Sacramento, California

Creating a More Sustainable and Healthy Region Through Trails, Walking and Biking

Photo: Discovery Park Bridge along American River Bike Trail

Project Spotlight: Sacramento Regional Trails

The Sacramento region is home to a growing collection of some 480 miles of multiuse paths, 1,100 miles of bike lanes and 300 miles of bike routes—all of which work together to help Sacramento achieve its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing public health and generating long-term sustainability across a six-county area.

Managed by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), the expanding trail network is specifically being designed to support active transportation in all forms—with a focus on increasing safe connections for walking, bicycling and wheelchair use.

Some current projects include: the Epic Trail, a developing 100-mile span of recreational pathways crossing the Sacramento region; the proposed Dry Creek Trail, West and East segments, which would create a 7.25-mile multiuse trail through an underserved section of the City of Roseville; and the Active Transportation Program Mapping Site, through which SACOG is compiling and mapping the growing active transportation network in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.

SACOG is also focused on creating Safe Routes to School through infrastructure improvements and educational programs to support environmentally sustainable, cost-effective, healthy and equitable transportation modes for children and families in the Sacramento region.

City of Roseville’s Dry Creek Greenway

In collaboration with Placer County and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the City of Roseville has begun planning for the 3-mile western and 4.25-mile eastern segments of the Dry Creek Greenway. When complete, the greenway will provide a new safe walking and bicycling route in an underserved area of the city, connecting schools, businesses and residential neighborhoods—and eventually serving as part of a larger regional loop around the greater South Placer/Sacramento area.

Featured Article

How California’s “Prop. 68” Could Be a Big Win for Trails, Walking and Biking

TrailBlog, April 2018

The Parks, Environment and Water Bond—on this June's statewide ballot as Proposition 68, or “Prop. 68”—includes major funding opportunities for trails, walking and biking. Here’s what you need about Prop. 68, and how you can support it.

By Andrew Dupuy

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Facts and Figures

PartnersSacramento Area Council of Governments, Valley Vision

Featured Projects: Sacramento Regional Trails

Mileage: 480 (multiuse paths), 1,100 (bike lanes)

Trails: Learn more about Sacramento’s growing active transportation system.

Goals: Increasing active transportation, promoting walking and biking, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating safe routes to schools, long-term regional sustainability

Learn More: Sacramento’s Epic Trail | Explore the Dry Creek Trail West | Explore the Dry Creek Trail East | SACOG Regional Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Master Plan | Explore Sacramento Trails on TrailLink | SACOG Regional Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Master Plan

California Ups the Ante With Billion-Dollar Active Transportation Plan

TrailBlog, June 2017

On the tail of a historic three-year funding ride for biking and walking projects, California upped the ante this spring by announcing a $1 billion increase to its innovative Active Transportation Program (ATP) over the next decade.

By Laura Cohen and Andrew Dupuy

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