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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.
My name is Levi Harvey and I was born in Sacramento, California but have lived the majority of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After high school, I carried my passion for communications and journalism to California State University, Sacramento. I am currently a senior majoring in Mass Communications. My freshmen year in college, I obtained an internship working for iHEART Media 106 KMEL. I relished working in commercial broadcasting environment and gained skills over two years. 106 KMEL iHEART Media has allowed me to gain experience covering entertainment stories, using radio equipment, and promoting events. My experience working in promotions helped me learn quickly, manage my time, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. I have also held internships at KTVU Channel 2 News, and local station Fox 40 which allowed me to work production of commercials, public affairs announcements, promotional spots, and newscasts.
Recently I was allowed the opportunity to be a student anchor and reporter at Ohlone Network News in Fremont. This hand on experience allowed me the privilege of covering news stories for students, and the local community. From my first day of that gig I thought “Yeah, this is definitely for me.” I learned a lot, and it has led me here to Access Sacramento. I’m excited to be a Neighborhood News Correspondent and I am eager to grow and continue to develop my skills as I prepare to graduate next spring.
I’m a serious guy when it comes to work and school. However for free-time, I enjoy watching 80’s movies, running, online shopping, going to concerts, listening to anything by the artist Drake, and watching basketball while rooting for my favorite team the Golden State Warriors.
A recent study from the Annal of Internal Medicine says guidelines that are set to regulate sugars in foods are unreliable. It is also important to note that this study was funded by sugar “giant”, so to say, such as Coca-Cola, McDonald, And Pepsi. This conflict of interested could be a problem considering that sugars are scientifically linked to the current obesity epidemic in America.
My name is Ivan Caballero. This is my fourth time with Accesslocal.tv which equates to about a year and half of time with the program. It’s been a pretty long time since I’ve first started writing articles and making videos for this website. It’s something I love to do and I appreciate incredibly the opportunity that this job provides me. I consider Sacramento, the city where I was raised, to be my community.
I’m a 17 year old student with a passion for photography, cinematography, journalism, and comic books- . Photography and cinematography being at my core. In my free time, or at work, I like to take pictures and sometimes post them on my Instagram photography profile.
I often take pictures of the areas around where I live. I like to show the inequality issues in my area and even the good things that people enjoy. I grew up here; I want the world to see what I grew up seeing. I go to Old Sacramento Sac and take pictures of just about everything. I travel around go to Meadowview, my neighborhood, and take pictures of the broken streets and parks. I want the Internet to see what I grew up looking at.
Growing up here, I have noticed the issues that Sacramento faces and now that I work with Accesslocal.tv, I am able to have the ability to write about these problems. It’s one of the many things I love about journalism. I don’t just get to go out and explore and meet new people; I get to inform the local public about the issues that matter and people who are making a difference.
Because of Accesslocal.tv, I’ve actually been able to leave Sacramento and travel to Los Angeles twice and even go to UC Davis to participate in a state-wide youth empowerment event and go to a #SchoolNotPrisions concert. My point is that I’ve been able to do so much more than I would have without this amazing job.
I’ve said this many times before but when I first started with Accesslocal.tv I knew very little of journalism, but now everything is changed. I’m still not as good as I can be but I have improved so much since my first article and video. I have improved massively thanks to this job at Accesslocal.tv because it is something I love to do.
I have had tremendous pressure from my family put on me. This job has given me the courage to show to everyone who doubted me that maybe I can pull off my dreams. It’s a great feeling to be able to do better than what many people expected of me.
I am hoping that I will have another amazing four months working here at Accesslocal.Tv and I hope I find a job similar to this one in the near future. I’m excited to see where this term takes me.
“Transforming the Hood for Good!” is the motto of the Yisrael Family Farm, a Sacramento based organization started by two people; Chanowk and Judith Yisrael. Chawnok says that a while before beginning the Yisrael Family Farm, he heard rumors going around about a national economic collapse.
“I just designed the scenario if it did happen,” says Chanowk. “What if I was cut off from grocery stores? How would I support myself? How would I support my family? That’s when I became more self-sufficient.”
A food desert is an urban area or neighborhood with limited or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables within a 1-mile radius. Regionally, parts of Oak Park along with Land Park, Florin, sections in Carmichael, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda and Antelope are considered food deserts.
Living in Oak Park, Chanowk realized that his neighborhood was a food desert. That’s when he first thought that he could begin a farm in his backyard. Initially, Chanowk wasn’t successful but still he pushed forward and studied urban farming. Over many attempts, Chawnok began to get the gist of urban farming and it finally started to bloom.
The Yisrael farm currently includes many types of organic foods and vegetables such as fruit trees, persimmons, figs, cacti, and more. Now, Chanowk and his wife Judith are able to serve their neighborhood the fruits and vegetables that they grow and produce in their backyard.
“Some people say they can’t believe they’re in Oak Park,” Chanowk says. “The stigma of Oak Park – people think someone might kill them if they come here.”
Chawnok and Judith annually host a farm-to-fork event with five course meals for only $20, giving a chance for the people in his food desert neighborhood to try out fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable price. Not only do they offer fresh food to their neighborhood, but they also gives volunteer opportunities for the area youth. Their volunteer program is a great way to bring various people, especially youth, together to learn about urban farming and continue to help the city they live in. The Yisrael’s believe this a is a way to “Transform the Hood for good!”
The Yisrael Family Farm’s ultimate goal is to change the neighborhood they live in, and as well as other neighborhoods that are considered food deserts, in the Sacramento area in way that everyone has access to fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable price.
This month, the Yisrael family farm is bringing an award winning documentary film to Sacramento called SEED. SEED is a documentary revealing the dramatic loss of seed diversity and the motivation to restore future food. A screening of this film will be shown at the Yisrael family farm if they can get enough reservations. For information about how to buy tickets for this event, click here.
Harvest Sacramento, created by Soil Born Farms, is a project designed to take unwanted fruit and distribute it back into the local community. The next couple of fruit gatherings, or “gleanings”, will occur on January 16th and 21st.
Harvest Sacramento is a collaborative effort between residents, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations including Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services to bring food to the community. The next gathering will be on 34th street, at the Edible Sacramento High School. This event will run from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on January 16th. Another event at the Colonial Heights Library will be held in January on the 21st, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. To find out more about the upcoming events, interested residents can check out Harvest Sacramento’s Facebook page here.
The fruit itself comes from generous donors who allow the volunteers of Harvest Sacramento to come and glean their fruit. The gleaned fruit from the local fruit trees is distributed to the volunteers, residents, and given to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. This ensures that none of the fruit goes to waste.
No matter the age, anyone who is wanting and able can contribute to Harvest Sacramento’s efforts.
“It’s all ages,” says Dominic Allamono, Program Coordinator for Harvest Sacramento. “We’ve had 2 year olds and 92 year olds in the same group before.”
Anyone who would like to know more about the organization can check out Soil Born Farms website here.
Featured Image by Yeshahyah Yisrael
When I tell people I am home-schooled, the first question I get is “do you miss the social aspect of public school?” This question not only assumes that I have gone to public school, but it also assumes that charter schools do not have opportunities for socialization.
I have been with a charter school called Visions in Education for my entire schooling career. They offer classes that are set up like public school classes, so that way kids and teens get the opportunity to meet other students in their grade. I have taken many of these classes before and am taking some currently. Some of the most prominent classes are the Find Your Voice classes and the Enrichment classes, in which you get credits. However, there are more options for socialization that aren’t a credit-based class,credit-based.E.M. workshops, field trips, and enrichment classes.
When I was a child, I was always confused when certain family members disapproved of my mom for putting me in a charter school. They would say, “Your kids need to socialize so they know how to deal with life situations!” This confused me because I did socialize; I took Enrichment classes for science, acting, and writing. I met up with kids my age, made friends, and learned. But it’s lack of knowledge about charter schools that leads to the belief we’re all anti-social, uneducated recluses.
Just because I am home-schooled, it doesn’t mean I cannot function in the “real world”. Just because I do my homework at home, it doesn’t mean I do not have the opportunity to go out and learn. I am a proud student of Visions in Education, and I am not incompetent just because I’m part of something different.
My name is Julian DeLeonardis, I’m 19 years old and was recently hired as a Neighborhood News Correspondent. Having spent a long few months living in Europe and nearly two years living on a university campus, I’m currently back living in my hometown of Sacramento. “My community” for me means for the group of people I voluntarily spend time with. While I love my family and get along well with my neighbors, I consider my community to be the group of people around my age I come into contact with when I go to events that interest me and gatherings with my friends.
Being 19 in Europe puts you at the forefront of youth culture, that being clubs and raves for them, and at college parties of all ages at a university. The community of a 19-year-old in Sacramento, and in urban America in general, is somewhat nebulous and requires more initiative to become a part of. The most heavily populated district of town, the lavender district, consists almost entirely of bars and clubs that people my age are prohibited from, while people between the ages of 18 and 21 in Sacramento are generally out of high school and taking time off before college, if that is even a consideration for them.
This leaves my community as a group of people out of high school, meaning not going to their friend’s parents houses for parties, not of age to drink, and not in college or university. Most often, my community is centered around concerts and the local music scene. In Sacramento, the dominant ‘underground’ music scenes are the indie and punk scenes, based at run-down venues like the Cafe Colonial in Oak Park or the Red Museum in the industrial districts of East Sacramento, or at houses devoted to the scenes like the ‘indie’ Flop Haus in midtown or the Casa de Chaos hardcore punk stronghold also in midtown down the same street of 21st. When I think of my community, I think of the people coming of age before they’re able to go to bars and clubs that identify with alternative music scenes as a way of seeking some sort of community or culture to identify with. This is where I have met many close friends and where I would choose to spend my time and who with, making it my personal community.
Experience 11 original local films in Access Sacramento’s 17th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival as it premieres this Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. on Access Sacramento cable television channel 17.
Access Sacramento Executive Director Gary Martin hosts this years 10 award-winning scripts turned into 10-minute movies, plus Access Sacramento’s own “On-Camera Kids” premiere youth-actor film “Returning Andrew.”
In addition to the films, you’ll see the 10 filmmakers on stage at the historic Crest Theatre thanking their casts and crews, and we’ll show you the results of several audience voting awards.
This year’s Film Festival airs on the following schedule:
Saturday, Dec. 10 @ 5:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 11 at 9:00am
Monday, Dec. 12 at 1:00am
Sunday Dec. 18 @ 5:00pm
Monday, Dec. 19 @ 9:00am
Tuesday, Dec. 20 @ 1:00am
Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 11:00am
Thursday, Dec. 29 at 3:00am
More than 800 people attended the world premiere showing of the films at the big screen at the Crest Theatre on Sat. Oct. 8, 2016.
Look for each of the films to post soon to the Access Sacramento YouTube channel, and to AccessLocal.Tv.
Also, watch for the announcement of the the 18th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” script writing competition details so you or friends you know can become part of the next celebration of Sacramento area filmmaking.
For more information about the “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival visit AccessSacramento.org or call 916-456-8600.