A week of bike riding

On Tuesday, a group of us rode to Old Sac. But once we got there, someone suggested we ride farther. We turned around at Miller Park.

Barbara, Kathy, Cheryl, Dani, me

Dani’s at the front, leading out group back home. Jonathan is our sweep. I followed like a proud mama bird whose babies left the nest for the first time. Consistent use of hand signals, great decision-making at intersections, excellent lane positioning, and so much more.

On Wednesday, we rode the Jackrabbit Trail + two nearby parks with great bike trails.

Cheryl, Barbara, Dani, Kathy, Leo

We looked across Elkhorn Blvd and saw a huge mass of white birds in the harvested rice fields with hundreds more birds getting ready to land.

On Thursday, we rode around the Sacramento International Airport via the Garden Hwy, W Elverta Rd, and Power Line Rd: no bike lanes, 2-lane roads with no shoulder, almost no traffic, and no stopping. It was one continuous pedal – 16 miles.

Karen, Ofelia, Jonathan

On Friday, we welcomed a new rider to our group – Rod. We tried a new route via Del Paso Rd, Sac Northern Bike Trail through Del Paso Heights, N Sacramento, and Discovery Park.

Dani, Rod, Cheryl, Kathy, Barbara, Jonathan

Today, we rode to Old Sac then a 5-mile downtown route. It’s always a bit of an adventure – something odd, funny or unique happens on every ride.

Carmen, Jonathan, Cheryl

Another week of riding in the books … and another high mileage week for me. 107 miles. I might be motivating others to ride, but actually they’re motivating me!

Starting the new year off right

On New Year’s Day, it was Be Kind to Your Bike Day – my decision totally. Bring your bike, lube and rag, preferred beverage and lube your bike in my garage. And there were blueberry scones as a treat.

Jonathan, Amal

On Saturday, there was a foggy mist when we left on our ride to Old Sac plus a 5-mile downtown loop to explore the buffered bike lanes (green paint), separated bike lanes, designated bike routes and areas where taking the lane was the only choice.

Leo, Cheryl, me, Barbara

This was a fun ride. We drove to the Amtrak station in Davis and rode the Davis Bicycle Loop.

Cheryl, Jonathan

And I found three big walnuts.

Bike rides + year-end stats

On Wednesday, we rode 24 miles around Hansen Ranch Park. The farthest point is on the Sacramento Northern Bike Trail near Elkhorn Blvd at the location of “Wally”, a heritage walnut tree designated by the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

Leo, Carmen, Barbara

On New Year’s Eve, we rode a new loop through Land Park out to Sutterville Rd which turned out to be the longest ride of the year.

Kathy, Barbara

From November 12 to December 31, 22 different bike riders rode 3990 miles on 28 scheduled rides. I did all the rides and rode 444 miles. Among those riding the most often, Barbara rode 301 miles. Cheryl, Jonathan and Leo have 200+ miles. Dani, Kathy, and Jane have 100+ miles.

Better on Bikes – round 2

To get the word out about the next round of classes, Jibe decided to place some 15-second (40 words max) ads on radio – local stations and Pandora, etc. and asked me to be “the voice.” I had an appointment at a recording studio on Tuesday morning.

Suggestion from the producer: “More enthusiasm even if you think you sound over the top. Like a teacher in front of her class first thing in the morning, she had a few cups of coffee and she LOVES her job.”

Nailed it. What a fun first-time experience!

Saturday before Christmas

Usually this is the day to go to the BEST Christmas party of the season, right? And I went to two – 2020 style. #1: Four Season Westshore offered a free meal from Buckhorn Grill.

The best part was the champagne greeting – with an invitation to come back for refills!

I rode my bike to Party #2 at N Natomas Regional Park: it was a Bike Doc party given by Jibe. Because Bike Doc is sponsored through SABA and I was the receptionist several times, yay, I was invited.

Making lemonade

Covid-19 is worse and there isn’t a lot for a person to do. Outdoor activities, however, are encouraged which means … lots of bike riding. Thank goodness.

Wed Dec 9: 7 of us rode to E Levee Rd for a winter view of Hansen Ranch Park. The loop that I’d planned ended at this point on the levee improvement project (a sign would have been nice), we turned around and rode back to Sorento Rd.

A very good ride! 18 miles total.

Fri Dec 11: 8 of us rode a route called Tour of N Natomas. All the major bike trails are included – Jackrabbit, Redbud, and Fisherman’s Lake Parkway – plus N Natomas Regional Park. Our longest group ride yet – 21 miles.

Mon Dec 14: 8 of us rode to Old Sac, then crossed the Tower Bridge to explore the Riverwalk going in one direction and the Riverwalk Trail going in the other direction (south) which ends here. The word WEST swivels 180 degrees by the way.

Wed Dec 16: 3 of us rode 4 cold miles to see the 12 homes on the Four Seasons Westshore Christmas lights tour. Our last stop was at Kirk and Holly’s on Crete Island Lane.

Today: 3 of us rode around Hansen Ranch Park to the Sacramento Northern Bike Trail and home. 24 miles! Woo-hoo!

Making the best out of difficult times.

Lights On!

This SABA program gives away front and rear bike lights to anyone riding a bike (or scooter, even a pedestrian walking with her children). The pop-up stations show up in various high-bicycle-traffic areas in every Sacramento City council district. Today it was in S Natomas on W El Camino Ave at Ninos Parkway. Two friends volunteered to join me. We met Robert from SABA at 4:30.

We gave away several sets, but there was very little bicycle traffic so we called it quits after an hour. Thank you Barbara and Lorraine for coming out to help.

Bike Rides

Sunday Nov 29: Tour d’Arlete

Monday Nov 30: Jackrabbit Trail +

Tuesday Dec 1: Bannon Creek Parkway Loop

Since we all started riding regularly on Nov 22, 12 people have ridden 484 miles! Woo-hoo.

Saturday celebration

To celebrate the end of Better on Bikes, Jibe organized a get-together at Blackbird Park – a recently opened park next to Four Seasons Westshore. Mellissa demonstrated how to change a flat tire.

Mellissa hoped there would be enough time for everyone to pair up and change a tire on one bike. But lunch arrived – time to eat. One diligent student, Lorraine, did indeed change the tube in her tire with a bit of coaching along the way.

See the orange fanny pack on the table behind Lorraine. Every Better on Bikes participant received one filled with more goodies as a thank-you for participating.

me, Becky, William, Mellissa