Walt Siefert, executive director of Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, says that having more people on the trail would make it safer, but that solution has problems, too.
"It's real tough. On the one hand, we want people to use the trail. But on the other, especially the first four or five miles of the trail, it's hard to recommend to people, especially women riding alone, that they venture out there," Siefert said. "We'd like to have more eyes on the trail, but we don't think it's as safe as it could be right now."