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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

Cycling at your own risk

An unidentified cyclist tries to safely maneuver through motor vehicle traffic on Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento. || Photo by Randy Briggs || [email protected]

While many at City College have taken their daily campus commute from the freeway to the bike lane, a long, narrow, and oftentimes unforgiving, stretch of that commute is currently under fire, as a grassroots movement to make Freeport Boulevard more bike-friendly takes shape.

“I’ve been hit by mirrors a couple of times,” said art department instructional assistant Jennifer Griffin. “And the other thing that bothers me is that you’re so close, people will throw stuff at you or hit you. I’ve had Cokes dumped over my head, so it’s not fun.”

Years of frustration over the hazardous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians sparked the alliance of concerned residents, students and business-owners, which coalesced into the group Safety Along Freeport For Everyone (SAFFE).

According to the SAFFE Web site, the group’s objective is to implement a “complete street” concept which will ensure that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

After 21st Street becomes Freeport Boulevard once it crosses under the freeway, the boulevard passes in front of McClatchy High School, and then City College, and eventually continues to the town of Freeport, south of Sacramento. The area at the epicenter of this movement, however, is the 0.92-mile stretch of roadway that runs between Vallejo Way and Sutterville Road.

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Architecture major Kolin Sullivan, who commutes to campus four days a week and occasionally rides his bike down Freeport, said it’s a complicated situation.

“It’s heavily traveled by vehicles, and people park on both sides of the street, which squeezes the bike lane and restricts it,” Sullivan said. “Sometimes I feel like should ride on the sidewalk but then there’s pedestrians.”

Particularly vexing to cyclists is one inconvenient stretch of road caused by the 21st Street conversion project completed by the city in 2007.

“I think the lightrail and the traffic lights totally impact it [safety],” Sullivan said. “They’re just out of cadence and you have to wait a long time to get through that intersection by Taylor’s Market.”

SAFFE is in the process of lobbying the City Council to conduct a traffic study on Freeport.

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