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County attacks homeless camping on the bike trail’s west end


Bicyclists navigate past people sitting on the bike trail under the Highway 160 bridge at Northgate Blvd. Wednesday evening. Sacramento County authorities began rousting homeless campers in the area Wednesday evening in part because of complaints by businesses and residents in the area.

Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton filed a number of columns this month concerning the homeless camping along the Amercian River bike trail in area of Del Paso and Northgate boulevards. Yesterday, Breton’s column announced, “Beginning today, Sacramento County authorities will begin taking several significant steps aimed at saving the American River Parkway from environmental harm caused by illegal camping,”
Sure enough, last night county park rangers were out along the trail rousting homeless campers and writing citations.
The area has become a difficult one for cyclists to use while commuting home from work because of the gatherings of people under the Highway 160 bridge at Northgate Blvd. An article in the Bee this morning highlighted some of the plans the county has to, “…wrest back the lower parkway, cleaning it up and making it attractive again for hikers, bikers and other recreational users.”



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American River Bike Trail gets some love

A bicyclist heads east along the American River bike trail Monday evening between mile markers three and four. SacDOT and the Regional Parks Department are working on trail improvements in this area all week. The work includes repairing cracks, overlay of new asphalt, repairs to the trail shoulder and restriping. Signs along the trail warn users to expect delays or a detour between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The American River bike trail is getting some much needed cleaning and repairs this year. Last weekend, the trail received a brisk cleaning as part of the annual clean up by the American River Parkway Foundation, according to an article by Tony Bizjak in today’s Sacramento Bee. Volunteers gathered up about seven tons of trash, Bizjak reported.
But, that’s not all, “The state parks department has won a $423,000 federal grant to to repave 3.5 miles of trail between Beals Point and Lake Natoma,” Bizjak reported. The much-needed trail repairs for this section will begin next spring.
Those repairs, combined with the ongoing trail repairs currently taking place in seven locations along the trail as part of “Measure A” will cause some delays and detours for cyclists, but should be well worth the inconvenience.

To see a map of the American River Parkway Projects for 2012, click here.



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In the news: Bike crash app, 3-foot passing bill and bike trail access


Fishermen work their boat up the Sacramento River as the sun reflects off the CalSTRs building in West Sacramento on a recent morning along the Sacramento River Bike Trail. Salmon fishing along the Sacramento River is getting better every day according to the Western Outdoor News website.

In the news, early last week the state Assembly approved the 3-foot passing bill, according to a report by the California Bicycle Coalition and a story in the Sacramento Bee. Keep an eye out this week as the bill is expected to arrive on Gov. Brown’s desk.
While the 3-foot passing bill is good news, some bad news comes from an article in the Sacramento Press that says the state parks department is considering closing off one of two bicycle access points to Old Sacramento from the Sacramento River Bike Trail. Practical Cycle bike shop owner, Tim Castleman, whose shop is in Old Sac, has started a petition to prevent the closure, the article reports.
And, if you’re looking for an iPhone app to help in case of a bicycle collision, a New York City lawyer has come up with a free app called the Bike Crash Kit, according to a report in the Urban Velo magazine website.



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Bike trail detour at Campus Commons Golf Course


A cyclist makes the turn at the detour on the American River bike trail near Northrup Avenue on Monday afternoon, August 20, 2012.

There is a detour on the American River bike trail just north of the Campus Commons Golf Course. The Army Corps of Engineers is working on a “$5.7 million Sacramento levee slurry wall project” which the corps expects to complete by Nov. 30.
The project will strengthen the levee wall between Campus Commons Golf Course and Northrup Avenue, according to a press release from the corps.
“This work is part of the American River Common Features Program, a joint effort between the Corps, the California Central Valley Flood Protection Board and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, to reduce flood risk throughout the region,” the release stated.



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In the news: learning to ride a bike, Paul Ryan and weather

Cyclists head west along the American River bike trail on an early-morning ride on Saturday.

Make sure to stay hydrated these days. As the temperatures in the Sacramento area continue to climb above 100 degrees each day, The Sacramento Bee reports we could tie the second longest streak of 100-degree days.
If you’re looking for a fun read, check out this article by the New York Times transportation reporter who did not know how to ride a bike. He details how he finally had to take an adult education class to learn to ride a bike.
And if you’re curious about where Mitt Romeny’s running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, stands on transportation, check out this article on the Streetsblog network.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Levee work will affect bike trail access

A sign along the American River bike trail between Howe and Watt Avenues warns of narrowing of the bike trail as work goes on along the levee.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that work on the American River Bike Trail levee is in full swing.
“The levee, running east from Howe Avenue along the American River’s north bank, is being raised an average of 1 foot to allow for more water coming from Folsom Dam and its auxiliary spillway,” reports Cathy Locke in a story on sacbee.com.



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Salmon fishing season opens in the Central Valley

Fishermen ply their lines in the Sacramento River just north of downtown Sacramento at the mouth of the American River in this view from the point at Discover Park Tuesday morning.

Salmon fishing season opened Monday on California’s Central Valley rivers. By Tuesday morning, boats were lined up in the Sacramento River just south of the confluence with the American River.
According to an article on sacbee.com by reporter Matt Weiser, this is the first normal season since the crash in the Salmon population began in 2007. “State and federal officials estimate more than 800,000 adult chinook salmon will make the spawning run into the Sacramento River and its tributaries this year, a huge improvement from the historic low of about 40,000 salmon in 2009,” Weiser wrote.
And, to read more about opening day, check out this story on sacbee.com by reporter Jing Cao.



Posted from West Sacramento, California, United States.

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Park the bike. Go for a swim.

With temperatures in the triple digits, it seems like a good time to park the bike at the beach and cool off in the river as these folks are doing at Discovery Park in Sacramento. Relief is on the way according to the National Weather Service. A cooler airmass is headed our way this weekend. “This will result in seasonal temperatures for the weekend along with a healthy delta breeze,” the NWS website reports.

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Sacramento Fireworks

Fireworks explode over Cal Expo in Sacramento on Wednesday night, as people watch from the levee at Glenn Hall Park in the River Park area of Sacramento.



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Transportation bill receives “groans” from cycling advocates

A bicyclist heads north on 21st Street in Sacramento Thursday evening during the evening commute.

Bicycling advocates are labeling the federal transportation bill a disaster for cycling. The bill was finally filed on Wednesday.
“The bad news: it’s a terrible bill for biking and walking. The new law will likely represent more than 60% cuts in funding for biking and walking. It turns back 20 years of progress in federal policy to make our streets safer, healthier, and more accessible,” says the America Bikes blog. But it could have been worse, the blog goes on to say. Read the full blog post here.
For an excellent analysis of the bill, check out this post by Jonathan Maus on BikePortland.org. And, for a review of the legislation check out this article on DC.STREETSBLOG.ORG.



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News and notes: SFGate and Slate

Morning Commute – A cyclist makes the turn off the bike trail into Old Sacramento at the end of I Street near the Sacramento History Museum on Tuesday morning as the sun rises over the city.

In the ongoing saga that is the federal transportation bill, Carolyn Lochhead, Washington correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle recently wrote this analysis on the SFGate Politics Blog: Pedestrian and bicycle groups fear they will be thrown under bus.
And, while you’re at the Chronicle’s website, check out the column by C.W. Nevius that looks at Strava and its KOM (King of the Mountain) awards and how it allegedly causes reckless behavior.
“Set the fastest time, and you are awarded a KOM Crown. But face it; no one is setting a best time in the city without running stop signs and red lights. There may be only a few reckless KOM types on Strava, but they are exactly the kind of dangerous riders we’re trying to slow down,” Nevius writes.
And, lastly, another article that’s definitely worth reading is by Slate’s music critic, Jody Rosen, who recently had his bike stolen (in New York), but, was able to recover it using Twitter. Of note, Rosen cites some interesting bicycle statistics, “Bicycle theft is a national epidemic. Each year, more than 1 million bikes are stolen in the United States. In 2010, the most recent year for which the FBI has figures, stolen bikes accounted for 3.3 percent of U.S. larceny-theft cases. Those numbers only begin to tell the story — most bike thefts go unreported,” Rosen writes.



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In the news: Spitting on the bike trail and other inappropriate behavior

A cyclist rides along the American River bike trail near the intersection with NorthGate Blvd. Thursday evening. Park rangers and police have increased patrols and ticketing in the area according to a column in Friday’s Sacramento Bee.

Tony Bizjak’s Back-seat Driver column in the Friday morning Sacramento Bee takes on trail etiquette on the American River Parkway and then segues into some of the changes taking place along the trail.
“Summer is high season for parkway use. One of the sad bike trail realities is, the more crowded it gets, the angrier some get, and the worse some behavior becomes,” Bizjak wrote.



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In the news, mobile apps, bike racks and riding in the lane

A cyclist checks out her smartphone while riding on the American River Bike trail near Sac State. A recent news article laments the lack of smartphone apps for cyclists.

Check out the lastest article by Blair Anthony Robertson in on sacbee.com about the new bike docks being sold by local business.
“They’re low-key and will never be mistaken for public art, but Sacramento-based Park a Bike’s Varsity model racks are considered one of the best of their kind,” Robertson writes.
Speaking of biking stuff, this recent article in the New York Times by Joshua Brustein laments the lack of smartphone apps available to cyclists.
“…I went looking for the biking equivalent of clever subway apps like Exit Strategy or EmbarkNYC, and was surprised at how little inventive thinking I found. For iPhone users, at least, there is not even a great way to get directions on a phone,” Brustein writes.
And with all the talk these days about the three-foot passing bill, there’s an interesting article on the Cycling Savvy website about why it is better to ride in the middle of the lane than on the side.
“Driving in the middle of the lane actually protects cyclists against the most common motorist-caused crashes: sideswipes, right hooks, left crosses, and drive-outs,” the article states.

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Annular Solar Eclipse

Above: A bicyclist is silhouetted by the sun in a partial eclipse by the moon as she rides across the bridge at the William Pond Recreation Area in Sacramento on Sunday evening. Left: The sun in a 92 percent eclipse by the moon.

Cyclists in Sacramento were treated to a rare annular eclipse Sunday evening as the moon passed in front of the sun, leaving only a golden ring around its edges. Viewers in Sacramento saw only a partial eclipse (92 percent) but areas to the north near Redding were able to see a total annular eclipse. Go to this story in The Sacramento Bee to read more about the event.



Posted from Carmichael, California, United States.

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Warm bike trail attracts snakes

A warning painted on the bike trail alerts trail users to watch for snakes.

I noticed about a week ago someone has been painting alerts to watch for snakes on the American River bike trail. The paintings appeared and then most of them were painted over or removed (I assume by Parks Dept. employees).
Springtime is when snakes begin appearing on the trail. Consider this entry by Robin Donnelly in her book, Biking and Hiking the American River Parkway.
“As you travel the Parkway in springtime, you might see a snake sunning in the path. After its winter hibernation, it is absorbing heat from the warm surface in order to hunt longer at night. Snakes “hear” through vibrations picked up from their underbelly in contact with the ground, as a result, it is likely they will know you are there and move out of the path.”

Posted from Rancho Cordova, California, United States.

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In the news: making Sac a “cycling Shangri-La”, a Tour walk-up and more

A group of cyclists, some of whom are part of the SACOG after work workout ride group make their way along the American River bike trail last month.

Plenty of cycling news in The Bee over the weekend. On Friday, reporter Tony Bizjak focused his entire “Back Seat Driver” column on May is Bike Month in Sacramento. On Sunday, in the Forum section of the paper, former executive director of the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, Walt Seifert, authored a column listing his top 10 steps to making Sacramento a cycling Shangri-La.
“So why don’t we lead the nation in the share of trips made by bike? Why do cities like frigid Minneapolis and puddle-prone Portland outbike Sacramento?” Siefert asks.
Also on Sunday in the Travel section of the paper, Bee contributing writer, James Raia, penned a walk-up to the Amgen Tour of California headlined, “Plenty to eat, drink and do along Tour of California route.”


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Warmer and drier weather


It was a gorgeous day on the bike trail today as you can see from this image of a cyclist headed west on the trail on the south side of Lake Natoma on Sunday afternoon. The weather for the week will be drier and warmer according to the latest weather story on sacbee.com.

Posted from Rancho Cordova, California, United States.

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In the news: Weather update, bike accident legal tips and funny biking tips

Cyclists ride through, and around, a puddle that covered the American River bike trail next to the Campus Commons Golf Course Thursday evening.

The rain has passed and the weekend weather forecast from the National Weather Service predicts sunny skies and temperatures over 80 degrees for both weekend days. It looks like a good weekend for riding. If you are looking for tips on what to do in the event of a bike accident, check out this blog post by Sacramento injury lawyer and cyclist, Jessica Grigsby. You can find more information on her blog. If, however, you are looking for a laugh, check out this post of biking tips from The Onion. Stick your tongue firmly in your cheek before reading.

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Upcoming events, weekend rides

Riders take the ramp descending off the Hazel Avenue bridge on the American River bike trail.

If you are still looking for a ride to do tomorrow, the “Bike around the Buttes” is still open. In its 27th year, this event is a benefit ride for the Yuba-Sutter Childrens Type 1 Diabetes Support Group & Resource Center with all proceeds being used locally and for a variety of programs for diabetes in the Yuba-Sutter community.
On Sunday, April 22, there is a Tireside Chat Guest Lecture and Book Launch with Author Matt Biers-Ariel at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame at 303 3rd Street in Davis. His book is titled, “The Bar Mitzvah and the Beast.”
If you are looking further down the road, the California Bicycle Coalition has posted their bimonthly selection of “…the state’s most interesting rides, routes and bike-related events.” Included in the list is the ever popular Chico Wildflower Century Ride on next Sunday, April 29, which is sponsored by Chico Velo Cycling Club.
And, this Saturday is the Devil Mountain Double Century staff ride, which is where I will be. I will post pictures and video next week from the ride which is a precursor to the DMD ride next Saturday, April 28. And, if you noticed, the rider on the left in the picture above is wearing a DMD jersey.

Posted from Fair Oaks, California, United States.

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Friday evening along the bike trail


A cyclist heads west along the American River Parkway bike trail Friday evening as an egret and a few ducks feed in the slough nearby. The great weather will continue through the weekend, but there is rain headed our way for most of next week according to this story in on sacbee.com today. Enjoy the weekend, but, if you’re out and about on Sunday morning, the bike trail will be closed from Discovery Park to Del Paso Blvd. until about noon. There will be more than 6,000 runners out there competing in the Shamrock’n Half Marathon. Good luck to all those runners participating in the race.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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In the news: weather coming, trail detour continues, interesting editorial


Cyclists ride under the Hazel Avenue bridge recently with the American River slowly moving along behind them. The river is obviously low for this time of year, but an approaching storm should add some much-needed water to the river and snow to the Sierra’s.
In other news, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates member John Whelan reports the bike trail detour at mile 3.5 has been extended until Friday. “The scope of the work has doubled because the beaver burrow was much more extensive, and the levee engineers and staff were deeply concerned about the beaver burrow affecting the flood worthiness of the levee,” Whelan said in an email to members.
Lastly, a letter to the editor in the Davis Enterprise by Davis resident John Whitehead brings up some interesting issues about cyclists not stopping at stop signs.

Posted from Rancho Cordova, California, United States.

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Sunday afternoon on the bike trail


I saw this couple using binoculars to check out the egrets and ducks feeding in the American River near Sunrise Blvd. Sunday afternoon. It was a nice day to be out on the trail, especially since a couple storm fronts are headed our way.

Posted from Rancho Cordova, California, United States.

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Bike trail detour update


A cyclist makes the turn near mile 3.5 on the American River bike trail where repair work is about to begin Thursday morning forcing trail users to detour the site by going on top of the levee. Repairs are needed because the trail has been undermined by beavers, according to Sacramento Regional Parks authorities. The detour will be in place during the day as work is done on the trail, but in the evenings and on the weekend, the trail will be open through the site.

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In the News: Bike trail detours, stylish bike rack, Bee editorial

There are two bike trail detours scheduled this week, according to an email sent out by SABA. Starting Thursday, Feb. 23, there will be a detour from mile 2.5 at Del Paso Blvd. to mile 3.5 for trail repair. Construction should be done by Monday, Feb. 27. Then, On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Guy West Bridge will be closed to all traffic for bridge inspection and repair.
Speaking of SABA, if you are a volunteer, tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 22, is their Volunteer Appreciation Party at Broadacre Coffee beginning at 6 p.m.
In other news, Sacramento Bee writer Blair Anthony Robertson penned an interesting article recently on local carpenter and furniture maker, Steven Tiller, who crafted a stylish new bicycle rack called a Bike Valet.
“Tiller’s elegant, sculptural Bike Valet came to life once he decided he wanted to store his bike and still have something nice to look at – something more than a bike leaning against a wall or hanging from a hook in the ceiling,” Robertson said.
Also in The Bee this week is a compelling editorial about the transportation bill currently in the House of Representatives. The piece, entitled, “Transportation bill should be roadkill” starts out like this, “Apparently the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives doesn’t walk or bicycle much, or spend time riding subways or trains. They definitely don’t spend much time riding buses.”

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Spring blossoms in February?

A cyclist passes a blooming pear tree along the American River bike trail Friday morning. Kind of strange to see trees blooming in mid-February. According to an article in The Bee, by Debbie Arrington, the warm weather, intensified by reflected heat off asphalt and cement is causing trees in the city to begin flowering. Although, most trees in the countryside surrounding Sacramento are not blossoming yet, Arrington wrote.

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In the news

Two interesting articles in The Sacramento Bee and on sacbee.com during the last week. The first article, written by Sam McManis is about the Savage Sprints event held twice a month on Sundays at the midtown Sacramento restaurant, Hot Italian.
“This, of course, was not a normal night at the restaurant. More cyclists, along with friends and loved ones, milled about than diners intent on tucking into a briatore calzone or spooning Ferrero Rocher gelato,”McManis wrote.
The event is an effort to raise money by the organization, SacValleyVelodrome.org, to build a velodrome in the Sacramento area.
The second article is about the drop in crime along the American River Parkway. The article, written by Sam Stanton, points to a number of possible factors for the drop, including the weather.
Stanton interviewed Chief Ranger Stan Lumsden, who said,”We had seven straight months of rain last year, which probably contributed to the low numbers. The other issue we had is the last three months of the year we did a full-court press on the illegal camping at the lower end of the parkway,” Lumsden told Stanton.

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Weekend events – ultra run on the bike trail

The 34th Annual Jed Smith Ultra Classic run is this Saturday. If you’re out on the trail, the ultra runners will be on both sides of the river between the Watt and Howe Avenue bridges.
In Davis, the Davis Bike Club is holding two rides in conjuction with the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Davis Kick-off Party.

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Sunday morning run on the bike trail


Another warm, sunny Sunday morning brought out the runners on the bike trail. This runner startled a pair of mallard ducks and they launched from the slough next to the trail near the 3.5-mile post.

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Tom turkey struts along the bike trail

The turkeys are back. It’s been a few months since I’ve seen a turkey on the bike trail and then this morning I saw a gang of about 14 birds clucking along the trail under the Fair Oaks bridge. Then I noticed the tom strutting along with his feathers all fanned out.

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Sun and warm temperatures return


Hard to believe it’s January. The National Weather Service is predicting a high temperature of 63 degrees today which is well above the normal of 56 degrees. Sacbee.com has a detailed forecast in their weather story today.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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