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.

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 Doc

This week, Bike Doc was at Four Seasons Westshore and I got to interact a little bit with neighbors.

The mechanics worked until after dark, then two of them had to ride bikes towing the big heavy trailers filled with supplies back to the Jibe office (with one climb on Del Paso Rd over I-5).

Capitol Yards

This afternoon, I did a one-hour bicycle safety presentation for SABA at Capitol Yards,

a beautiful condo complex in W Sacramento just across the Tower Bridge and across from Raley Field.

Claudine Schneider, Transportation Program Coordinator, introduced me:

And I got to wear my new t-shirt!

Claudine sent me this picture:

Bike Doc

In N Natomas, Jibe provides residents access to Bike Doc on Saturdays at the Natomas Farmers Market.

Bike Doc mechanics complete basic repairs and troubleshoot problems based on common issues and conditions. Jibe contracts with SABA to provide the service. This morning I was the receptionist receiving the bikes, tagging them, and keeping the paperwork in order.

Deb and Glenn, the lead mechanic

Two bubbly friendly sharks (looks way too hot to me):

The last bikes arrived at 11:20 and by noon, I was wilting in the heat – already 100 degrees. Time to go home.

SABA staff meeting

We’ve been meeting bi-weekly in various Sacramento parks. Today at Albert Winn. The leaf-blower guy had been buzzing loudly around the perimeter of the park and it was hard to hear each other speak. Then he came to our section and “graciously” slowed down the noise to the point that we really couldn’t hear each other at all. We paused, watched, and waited. Smile.

Urban Cycling – final class

The star pupils were Fayzah and her family. They came to every class and their skills and confidence noticeably improved. Huge thanks to Cesar and Deb from SABA for their support. I couldn’t have done this class without them.

Ahmed, Cesar, Fayzah, Maryam, Isa, Deb

There were plenty of goodies handed out at the end. Bells and front and rear lights which Cesar immediately installed on every bike. And U-locks and cables!

This was a fun class to teach and I learned we’re going to offer it again in the fall.

Bike Match

Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates has a program where people can donate bicycles, Bill Leddy fixes them up if needed, then the bikes are matched with other people who sign up needing a free bike. A few weeks ago, I picked up five children’s bikes in N Natomas and took them to Bill’s. The 3 smallest bikes fit in the back of my car, the bigger two went on the bike rack. Last week Bill shared this story about where the bikes ended up:
“Marcia’s friend Jane works with Afghan immigrants in Rancho Cordova so we gave the 5 bikes to her. Meet BibiMaryam age 6. She is so delighted with her new bike. She wanted to pay us all that she had… $1. 😉. You should see her ride! What a natural.👍

Meet Sharara, Nastaran and little Sana. Happy faces to have girls bikes instead of borrowing brother’s bike.”