Thursday, June 16, 2011

Park Bridging

Anytime you can connect parks with walkways/bikeways that avoid the danger of being on fast traffic streets, it is very good public policy—something we wrote about, on a much larger scale (connecting Coloma to Sacramento by bike/pedestrian/horse trails) in our 2007 report in the Ecoregionalism section starting on page 17—as this pending project connecting Curtis Park with Land Park certainly is, as reported by Sacramento Press.

An excerpt.

“Residents will get a chance to see the design of a planned pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the railroad between Curtis Park and Land Park Wednesday night.

“The city’s project team will give a construction update at the Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community, 2791 24th St., at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

“The bridge is designed to give pedestrians and cyclists safe access over the railroad tracks from the light rail stop at Sacramento City College near the intersection of 24th Street and Sutterville Road.

“Currently, pedestrians and bicyclists must use Sutterville Road to travel between Curtis Park and the light rail station,” according to a Department of Transportation newsletter. “This multi-lane, high-speed roadway makes walking and bike riding a risky and inconvenient way to travel.”