Fulfilling the visionary promise of our area in relation to its rivers is just what this project is part of and it is a truly beautiful vision.
Riding into tomorrow
New trail along the south bank of the American River, when finished, will serve cyclists and future residents of the scenic area
By M.S. Enkoji – Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Monday, March 19, 2007
The asphalt on the levee for bicycles practically sparkles like black glass in spots — a sign that few bicyclists have discovered this new trail.
Although only half of the five-mile Two Rivers Bike Trail in northern Sacramento is finished, its potential is already gleaming for cyclists — and for people with real estate in the surrounding gem of the River District.
The trail is like icing on a cake yet to be baked, said Steve Ayers, past president of the River District. The property and business improvement district, from Interstate 5 east to Highway 160, is rimmed by the south bank of the American River — and the finished part of the trail.
“It means people living here will have nice access to the river, and it just provides for additional quality of life,” Ayers said.
The River District has plans to largely transform the warehouse- commercial area that backs against the river into a lighter mix of housing and commercial. Rather than hide the river, people here want to showcase it, dressing it up with new assets like the bike trail.
“It’s one of Sacramento’s best-kept secrets. That’s evolving and changing,” Ayers said of the south bank of the American River.