By Loretta Kalb
The problem: When crossing Blue Ravine Road, cyclist Paul Sayegh says he has to dodge motorists who cruise through the red light while turning right from Folsom Boulevard.
We checked during a homebound commute: About half the right-turning motorists didn't stop at the red light, and some actually sped up.
The solution: Sayegh says an electronic sign that alerts traffic to an approaching light-rail train could be employed to signal motorists that pedestrians are in the crosswalk.
Actually, seven intersections along Folsom Boulevard face the traffic issue.
Each has light-rail tracks running parallel to Folsom Boulevard and a pedestrian crossing.
Folsom senior engineer Mark Rackovan said the city is evaluating signage, roadway striping and signal options.
At the Iron Point Road crossing at Folsom Boulevard, the city is testing flashing signs that say "pedestrian crossing" when a pedestrian gets the signal to cross the road.
A consultant "is doing evaluations of motorist behavior at the two locations," he said.
Meanwhile, when staffing permits, said Folsom Police Sgt. Jason Browning, officers will issue traffic citations to violators.
And what does Sayegh say?
"I am hopeful for any changes the city does that work," he said.