WalkSacramento & Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates
The Blueprint Excellence Award recognizes a project, organization or business for outstanding approaches to Blueprint implementation projects.
This year SACOG is recognizing two community organizations for Blueprint Excellence for their work on complete street design. This year’s winners were selected for their cooperative work and community involvement in planning for complete streets throughout the Sacramento region. The 2007 SACOG Salutes! Blueprint Excellence award winners are WalkSacramento and the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA).
WalkSacramento is a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving safe, walkable communities- for personal health and recreation, for livable neighborhoods, for traffic safety, and for clean air.
WalkSacramento collaborated with the Oak Park Neighborhood Association to perform several walkability audits which has led to the current Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard streetscape project they also continually implement walkability audits near schools to create safe access for children. WalkSacramento has continually been a consistent leader in advocating for complete street in existing and planned communities. WalkSacramento works to increase public awareness walking as a safe and clean mode of transportation.
SABA is a non-profit group that represents cyclists with the aim of more and safer bicycle trips. The vision of SABA is bicycling everyday for transportation because it is safe, convenient and desirable.
SABA spearheaded the organization of Can the Trash! Coalition, which addresses the issue of green waste on local streets. These efforts have lead to the cities of Davis, Woodland and Sacramento getting green waste piles off of the street. Green waste piles are not only a danger to cyclists, they also contribute to street flooding and illegal dumping.
SABA and WalkSacramento are essential in organizing residents to participate in regional efforts such as May is Bike Month, Regional Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan, MTP2035, Caltrans System Management Plans, Sacramento Regional Transit’s Master Plan and multiple city general plans. Currently both WalkSacramento and Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates are working with the Los Rios Community College District to create safer bicycle and pedestrian accessibility.