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Cycling group honors West Sacramento
NEWS-LEDGER -OCT 23, 2013 —
From the City of West Sacramento
The League of American Bicyclists has awarded the City of West Sacramento the “Bronze” level of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC), making West Sacramento the latest city to join a list of 291 BFCs in the U.S.
The Bronze BFC award recognizes West Sacramento’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, educations programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“West Sacramento has rapidly emerged as one of the region’s top five cities for biking, and this Bicycle Friendly Community Designation shows our commitment to create a city that makes cycling an even safer, quicker and more convenient way to get around town and throughout the region’s urban core,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in a press release.
Earlier this year, the City of West Sacramento became the first city in the region to support development of a “low stress” bike network, following the city council’s approval of a new Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan. The city’s “low stress” bike network encourages residents to use bikes for local trips, recreation and commuting. West Sacramento has 44 miles of bikeways and trails, with an eventual goal of creating 102 miles of bikeways and trails.
(In May, the News-Ledger wrote about the city’s ‘Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan’ and included a graphic of the trail map online. You can find that article and zoomable map online here.)
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New use for old docks? West Sac looks at updating Raley’s dock, rice mill pier
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 23, 2013 —
By Steve Marschke
West Sacramento city staff have begun plans to upgrade and rehabilitate a couple of the town’s connections with the Sacramento River. At a September 9 public meeting, about a dozen members of the public showed up to listen to staff’s ideas, and share the
ir own, about the Raley’s dock and the Rice Mill Pier.
The “Raley’s Landing” dock was dismantled by the city almost two years ago after deteriorating into a navigational hazard. Accessed by a ramp behind the ziggurat building, north of the Tower Bridge, the dock was formerly a home for the paddleboat “Elizabeth Louise” and later as a stop for the “River Otter Taxi Service.” It was originally built as a private dock for the Raley’s corporation, founded by the late Tom Raley.
The City of West Sacramento now has a lease from the State Lands Commission for use of the dock and gangway.
Tentative plans call for the dock to be rebuilt to modern, disability-compliant standards, and provide a lighted spot for public boats to dock temporarily. Construction would use existing pilings and new concrete floats. With a 430-foot overall length, the new dock would include a berthing dock (downstream) that is 60 feet long and 25 feet wide, and an upriver stretch that’s 370 feet long and eight feet wide.
Further downriver is the site of the existing – but closed and fenced-off – “Rice Mill Pier,” which juts onto the Sacramento River in West Sacramento’s Bridge District. According to a city staff report, a rice storage and milling facility was built at this waterfront (not far north of the U.S. 50 freeway bridge) in 1918. A later owner, the Rice Growers Association, obtained permission for “wharfage” in 1982. The site is now owned by Smart Growth Investors II, LLC, led by Mark Friedman. That company is spearheading development of the mixed-use “Bridge District,” located between the Tower Bridge and freeway on West Sacramento’s waterfront.
The 30-year “wharfage” lease expired in 2012, and the City of West Sacramento is now applying for a new pier lease.
City officials are drawing up plans to “rehabilitate the existing pier for public access” and repair the pier’s substructure. The new pier would offer pedestrians hand rails and lighting as they view the water from above.
Planners hope to obtain grant money from the state’s Department of Boating and Waterways to pursue the pier and dock projects over the next several years.
Last month’s public presentation at city hall was co-hosted by John Sneed of the Public Works Department.
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Toy drive, car show & ‘rolling cruise’ —
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —
The West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project will host “The Rollin’ Cruise Car Show and Toy Drive” at 10 a.m. on Nov. 9 at Raley Field. Free to the public; $5 parking next to the stadium. Food trucks, raffles, live music and a police K-9 demonstration. The “entry fee” to show off your car is either a new toy, new child’s jacket or a cash donation (all tax deductible).
The Christmas Basket Project distributes holiday food baskets and toys to local families in need.
The car cruise begins at 2 p.m. The event will be followed by a 6 p.m. taco feed at the Moose Lodge, 3240 Jefferson Blvd. For more information on the car show and toy drive, visit the West Sacramento Police Department Facebook page.
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