Sacramento has unveiled new resources to help support cyclists ride their bikes safely and easily through the city. A ‘Bikeway User Map’ highlighting the various bike routes in and around Sacramento has been released in conjunction with a safety and general information class titled ‘Urban Bicycling 101’.
“It began with Councilman Steve Hansen’s proposition of the Bicycle Diversion Program, that required some cited for bicycling on the sidewalk to take a bicycle education class,” Active Transportation Specialist and class instructor Jennifer Donlon Wyant told Access Sacramento. “We wanted to expand the class and broaden cycling education to the entire city.”
The Urban Bicycling 101 Class teaches guidelines and the laws for safe cycling through the metropolitan areas of Sacramento. The classes are taught in-classroom on the second Thursday of every month from 6 pm to 8 pm and each class can be registered for individually through the Urban Bicycling Class section of the Sacramento Bicycling Program page.
“I’m not an avid cyclist, but I did learn a lot from this class about the resources that are available,” said one attendant of the class. “It was important basic information about being a cyclist.”
The map was provided to Urban Bicycling 101 participants during the class. It is easy-to-read and contains helpful information both for navigating Sacramento’s bike-friendly paths as well as staying safe and following proper cyclist protocol. On the first page is a broad overview of the bike lanes in blue, bikeways in purple and off-street paths highlighted in orange within the city limits, and even includes a few major streets leading out of the city into places like West Sacramento, Elk Grove, and the Executive Airport. The second page details the denser Downtown and Midtown grid areas, marking the directions of one-way streets with directional arrows. This page also contains helpful illustrations detailing information about hand signs, proper ways to be detected by a traffic signal, safety tips and regulations.
For those not attending the class, the map is available on the city’s bike page as a PDF and in physical form in the coffee shop on the ground floor of City Hall, or at Bicycle Advisory Committee meetings in City Hall, Room 1119.
According to local Sacramento television station KCRA, there were nearly 300 bicycle collisions and 8 bicycle fatalities reported in the county between January 1st and May 20th of 2016. Memorials in the form of ghost bikes have appeared over the years in some of the city’s busiest intersections where deadly incidents have taken lives.
“I think the dangers are that vehicle drivers are not always paying attention to where bicyclists are, and on the flip side a lot of bicyclists aren’t necessarily following all the rules,” the class attendant elaborated.
With the announcement of these programs coming only two months after the opening of the Golden 1 Center in the downtown area, the city may be looking to prevent more collisions and fatalities, and to keep Sacramento a bicycle-friendly city.