Room to Grow
A new section of the Russell Boulevard bike path, west of Highway 113, just got a major upgrade. While the old path was a rough ride, with holes, cracks and root intrusion from a row of walnut trees, the new one is smooth and marked for safety. The project cost was estimated at $1 million, with the campus and city each contributing half. The old path will be torn out in the future. “The city is grateful for the partnership with UC Davis on this important and much used transportation asset in our bike-friendly community,” Davis Mayor Gloria Partida ’93 said. “Biking is part of the fabric of our city, and this project will benefit Davis residents, including UC Davis students, staff and faculty, for years to come.”
Photography by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis
The replacement path is just to the south of the old one; the light poles stayed put — with the lamps turned to shine on the new path. Relocating the path southward is part of a larger plan that envisions a greenbelt feel once the old path is removed, a place where people can walk and jog. Moving the existing fence southward also will allow for the opportunity, at a later date, to plant trees that would provide shade for cyclists and others.
West Village continues to grow, with phase two of The Green planned to open in the fall. “As UC Davis West Village builds toward Russell Boulevard, future bike path connectors will link to the Russell bike path and will include new, wildlife-friendly landscaping along the paths and storm-water detention basins,” said Mabel Salon, UC Davis’ chief government and community relations officer.
The new path included safety features including enhanced markings and tactile pavers for the highway crossing.
The Howard Reese Commemorative Bike Path is named for a former city manager, who held the position from 1967 to 1985.