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Old 07-04-05, 11:26 AM   #1
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Sacramento area riders...HELP!

My wife and I will be relocating back to California at the end of July from KC,MO. I grew up in, and lived most of my life in the San Francisco East Bay area...so I'm familiar with almost all areas and communities there. But we're moving to the Sacramento area this time and are clueless as to what communities/neighborhoods are nice/safe....safe being my main concern. I'll be working in Rancho Cordova off Sun Center Dr and would like to commute by bike. A radius of 10-15 miles from there would be the max. Can anyone advise? We're considering cities like: Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Hghts, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Carmichael, Roseville...maybe Rocklin. Are these relatively safe places? Any observations would be greatly appreciated....thanks, folks!

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Wow, this might be too late for you but ....

Avoid Citrus Heights, Orangevale, and Rancho Cordova. All three places are OK, but they have their moments. Fair Oaks, Roseville, Rocklin, and Folsom are good bets if you can afford it.

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thanks for reply! we did avoid the cities you mentioned. we ended up in east sac like around 49th/folsom blvd. seems to be a nice neighborhood, and we like it so far....any advice on which direction/roads to ride from my neighborhood to get out and hammer (what constitutes 'hammering' for me, anyway ) about 20-50 miles? how is the american river trail for such rides? thanks much!
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Pelotonic, you can ride the ARBT pretty hard most of the time. I would avoid it on weekends, though. It gets packed with families, dogs, and rollerbladers.

From 49th and Folsom, you can cut through Sac State and cross the Guy West Bridge to get on the trail. Take it up all the way to the town of Folsom and from there you have some good climbing, like up Salmon Falls Road.

As for surface roads, it depends on the day of the week and the time of day. And how much tolerance for riding in traffic. For example, South Watt Ave. and the Jackson Highway (SR 16) look good on paper but they tend to be pretty dangerous for riders.

You might try the Garden Highway along the Sacramento for a nice long hammer. Lots of folks do that. Or ride into town to 19th Street, and head south. It turns into Freeport Blvd., and that'll take you to the Delta.

Welcome to Sactown!
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