The Fruitridge Pedestrian Safety Meeting, held on June 21, 2012 in the community room at the Colonial Heights Library was standing room only!  The audience included local residents, members of the Fruitridge Manor Neighborhood Association and the Tallac Village Neighborhood Association, SABA (Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates), Councilmember Kevin McCarty and District 6 Director Maria Alvarez, Building Healthy Communities, Ubuntu Green, California Endowment, Legal Services of Northern California, City of Sacramento Department of Transportation, and WALKSacramento.

The meeting, hosted by WALKSacramento and Building Healthy Communities – Sacramento, continued the community effort to address pedestrian and bicycle safety along Fruitridge Road that was discussed at Councilmember McCarty’s March 8 Community Forum.   As a result of that meeting, WALKSacramento began work on the Fruitridge Road Pedestrian Safety Project that will train and assist the community to document existing safety and access conditions, and prepare the community to advocate for pedestrian and bicycle street improvements.

The goal of the June 21 Fruitridge Safety Meeting was to prepare community members to count pedestrians at several locations in the Fruitridge Road/Stockton Boulevard area.  Terry Preston, Complete Streets Coordinator for WALKSacramento, described the project, the data that will be collected, and how community members will collect that data.  Ed Cox, Alternate Modes Coordinator for the City of Sacramento, provided background information on how the City of Sacramento prioritizes transportation projects and maps showing where pedestrians and bicyclists have been hit by cars and trucks in the Fruitridge Manor and Tallac Village area.

The next step for the community is to count pedestrians and bicyclists on the streets in the area so we can show where and what changes to the streets are needed, and how many people would benefit from those changes.

If you want to help with the pedestrian counts on Tuesday, June 26 from 4-6 p.m., contact Terry Preston at tpreston@walksacramento.org to sign up and get directions to the meeting spot.

By Chris Holm, WALKSacramento