City Council Approves New Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan

West Sacramento First in Region to Support Low-Stress Bike Network And Neighborhood Connectivity

City of West Sacramento SealOn May 8, 2013 the City of West Sacramento became the first city in the Sacramento region to support development of a “low-stress bike network” when the City Council approved the 2013 West Sacramento Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan.

The low-stress bike network would be designed to encourage more West Sacramento residents and workers to use their bikes for local trips for both recreation and their commute.  It would include an expansion of bike lanes on streets with up to four total lanes and a speed limit of up to 30 miles per hour (35 miles per hour if a raised median is present) and on shared streets with up to three total lanes and a speed limit of up to 25 miles per hour).

West Sacramento’s progressive land use and transportation programs encourage residents to utilize new networks of pedestrian and transit facilities enabling residents of new and existing neighborhoods to ride transit, walk or bike to work, shop and play.

“West Sacramento has rapidly emerged as one of the region’s top five cities for biking, and this new master plan will make cycling an even better, safer, quicker, and more convenient way to get around town and throughout the region’s urban core,” said Christopher Cabaldon, West Sacramento mayor.

The plan also would increase West Sacramento’s 44 miles of existing bikeways and trails to nearly 101.8 miles over the next several years, using federal, state, regional and local funding programs to cover the estimated $43.5 million cost.

With adoption of the new plan, West Sacramento’s goal now is that by 2030 five percent of commute trips by West Sacramento residents are by bike and 10 percent of commute trips are by walking.  Currently only 1.1 percent of West Sacramento residents commute to and from work by bike, while 1.9 percent of residents currently commute by walking.

With a combined 15 percent of commute trips by biking and walking, there would be more than 1,000 West Sacramento bicycle commuters and more than 2,000 walk commuters in 2030. Additional recommendations to encourage more biking and walking in West Sacramento include:

  • Increasing bike parking facilities
  • Encouraging developers to provide shower/changing facilities for office buildings
  • Participation in a bike sharing program being developed by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
  • Developing improved pedestrian facilities on Jefferson Blvd., West Capitol Ave., Enterprise Ave. and around River City High School

West Sacramento, like many cities in the Sacramento Region, is promoting bicycling this month as part of National Bike Month.  This plan promotes bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation as a means to improve physical fitness, improve air quality and decrease congestion.

(See attachment for map of proposed and existing bike facilities – click here.)

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