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SABA board elects new members

At its June meeting, the SABA Board of Directors elected eight new board members in order to represent a broader range of professional perspectives and community segments.

Jim Allison is planning manager for Capitol Corridor, regarded as a national model for bike access to passenger rail. Jim lives in Midtown and previously served as a planner for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Rebecca Garrow is a health educator with the California Department of Public Health. A South Natomas resident, Rebecca and SABA board member Jeffery Rosenhall, a health programs manager with the department, helped organize the agency’s new employee bike fleet.

DK Kemp, a non-voting board member, is the City of Davis active transportation coordinator. He came to Davis in 2012 from a similar position in Fort Collins, CO. He previously worked for New Belgium Brewing Co. on the team that launched the Tour de Fat festival.

Ted Florez is a City of Sacramento employee and president of the Northern California chapter of the Chopaderos bike club. He also organizes the Sacramento Cyclefest and lives in the Pocket area.

Mel Melvin is a historian with JRP Historical Consulting in Davis. He is the newest member of the Sacramento City-County Bicycle Advisory Committee and previously served on the board of the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen, where he also served as Saturday shop manager. Mel lives in East Sacramento and hasn’t owned a car in 26 years.

Andrea Rosen is senior attorney with Covered California and a longtime board member of the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association. Andrea and the association fought for improved bike access into the Curtis Park Village development next to Curtis Park.

Chris Shultz is deputy commission of the California Department of Insurance. He’s a Meister Terrace resident and cyclocross competitor.

Morgan Staines is chief counsel for the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. He lives in the Arden-Arcade area.

The eight new board members join four current board members: president Sue Teranishi, vice president Maya Wallace, secretary Ryan Sharpe and at-large member Jeffery Rosenhall. Upcoming priorities for the newly expanded board include strategic planning for SABA.

All aboard the bike train

Bike trainEager to start commuting by bike, but not sure where to start? Learn from the pros by taking a bike train from East Sacramento, South Sacramento or Midtown. Bike trains are friendly group rides to work led by experienced bike commuters on selected dates and times. This is your chance for some encouragement, solidarity and helpful advice — and nobody gets left behind.

Download a current schedule to find a train that works best for you. And if you don’t find one in your area, join a Pedal Pool through the May is Bike Month website.

 

The Squeaky Wheel – May 2014

Bike the Fix 50
Bike trains
Getting the word out
Park & Bike
Visit #bike916
Big DoG!
Come ride with us
Volunteer opportunities

May is when the Sacramento region celebrates bicycling for everyday travel. Visit the May is Bike Month website for information about how you can participate.

Bike the Fix 50

md_Fix50Logo.epsDespite fears about massive gridlock, the first phase of the Fix 50 project has been more manageable than expected. During the first 10 days of the Caltrans repairs on Capital City Freeway segments south of Midtown Sacramento, downtown traffic has been somewhat heavier, and we’ve seen a modest uptick in bike traffic.

This is a relief — we’ve been concerned that massive traffic could pose unique challenges for bicycling that might discourage some first-time bike commuters during the start of May is Bike Month. To help prepare people on bikes to some of the likely impacts, we created a webpage called Bike the Fix 50.

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18th Street closed between X and W streets

We continue to encounter occasional, unannounced closures on 18th through 24th streets directly under the project area. This is a headache for northbound bike commuters who reach the detour location, and can’t get to a street that’s still open without riding on X or Broadway (which have lots of traffic but no bike lanes) or making a lengthy detour that could be avoided with better warning. We’ll keep pushing Caltrans to tell us when and where streets will be closed, so we can notify people on bikes.

We don’t think we’ve seen the worst of the traffic – so far the Fix 50 project hasn’t involved closing freeway ramps. But on May 7, phase 2 begins with the closure of the eastbound 11th Street and 16th Street ramps at X Street, and the connector ramps from the eastbound Capital City Freeway to southbound Highway 99 and to eastbound Business 80 (toward Cal Expo). We expect to see significant traffic as drivers look for alternate routes around the closures.

Bike trains

Eager to start commuting by bike, but not sure where to start? Learn from the pros by taking a bike train from East Sac, South Sac or Midtown. Bike trains are friendly group rides to work led by experienced bike commuters on selected dates and times. This is your chance for some encouragement, solidarity and helpful advice — and nobody gets left behind. Download a current schedule to find a train that works best for you. And if you don’t find one in your area, join a Pedal Pool through the May is Bike Month website.

Getting the word out

TwitterWith the start of the Fix50 project, we launched the SacBike Road Report, a Twitter account for sharing information about road and trail conditions. We think it offers a fast, easy way for anyone with a smartphone to share text, photos and video. If you use it to post or read road reports, please tell us what you think about it.

You can learn about SABA projects and perspectives on our website, Facebook, our main Twitter account, Instagram and Reddit.

Park & Bike

Commuting along the American River. Photo by Tim Reese

Photo by Tim Reese

During May, Sacramento County Regional Parks makes it easy for you to park and bike from the Watt Avenue access on the American River Parkway. Additional weekday parking lot security at Watt Ave. makes it easier for people to drive part of the way to the parkway and ride their bike the rest of the way to work. It’s another way to avoid the Fix50 traffic, especially for people who don’t live close enough to the parkway to bike commute the whole way. The parking fee is $5 per day or $50 for an annual pass.

Visit #bike916

What does life in the Sacramento region look like from the perspective of someone who travels by bike? Starting this month, we turn over our Instagram account to a new guest curator each week – we’re calling it Bike916. SABA Vice President Maya Wallace is our first guest curator. You can view Maya’s posts and the entire series by looking for the hashtag #bike916.

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Big DoG!

srcf_bigdayofgiving_logo_negOn Tuesday, May 6, SABA joins nonprofits throughout the region for the Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraising event. If you’ve been thinking about supporting SABA, donating online next Tuesday could multiply the value of that support, thanks to the major donor matches will occur throughout the day. We’ll spend Tuesday evening at Edible Pedal near L and 17th streets in Midtown. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by to say hi, enjoy a snack and ask questions.

Come ride with us

Concrete ThinkingFriendly group rides are a great way to meet bike-friendly people and explore your community. The rides we’re organizing for spring and summer have something for almost everyone — craft brewing, public art, historic sites, graffiti, urban farms and architecture are just some of the themes. (We’re even planning an overnight ride.) Check our events calendar for upcoming rides, including these rides in May:

Sun., 5/4, 9 AM to noon: Concrete Thinking: Modern Architecture Tour

Modern architecture in downtown Sacramento from the 1950s to the 1980s, co-hosted with SacMod. Post-ride refreshment at the downtown tasting room of Ruhstaller Beer.

Sun., 5/18, 9:30 AM to 2 PM: A Ride to the Day on the Farm, Soil Born Farms

From East Sacramento to Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova along the American River Parkway for Soil Born’s annual spring celebration.

Volunteer opportunities

Bike-friendly volunteers help extend our reach and help make our community a better place to live. We’d love to have you join us for Bike Valet at one of these upcoming events:

  • Fri 5/2: Friday Night Concerts in the Park, Chavez Park, Downtown Sacramento
  • Thurs 5/8: Capitol Bike Fest, State Capitol West Steps
  • Fri 5/9: Friday Night Concerts in the Park, Chavez Park, Downtown Sacramento
  • Fri & Sat 5/9-10: Bicycle Film Festival, Fremont Park, 16th & Q street, Downtown Sacramento
  • Sun 5/11: Amgen Tour of California, 10th and L streets, Downtown Sacramento
  • Fri 5/16: Friday Night Concerts in the Park, Chavez Park, Downtown Sacramento
  • Fri 5/16: Food Truck Mania in Garcia Bend Park, Sacramento
  • Sat 5/17: West Coast Brew Fest, Miller Park, Sacramento
  • Sat 5/17: Sacramento Republic FC, Hughes Stadium, Sacramento City College
  • Sun 5/18: A Day on the Farm, Soil Born Farms, Rancho Cordova

Earlier and later shifts are available at each event. To volunteer, contact us at volunteer@sacbike.org. Visit our events calendar to learn more about upcoming events.

Are you ready to bike the Fix 50?

md_Fix50Logo.epsThe heavy traffic expected to be created by the Fix 50 project to repair the W/X portion of the Capital City Freeway could be a great reason to try riding your bike for more trips.

We’ve created a webpage to help you make the best of the Fix 50 mess, with links to bike commuting information, maps and more.

You can also find information about the ways heavy Fix 50 traffic is expected to affect where and how you ride, including the presence of more distracted, stressed-out drivers, more cars making more turns, and the challenges of making left turns on busy streets, uncontrolled intersections and bike lanes that just end.

The Squeaky Wheel – November 2013

Arena site presents challenges and opportunities
Major grant for making biking safer in South Sacramento
Free online bike registry opens
Give the gift of SABA membership
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Arena site presents challenges and opportunities

The main focus of our work as advocates is ensuring that public works and private development projects support and safeguard travel by bike.

So the fast-moving project to build a new arena for the Sacramento Kings, at the site of the Downtown Plaza in Sacramento, presents a major opportunity to help improve conditions for bicycling in downtown Sacramento.

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Photo by Sacramento Business Journal

The neighborhood around the arena site is notably uncomfortable and inconvenient for bicycling. The unfriendly conditions include heavy, fast, one-way traffic to and from I-5 on I, J and L streets; dead ends on 4th, 6th and K streets; bus and light rail traffic on J, K, L, 7th and 8th streets; narrow travel lanes and hazardous light rail tracks and platforms along K Street; and the general absence of bike lanes. Access between the arena site and Midtown, R Street, Broadway and Land Park is especially poor.

We’ve been meeting with the Kings ownership and city officials to discuss the need for convenient, safe bike access on all these streets as a way to encourage bicycling and help reduce traffic impacts that are expected to be substantial. We’re also advocating for an arena design that includes abundant, high-quality bike parking near main entrances and easily reached from all adjacent streets, another way to make bicycling convenient for more people.

In mid-December the draft environmental impact report for the arena will be issued. That’s where we’ll learn more about exactly how the arena owners plan to accommodate people who travel by bike.

Major grant for making biking safer in South Sacramento

Starting next month, we begin work on improving bicycling conditions in South Sacramento, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the California Endowment.

We’ll be collaborating with WALKSacramento to map biking and walking routes in the neighborhoods in the Stockton-Fruitridge area, part of the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in South Sacramento.

The area badly needs more and safer transportation options. Many low-income residents rely on biking and walking as their primary transportation. Yet the intersection of Stockton-Fruitridge has the city’s highest rate of car-versus-bike collisions and fast, heavy traffic on both streets makes them major obstacles to reaching essential services by bike or on foot.

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Stockton & Fruitridge intersection. Photo by www.parkinjury.com

The California Endowment grant will also fund our work with WALKSacramento to conduct biking and walking audits along Franklin Blvd. between Sutterville Road and 47th Avenue. Bicycling and walking along Franklin and in adjacent neighborhoods is also significantly complicated by heavy, fast traffic and the lack of bike lanes and crosswalks.

Free online bike registry opens

RideOn_Logo-CMYK_10-30-13 (300dpi)Sacramento County residents can now register their bikes online at no charge. Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Sacramento Police Department has launched Ride On!, a free online bike registry that lets you document your ownership of your bike – crucial information for getting your bike back if it’s stolen and later recovered by police.

Contact us at saba@sacbike.org with your feedback about the registry. Meanwhile, visit our website to learn the best practices for protecting your bike.

Give the gift of SABA membership

The gift-giving season is here! Share your support for better bicycling in the Sacramento region by giving a gift membership to Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates.

SABA-fallLogoAs a SABA member, the recipient will receive these great benefits:

– Discounts at local bike shops and other retailers
– $10 off any membership in the Better World Club
– 10% off any carbon offset product from Terra Pass
– Free shipping with any online purchase from Planet Bike

When you purchase a gift membership, we’ll send you an acknowledgement letter and a handsome card to give to your friend or loved one. SABA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so your purchase is tax deductible. Learn more at our website.

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SABA’s board, staff and volunteers are on the move!

SABA treasurer Maya Wallace recently left the State Auditor’s Office to become communications director for ClimatePlan, an Oakland-based nonprofit coalition dedicated to supporting sustainable and equitable communities, preserving iconic landscapes, and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

TravelSABA board member Ryan Sharpe is the new active transportation program coordinator at the North Natomas Transportation Management Association, the agency that promotes public transit use, bicycling and walking by North Natomas employees and residents. He helps run the Flyer commuter shuttle and BikeDoc maintenance programs, among other duties. Ryan previously spent 15 years as the IT Manager for a small retirement plan administration company.

CharisCharis Hill, SABA’s support services coordinator, is blogging for Pedal Love, an initiative to tell personal stories about bicycling launched recently by Women on Bikes California. She also actively raises funds for the Sacramento Arthritis Foundation.

photo(81)We have an awesome intern, Donny Brower, a sophomore at the Met Sacramento, who spends Tuesdays and Thursdays at our office. He’s setting up a bike room for bike commuters in our building and planning bike-related projects for his school, and he also lends a hand with office tasks and valet bike parking. Last year Donny interned at City Bicycle Works in Sacramento.

KenSince last spring SABA volunteer and attorney Ken Petruzzelli helped us update our bylaws and drafted our conflict of interest and gift acceptance policies, and he continues to help us with legal matters. He recently opened his own law practice, where he advises nonprofits, sports teams, and sports organizations. When he lived in Chico, Ken sat on the board of directors for the Chico Country Day Charter School. Then, as a triathlete and cyclist, he founded the Chico Triathlon Club, a nonprofit, and served as the club’s first president. He lives with his wife in East Sacramento.

The Squeaky Wheel: October 2013

Victory on Carlson
Resurfacing projects deliver more bikeable streets
Parklets and bike corrals reclaim streets for people
Bikes and the proposed downtown arena
Protecting bike access in regional development projects
Light On!
Bits & Pieces
Calendar

Victory on Carlson

Restriping begins on Carlson Drive

Restriping begins on Carlson Drive

More than three years after the first of three fatal collisions on Carlson Drive in East Sacramento, we’re finally seeing tangible results from our campaign to fix the roadway hazards faced by bike-riders, pedestrians and drivers traveling through this critical crossroads.

Late last month City of Sacramento crews began restriping Carlson Dr. between H and J streets to improve bike lanes and slow down traffic, the first phase of a multi-year project.

In 2012, when the second bike-rider in two years was killed on Carlson, we presented the city with detailed recommendations for fixing hazards that included a misplaced traffic signal, disconnected bike lanes, missing crosswalks, and freeway-like turn lanes, all of which exacerbate the hazards created by high-speed traffic on H and J streets.

We also recommended adding green bike lanes, bike boxes, and two-stage “Copenhagen” turn boxes to help bike-riders navigate the challenging Carlson & J intersection, as well as reconfiguring the Carlson & H and Carlson & J intersections to the freeway-like “free right” turn lanes that jeopardize pedestrians and bike-riders.

This spring, a month after a collision at Carlson and H claimed a third victim, a driver, the city proposed improvements that incorporated nearly all of our suggestions.

The project’s current phase involves installing high-visibility bike lanes on Carlson and a buffered bike lane on eastbound H Street, and adding a missing traffic signal on northbound Carlson at H. Next year, the city will modify the H and J street intersections, install several bike boxes, and add more crosswalks.

Big thanks to the River Park Neighborhood Association and Councilmember Steve Cohn for helping keep the pressure on the city.

Resurfacing projects deliver more bikeable streets

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Folsom Blvd. near 48th Street

In addition to the bike lanes being improved on Carlson Drive, City of Sacramento resurfacing projects on Folsom Blvd. and J Street in East Sacramento and Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento are also improving conditions for people on bikes.

Portions of Folsom and J have been put on “road diets,” where four lanes of traffic are reduced to two lanes and a center turn lane has been added. On Folsom, the leftover space has been used for widening bike lanes in many places, some to as wide as 8 feet.

On J Street, the diet produced extra roadway space, but not for bikes. Instead, the City added parallel parking at several locations. We’re hearing rumors that city transportation officials may be rethinking this unwarranted step backwards.

On Capitol Mall, the City will be painting the bike lanes green between 3rd and 9th streets, as a kind of welcome mat for people on bikes. We love green lanes as much as anyone, and we’re eager to see the City install them as they’re intended: to highlight paths of travel through places where bike-car conflicts are most likely, such as on streets like Carlson Dr.

Parklets and bike corrals reclaim streets for people

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Parklet in San Francisco

Next week the Sacramento City Council is expected to authorize city staff to begin issuing permits to allow property and business owners to install parklets. The council is also expected to direct staff to develop a pilot program to place bike corrals around downtown and Midtown Sacramento.

Parklets and bike corrals repurpose parking spaces in ways that encourage biking and walking.

A parklet is a public space created by installing decking, benches and other features in one or more parking spaces. By inviting people to people sit and socialize, parklets help make our neighborhoods friendlier and more appealing for people on foot and on bikes.

Bike corrals use parking spaces for parking more bikes than sidewalk bike racks can handle, which also frees up crowded sidewalk space for pedestrians. We’ve proposed more than a dozen possible pilot locations where convenient, streetside bike parking will serve people who ride bikes. While we applaud the City for wanting to launch this as a pilot program, we urge them to consider making the program permanent now. Learn more at the Sacramento City Council hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6 PM.

Bikes and the proposed downtown arena

As the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Kings develop the proposed Entertainment & Sports Center on the site of the Downtown Plaza, accommodating bicycling is becoming a recurring theme.

Preliminary design for the arena complex

Preliminary design for the arena complex

That’s what Kings President Chris Granger said at one of six recent community workshops about the design for the arena complex. Workshop participants — individual citizens, as well as representatives of local businesses and nonprofits — recommended secure, convenient bike parking at the arena, as well as full access for bicycling to, from, through and around the arena site from downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.

Bicycling conditions on the streets bordering the arena site – 5th, 7th, J, K and L – are stressful due to heavy, fast traffic, narrow, disconnected and missing bike lanes, and light rail trains and tracks. Designing the arena presents a big opportunity to fix these and other traffic challenges that limit access for residents and workers who travel around downtown Sacramento by bike.

Protecting bike access in regional development projects

A big part of our work involves monitoring private development proposals and public works projects to make sure they improve – and not compromise – access for residents who ride bikes. Here are some noteworthy projects we’ve been working on:

McKinley Village

McKinley Village

McKinley Village: We’ve met several times with the developers to learn more about this East Sacramento project and propose ways to improve bike access within the proposed neighborhood and at the access points to the surrounding neighborhoods. We’re currently waiting for the results of a study that will quantify potential traffic impacts. Learn more at a Sacramento Planning & Design Commission informational hearing on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 PM.

Campus Crest: Neighborhood residents have appealed the Sacramento Planning & Design Commission’s recent approval of this student housing complex just east of 65th Street and Broadway. We’ve advised the city about the poor connections for bicycling between the complex and Sac State, especially the intense conditions along 65th Street and Folsom Blvd.

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op: The development team accepted most of our suggestions to improve bike access, including parking, to and from the store’s proposed new location site in Midtown Sacramento. The Planning & Design Commission’s approval of the project has been appealed to the Sacramento City Council for a hearing on Oct. 29 at 6 PM.

West Jackson Highway master plan area: Four master-planned communities are proposed along Jackson Highway east of Watt Avenue. We continue to meet with the developers to review their work to accommodate bicycling throughout the entire project area.

Light On!

Once Daylight Savings Time ends next month, sunset will begin to coincide with the evening commute. We’re getting ready to relaunch Light On!, our program to give away free bike lights to make bike-riders more visible during the winter months. We’re looking for business and organization sponsors for Light On! If you can help, please contact us for more information.

Bits & pieces

Sacramento bike commuting gains: Sacramento ranked 9th among the nation’s 70 largest cities with the highest levels of bike commuting in 2012. The rate of bike commuting in Sacramento increased by 16.6% between 2011 and 2012 and Sacramento’s national rank as a bike commuting capital rose from 10th place in 2011.

More space for bikes on California roads: Last month Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. finally signed legislation to require drivers to give bikes at least three feet of clearance when passing from behind under most circumstances. This was the third time he received a bill on this subject – he vetoed earlier versions in 2011 and 2012. The new law takes effect in September 2014.

Calendar

Latin Flavors Ride
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, 11 AM-2:30 PM

Sample classic Latin American flavors at four restaurants in Midtown and the Gardenland neighborhood in South Natomas. The ride is led by Paul Somerhausen, founder and coordinator of SactoMoFo and Sacramento Epicureans. Advance tickets: $30 (includes all food). Proceeds benefit SABA campaigns, programs and projects.

Moonlight Pedal & Paddle
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 5:15-10:30 PM

Bikes + kayaks + moonlight! Join us for a ride on the American River Parkway and a guided kayak trip by moonrise on Lake Natoma, near Folsom. Advance tickets: $10 (includes kayak, paddle, nightlight, personal flotation device, waterproof jacket)

Check out our calendar for more rides, events and opportunities to help out.

Bike commute numbers climb

Here’s a pretty inspiring result from the 2012 American Community Survey: Sacramento ranks 9th among the nation’s 70 largest cities for bike commuting, up from 10th place in 2011.

N & 21stThe survey also shows that bike commuting in Sacramento grew by 16.6% from 2011 to 2012, compared to 10% growth nationally. In 2012, 2.6% of commute trips in Sacramento involved bicycling, slightly behind Oakland (2.7%) and San Francisco (3.8%), which ranked 8th and 5th respectively in the national rankings.

On October 1, the Sacramento region observes the month-long Low-Car Challenge, when area residents are encouraged to drive less. We offer plenty of resources, including an online list of maps and bike shops, and tips for bike commuting and sharing the road, to help drivers to add more bicycling into their daily routine.

 

Party on the river is cancelled

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9/12/13 UPDATE
Due to slow ticket sales, we can’t make the party pencil out, so we’ve had to cancel. We’re disappointed!

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Jump on your bike and bring a picnic blanket for Sundown Serenade, an evening of bikes, music, food trucks and more on Saturday, Sept. 14, 6-10 PM, at Camp Pollock along the American River in North Sacramento.

You’ll enjoy music and dancing with Mumbo Gumbo, beverages from New Belgium Brewing, Two Rivers Cider, Cabana Wines and more, tasty local fare from Mama Kim’s and Fuzion Eatz, and, of course, Bike Valet from SABA. And it’s all happening right off the American River Parkway at Camp Pollock, the beautiful old Boy Scout camp now administered by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Admission includes two drink tickets and all the music and fun you can enjoy.

This evening benefits SABA’s mission to  transform our region by enabling more people to make more trips by bike more often.

To learn more, contact SABA at 916-444-6600 or saba@sacbike.org. Ask about sponsorship opportunities!

Welcome to our new website!

You’ll learn more about our current projects and programs, and the ways you can help us build the movement to make the region a better place to live and work through bicycling.

If you’re a bike-rider, you’ll find links to maps and route planning, best practices for protecting your bike from theft, the rules of the road, instructions for reporting roadway hazards, and a list of shops, clubs and other useful bike-related resources.

If you run a business or organization, you’ll find resources for operating in a more bike-friendly way, supporting employees who commute by bike, and realizing the many economic benefits of bicycling.

Please let us know what you think! We welcome your feedback, thoughts and suggestions.

Many thanks to web designer Laura Bowly for building the site and guiding us through lots of important decisions, to graphic designer Grady Fike for helping us make the most of our brand, and to volunteer IT guru Ryan Sharpe for helping with myriad technical details. This site wouldn’t be possible without their talent and hard work!

Bike Valet

Chuck helped park 1,100 bikes at the 2015 TBD Fest

Chuck helped park 1,100 bikes at the 2015 TBD Fest

Are you interested in offering Bike Valet at your event? Click here to contact us by email and please include the event name, date(s), starting and ending times, and location.

Bike Valet turns a community event into a bikeable destination. It works like coat check at a club: Arrive at our kiosk and exchange your bike for a claim ticket, and we park your bike in our fenced compound — we’re the only ones who handle the bikes and access the compound, so your bike is safe.

Return later, show us your ticket, and we bring you your bike. It’s fast, easy and secure and it’s free for any event attendee arriving on a bike. Our staff and volunteers make bike parking safe and secure so you can enjoy yourself.

In 2017 we parked some 10,000 bikes at more than 250 events attended by more than 250,000 people, including the Friday Night Concerts in the Park series, East Sac Pops in the Park series, the Farm to Fork Festival, Sac Republic FC home games, SactoMoFo Food Truck Mania events, Midtown Farmers Market, West Coast Brew Fest, Amgen Tour of California, Crocker Art Mix, and more.

Event organizers choose SABA Bike Valet because it attracts attendees who travel by bike and sends an environmentally friendly message to everyone who attends as well as to passers-by. They also know our reputation for doing it right — we provide all the gear, staff and volunteers to make bike parking happen smoothly and efficiently.

If you know of an event that would benefit from Bike Valet, please send us your suggestions.

If you’d like to help park bikes as a Bike Valet volunteer, learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

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Blue Diamond Shamrock’n Half-Marathon in West Sacramento, March 2013