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What are the isHazel Bike Bridge over Hwy 50 bsues that matter most to you about bicycling in the Sacramento region?

Safe and convenient bike routes? Traveling with your bike on light rail or buses? Recreational opportunities?

We want to hear from you!

Freeport bike lanePlease take a few moments right now to complete this short online survey — it’s anonymous and confidential. The survey closes at 5 PM on Friday, March 27.

As part of our project to develop a strategic plan to guide SABA for the next 5 years, we’re asking the community to tell us about needs and opportunities, including the parts of the region we should be serving.

Your views will help us better understand what the community thinks and values, and that will help us decide how to most effectively invest our energy and resources.


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Join SABA’s team

We’re building our team of smart, passionate rockstars who are helping make our region a better place through bicycling.

Bike Valet Lead (4-6 positions available)
How to apply
About working for SABA

Bike Valet Lead

Bike Valet - Concerts in the Park 2013SABA’s Bike Valet program turns community events into bikeable destinations by providing turn-key valet bike parking services for event participants who arrive by bike (it’s like coat check for your bike). During 2014 we parked more than 10,000 bikes at 100+ community events for clients as varied as the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Sacramento Republic FC, SactoMoFo, Sacramento Farm to Fork Festival, Capitol Beer Fest, TBD Fest and the Sacramento Rotary Club. Bike Valet is our most visible program.

Bike Valet - SactoMoFo7 2014The Bike Valet Lead serves SABA’s mission by coordinating the start-to-finish delivery of valet bike parking services at community events. This position will be the face of SABA to on-site event staff, Bike Valet volunteers and individual Bike Valet customers. This position is part of a team of 8 Bike Valet Leads who will run Bike Valet at individual events during 2015.

□  Organize and transport Bike Valet equipment to and from SABA’s Bike Valet storage space in downtown Sacramento, by bike + trailer (provided) or car
□  Set up the Bike Valet compound before the event
□  Break down equipment after the event and organize for transport and/or storage
□  Orient and supervise volunteers throughout the event
□  Provide Bike Valet customer service throughout the event.
□  Coordinate with the event organizer to address problems during the event (must be available by cell phone)
□  Perform post-event tasks including documenting volunteer hours, number of bikes parked and tips received


□  Interest in bicycling in Sacramento and SABA’s mission
□  Dependable, punctual, organized and detail-oriented
□  Equally able to work independently and lead a team
□  Strong logistical and simple mechanical problem-solving skills—experience with bikes is ideal
□  Strong oral communication skills—must speak clearly, persuasively and appropriately in positive and negative situations
□  Strong customer service skills
□  Solid supervisory skills, including supervision of volunteers
□  Ability to lift up to 60 pounds
□  Ability to stand for extended periods
□  Ability to work in low light situations (early morning, dusk, night)
□  Solid bike handling skills, including the ability to pedal a tow bike pulling a fully loaded 8-foot bike trailer (about 300 lb max) for distances up to 4-5 miles (we’ll train you)
□  Valid CA Driver’s License and current insurance
□  Smartphone is strongly preferred


$12/hr hourly rate. You’ll work a casual schedule with at least 2-3 shifts per month (more depending on your interest and availability). Shifts last 4-6 hours, with the possibility of occasional overtime for longer events. Shifts can cover early morning, daytime, evening and late night events.

IMPORTANT:  SABA’s Bike Valet program for 2015 includes contracts for multiple events with the Sacramento Republic FC (up to 20 home matches at Bonney Field), SactoMoFo (20+ events around Sacramento), Downtown Sacramento Partnership (14 Friday Night Concerts in Chavez Park) and the Midtown Business Association’s Midtown Farmer’s Market (Saturday mornings, May thru September, in Midtown). We want to hear from candidates who are interested in managing one of these series of Bike Valet events.

You’ll work mostly off-site at Bike Valet events in a variety of outdoor settings (parks, plazas, parking lots, trails, etc.) in a variety of weather. You’ll also occasionally work from SABA’s Bike Valet storage space and offices in downtown Sacramento.

In instances where you may use your own vehicle to transport Bike Valet equipment, we pay the current IRS mileage reimbursement for vehicle use off-site.

Your boss will be the Bike Valet Manager, who will train you on all aspects of the Bike Valet program and SABA’s operation. Training will include staffing upcoming Bike Valet events (paid).

How to apply

Send us an email at saba@sacbike.org with your cover letter, resume (including references) and availability (when you can start work) no later than Friday, May 22, 2015.  We’ll start interviewing qualified candidates as soon as possible. We’ll call your references after the first round.

About working for SABA

We’re helping make the region a cleaner, healthier, more livable and more prosperous place by enabling more people to choose bicycling for everyday travel. We serve our mission through advocacy, project review, technical assistance and community engagement.

SABA was founded in 1991 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2003 (ID #37-1474544). We’re one of the only organizations in the Sacramento region to earn the Gold designation as a Bicycle Friendly Business from the League of American Bicyclists.

We currently have one full-time employee and eight part-time employees working on our project review, Bike Valet and bike theft prevention programs. We have fairly simple processes and we’re always striving to improve, so we will welcome your observations and common sense suggestions.

We operate from offices in downtown Sacramento, in a building shared with other cool nonprofits that is located a half-block south of the 12th Street light rail station. The building has a secured bike room and is the first collection site for the nation’s first commercial program to convert food waste into vehicle fuel. You’ll have access to a full kitchen and a private shower room.

The Squeaky Wheel – Oct. 30, 2014

Special Velo Ball Edition


Food & drink  |  Silent auction  |  Music  |  Tickets  |  Volunteers  |  Sponsors

We’re almost ready for the year’s best and biggest party for everyone who loves what bicycling does for our community. Join us to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos this Saturday, Nov. 1, 6-9:30 PM at Beatnik Studios in downtown Sacramento. Tickets are still available. Click here to buy yours right now.

Food & drink

FlautasThe ambience will be casual cocktail party, with great Mexican street food by Florez Bar & Grill in South Land Park. The buffet menu will include street tacos, tostadas, tamales, flautas, slider-style tortas and more, including freshly made churros for dessert. The menu includes vegan options. The Florez crew will be set up under tents outside the entrance to Beatnik Studios to keep the food flowing.

Bike Dog Brewing, Two Rivers Cider and Cabana Winery will be pouring at the hosted bar. We’ll also be serving Mexican Coca-Cola, waters, and other non-alcoholic beverages, including free fresh coffee from Insight Coffee Roasters. Your Velo Ball ticket comes with two drink tickets, and additional drink tickets will be on sale at the party.

Silent auction

Smokin GrOven made in Loomis, CA

Our silent auction may be the best yet, with bikes and bike accessories, bike experiences, health and fitness packages, home and garden items, travel destinations, restaurant packages, original artworks and more, including the amazing Smokin GrOven woodfired smoker/grill/oven. Spinlister and Pure Fix Cycles are donating a Pure Fix fixie of your choice. Click here to see more about the silent auction.

We make bidding really simple: Just write your name and bid amount on the bid sheet next to the item you want. Each item has a minimum bid amount, to start things rolling. And each item has a “Buy It Right Now” price, in case this is something you just can’t let get away.

The winning bidder is the last name on the list when the auction section closes, or the person who pays the Buy It Right Now price – our auction helpers will be keeping track. You can pay for your item with cash, check or credit card at the auction cashier window.

Before the evening is over, we’ll raffle off some special gift items, including an Origin-8 F7 folding bike from Natomas Bike Shop. Raffle tickets are $20 for a set of 10 and are available at the door and at the auction checkout window.


DJ Larry Rodriguez
DJ Larry Rodriguez

Larry Rodriguez DJs regularly at the Press Club in Midtown, and he also provides the music at the annual Appetite Enhancement on Thanksgiving Day. He’ll help set the right mood and get people moving once the silent auction is over.


Cabana WinesIndividual tickets are $50 and include two drink tickets (additional drink tickets will be on sale). Tickets for parties of 8 are $400 and also include two drink tickets per person.

Advance ticket purchasers simply show their ticket at the door – no waiting! Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash, check or credit card. Click here to purchase your tickets right now.

And if you can’t attend, but like the idea of supporting our mission, please feel welcome to make a donation.


So many people are helping us make this party happen! We can’t thank you enough! And we could still use a few more hands during the daytime set-up. If you can help out, please contact us ASAP at volunteer@sacbike.org. We’re providing lunch for everyone from Shine Café in downtown Sacramento, among other treats. All volunteers get free admission to the party.


NNTMA logoWe couldn’t put on Velo Ball without these organizations, businesses and individuals committed to a bike-friendly future for the Sacramento region:

North Natomas Transportation Management Association

Alta Planning + Design
Kittelson & Associates Inc.
Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen
Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Cohn
Sacramento Regional Transit

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Beatnik Studios
Bike Dog Brewing Company
Two Rivers Cider
Capital Public Radio
Insight Coffee Roasters
Cabana Winery & Bistro

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Project review

As private development and public works projects continue to change the face of our region, we work hard to ensure that traveling by bike becomes more — not less — convenient and safe.

We do this in a number of ways:

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– Meeting directly with developers and public agencies about proposed projects. These meetings let us ask questions, identify potential impacts on people traveling by bike and suggest improvements.

– Commenting and testifying on the scope and content of the environmental review for proposed projects. To ensure that the environmental review process adequately addresses the needs of people traveling by bike, we have an environmental planner on staff and we also maintain strong relationships with engineers, planners and other consultants who advise us when needed. We also regularly testifying before planning commissions and city councils about these projects.

– Working with strategic allies to support or fight significant projects. We led a coalition campaign for crucial safety improvements on Carlson Drive near the Sac State University campus in East Sacramento. We also worked closely with groups supporting the Freeport Blvd. bike improvements in Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood and opposing the disastrous Cordova Hills development east of Rancho Cordova.

logoWe’re also routinely invited to participate as a stakeholder in the early stages of major proposed projects. We represent people on bikes in forums organized by public agencies to help shape such major long-term projects as the Capital SouthEast Connector, Green Line to the Airport and Plan Folsom Blvd., as well as the proposed bike share system. And we represent people on bikes on advisory committees and working groups such as the SACOG Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Sacramento State University Bicycle Task Force.


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Repurposing parking spaces into a friendly place to hang out is enlivening the streetscape in a growing number of U.S. cities and Sacramento is about to join the list. Last October the Sacramento City Council directed staff to develop a pilot program for parklets to begin this spring.

A parklet is a low deck installed in two or three adjacent parking spaces, with seating and decorative elements and often bike parking, too.

Parklets make neighborhoods more inviting, relieve sidewalk congestion, and make businesses more visible from the street. By serving as an attractive destination, they give people yet another reason to get out of their cars, which helps reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and safeguard people traveling on bikes and on foot. A parklet signals to the community that the street is a place for people, not just cars.

Pirate ship-themed parklet planned for Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery in downtown Sacramento.
Pirate ship-themed parklet planned for Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery in downtown Sacramento.

In cities like San Francisco and Portland, parklets are a valuable tool for helping make neighborhoods more bike-friendly — in fact, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Great Streets Project was a primary catalyst for introducing parklets as a tool for livabililty.

What do parklets have to do with bicycling? When we help public officials and business owners recognize that public streets are places for people and not just cars, we create the conditions that are friendlier for people on bikes. By replacing parking places, parklets reduce the hazards people on bike face from cars entering and leaving a parking space and from dooring.

Under a pilot program launched in 2014, Sacramento has already issued two permits for parklets in downtown and Midtown Sacramento. The city’s program resembles San Francisco’s, which treats parklets as public spaces, and uses its planning department to ensure appropriate design review, so that parklets are well-suited to their surroundings.

Parklet planned for the 1800 block of L Street in Midtown Sacramento
Parklet planned for the 1800 block of L Street in Midtown Sacramento

Parklets are already happening in our region — in Nevada City, where a parklet (below) is helping the city regain a lost piece of its identity.

Read more about San Francisco’s parklet program and see pictures of the many great parklets there.

Read about Park(ing) Day, an annual international celebration of parklets launched in San Francisco and that inspires creativity and bold action.

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Nevada City