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A letter from WALKSacramento-To our friends who have been working with us to improve safety in the Fruitridge Road

posted Nov 13, 2012, 9:04 AM by Alberto Mercado   [ updated Nov 13, 2012, 9:04 AM by Julio Zaldivar ]
We are sadly reminded today of the challenge pedestrians and bicyclists face on our streets.  Last Sunday, November 11, a 61 year old woman riding her bicycle was fatally struck and killed by a truck near the intersection of Stockton Blvd and Lawrence Drive, which is just one block north of Fruitridge Road. 


·         Here is the police news release:

Our hearts and minds go out to the friends and family of the victim.

The Fruitridge and Stockton Boulevard intersection has been called “the most dangerous in the city” for pedestrians and bicyclists by Sacramento City transportation staff.  At our July 11 community forum to review recommendations for improving the area, community members made reducing speed on Stockton Blvd one of the highest priorities.  Sunday’s tragic event re-affirmed this decision.  High speeds leave drivers too little time to adjust when something unexpected happens.

Progress is being made.  WALKSacramento is pleased to report that the City Department of Public Works (DPW), in response to the work conducted with community members in June and July of this year, recently installed the following at the Stockton / Fruitridge intersection:

·         Pedestrian countdown signals:
here for the benefits of pedestrian countdown signals, and

·         Advance lines at all crosswalks on all four sides of the intersection:
This is a line drawn behind the crosswalk to inform drivers not  to stop right at or inside the crosswalk, allowing pedestrians a safer walk across the street.

These are things that DPW can do fast, and they did.  We thank them for their response.
This is a responce email from one of Sac BHC Grantees WALKSacramneto who has been working with Sac BHC on this issue, if you want to get more involved and participate on the matter please click on the file below and you will find more information on how to participate.
Thanks and please be safe.