SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – There are now bike lanes on portions of downtown Sacramento for the first time in the Capital City’s history.
Contrary to the well-established network of bike lanes in midtown, the central core had very few streets that could accommodate bicycle traffic, the city said. Most of the streets in the downtown area are three lanes and one way.
The city addressed the need for bike lanes downtown in two ways. The first was to remove one of the three vehicle lanes and install bike lanes to the left and right sides.
Portions of 5th, 9th, 10th, G and H Streets were targeted for these changes.
The second strategy was to keep the three lanes but narrow them enough to include a single bike lane on the right side. Streets targeted for those changes were Capitol Mall, I and J.
The city said the changes will not impact current or future motor traffic. The 5th, 9th, 10th, G, and H street segments have been identified by a traffic study to have sufficient capacity to carry current and future motor vehicle traffic even with the proposed lane reductions from three lanes to two lanes with bike lanes. For the portions on Capital Mall, I and J Streets, the city does not expect motor vehicle travel to be impeded.
Work started in September and has been conducted at night and on weekends to reduce construction delays. The bike lanes are part of a $730,000 resurfacing project paid for out of road maintenance funds.
All street resurfacing is complete and the contractor is finishing up striping, which is expected to be done in two weeks.