One of our website visitors provided information related to an alleged assault that occurred along the American River Bike Trail this past Sunday, 2/15/15 at approximately 6:00 P.M. The report identified the location near the Sunrise Walk Bridge/boat ramp area. For individuals outside of Sacramento, the Sunrise Walk Bridge vicinity can be identified on a map as the area where Sunrise Boulevard crosses the American River. The victim in this incident requested that we provide information as a warning to others traveling the American River Bike Trail in the same area.
The victim has informed us that several teens approached and punched him several times. He indicated that some other people walking in the area were able to interrupt his attackers and render assistance to help him to his feet.
We appreciate the victim sharing information related to this serious incident. Making others aware of this type of criminal activity along the bike trail helps others maintain a high level of awareness while traveling the bike trail in the same general area. We also wish this person a full and speedy recovery from injuries suffered during this incident.
Safety should be everyone’s top priority when using the bike trail. Four high priority safety points to remember when using the bike trail: 1. Always use the trail with a minimum of one partner, 2. Never use the trail after dark, 3. Never bicycle, jog or walk using stereo ear buds that will interfere with your ability to hear noises in your immediate area, and 4. Always carry a cell phone and maintain awareness of the mile markers (numbers painted on the trail surface) and landmarks as you cycle, jog or walk along the American River Bike Trail. The mile marker numbers and landmarks provide important information to help authorities identify your location in the event of an emergency situation.