Reporting Cambi Brown
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new effort to protect the American River Parkway would expand where people can walk their dogs, but maintain the strict guidelines on leashes.
Park rangers will present the possible law change to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Mark Gibbons walks his dog, Charlie, on the bike path often.
“I’ve never had a problem with my dogs, nor have I seen anyone else walking their dog have a problem with bicyclists or walkers,” he said.
But he also strays off the beaten path.
“There’s some secluded areas where I can let her off the leash,” Gibbons said.
But that’s against the law, according to park rangers. Under current law, dogs aren’t allowed on the trails, because they pose a public safety risk, by running into, or even biting, cyclists.
“There have been times where dogs have been on the bike trail, and I’ve had to brake and swerve out of the way,” said cyclist Daniel Mueller.
Rangers also say owners who let their dogs into the woods are destroying the sensitive environment.
Joseph Gagnon says he paid a $225 ticket for having his dog off a leash, but says he still does it, just farther away from roads to avoid park rangers.
“I’ve never seen them off the trail, out of their vehicles much,” he said.
The proposed change will be presented to the supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting, while a vote isn’t expected until early November.