According to KCRA 3, 44 pedestrains and bicyclists were killed in Sacramento County in 2015. That’s why the City of Sacramento is working on its own “Vision Zero”, a program that is based on traffic and biking safety. Their ideas are to bring biking fatalities down to zero.

“Vision Zero” believes that traffic deaths are preventable, and they use preventative measures to try and keep residents safe. Vision Zero recommends changing speed-setting standards for cars, improve enforcement on speeders, and updating roads to accommodate everyone who uses them, not just cars.

“Well, last time I rode my bike I ran into a parked car and the handle smacked (me) and almost broke my ribs!” Katherine Mills, a Sacramento resident explains. “Bruised like crazy! I don’t like how sidewalks here have the wave effect. They aren’t flat.”

New York City and other town have seen a decrease in biking accidents after implementing Vision Zero, or other programs like it.

Locally, there are four upcoming meetings in different areas at different times, in order to get input from the city of Sacramento:

  • January 17 – 5:30-7: 00 pm, South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Rd.
  • January 24 – 5:30-7: 00 pm, Pannell Community Center, 2450 Meadow View Road
  • January 29 – 5:30-7:00pm, Oak Park Community Center, 3425 MLK Jr Blvd
  • January 31 – 5:00-7: 00 pm, City Hall, 915 I Street

Other resources for bikers are bike maps and biking classes. Hopefully, Vision Zero can decrease bike deaths in Sacramento, and make the roads safer.