Biking Sacramento

This article from the Sacramento Bee notes how good an area Sacramento is for biking, with further improvements—as long as valuable car lanes are not lost—still in development.

One of the improvements we advocate is a bike trail from the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers to the gold discovery site in Coloma, and a map showing the part circling Sacramento County is on our website news page (after the jump scroll down to the post entitled Golden Necklace Trail: Sacramento County) and written about in our 2007 report: The American River Parkway, Governance, Ecoregionalism and Heritage: A Vision & Policy Primer, starting on page 17.

An excerpt from the Bee article.

“In its July issue, Bicycling magazine placed Sacramento right in the middle of its top-50 best bike cities, a ranking that suggests we’ve come a long way in recent years and can, with a little more effort and foresight, someday elbow our way into the Top 10 with the likes of Portland and San Francisco.

“Sacramento already has it good when it comes to riding a bike – the year-round weather, the flat terrain, the easy-to-navigate street grid, as well as the much-lauded 32-mile bike trail that winds along the American River from downtown to Folsom Lake without encountering automobile traffic.

“There’s a legacy of bike racing and a growing population of bike commuters, as well as the new trend of bike-centric pub crawls and fashionable slow-speed “tweed rides.” The “May is Bike Month” and the “Million Miles in May” bike commuting promotions have grown each year. There’s a local company that delivers food by bike, a variety of group excursions for everything from farm visits to arrive-by-bike movie events, and a Bicycle Kitchen staffed by volunteers who help folks repair and maintain their bikes.

“There’s so much going on with bikes these days that many will wonder what more needs to be done.

“To get the answers to how we could do better and rank higher, The Bee solicited opinions from bike advocates of all kinds, from the head of the grass-roots Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates to an architect who has railed against sprawl at the expense of urban density.

“Some of the ideas are quick fixes. A few improvements are just about to happen, some complement ongoing efforts, and a few wish-list items, like the need for more bridges over our two major rivers, are both costly and fraught with political hurdles.”

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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