Sacramento region bicyclists pedaling toward 2-million-mile goal

05/16/2014 8:31 PM

05/16/2014 8:33 PM

Midway through this year’s “May is Bike Month” campaign, more than 9.400 residents of the Sacramento region are pedaling toward the regionwide goal of 2 million miles logged on bicycles during the month.

The campaign is in its 10th year and participation has grown steadily over the decade.

“At the end of May 2013, we had 8,900 participants logging miles on and this year we already have over 9,400 participants,” said A.J. Tendick, spokesman for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and coordinator for the campaign in the six-county area represented by SACOG – El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba.

Those participants, Tendick said, have logged more than 880,000 miles so far, a 20 percent increase over last year at the same point in the campaign.

“At this pace, we expect to log over 2 million miles for the first time ever,” he said.

Total miles logged during the monthlong campaign increased from 476,164 in 2005 to 1,747,022 in 2013.

There’s still time to join in this year’s effort. Participants can register and log miles online .

The website also offers a calendar of bicycle-related events scheduled throughout the month. Among them is Saturday’s “Kidcal Mass” ride in North Natomas. Families are invited to meet at 10:30 a.m. for the 2.5-mile kid friendly bike ride starting at The Club at Natomas Park, 2101 Club Center Drive, and ending with a picnic and playtime with snacks provided by the North Natomas Transportation Management Association.

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