North Natomas Jibe

July 15, 2020

In this issue...

Gotta Have a Strategy  ...  Learn and Earn  ...  Wrenchin' and Wheelin'  ...  Continued Levee Improvement Construction  ...  SacRT News and Updates  ... 

 

Gotta Have a Strategy

Encouraging people to ditch the car to Walk. Bike. Bus. is no easy task. Here at Jibe we take our strategic planning seriously in order to provide the most beneficial and efficient programming we can. Staff and board members recently wrapped up an inspiring planning session to solidify our strategy for the next five years. The results? An updated mission and set of goals and objectives to benefit those who live, work, and go to school in North Natomas.

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Learn and Earn

Get your brain in gear! Jibe's Earn-a-Bike program provides individuals who live or work in North Natomas with the opportunity to participate in a hands-on bicycle course AND earn $450 towards a new bicycle.

The program is open to those 18 and over looking to use a bicycle to get to work, take their kids to school, visit friends, run errands - you name it! We want to help you swap your car trips for bike trips. The required 14-hour course will cover a variety of bicycle-related topics.

Enrollment is limited. Applicants will be selected based on a review of their application by a committee of staff and community members.

The application period is now open at jibe.org/EarnaBike. Deadline to apply is February 29.

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Wrenchin' and Wheelin'

Since 2014, Jibe has supported Bike Tech at Inderkum High School. This class provides students a comprehensive bicycle education that covers the wide range of opportunities available within the bike industry. The year-long course teaches the mechanical fundamentals of bicycle assembly and repair, and fosters safe cycling habits, environmental awareness, and healthy living. The curriculum includes in-class demonstrations, hands-on mechanical practice, bicycle riding, guest speakers, and field trips to introduce students to bike culture and career options.

Led by a dynamic teacher, Elle Steele, the students had a meaningful and rewarding first semester. New this year, Bike Tech now offers Open Shop hours once a week after school. Inderkum staff and students are able to drop by to get help maintaining their bikes.

During the first field trip of the year, to the Natomas Bike Shop and the Elkhorn BMX Track, the students got a full tour of the shop and had the chance to receive BMX coaching from local experts. Since then, you may have seen the students out and about on weekly community rides to visit local businesses, learn the best routes around town, and refine their riding skills.

Next time you see the group riding about, be sure to toss them a smile and a wave!

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Continued Levee Improvement Construction

The end is nearly upon us...for a short break. Since this summer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and its partners, have been hard at work to improve the Natomas Basin levees. This important work has affected traffic in that area. This portion of the project is nearing completion, with some delays.

Garden Highway is completely closed to traffic between Northgate Boulevard to Natomas Park Drive. The roadway is expected to reopen mid-February. Drivers who typically use this route are being detoured to West El Camino Avenue. This closure is necessary to install a seepage cutoff wall down the center of the levee roadway to help reduce the risk of flooding for the Natomas Basin.

Also, the #2 eastbound lane will remain closed underneath I-5 until the end of January. Crews here are conducting levee improvement work just off the roadway to the south of Garden Highway.

The bike path along Garden Highway will remain open throughout these construction periods and associated closures.

We'll have a short break with no levee work and roadway impacts on Garden Highway, however, levee improvement construction from Natomas Park Drive to Gateway Oaks is expected to begin in April 2020 and will result in some road closures this spring/summer as well.

We will share info on upcoming closures as they become available.

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SacRT News and Updates

Sacramento Regional Transit has kicked off 2020 with expanded service. SacRT is now offering express bus service from several downtown Sacramento locations directly to the Sacramento International Airport. The new SacRT Route 142 operates seven days a week every 20/30 minutes, combined with Yolobus Routes 42A and 42B.

In addition, SmaRT Ride service has launched in six new areas, and transitioned to a new and improved SmaRT Ride app. The new SmaRT Ride service areas are:

  • Arden
  • Carmichael
  • Downtown-Midtown-East Sacramento
  • Folsom
  • Gerber-Calvine
  • North Sacramento

While neither service expansion directly services North Natomas, know that Jibe continually advocates for increased service to our area. Make your voice heard as well:

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Mission Statement:
North Natomas Jibe is a nonprofit organization with the mission to foster transportation behaviors that enhance placemaking in our community through advocacy, programs, education, and services.

1918 Del Paso Rd, Ste 100 | Sacramento, CA 95834 | 916-419-9955 | info@jibe.org

 

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