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June 21 Rod Beaudry-Routier Bikeway Project Update
The Rod Beaudry-Routier Bikeway Project is currently under construction to further connect our neighborhoods from Lincoln Village to the American River Parkway. The City of Rancho Cordova has received questions from our residents about the project, and we wanted to provide further information and updates on the project.
Q: What is the Rod Beaudry-Routier Bikeway Project?
A: The project includes separated protected bicycle lanes along Rod Beaudry Drive and Routier Road, and signal modifications at Old Placerville Road and the pedestrian crossing near Ellenwood Avenue.
Q: What are protected bicycle lanes, and how do they support our community?
A: The protected bicycle lanes that are part of this project improve safety by providing a physical separation between bicyclists and vehicles, while still providing other amenities like on-street parking. In some areas where the protected bicycle lane is right next to the road, such as on Routier Road over Highway 50, the lane widths are intended to reduce speeds to further improve safety.
Q: Are any changes being made to the project to address recent resident feedback?
A: The City appreciates all the feedback our residents have shared leading up to and during construction. Our residents recently shared concerns about individuals having to navigate over the new medians when getting in and out of their vehicles on the street and in the loading and unloading area in front of the Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center. To address these concerns, the City will remove certain sections of medians in these areas and replace them with road striping, which will continue to ensure the safety of bicyclists and drivers. The City will also add additional reflective pavement markers in the area to provide further guidance to drivers.
The City removed the median at the southwest corner of Routier Road and Lincoln Village Drive where there is a bus stop to address similar concerns.
The City will also add additional road striping, markings and signage along Rod Beaudry Drive and Routier Road as it completes construction of the project.
Q: Will a street sweeper fit in the protected bicycle lanes?
A: The City has coordinated with its street sweeping contractor to provide the necessary equipment to fit within the protected bicycle lanes.
Q: Are the traffic lanes large enough to accommodate emergency vehicles, buses and waste haulers?
A: The traffic lanes were designed to be wide enough to accommodate emergency vehicles, a standard bus and waste haulers. The traffic lanes are similar in size to others located throughout our City, including along Folsom Boulevard.
Q: How was the project funded?
A: The project was funded by a federal grant and local funds.
Bicycle Safety Tips
Summer weather has arrived, and it’s a great time to enjoy over 25 miles of bike and pedestrian trails in Rancho Cordova! Follow these tips to help keep you and your family safe when riding throughout our community:
Tip 1 RIDE FOCUSED: Never ride distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Don’t text. Make sure one ear is tuned in to traffic if listening to music.
Tip 2 RIDE PREPARED: Avoid hazards, such as rocks or grates that may cause you to fall.
Tip 3 SAFETY FIRST: Always wear a bicycle helmet. Put lights or reflectors on your bicycle for night-time riding.
Tip 4 RIDE LIKE YOU’RE A VEHICLE: Cycle in the same direction as traffic. Obey street signs, traffic lights and road markings. Use hand signals to indicate where you’re turning. Yield to pedestrians.
Tip 5 SHARE THE ROAD: Both motorists and bicyclists should look out for each other and show mutual respect. California law requires motorists to allow at least three feet of space when passing a bicycle.
For more information on our 25 miles of bike and pedestrian trails and a bike map, visit CityofRanchoCordova.org/Bicycling.
Thank you to our residents who attended the Rod Beaudry-Routier Bikeway Project community meetings and have continued to stay engaged and provide feedback on the project! We invite you to stay connected with the City by:
- Visiting CityofRanchoCordova.org.
- Following the City on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Nextdoor and Pinterest.)
- Signing up for our e-newsletters at CityofRanchoCordova.org/ENews.
- Reporting an issue online or on your smartphone at CityofRanchoCordova.org/FreshConnect.
- Staying updated on current Public Works projects at CityofRanchoCordova.org/CurrentProjects.
- Reading the local paper, The Grapevine Independent, at RanchoCordovaIndependent.com.
If you have any further questions on the Rod Beaudry-Routier Bikeway Project, please contact Edgar Medina at (916) 851-8907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.