West Sacramento Rolls to Become Bike-Friendly City – City Promotes Active Transportation with Police and Volunteer Bike Units

The City of West Sacramento is becoming a regional leader in active transportation. In the City’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan, residents are provided with a connected network of safe and convenient modes of transportation, including bike lanes and trails.

A grant announced by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), Sept. 18, will allow the City to increase its network of bike routes by 10.3 miles, adding to an existing number of 30.8 miles of bike lanes within the city.

“This increase will raise the percentage of major roads with bike lanes up to 92 percent,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “SACOG’s grant recognizes West Sacramento as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the region.” Mayor Cabaldon led the annual GearUp bike event, Sept. 20, riding through West Sacramento and Clarksburg along the Sacramento River, raising funds for area youth programs.

Adding to the City’s bike identity, the League of American Bicyclists recently awarded West Sacramento a “Bronze” level of Bicycle Friendly Communities, qualifying West Sacramento as one of the 291 most bike-friendly cities in the nation. The year began with the City opening the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail, providing a 1.25 mile trail to bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrians.

To complement West Sacramento’s bike-friendly community, the City is initiating a new program placing trained bike-riding volunteers under the supervision of the City’s sworn Police Officer Bike Team. “The City’s innovative Volunteers in Policing Bike Team (VIP) program promotes an increased level of cooperation and partnership within the community,” said Police Chief Tom McDonald. “It supports the Police Department’s mission to maintain a safe and secure West Sacramento for citizens.”

VIP members receive both classroom and field training in bicycle safety, patrol procedures, and basic CPR. The VIP team will be able to assist the Police Department’s patrol of city streets, bike trails, parks, the riverfront and the Broderick Boat Ramp, in addition to community outreach at such special functions as the West Sacramento Farmers Market. The City’s bike teams have many advantages over traditional methods of patrol, including increased mobility in areas not as accessible to vehicles.  The Police Department’s goal is to recruit up to 20 volunteers for the new VIP unit. The City Council recognized the sworn Police Officers and VIP bike teams at its Council meeting on Sept. 17.

For information about the Volunteers in Policing program, contact Martha Griffin, the West Sacramento Police Dept., (916) 617-4988.

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