I used to very much enjoy walking in downtown Sacramento, but I realized today that I don’t really enjoy it anymore. Sacramento downtown and midtown continue to be more interesting places to walk, with more businesses, more people, more destinations. So that is not the reason. Why, then? The behavior of drivers is why. I […]

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 […]

With the creation of specific goals and implementation of specific policies, the City of Sacramento can become a walking-first city, in the same sense that San Francisco and Chicago are transit-first cities.  These goals transcend the built form; they are as applicable to the suburbs as to the central city. Though the policies are in […]

Last week I walked from the Arden Fair Mall area to REI. No, there is no bus that covers that route. There is a sidewalk on the north side of Exposition Blvd, not on the south side. At the I-80 Business onramp to to the freeway south, there is a pedestrian crossing of sorts, as […]

Sacramento City continues its practice of approving construction projects that do not consider the needs of walkers and bicyclists. Here is the latest I ran across, on Folsom Blvd between Santa Ynez Way and 39th St. The construction on the south side appears to be installing cable or fiber. At the west end, there is […]

In my neighborhood, about half the trees have lost all their leaves for the year, and the other half are still hanging on. If I listen closely, I can hear the tick of leaves hitting the ground. So, how have the bike lanes been doing during leaf season? At least for the parts of the […]

People for Bikes just published “America’s 10 Best New Bikeways of 2018” and Sacramento is one of them. Congratulations! 4. Sacramento, California The J Street Safety Project was designed to calm traffic, improve pedestrian crossings, provide parking-protected bikeways, and make the street more inviting for travel. They chose to add a parking-protected lane to allow […]