Getting Along on the Parkway

Though that is the commendable, and very unrealistic, plea from the Sacramento Bee editorial, it misses the very obvious need for separate trails for separate uses, as we noted in an earlier post.

An excerpt from the Bee editorial.

“The American River Parkway is one of the region’s treasures, to be shared and enjoyed safely by joggers, families and people walking their dogs, as well as recreational and hard-core cyclists.

“But all is not well on the parkway.

“You can see that with the visceral reaction, pro and con, to Sacramento County’s plans to more consistently enforce the bicycle speed limit on the multi-use trail.

“Last Friday, county rangers started warning cyclists exceeding the posted 15-mph speed limit. If the problem persists, rangers will hand out citations. A first violation carries a $50 fine; a second violation within a year will cost $100.

“Regional Parks Chief Park Ranger Stan Lumsden says he’s focusing on public education and hopes no citations will need to be issued at all.

“If and when they are, rangers should show some discretion.

“The biggest problem is on the weekends, when the trail gets the heaviest use and packs of speeding cyclists – practicing the peloton – can endanger walkers, joggers and other cyclists. Citations are appropriate in such situations, but perhaps not on a weekday afternoon when a cyclist or two is slightly over the speed limit.”

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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