The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) has approved nearly $4 million for a regional bike share program for Sacramento, West Sacramento and Davis.
The city of Sacramento and the SMAQMD have partnered with Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT), Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, the City of West Sacramento, the City of Davis, UC Davis, the Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD), and the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District on a regional bike share plan. They propose 616 bicycles spread across 88 stations between the three cities. 69 stations are proposed for the city of Sacramento, concentrated mostly in the Downtown and Midtown districts of the capital city. Nine more stations are proposed for the city of West Sacramento, which is easily accessible by bike from Downtown Sacramento via the Tower Bridge. Finally, another 10 stations are planned for the city of Davis and the UC-Davis campus, which lies 15 miles west of downtown Sacramento.
Like other bike share systems, the regional bike share proposed for Sacramento includes paid annual memberships as well as shorter term options. The initial 30 minutes of usage is free for members, with increasing costs beyond that time limit to discourage long term usage. Bikes can be returned at any bike share station, which are automated.
At their board of the directors meeting last week, SMAQMD also recommended:
- $1.65M for the $2.5M Freeport Boulevard Road Diet project, a 4/3 lane reduction project that replaces the existing four lanes on Freeport Blvd with two general lanes, and a median turn lane between Sutterville Rd and 4th Ave. Bike lanes will be added along with bus turnouts.
- $1.5M for two bike trail projects in Folsom. The board approved $747K for construction of a cycle track along Leidesdorff St and Riley St to close a 1,000 foot gap in the Lake Natoma Regional Trail. Another $779K has been allocated to construct a bicycle / pedestrian undercrossing to connect the Johnny Cash / Folsom Prison Trail to the Powerhouse Canal Trail at East Natoma Street and Folsom Prison Access Road.
- The city of Citrus Heights receives $1.4M for a ten foot sidepath along Old Auburn Road.
- $1.6M to improve bicycle & pedestrian access for Rancho Cordova Elementary School.
- Another $4M to the city of Rancho Cordova for a Complete Streets project.
- $1.4M for a “bicycle mobility project” along Fair Oaks Blvd in Sacramento County.
Via Melody Stone, the bike riding digital content producer for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.