Two West Sacramento parks get upgrades

Two West Sacramento parks get upgrades

Playgrounds at Elkhorn and Bryte parks will soon benefit from significant upgrades. The City has been awarded a $40,000 Play Spaces Grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt More »

Broadway Bridge on the horizon but where will it land in West Sac?

Broadway Bridge on the horizon but where will it land in West Sac?

By Monica Stark Back in May, a big piece of local news was that Shell Oil Products was selling its West Sacramento refinery to the Port of West Sacramento. At a Broadway More »

Raley Field hosted USA Softball Women’s National Team

Raley Field hosted USA Softball Women’s National Team

Photos by Tony Chen The Sacramento River Cats and Raley Field welcomed the world’s best in softball, the USA Softball Women’s National Team, to Sacramento on Thursday, July 13 for an exhibition More »

 

City of West Sacramento approves plan for bikeways, walkways

West Sacramento's plan for bike & pedestrian paths. This draft plan shows both existing and planned trails.

West Sacramento’s plan for bike & pedestrian paths. This draft plan shows both existing and planned trails.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

The West Sacramento City Council on May 8 approved the 2013 West Sacramento Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan.

“The low-stress bike network would be designed to encourage more West Sacramento residents and workers to use their bikes for local trips for both recreation and their commute,” reported city spokesman Art Schroeder.  “It would include an expansion of bike lanes on streets with up to four total lanes and a speed limit of up to 30 miles per hour (35 miles per hour if a raised median is present) and on shared streets with up to three total lanes and a speed limit of up to 25 miles per hour).”

The plan also would increase West Sacramento’s 44 miles of existing bikeways and trails to nearly 101.8 miles over the next several years, using federal, state, regional and local funding programs to cover the estimated $43.5 million cost, according to Schroeder.

With adoption of the new plan, West Sacramento’s goal now is that by 2030 five percent of commute trips by West Sacramento residents are by bike and 10 percent of commute trips are by walking.  Currently only 1.1 percent of West Sacramento residents commute to and from work by bike, while 1.9 percent of residents currently commute by walking, said Schroeder.

With a combined 15 percent of commute trips by biking and walking, there would be more than 1,000 West Sacramento bicycle commuters and more than 2,000 walk commuters in 2030. Other planned policies to encourage more biking and walking in West Sacramento include:

•    Increasing bike parking facilities
•    Encouraging developers to provide shower/changing facilities for office buildings
•    Participation in a bike sharing program being developed by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
•    Developing improved pedestrian facilities on Jefferson Blvd., West Capital Ave., Enterprise Ave. and around River City High School

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Learn to row at the port next Saturday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Learn to row (do what you see those folks in skinny boats doing at the Port of West Sacramento). The local River City Rowing Club is hosting a free “learn to row day” and health fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat, June 1, at the boathouse on the port. Experience rowing on the water, and learn to use a rowing machine the correct way. No experience necessary.

Bring a water bottle, socks, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Wear clothing that isn’t too loose fitting, so it doesn’t get caught in the moving seat in the boat. Open to those age 13+; kids under 18 will need a parent present to sign a waiver. For information, visit www.rivercityrowing.org.

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Sobriety checkpoint Saturday night

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 24, 2013 —
The West Sacramento Police Department announced it will hold a checkpoint to look for drivers who are under the influence or are unlicensed, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday night. They have not disclosed the exact West Sacramento location.
Advance announcement of the checkpoints is intended to help discourage drunk driving.

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Short plays on stage, courtesy of River City High drama club

The drama club at River City High School (courtesy to the News-Ledger)

The drama club at River City High School (courtesy to the News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

Actors from the River City High School Drama Club are hosting a festival of one-act plays this weekend in the Black Box theater at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Curtain goes up at 7 p.m. May 24 & 25. Tickets are $4.

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