Walkable Sacramento wrap-up

I hope that you found the series of posts on Walkable Sacramento useful. The posts received some comments, but not as many as I’d hoped. I’d ask you to go back to them and make comments. Though comments are few, I know that this blog is read by a number of transportation professionals and a … Continue reading “Walkable Sacramento wrap-up”

Walkable Sacramento #10: schools

Schools, and the children that attend them, deserve special consideration. The design of our streets and societal trends towards cars-only have left students trapped in the back seats of their parents cars, or for some, trapped in the front seat of their own car once they get their license. The leading cause of death for … Continue reading “Walkable Sacramento #10: schools”

Walkable Sacramento #9: parking

Parking can either support or handicap walking, depending on where it is placed and how it is managed. Parked cars do provide a barrier between walkers and cars, and where a sidewalk buffer is not possible, or not desirable such as in busy retail areas, parked cars are a good. But the imagined need to … Continue reading “Walkable Sacramento #9: parking”

Walkable Sacramento #8: enforcement

Street redesign is the ultimate solution to the epidemic of serious injury and fatality of walkers, and intimidation of walkers by drivers, however, in the interim, while streets are being redesigned, enforcement can save lives and increase walking. There are real equity issues with the enforcement of vehicle codes violations. Given that I do not … Continue reading “Walkable Sacramento #8: enforcement”

Walkable Sacramento #7: barriers

There are two major kinds of barriers to walking in the city, natural barriers such as the two rivers, and constructed barriers such as the freeways. Fixing either kind will be quite expensive. I am in favor of pedestrian and bicyclist bridges, perhaps with transit if appropriate, but not motor vehicles. Though a small increase … Continue reading “Walkable Sacramento #7: barriers”

Walkable Sacramento #6: freeway ramps

Freeway on-ramps and off-ramps are designed solely for the benefit of motor vehicle drivers, with the objective being to allow drivers the maximum possible speed, both entering and exiting freeways. Drivers, whenever possible, accelerate to freeways speeds before even reaching the on-ramp, and often do not decelerate for one or two blocks after leaving the … Continue reading “Walkable Sacramento #6: freeway ramps”

Walkable Sacramento #5: speed

This one is pretty simple, but of utmost importance. Speed kills, but the increasing share of fatalities is walkers. The chart explains why. Though the primary beneficiaries are walkers, bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers will benefit as well. As with many policies and actions related to walking, this is an interim measure to keep people … Continue reading “Walkable Sacramento #5: speed”

Walkable Sacramento #4: sidewalks

For a series on walkability, you might think sidewalks would come first, not later. The reason they are not first in the series is that sidewalks, relative to other issues, are in decent shape. Yes, vast areas are missing sidewalks, and in many areas that have them, they are not well maintained. But looking at … Continue reading “Walkable Sacramento #4: sidewalks”

Walkable Sacramento #3: pedestrian signals

Following on to the previous post on crosswalks, policies are needed for pedestrian signals, which are intended to provide some additional protection for pedestrians crossing at signalized intersections. I am not in favor of creating signalized intersections where they don’t exist (in fact, many should be considered for removal), but where they do exist, the … Continue reading “Walkable Sacramento #3: pedestrian signals”

Walkable Sacramento #2: crosswalks

This is the second in a series of posts on a Walkable Sacramento, starting with crosswalk policies. Crosswalks All prohibited crossing locations will be evaluated within two years, and every instance that is not clearly justified will be removed. Locations were infrastructure change is required to accomplish safety will be prioritized for funding and resolved … Continue reading “Walkable Sacramento #2: crosswalks”