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Hearing on stop-as-yield bill postponed


UPDATE: As of 5:42 PM Friday, 1/5/18, we heard from the office of AB 1103 author Assemblymember Jay Obernolte that the bill won’t be heard on Monday, due to continued opposition among the majority of Assembly Transportation Committe members. Rather than have the bill defeated, the author pulled the bill from the hearing and will be considering possible next steps.

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On Monday afternoon, Jan. 8, the bill to enact an Idaho-style stop-as-yield law for bicyclists will receive its first hearing before the Assembly Transportation Committee.

SABA supports Assembly Bill 1103 and has urged a yes vote by the committee. A yes vote sends the bill to an Assembly budget committee for a second hearing. Click here to read the full text of the bill.

As originally written, the bill would have allowed people on bikes statewide to treat stop signs like yield signs. Idaho enacted the first such law in 1983 (Idaho’s law also allows people on bikes to treat red lights like stop signs, not a provision in this bill). Last year Delaware enacted a stop-as-yield law similar to AB 1103.

In response to last-minute opposition before its first committee hearing last spring, the bill’s co-authors, Assemblymember Jay Obernolte of Big Bear Lake and Phil Ting of San Francisco, revised the bill to authorize individual California cities to implement stop-as-yield programs on a pilot basis for 5 years. The pilot program would include data collection and public education.

We strongly support this revision as the most appropriate way to evaluate the actual benefits and risks of this way of approaching stop signs.

The concept of authorizing the stop-as-yield is solid and appropriate, as it would legalize a common travel behavior. It also appropriately reinforces the importance of yielding as a safe behavior, and puts the responsibility on bicyclists to decide when to yield – bicyclists who ignored stop signs and failed to yield would face the same citations and fines as drivers who fail to yield.

This bill needs your help! Here are three ways you can express your support:

1) Contact the office of Assemblymember Jim Frazier, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, by email or by phone (916-319-2011). Keep your message very brief, especially if you call:

“Hi, my name is __________ . I live in ________ and I ride a bike. I’m calling to express my support for AB 1103 and to urge the committee to approve the bill.”

And if you live in Assemblymember Frazier’s district, please say so. Not sure if you do? Start here.

Why so brief? Frazier’s staff is keeping a tally of how many people support and oppose the bill and they’ll share this information with the rest of the committee at Monday’s hearing. The entire committee already has a detailed analysis of what the bill does and the arguments for it and against it. They’ve also seen letters from organizations like SABA that explain why the bill is beneficial and should be enacted. What they need to hear by Monday is that individual voters support the bill.

2) Yolo County Assemblymember Cecelia Aguiar-Curry is a member of the Assembly Transportation Committee. If you live in her district, consider contacting her office by email or phone (916-319-2004) to deliver a similar message. (Not sure if you live in her district? Start here.)

3) Consider attending Monday’s hearing starting at 2:30 PM in Room 4202 at the State Capitol in downtown Sacramento. The agenda is very full and the hearing room is small and fills quickly — arrive extra early to go through security and find a seat. You’ll have a chance to briefly state your name and support for the bill for the record. AB 1103’s author is organizing representatives of groups to deliver more detailed testimony at the hearing.

To learn more about how stop-as-yield works, check out this cool video from Oregon.

SABA’s year in review

SABA works in three main areas — advocacy, technical assistance and community engagement — to help create the conditions that enable more people to confidently choose a bike as safe, convenient everyday transportation. Here are the highlights from 2017:


Vision Zero Sacramento

What we did: As part of the Vision Zero Task Force, we’ve been working with public agency, nonprofit and community partners to develop an action plan for reaching the City of Sacramento’s goal of eliminating all severe injury and fatal traffic collisions by 2027.

Why it matters: A data-driven plan will direct funding toward improvements to safeguard people on bikes in the most dangerous locations, many of which are concentrated in traditionally underserved neighborhoods. For example, most of the fatal bike collisions in Sacramento County have occurred south of US-50 and west of Power Inn Road, on major streets like Stockton Blvd., 47th Ave., Fruitridge Road and Mack Road.

What’s next: The draft action plan will be released early next year for public review. We’ll be involved in helping solicit community and neighborhood input.

Transportation funding

What we did: Late last year Sacramento County’s Measure B transportation sales tax measure narrowly failed to win passage, in part because SABA and allied groups didn’t have a seat at the table to help shape a measure we could all support. Since then we’ve been working with our strategic allies to ensure that the next transportation sales tax measure reflects our ideas and values.

Why it matters: Our region cannot achieve its air quality goals without providing safe, convenient alternatives to driving, including travel by bike. And without additional funding, we won’t see the kind of roadway improvements that will enable more people to choose a bike for everyday travel. Environmental, neighborhood and community groups have a decisive role to play so long as we work together.

What’s next: Allied groups continue to meet to discuss our role in influencing the content of the next transportation sales tax measure.

Project review

What we did: We submitted detailed comments to public agencies reviewing environmental documents, construction permit applications and planning documents for major development and public works projects with potential benefits and impacts on people who travel by bike, including the Central City Specific Plan (formerly known as Downtown Specific Plan), the Capitol City Freeway Improvement Project, and the West Jackson Highway Master Plan. We also routinely meet with developers in the early stages of projects, with the goal of educating developers and helping improve projects that are still being designed.

What it matters: The application review and approval process is the opportunity for public input that pushes public agencies to exercise their authority to modify projects where needed. Meeting with developers presents the opportunity to share projects in their early stages, often in ways that developers find helpful.

What’s next: We’ll continue to participate in public commenting on projects and also meet with developers. Watch for additional advocacy activities from SABA, such as public awareness campaigns, to mobilize public support for significant needs related to some of these projects.

Bike share

What we did: We’re part of an advisory committee that developing policies and strategies for ensuring that the Sacramento region’s bike share system, launching next spring in parts of Sacramento, West Sacramento and Davis, is accessible to everyone. We also represented the interests of people on bikes in three cities interested in introducing Chinese-style dockless bike share systems.

Why it matters: Bike share programs enable people to replace car trips with bike trips, which helps reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Meeting these goals requires local policies about bike share operators to ensure that people can rely on bike share as a long-term transportation solution.

What’s next: We’ll continue to advocate for bike share as a legitimate transportation solution. We’re especially interested in strategies for making bike share succeed in less-dense suburban areas and with traditionally underserved populations.

Photo by Tony Bizjak/Sacramento Bee

Protected bike lanes

What we did: We led rides and encouraged people to try out the protected bike lane on P Street that was demonstrated for three days in during early October. We also met with City of Rancho Cordova transportation planners to provide input on the Routier Road-Rod Beaudry Drive protected bike lane project currently in the design phase.

Why it matters: Protected bike lanes are a crucial tool for making streets accessible to would-be cyclists who don’t want to share the street with vehicle traffic. The City of Sacramento’s preview helps build public support for the City’s Sacramento Downtown Bikeways Project, which will install 20+ blocks of bikeway improvements, including a protected bike lane on P Street, in the Grid next spring. This was also the first time the City has demonstrated this kind of facility on a short-term basis. We support more experiments like these. The scope and suburban setting of Rancho Cordova’s project makes it the region’s most ambitious.

What’s next: We’ll continue to educate the community about the benefits of protected bike lanes.

Off-pavement bicycling pilot program

What we did: We helped organize community support for Sacramento County’s pilot program to allow bikes on unpaved maintenance roads in the Woodlake and Cal Expo areas of the American River Parkway. The program opened this fall.

Why it matters: The pilot program help determine whether off-road bicycling can be accommodated in the lower American River Parkway, like it is around Lake Natoma near Folsom. Introducing more active uses in this part of the parkway helps the paved American River Bike trail feel safer and less isolated for more people.

What’s next: We’ll continue to monitor the success of the program over the next three years, when future expansion could be a possibility.

Technical assistance

Biking in the Power Inn area

What we did: We partnered with WALKSacramento to evaluate needs and opportunities to improve conditions for biking and walking in the Power Inn area for the local business association.

What it matters: As advocates, we look at the world from the perspective to people on bikes. That knowledge can be valuable to organizations like the Power Inn Alliance whose members want the benefits of more transportation options, including travel by bike.

What’s next: We continue to support Power Inn Alliance in advocating for improvements for travel by bike.

Safe routes to school in West Sacramento

What we did: Once again we partnered with WALKSacramento on a contract with the City of West Sacramento to encourage biking and walking to 7 elementary schools through evaluation, education and street improvements.

Why it matters: Helping make it easier for kids to bike and walk to and from school creates healthy habits, reduces traffic congestion around schools and improves air quality.

What’s next: During 2018 we’ll deliver bike education, organize ‘bike trains’ and help residents identify the best bike routes through their neighborhoods.

Community engagement

Bike Doc mechanic Glenn Small explains repairs to a Bike Doc customer.

Bike repair program

What we did: SABA mechanics repaired more than 750 bikes at 25 Bike Doc bike repair clinics at schools, community events and apartment complexes, a program of the North Natomas Transportation Management Association.

Why it matters: There’s just one bike shop that serves the 100,000 residents of Natomas. Without easy access to repairs, people can’t ride their bikes, which leaves some people stranded and forces others to drive more than they want to.

What’s next: We continue to work with the North Natomas TMA. Meanwhile, we have grant funding to introduce bike repair clinics in South Sacramento.

Encouraging bicycling in Rancho Cordova

What we did: With funding from Rancho Cordova’s Measure H Community Enhancement Fund, we introduced Bike Valet services at community events in Rancho Cordova, and also led social bike rides and held several bike maintenance classes.

Why it matters: We’re helping build a community of Rancho Cordova residents who support bicycling and can organize to advocate for needed roadway improvements.

What’s next: We’ll continue to provide these services through 2018.

Photo by City of Sacramento

Open streets

What we did: We were part of a committee that organized Sunday Street on Broadway, when Sacramento temporarily closed Broadway and adjacent streets to cars so people could bike, walk, skate, play and have fun. We partnered with a group of young urban planning professionals to fabricate a temporary protected bike lane as one of the activities at the event.

Why it matters: Events like these offer a way to ‘reclaim’ our streets as places for people and not just for cars. When people can experience their neighborhoods this new way, even temporarily, they become more engaged in decisions about how their neighborhood streets operate and how they can be improved. For SABA, Sunday Street on Broadway presented an opportunity to meet and talk to people interested in helping advocate for installation of protected bike lanes.

What’s next: This was the first in a pilot project to organize similar events in each City Council district. Future events have not been announced, however, we’re encouraging the City to host more of these transformative events and we want to help make them successful. We’ve also heard from other cities in the region that want to host these kinds of events.

Bike Valet

What we did: During 2017 we parked more than 10,000 bikes at nearly 300 community events in Sacramento, West Sacramento, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove.

Why it matters: When people have a fast, easy way to park their bike for free at a community event, they’re more likely to ride a bike than drive a car. That keeps driving-related pollution out of the air (and your lungs) and helps reduce traffic congestion. Our regular clients include the Sacramento Republic FC, Midtown Farmers Market, Friday Night Concert in the Park, SactoMoFo, The Barn and the Cordova Community Council.

What’s next: During 2018 we hope to resume providing Bike Valet services for selected Golden 1 Center events.

Effective advocacy is only possible with your support. Please make a tax-deductible, year-end gift to SABA right now by clicking here.

Bridge closes for 5 months without detour for bikes

Bridge repair project closes only Natomas-Downtown bike route

On Tuesday, January 2, Sacramento County will close the Jibboom Street Bridge leading into Discovery Park for 5 months of repairs ending in late May, the first major upgrade to the 86-year-old bridge in nearly 50 years.

In addition to creating a more secure route for bike traffic, the project temporarily severs the only legal, direct route for people traveling by bike or on foot between downtown Sacramento and Natomas, home to 20% of the city’s population.

The project shows just how fragile our transportation network really is: there are no nearby alternate routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. (The few drivers who even notice the closure can drive a few hundred yards to reach I-5).

The inadequate number of bridges over the American River affects everyone. Drivers have to travel out of their way to reach one, adding to traffic and air pollution, and the added distance discourages travel by bike, which keeps people in their cars. When our transportation network can be so easily broken, we simply can’t reach air quality goals that envision more people being able to travel by bike.

Sacramento County is not providing a detour for bike traffic but recommends alternate routes that add at least 4 to 14 miles to a one-way trip. The nearest alternate route is the Sacramento Northern Bikeway bridge (AKA the Blue Diamond Bridge or the Pipe Bridge) about 2 miles upstream from Discovery Park. Beyond that, the next nearest crossings are at the H Street and Guy West bridges near Sac State, about 7 miles upstream.

Bike traffic is allowed on Highway 160, which lacks bike lanes and has 60+ MPH traffic. It’s highly dangerous for people on bikes, especially at night, and during rainy or foggy weather, and not recommended.

When flooding closes the American River Parkway, Caltrans authorizes bike traffic on the I-5 bridge over Discovery Park between the Garden Highway and Richards Blvd. exits, however, that detour is extremely hazardous and also not recommended. And it won’t be opened for the Jibboom Street Bridge project (that is, until the Parkway floods).

Northbound I-5 over the Sacramento River

The impacts of the closure don’t simply affect recreational and athletic cyclists who ride in the Parkway. It complicates the commute for those who ride between Natomas and Downtown Sacramento. During a bike traffic count we conducted at the bridge for two hours on a weekday evening in May 2012, we counted 297 cyclists crossing the bridge, nearly as many who cross the Guy West Bridge during the same period. It’s a busy bridge!

And for low-income people who live north of the river and bike or walk to reach essential services on the south side, the closure creates a barrier that’s nearly impossible to overcome.

Proposed bicycle-pedestrian route on I-5

In 2013 the City of Sacramento completed the American River Crossing Alternatives Study [PDF], which recommends three locations for “all-weather” bicycle and pedestrian crossings: a new Regional Transit bridge to carry Light Rail to Natomas from the Richards Blvd. area, new bridges to replace the existing Highway 160 bridges, which are reaching the end of their useful lives, and a new cantilevered bicycle-pedestrian crossing on the west side of the I-5 bridge.

We’re asking the City of Sacramento to take the study off the shelf and expedite planning for one or more of the proposed crossings. Given the complexity and expense of building this kind of infrastructure, this planning has to get started immediately.

In the interim, we’re working with Caltrans to determine whether the I-5 bridge can ever be made safe enough for detoured bike traffic. Current conditions are simply too unsafe for people on bikes.

The City of Sacramento is already working on two new bridges over the Sacramento River between downtown and West Sacramento. The replacement for the I Street Bridge will move bikes off the I Street railroad bridge and a new Broadway Bridge will provide an additional crossing. The American River presents the same kind of obstacle to travel and deserves the same kind of attention.

This kind of advocacy is only possible with your support. Please make a tax-deductible, year-end gift to SABA right now by clicking here.

Gas tax hike to fund road repairs

Tomorrow the state tax on gasoline will go up by 12 cents, the first increase in 23 years.

Over the next 10 years, the tax increase, along with increases in other fuel-related taxes and fees, will generate $54 billion for transportation improvements statewide–mainly road repairs but also $100 million more a year exclusively for biking and walking projects.

Sacramento County will collect $289.6 million, including $112.6 million within the city of Sacramento, as the result of Senate Bill 1, the state law that contained the gas tax increase. The 6-county Sacramento Area Council of Governments Region (Sacramento, Sutte, Yolo and Yuba counties and parts of El Dorado and Placer counties) will receive $919 million due to SB 1.

Here’s how SB 1 allocates the additional funding statewide:

• $100 million per year exclusively for biking and walking projects.
• $3 billion per year–the majority of the funding–will go to repairing state- and locally-owned roads, which provides a key opportunity to build safer, complete streets that accommodate travel by bike, transit and walking.
• $750 million per year will support improving service and expanding public transit. More public transit helps reduce traffic congestion, which creates safer streets for biking and walking.
• $250 million per year is for a new program aimed at increasing transportation choices in highly traveled, congested corridors.
• $25 million per year for planning grants to support smart growth and development of better projects in the future.

In the Sacramento region, the increased revenues will be used for these projects to improve conditions for bicycling:

• bike lane and pedestrian route improvements on McGowan Parkway in Olivehurst ($1.25M)
• the Electric Greenway bike path in Citrus Heights ($5.8M)
• a segment of the El Dorado Trail near Missouri Flat Road in El Dorado County ($3.4M)
• complete streets improvements along Folsom Blvd. in unincorporated Sacramento County ($4.18M)
• Phase II of the Two Rivers Trail along the south side of the American River near downtown Sacramento ($3.33M)

A survey conducted this spring by Calbike shortly after the passage of SB 1 showed that most Californians favor investing in these kinds of improvements.

Even with the new revenues, the region’s unfunded need–the value of needed transportation improvements that don’t yet have funding–is still $2 billion over the next 10 years.

In Sacramento, gas tax revenues account for about 10% of the city’s transportation budget. Other funding sources, such as a countywide transportation sales tax, will be needed to pay for upgrading transit equipment and building costly biking and walking infrastructure such as overcrossings and bridges.

Click here to learn more about SB 1.

Tour de Fat Sacramento, July 11

Join us for Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat in Sacramento on July 11th at Ace of Spades, 1417 R Street, Sacramento.

Hollis Brown is headlining the show. Sacramento favorite 50 Watt Heavy will also take the stage, along with a mix of musicians, performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs.

The event will feature world-class acts, top-notch beer and philanthropic fun benefiting SABA!

Everyone age 21+ can enjoy year-round beers from New Belgium including their flagship beer, the American Craft Beer Icon Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale, along with Voodoo Ranger IPA and Citradelic Tangerine IPA. Attendees will also get to try Fat Tire Belgian White Ale before it launches this August.

The fun starts at 7pm, costumes are highly encouraged and a mindset to party is mandatory.

Get your tickets today:

We need volunteers! Sign up for a shift during the event and get free admission and a front row seat for all the fun. Go here for more information:

More details are below. Hope to see you there!

Tour de Fat Sacramento Details
July 11th – 7pm
Ace of Spades
1417 R Street
Sacramento, CA

More info:

Velo Ball 2014 is Nov. 1

Velo Ball masthead SABA’s annual fundraising gala is the year’s best and biggest party for people who love what bicycling is doing for our community.

Join us for a celebration of Dia de los Muertos at Beatnik Studios, an industrial workshop-turned-art gallery near Southside Park.

DJ Larry Rodriguez

DJ Larry Rodriguez

The evening features Mexican street food by Florez Bar & Grill, a hosted bar featuring local craft beer and wine, and music by DJ Larry Rodriguez of the Press Club. The evening’s highlight will be the silent auction of local treasures and one-of-a-kind experiences, including:
– Getaways to Bolinas and Mendocino
– Tickets to Disneyland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Capitol Corridor and the Sacramento Zoo
– Personal trainer session
– Golf lessons
– Bike accessories and apparel
– Gift certificates to local restaurants & more

We’ll also be auctioning the amazing Smokin’ Groven, a wood-fired smoker-grill-oven built in Lincoln, CA. The heavy-gauge steel construction is fully insulated, ensuring a long lifetime and Smokin Grovenmany cookouts. If you’ve enjoyed the BBQ at Farmhaus in Granite Bay, you know what the Smokin’ Groven can do!

Velo Ball benefits SABA’s capacity to advocate for better bicycling infrastructure and policies, assist agencies, organizations and businesses in improving conditions for bicycling, and build a local culture that thrives on the freedom and joy of riding a bike.

Tickets are $50 per person, available by advance purchase only. We’ve sold out at the two previous Velo Balls — don’t miss out! Sponsorship opportunities are still available — contact us at 916-444-6600 or for more information.

Beatnik Studios

Beatnik Studios


The Squeaky Wheel – Oct 2014

Velo Ball 2014 is Nov. 1
Helping South Sac design a healthier community
Integrating bicycling throughout downtown Sacramento
Protect your bike from theft
New board members
Bike shorts
Come ride with us

Velo Ball 2014 is Nov. 1

Velo Ball mastheadWe’re kicking off the year-end holiday season on Sat., Nov. 1 with Velo Ball, our annual fundraising gala. Tickets are on sale now!

This year’s party, at Beatnik Studios near Southside Park in downtown Sacramento, coincides with Dia de los Muertos, the annual Mexican celebration of remembrance. We’re celebrating with casual Mexican street food and desserts from Florez Bar & Grill, a hosted bar with local craft beers and wine, and music and dancing with DJ Larry Rodriguez of the Press Club in downtown Sacramento.

Beatnik Studios

Beatnik Studios

The highlight is a silent auction of local treasures and one-of-a-kind experiences, including getaways to Bolinas and Mendocino, tickets to Disneyland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, golf lessons, a personal trainer session, bike accessories and apparel, gift certificates to local restaurants, and much more. We’re also auctioning the amazing Smokin’ Groven, a wood-fired smoker for serious cooks. Funds raised at Velo Ball 2014 will build our capacity to advocate for better bicycling in the Sacramento region.

Tickets are $50 per person, available by advance purchase only. We’ve sold out the past two years, so don’t wait! Sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact us for information on how your business can participate.

Helping South Sac design a healthier community

Our region prides itself in being bike-friendly, yet for residents of South Sacramento, bicycling is often difficult and hazardous. Fewer South Sac residents own cars than other Sacramento residents and public transit service is limited – bikes are basic transportation. Railroad tracks, a freeway, a former state highway, and large, fast, busy boulevards divide the community and limit access to services. The intersection of Stockton Blvd. and Fruitridge Road has Sacramento’s highest number of bicyclists and pedestrians injured in vehicle collisions.

Northbound Stockton Blvd.  at Fruitridge Rd.

Northbound Stockton Blvd. at Fruitridge Rd.

We’re working with nonprofit allies and South Sac residents on a plan to make biking and walking safer and more convenient. Part of the Building Healthy Communities program funded by the California Endowment, the project will also develop community action plans for housing, economic development and urban agriculture. The planning area is bounded roughly by Franklin Blvd., Broadway, Power Inn Road and 47th Ave.

The planning process represents a new, grassroots model that begins with significant input from South Sac residents, workers, property owners and other stakeholders. Community workshops, one-on-one dialogue, and an online tool are being used to identify needs and opportunities. We’re still soliciting public input at community events and online, so if you live, work or shop in South Sac or commute through the area, please share your thoughts.

Integrating bicycling throughout downtown Sacramento

The City of Sacramento has embarked on a year-long study to integrate five modes of transportation in downtown Sacramento: bicycling, walking, public transit, cars and large trucks. The goal is to establish priorities for spending an estimated $100M in transportation improvements over the next 20 years in the area bounded by the rivers and the Capital City Freeway. We see this study as a prime opportunity to make downtown safer and more comfortable for people who ride bikes (or want to).

Example of a protected bike lane

Example of a protected bike lane

We’re calling on the city to invest in continuous crosstown bike routes that connect downtown to the surrounding neighborhoods. The existing bikeway network is significantly fragmented, with bike lanes that just end (think: westbound K St. at 15th) and barriers such as the Capital City Freeway ramps that create intense conditions for bicycling at the east and south edges of downtown. Due to a lack of bike lanes, downtown destinations such as the Sacramento Valley Station and the new Kings arena are largely inaccessible to all but the strongest, most confident bicyclists.

Downtown Sacramento needs a continuous network of bikeways that are safe and comfortable for everyone who rides or wants to ride. You can learn more about the study and offer your thoughts and ideas at the Sacramento Grid 2.0 website.

Protect your bike from theft

Cutting cable locks at 2nd Saturday

Cutting cable locks at 2nd Saturday

How easy is it to cut through a cable lock? A lot easier than you might think. Maybe you’ve even tried cutting one yourself at our demos at 2nd Saturday events on 20th Street, the Midtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, or the Wednesday farmer’s market in Chavez Park.

Our Protect Your Bike campaign is educating Sacramento residents about how to register their bikes through the City of Sacramento’s Ride On! online registery, how to lock a bike effectively, and how to report a theft. In addition to demos at community events, we host a website and we’ve been distributing information cards to local bike shops and cafes. We’re currently talking with Cosumnes River College and Sac State about how we can reach students. 

The program is sponsored by Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento Regional Transit, Downtown Sacramento Partnership and Midtown Business Association.

New board members

Our board of directors is growing! This summer we welcomed eight new members who expand our capacity and broaden our connection to the community.

Jim Allison is planning manager for the Capitol Corridor, which has one of the nation’s highest rates of passengers who access the system by bicycle. Ted Florez works for the City of Sacramento Utilities Department and also organizes the annual Sacramento Cyclefest. Becky Garrow is a health education with the Public Health Institute and helped launch the California Department of Public Health’s fleet of loaner bikes for employees.

Car-free for the past 26 years, Mel Melvin works as a historian, currently serves on the Sacramento City-County Bicycle Advisory Committee, and previously served as a shop manager at the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen. Andrea Rosen is a senior attorney with Covered California and a longtime member of the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association. Chris Shultz is deputy insurance commissioner for California and an avid cyclocross racer. Morgan Staines is an attorney with Covered California and lives in the Arden-Arcade area.

The new board members will serve 3-year terms. They join veteran board members Jeffery Rosenhall, Ryan Sharpe, Sue Teranishi and Maya Wallace.

Bike shorts

Bike corral on R St. at 10th

Bike corral on R St. at 10th in downtown Sac

A paved, off-street bike path is one of the options El Dorado County is studying for 30 miles of former Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way that connects the American River Parkway and Folsom to Shingle Springs and Placerville. Imagine how many residents and visitors would love to ride between Sacramento and Placerville along the gentle 2% grade of the former rail line.

More bike corrals are starting to show up around downtown Sacramento. Recent additions include corrals on R Street near 10th and between 14th and 15th streets, at 24th and K streets, next to Der Biergarten, and on 7th Street near K outside 24-Hour Fitness.

On October 25, the City of Citrus Heights cuts the ribbon on a mile of new biking and walking path along Old Auburn Blvd. between Garry Court and Robert Creek Court. We’ll be leading a neighborhood ride to inaugurate the trail.

Come ride with us

5 PM, 10/24: Tour de Brews: Bike Dog Brewing Anniversary

TGIF! We’ll ride from Capitol Park to West Sac to help Bike Dog Brewing celebrate its 2-year anniversary that weekend. Free Bike Valet parking from SABA will be provided.

4 PM, 10/25: Day of the Dead Bicycle Cruise

Sacramento Cyclefest founder and SABA board member Ted Florez leads a tour of downtown pubs. Meet at 4 PM at Suzie Burger, 2020 P Street, Sacramento. The ride departs at 5 PM. The ride is sponsored by Modelo, Sacramento News & Review and Sacramento Cyclefest.

10 things you should know about CA’s new 3-foot passing law

Photo by ABC 7 News

Photo by ABC 7 News

1. The law requires a driver passing a bike to give at least 3 feet of clearance between any part of the vehicle and any part of the bike or the person riding it.

2. Where 3 feet of clearance isn’t available due to road or traffic conditions, the driver must slow down and pass only when it’s safe to do so. The new law doesn’t change the prohibition against crossing a double yellow centerline in order to pass another vehicle or bike on a two-lane road.

3. State law previously required drivers to pass at a “safe distance” but didn’t specify what that distance should be.

New sign in Napa County, the first place in the state

Napa County is the first place in the state to post warning signs

4. The law applies where a driver is passing a bike from behind, in the same lane and the same direction of travel. It may also apply to a driver passing a bike traveling in an adjacent bike lane. The CA Vehicle Code section about “overtaking” (the part revised by the new 3-foot passing law) isn’t that specific, so there may need to be a court ruling about this in the future.

5. The law was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013 and took effect on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

6. The law is enforced just like the speed limit is enforced: drivers who are observed passing unsafely could be cited.

7. The fine for a violation is $235 for passing too closely ($35 base fine + court fees) and $959 for causing an injury to a bicyclist while passing too closely ($220 base fine + court fees). Judges have discretion to adjust fine amounts, so the actual amount could vary from case to case.

8. A violation constitutes an infraction (like a speeding ticket) and adds a point to the driver’s record.

9. The DMV Driver’s Handbook has recommended giving bikes at least three feet of clearance when passing for many years. Since 2007 California’s Move Over law has required drivers to slow down and move over when passing highway work crews.

10. 23 other states have similar laws. In Pennsylvania, the minimum distance is 4 feet. It took four tries to get California’s law enacted.

Read the text of California’s law
Read answers to frequently asked questions from our friends at Bike East Bay
Watch a video that depicts passing with 3 feet of clearance

Still have questions about the new law? Contact us at

Local pubs benefit SABA’s mission

Cyclists-drinking-beerDrink to Donate logoThirteen Sacramento-area pubs and restaurants are partnering with New Belgium Brewing and Sacramento News & Review throughout July to support our mission to make bicycling safer and more convenient in the Sacramento region

new-belgium-brewing-logoNew Belgium will donate $0.50 to SABA for each pint of New Belgium brew sold during July at these participating pubs, bars and restaurants:


Level Up Lounge, 2431 J Street

Sacramento News & Review has donated advertising space for the promotion during July as well.

And please join us for a pint for a 5-7 PM happy hour on Mon. 7/14 at Clark’s Corner, 5641 J Street, Mon., 7/21 at Foundation, 400 L Street, and Mon. 7/28 at Oshima Sushi, 801 14th Street.

We’re grateful to the participating pubs, clubs and restaurant, and especially to New Belgium and SN&R, for helping make our community a better place through bicycling!

Pour House, 1910 Q Street

Pour House, 1910 Q Street

H St. Bridge project limits bike access thru June 2015

Late this summer the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a 9-month project to install slurry walls at both ends of the H Street Bridge in East Sacramento. The project lasts from August 2014 to June 2015.

Throughout the project, the paths between the American River Parkway and the east end of the H Street Bridge (green line) will be used for truck access only and will be closed to bicycling and walking.

The nearest paths from the Parkway to the levee are located near the Guy West Bridge and the Campus Commons Golf Course.

The path connecting the levee top to the bridge will also be closed during construction. To reach the bridge from the levee on the upstream side of the bridge, follow the marked detour along a gravel path leading up to the Fair Oaks Blvd. sidewalk. Crossing at the Guy West Bridge, just east of the H Street Bridge, may be a more convenient alternative.

H Street Bridge east end
Starting this winter and continuing into June, the project focuses on the west (Sac State/River Park) side of the bridge. People traveling by bike will expect these temporary route changes:

– The path under the west end of the bridge, connecting the River Park and Sac State sides of the levee, will be closed to bicycling and walking (orange shaded area on the map below). To cross H and J streets in either direction, use the intersections at Carlson Drive. Crossing mid-block is illegal and also very hazardous due to high traffic speeds in both directions.

– The approach to the bridge on the levee top from the Sac State side will be closed. To cross the bridge, follow the detour (red dotted line) down from the levee and then back up alongside the temporary barricade on the south side of J Street. The green lines show the access routes for trucks and heavy equipment.

H Street Bridge west end