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  • Joe Small, an employee at Sacramento State, turned to his bicycle instead of a motor vehicle on the first day of lane closures on Highway 50 as part of the Fix50 project.

  • Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee

    Construction workers take a break during the first day of lane closures on the Fix50 project along a key stretch of Highway 50 in Sacramento.

  • Tony Bizjak / Sacramento Bee

    Fix50 contractor CC Myers speaks with a reporter on Tuesday morning, the first day of the project to upgrade a stretch of Highway 50 through Sacramento.

  • Tony Bizjak / Sacramento Bee

    Traffic flows into Sacramento toward downtown across the Tower Bridge on Tuesday morning.

  • Hector Amezcua / The Sacramento Bee

    Myers & Sons crew members work on Highway 50 eastbound in downtown Sacramento during the first day of work on the Fix50 project on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

  • Darrell Smith / Sacramento Bee

    Lines of traffic move slowly toward downtown Sacramento across the Tower Bridge on Tuesday morning.

  • Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee

    Backed-up traffic is seen in this aerial view looking west above Highway 50 on Tuesday morning.

Bicycle replaces motor vehicle for one Fix50 commuter

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 7:52 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 5:16 pm

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.

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