American River Bike Trail Closed South of Negro Bar – Folsom Lake SRA

The following is an update on the American River Bike Trail closure just south of Negro Bar in the Folsom Lake SRA from the local Superintendents office of the California Department of Parks and Recreation:

On the night of Saturday, January 22, 2017 a portion of the Orangevale Bluffs failed and a large area of rock and soil covered the American River Bike Trail. The trail is currently closed in both directions just south of Negro Bar. The area has been evaluated by a geologist and was deemed too unstable at this time to conduct clean-up and repairs of the trail. We have been advised to wait until spring to allow the area to dry out and stabilize prior to placing heavy equipment in the area that could trigger additional slides. Fencing, barricades and signs have been erected on both sides of the slide to define the closure area. Because of safety concerns we ask everyone to please stay out of the closed area, additional slides could occur at any time without warning. Cyclists and other recreationists should use the bicycle trial on the south side of Lake Natoma as an alternate route between Hazel Avenue and Folsom Boulevard.

 

Obituary: Frank Cirill: A Dedicated Advocate of the American River Parkway

Mr. Frank Cirill was a long-time resident of East Sacramento in the River Park Community.  Mr. Cirill passed away January 7, 2017, at the age of 94.  During his lifetime, he played a significant role in preserving, protecting, and shaping the future of the American River Parkway.  He was also active in organizing and participating in the Annual Eppie’s Great Race that is held along the American River Parkway and continues to this day.

We encourage anyone interested in learning more about Mr. Cirill’s life-long contributions to the American River Parkway to read the Sacramento Bee Article and his Obituary at the following location:

Frank Cirill Obituary

Please note that an organization called Sacramento American River Association (SARA) is still active and solicits donations to continue the work of Mr. Cirill following his passing.  If you are interested in supporting this organization, please access the link as follows:

SARA Organization – Ways to Give

 

 

American River Level Near CSUS College

We have two photographs that show the change in the level of the American River between May 2015 and Feb 2017.   Click on the photos for a close up view.  Notice the H Street Bridge in the distance connecting East Sacramento and Campus Commons. 

American River view from Guy West Bridge May 2015.

View from Guy West Bridge (near CSUS College) in May 2015, looking North.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of American River from Guy West Bridge Feb 2017.

View from Guy West Bridge (near CSUS College) in Feb 2017, looking North.

Bicycle Safety Information

Providing Bicycle Safety Information is one role of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  We periodically review a document released by this national agency dated in 2013 that contains very helpful bicycle safety information.  We encourage all American River Bike Trail users to review this information and share the information with their children, if applicable.

Some great bicycle safety information!

NHTSA Bicycle Safety Information Article

Fire Along American River Parkway Near Cal Expo

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that approximately 176 acres fire burned yesterday afternoon along the American River Bike Trail in Sacramento near Cal Expo.  For those who view our website from outside of Sacramento, Cal Expo is generally North/Northwest of the H Street Bridge that crosses the American River.

Parts of the bike trail were closed as fire vehicles accessed the area using the paved bike trail as fire crews battled the fire.  Anyone living in western sections of Arden Arcade or East/North Sacramento could see the flames and smoke.  Fire crews included a helicopter providing overhead fire fighting support.

For more information, please access the following link to the Cal Expo Area Fire story in the Sacramento Bee.