Sacramento Commuters Turn To Bicycles

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 10, 2005

Jesse Scatton the owner of Sacramento Bike and Board says more and more customers are looking for a bicycle they can use to commute to work or school.
Scatton says the recent wave of new cyclists come from all walks of life, but have one thing in common.

"It's from the affluent to people who may be on a tighter budget to people who may be on a tighter budget. It's really the whole spectrum. I think it's anyone who's getting tired of the gas prices."

Jeff Bogel of American River Bicycle says many of the two dozen suburban commuters he's sold bikes to recently have another reason to leave their car at home.

"You've got to pay for parking too, downtown."

Scatton and Bogel say local governments are doing a good job of expanding and upgrading bike paths.

A bicycle advocacy group says of the some 200-thousand commuters in Sacramento, about four thousand peddle to work.