Life in the Bike Lane

Cycling Through Placer County

By: Tom Frady
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Many bike paths are in this area, some running less than a mile around a neighborhood to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail (American River Bike Trail), which is 32-miles long. The paths/trails offer safe riding for cyclists, with tunnels under main roads, bridges over creeks and few sharp turns or steep hills.  Paths tend be tree-lined and shady. 

While not always posted, the speed limit for bikes on paths is 15 mph.  Most trails are multi-use.  The bike rider will encounter young parents jogging while pushing a child in a stroller, senior citizens strolling for exercise, often with little dogs on long leashes, and other cyclists enjoying the smooth pavement. Riders should always be careful and courteous. 

Tom Frady is a Lincoln resident and avid cyclist and driver.