Galt Makes it Safer for Students to get to School on Foot or Bike
Ten miles of bike lanes, two miles of sidewalks, and more improve Galt’s roads for all users
November 29, 2018: About 3,000 students now have access to safer routes to school thanks to the City of Galt’s Safe Routes to School Project. The growing community of over 25,000 residents, 20 miles south of Sacramento, committed to improving the city’s bike and pedestrian network to improve safety and give residents more active transportation options. The city installed two miles of sidewalks, 10 miles of bicycle lanes and striping, nearly 200 sidewalk ramps, completed road repairs, resurfaced almost six miles of pavement, and installed a number of new flashing beacon crosswalks.
For residents of Galt, this project increased safety for all who use the road, whether on wheels or on foot. Residents can now use sidewalks, where before they were dangerously walking on roads to reach their destinations, and the biking community and culture is growing. Galt resident of 13 years, Graciela Gamboa, told SACOG that “before the bike lanes, I never let my older children bike to school – but now I feel much safer letting my 10-year-old bike to Valley Oaks Elementary … it makes the town even more family-friendly by bringing peace of mind to families.”
The project was finished in July 2018 and has benefited the city by improving safety for students to and from school and making the city more accessible for residents with mobility limitations and disabilities. It will reduce the number of collisions with drivers and pedestrians/cyclists, slow vehicle speeds for calmer roads, increase the life of the pavement, and improve air quality.
SACOG and the city worked together to fund the Safe Routes to School Project. The SACOG board provided regional funds for 90 percent of the project cost, and the city provided Measure A and state gas tax funding, including SB 1 funding. By helping the city combine various grants, the project’s managers were able to use a single bid and contract which helped save the city money.