Joe Small decided to ride his bike to work at Sacramento State rather than tackle his usual commute by car from Yolo County, an adjustment meant to get around the effects of the Fix50 project.
Small, a resident of the Southport neighborhood in West Sacramento, stopped his bike near the Tower Bridge to say he was glad that he left his car at home after seeing traffic backed up on Highway 50 where it passes over the Pioneer Bridge.
As for his pedaling commute on Tuesday: "It feels great. I'll get in shape, which is good because I'm going on a cruise."
Traffic was heavy at the Tower Bridge coming into Sacramento, with cars backed up a few blocks. However, cars were being directed so that the delay to get into downtown was only about five minutes.
The ride over the bridge was a viable alternative to clogged Highway 50 at 7:30 a.m.
Christopher Cabaldon, mayor of West Sacramento road his bike to work and reported backups at both the Tower and I Street bridges at 7:40 a.m. - as some commuters bailed off the freeway
However, Cabaldon said the traffic is manageable and hasn't spread to too many streets.
"We're not seeing disturbances to the rest of the street system, so far, at least not at the level to cause problems for our emergency vehicles," Cabaldon said.