Sacramento should build velodrome, not arena

05/13/2014 10:05 AM

05/13/2014 11:08 AM

Re "Thrilling beginning" (Page A1, May 12): An $8 million-plus boost to Sacramento's economy for two days of the Amgen Tour of California should have our mayor and City Council thinking very seriously about building a bicycle velodrome to attract even more cycling enthusiasts to the nation's ninth friendliest bike city. This is better than another overpriced, useless basketball arena for a second-rate team.

Even the cycling capital of Davis can't yet boast a velodrome. More bicyclists on the road means less traffic congestion and cleaner air for our citizens, which is the opposite effect that the downtown arena will have, not to mention the long-term debt incurred.

The excitement this event has generated must not be ignored by those who are making all our decisions for us. I'd much rather that my hometown be celebrated for promoting bicycling than basketball.

-- Barbara S. Wright, Sacramento

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