Bike Doc

This morning, I worked as the receptionist at Bike Doc at the North Natomas Farmer’s Market. We took in 51 bikes which were serviced by about 8 mechanics FREE of charge.

LCI Spotlight

I was chosen for the League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructor spotlight for their March 21 e-newsletter. Thank you so much, Deb Banks, for nominating me! Working with SABA and Jibe for the past 8 years has been so personally rewarding and just plain fun. Great organizations and great people to work with.

If you’d like to read the article, copy and paste this link into your browser:

https://bikeleague.org/content/lci-spotlight-arlete-hodel

Downtown murals ride

Saturday morning, Cheryl, Cindy, and I rode to W Sacramento, 4th & G Sts, to meet a group of people who will soon be living at Washington Commons Co-housing. They broke ground this month, today’s ride was a celebration of their achievement.

Thank you Anne Geraghty for requesting and organizing this ride.

An unexpected surprise: we were invited to peek inside a not-quite-open-yet street art museum on C St – a space in between.

Isabella gave us a great impromptu tour:

Anne took this picture of the whole group:

Huge thanks to Cindy and Cheryl for coming along on this ride. Their help was invaluable and made all of us safer.

Into the Lions Den

I volunteered to do the later shift for a criterium … which means a bicycle race on a closed circular course. Today, at the heart of the sate capitol.

SABA provided bike valet services. I arrived just as the women’s professional race was about to begin. This race was special because the women’s and men’s purses were equal at $50,000 each for the winner. As it should be. Ahead, the women are lined up:

with more arriving:

About to start:

Ahead, provided by SABA Bike Valet Program, the fenced enclosure where bicycles can be safely stored while enjoying the event

Jeremiah (left) was the lead in organizing this bike valet event. Bert and Stacey provided excellent service checking in bikes, keeping the bikes organized, then retrieving bikes at the end of the event.

Over 200 bikes were safely parked and retrieved!

So, I didn’t actually see any of the bicycle race, but I had a great time. Sidenote: Julie Kanoff, you were the hardest worker out there!

SABA social ride

In the afternoon, I did my first-ever social ride with SABA. We met at Insight Coffee at 8th & S Streets in downtown Sacramento.

Deb Banks introduced David Sobon, CEO of Wide Open Walls, who led a tour some some of this year’s artists at work. About 50 people were ready to ride despite temperatures in the mid-90s.

This was such a different ride for me – herding cats comes to mind. Not many helmets. Two guys with loud portable speakers on their backs played music as we rode – turned off when David spoke at the various stops. Other riders blocked traffic at intersections so everyone could ride through regardless of the sign or signal.

The walls at North Star at 12th and C Streets:

Improv Alley:

WaCo blog post

I’ve been receiving the Washington Commons Co-housing newsletter since my first presentation for them at the end of January. Then I did a tour of W Sacramento, with Barbara and Cheryl as sweeps, on March 20. Here is a link to a blog post about that event:

https://www.washington-commons.org/blog?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=120539328&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8L52GAwYnNjAd5c6PNWemq9-QtkdiVIlKfkWHAopaAS2tlEoSr1dRJanLfbDZ-NsyNEeVq3mWMd9A0SamVeqzNPtNHFw&utm_content=120539328&utm_source=hs_email

Tour of W Sacramento

The people from Washington Commons Co-housing asked SABA if I could lead a group on a short bicycle tour. We visited two community gardens, discovered grocery stores, pharmacies, the library, found the W Sacramento Community Center and W Sacramento Recreation Center, and rode the paved section of the Clarksburg Branch Trail.

Washington Commons hasn’t actually broken ground yet, so people came from many distant locations – Cloverdale, Walnut Creek, Oakland, Modesto, New Hampshire (!) – to learn more about the community they will eventually live in.

Cheryl and Barbara from Arlete’s BIG came along and served as sweeps. A very big group but all went well.