West Sacramento gets funding for bike/pedestrian freeway overcrossing

West Sacramento gets funding for bike/pedestrian freeway overcrossing

The City of West Sacramento has been awarded funding to construct the Sycamore Trail Pedestrian Overcrossing which will connect the City’s north and south neighborhoods. The California Natural Resource Agency awarded the More »

9th annual Running of the Turkeys benefiting Yolo Food Bank raises funds to end hunger in Yolo County

9th annual Running of the Turkeys benefiting Yolo Food Bank raises funds to end hunger in Yolo County

On Thanksgiving morning 1,500 runners and walkers from across Yolo County will once again have the chance to “do good” and get some exercise before digging in to their holiday feast. The More »

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West Sacramento gets funding for bike/pedestrian freeway overcrossing

Sycamore Trail Overcrossing Conceptual drawing-looking to the west.

Sycamore Trail Overcrossing Conceptual drawing-looking to the west.


The City of West Sacramento has been awarded funding to construct the Sycamore Trail Pedestrian Overcrossing which will connect the City’s north and south neighborhoods. The California Natural Resource Agency awarded the City approximately $5.1 million dollars to construct a bicycle and pedestrian route over Highway 50 connecting Joey Lopes Park to Westmore Oaks Elementary School. The Sycamore Trail Overcrossing is currently in the design phase, which is expected to be completed by fall 2018. Construction is anticipated to be completed by spring of 2020. Total Project cost is approximately $ 6.3 Million.

“For a century, our city has been divided north and south by state and federal transportation infrastructure, so this is a particularly welcome step by the California Natural Resources Agency,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This critical trail overpass reconnects neighborhoods and links people with schools, parks, amenities, and each other as part of West Sacramento’s expanding pedestrian and bike network.”

The City has recently completed several projects to increase bike travel in West Sacramento including the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail and the Linden Loop Road Diet. The Sycamore Trail Overcrossing project further implements the vision of the City’s Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Master Plan which aims to provide safe and convenient mobility options for residents.

Earlier this year, West Sacramento installed bike share stations in eight locations as part of the Tower Bridge Bike Share program. 50 bikes are currently available for use. Electric rental bikes are being added at these locations in the spring of 2018.

Source: cityilights.com

9th annual Running of the Turkeys benefiting Yolo Food Bank raises funds to end hunger in Yolo County

Participants of all ages approach the finish line at the 2016“Running of the Turkeys” 5k Run & Walk. / Photo courtesy

Participants of all ages approach the finish line at the 2016“Running of the Turkeys” 5k Run & Walk. / Photo courtesy

On Thanksgiving morning 1,500 runners and walkers from across Yolo County will once again have the chance to “do good” and get some exercise before digging in to their holiday feast. The 9th Annual Running of the Turkeys 5K fun run and walk starts at 8am on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23 and raises funds to benefit Yolo Food Bank’s programs and services. The race starts and finishes at Heritage Plaza, 600 Main Street, in downtown Woodland.
Pre-event registration is available online for $38 until Wednesday, Nov. 22 at www.runningoftheturkeys.org. On-site registration will take also place at Heritage Plaza on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 7 to 7:50 a.m.
This event is family friendly and features awards for the top three men and top three women overall finishers and the top three finishers for both men and women in 15 different age categories. Prizes are also given in fun categories like best dressed, first dog over the finish line, and largest team. The 2017 Running of the Turkeys is made possible by presenting sponsor Dignity Health and the support of other generous businesses and community members.
This event benefits Yolo Food Bank programs and partnerships that distribute food to hungry Yolo County residents. “Running of the Turkeys is all about community and teamwork, just like Yolo Food Bank. Teamwork makes the dream work when it comes to feeding our hungry neighbors,” said Kevin Brown, Yolo Food Bank’s Marketing & Communications Coordinator. “Every dollar we raise will go toward our mission of ending hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County.”
The Yolo Food Bank serves over 51,000 people each month and is committed to increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and works to educate the community on healthy eating. The food bank distributes more than 4 million pounds of food annually.

Help Feed the Hungry with Yolo County Library’s “Food for Fines” Program

The Yolo County Library in its annual “Food for Fines” program! The program allows library cardholders who donate one food item to clear $1 from their Yolo County Library overdue fines and also feed the hungry this holiday season.

All Yolo County Library cardholders can donate food from November 20 through December 31 at the circulation desk of any Yolo County Library location. There is no limit to the number of donations and no limit to the reduction in fines cardholders can receive. Library cardholders are welcome to donate even if they do not have any overdue fines.

In Yolo County, one in seven people do not know where their next meal will come from and donations can help feed those in need this winter. Donated items will be given to the Yolo Food Bank. Suggested donations include the following:

    Canned tuna or meats
    Canned fruits and vegetables
    Canned or dry beans or soup
    Canned or boxed meals
    Cereal, rice or pasta
    Fruit juice or shelf-stable milk
    Peanut butter

The Yolo Food Bank recommends nutritional options such as 100% fruit juices, low-sodium soups and whole grains. They will not accept rusty or unlabeled cans, non-commercial items, alcoholic beverages or mixes, food packaged in glass, or perishable, expired, open, used or homemade items.

“Whether or not you have any overdue fines, I hope you will join me in helping the Yolo Food Bank fight hunger and food insecurity,” said Interim County Librarian Chris Crist. “By donating to the program you will help feed families and also make a difference in the lives of the people in our community.”

Last year, the Yolo Food Bank received 4,381 pounds of food from the Library’s “Food for Fines” program that were donated by residents and library cardholders in Yolo County. This year the goal is to collect 6,000 pounds of donated food.

For more information about the Yolo County Library or the ‘Food for Fines’ program, visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org or connect with the Yolo County Library on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

On-Demand Rideshare Transit Coming to W. Sacramento

The City of West Sacramento has announced the selection of New York-based rideshare company, Via, to launch the nation’s first ever city/private partnership for on-demand public transportation service. The 1-year Pilot program will allow users to book a shared ride anywhere in the City for a flat-fare similar to the cost of riding the bus, making it easier and more affordable to get where they need to go— without having to rely on a personal vehicle.

“The partnership with Via is a reaffirmation of the City’s commitment to provide residents of all ages with access to an array of transportation options close to where they live, work and play,” said City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This yearlong Pilot will not only save residents money on gas and parking, but will also provide cleaner air, reduce congestion and promote overall livability.”

Via was the top-ranking firm among several leading competitors, including Lyft, Uber, and Chariot, following a request for proposals in May, 2017 to provide an innovative transportation alternative.

Under Via’s shared ride proposal, the Pilot would connect multiple passengers, allowing riders to seamlessly share a premium vehicle with others who are headed in the same direction. Via’s proposal includes up to 10 Mercedes-Benz Metris Vans dedicated to the Pilot, and leverages a strategic partnership with UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) led by Dr. Susan Shaheen, an internationally recognized leader in innovative mobility research, to evaluate the performance of the service.

Using the Pilot service, riders would be able to book a seat simply by using a smartphone app or by making a phone call. Working closely with Via and longstanding partner Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD) , the City will also explore free or reduced fares to and from transit stops, as well as bikeshare stations, and major events to better connect residents to a range of mobility options.

The Pilot is envisioned to support car-free living in the burgeoning Riverfront Districts, while also making it easier for mobility-challenged households, including seniors and residents who don’t own a car, to access important amenities, such as recreation centers, grocery stores, or medical facilities.

The Pilot will play an integral role in the City’s Mobility Action Plan (MAP), which is intended to help the City develop a 21st Century smart mobility network that integrates shared, electric, connected and autonomous mobility choices.

“In the city of the future, everyone will be getting around in dynamically-routed shared vehicles. We are excited to partner with West Sacrament to pursue a shared vision, and help them provide the first-ever fully on-demand public transportation service,” said Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder and CEO of Via.

The City Council will be considering an award of contract to Via in December, which would be supported in part by a grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). The Pilot service is anticipated to launch in Spring 2018, pending Council approval.

Source: cityilights.org