covering motor vehicle crashes (with other vehicles and with fixed objects) gives the impression that bicycling and walking are dangerous, which discourages people from those modes of transportation. It is also true that only some crashes show up in the Sacramento Bee and on the local media, when the crash is spectacular, is a hit-and-run, or occurs on a slow news day. So the links never accurately represented what was going on out on the roadways. I will continue to cover transportation and development issues.
I am also staring into my summer vacation, some of which will be in wilderness far from Internet access, so the posts this summer will be erratic until August.
- Marconi Avenue is not pedestrian friendly (SacBee 2015-06-12)
- Freeport Boulevard will open for bicyclists and pedestrians during road closure through September 15 (City of Sacramento City Express 2015-06-09)
- Curtis Park: Fuel center approved for Curtis Park Village (Sacramento Business Journal 2015-06-12); Curtis Park residents fuming over gas station (SacBee 2015-06-11); Curtis Park residents fueled up for gas station fight (Sacramento Business Journal 2015-06-11)
- Sacramento Commons: Planning Commission recommends approval for proposed Sacramento Commons (SacBee 2015-06-12);Planning commission approves Sacramento Commons (Sacramento Business Journal 2015-06-12); Controversial proposal for downtown high-rises goes to Sacramento planning commission (SacBee 2015-06-11); Sacramento Commons high-rise redevelopment back at planning commission (Sacramento Business Journal 2015-06-11)
- Editorial: No on Curtis Park gas station, yes on downtown housing (SacBee 2015-06-11)
- Sacramento seeks to demolish, rebuild public housing projects(SacBee 2015-06-11)
- Apartment project with edgy design adds to potent mix in West Sac (Sacramento Business Journal 2015-06-10)
- Developer proposes 270-unit apartment project for Davis (Sacramento Business Journal 2015-06-09)
- Sacramento developer plans housing at Sacramento Bee parking structure (SacBee 2015-06-09); Developer’s ambitious idea for midtown: Building on top of a parking structure (Sacramento Business Journal 2015-06-10)
- How Sacramento hopes to make mayor’s 10,000-home promise come true (Sacramento Business Journal 2015-06-08)