In the time I’ve been creating these weekly news summaries, I have been linking to articles about bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries. I’m going to stop doing so. The real carnage that happens on our roadways involves motor vehicles. Research indicates that the motor vehicle crash rates per mile and per trip are actually much higher than for bicyclists and pedestrians, though it is also true that crashes often have higher consequences for bicyclists and pedestrians. Linking to bicyclist and pedestrian involved crashes while not covering motor vehicle crashes (with other vehicles and with fixed objects) gives the impression that bicycling and walking are dangerous, which discourages people from those modes of transportation. It is also true that only some crashes show up in the Sacramento Bee and on the local media, when the crash is spectacular, is a hit-and-run, or occurs on a slow news day. So the links never accurately represented what was going on out on the roadways. I will continue to cover transportation and development issues.
I am also staring into my summer vacation, some of which will be in wilderness far from Internet access, so the posts this summer will be erratic until August.
The City of Rancho Cordova was awarded bronze level status in the League of American Bicyclist’s Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program. Rancho is the first of the communities within the new Bicycle Friendly 50 effort, though Folsom had earlier achieved silver status.
The Bicycle Friendly 50 group, including 50 Corridor TMA and the city hosted two Traffic Skills 101 courses and a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Seminar in 2014, training two city employees and a number of community members. An education program is one of the requirements for achieving BFC status.
Above is a wayfinding sign in Rancho Cordova, which seems to have installed more than other communities in the Sacramento region.