It was standing room only at our Fruitridge Pedestrian Safety Meeting, held on June 21, 2012 in the community room at the Colonial Heights Library. Local residents, members of the Fruitridge Manor Neighborhood Association and the Tallac Village Neighborhood Association, SABA (Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates), Councilmember Kevin McCarty and District 6 Director Maria Alvarez, Building Healthy Communities, Ubuntu Green, California Endowment, Legal Services of Northern California, and the City of Sacramento Department of Transportation all turned out to support WALKSacramento in making the Fruitridge Road/Stockton Boulevard area safer for walking and bicycling.
The meeting continued the community efforts to address pedestrian and bicycle safety along Fruitridge Road that were discussed at Councilmember McCarty’s March 8 Community Forum. As a result of that meeting, WALKSacramento began work on the Fruitridge Road Pedestrian Safety Project that will train and assist the community to document existing safety and access conditions, and prepare the community to advocate for pedestrian and bicycle street improvements.
The goal of the June 21 Fruitridge Safety Meeting was to prepare to count pedestrians at several locations in the Fruitridge Road/Stockton Boulevard area. Ed Cox, Alternate Modes Coordinator for the City of Sacramento, provided background information on how the City of Sacramento prioritizes transportation projects and maps showing where pedestrians and bicyclists have been hit by cars and trucks in the Fruitridge Manor and Tallac Village area. Terry Preston, Complete Streets Coordinator for WALKSacramento, described the project, the data that will be collected, and how community members will collect that data.
The next step for the community is to count pedestrians and bicyclists on the streets in the area so we can show where and what changes to the streets are needed, and how many people would benefit from those changes.
We’re meeting to conduct the pedestrian counts from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 at the Stockton Boulevard Partnership, 5625 Stockton Boulevard. Contact Terry Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 446-9255 for more information or to RSVP.