3 Reasons for Rail Trails in the California Delta

Let's repurpose rail infrastructure in the California Delta to provide recreation for all.

Let’s repurpose rail infrastructure in the California Delta to provide recreation for all.

Download the free PDF “A Cycling Adventure: Central Otago Rail Trail with Delta Feature” from http://www.onyourradarmediaco.com or from the side bar on this blog.

1. Rail trails are a cool way to repurpose retired rail lines or to repurpose ample easements associated with railroads. We as the public have already paid for the right of way. These rail lines are never very steep. They are popular for walking and cycling and great for people of all ages and fitness levels.

2. Rail trails can be engines for economic development. With AirBnB, it is easy to develop lodging in a region. Plus there are a large number of duck clubs who could offer places to stay for cyclists, as they did in Colusa County when the number of bird watchers started descending in late winter/early spring.

3. Rail trails provide a safe dedicated route for walkers and bikers to enjoy the Delta without crowding the existing two lane roads. Some residents of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, also known as the California Delta, complain about cyclists on the River Road. This will provide cyclists and walkers a place to safely enjoy these activities.

Download the free PDF and be sure to check out page 12.

Scavenger Hunt Game Card a Fun Way to Explore Midtown Sacramento

This bike rack is not part of the scavenger hunt.

This bike rack is not part of the scavenger hunt.

There is a new, fun activity your group or family can play in Midtown Sacramento. Download and print the game card–one per team–and then set a time for your group to start the game.

If your teams are on foot, then you might want to provide 3-4 hours to find the bike racks. If your teams are on bicycles, then you can set the time limit between 1-2 hours. Each team uses one smart phone to collect photographs with team members next to all 12 bike racks.

Reconvene at one of the many restaurants, coffee places or pubs in Midtown and tally the number of bike racks found by each team. If you need a tiebreaker, there are multiple bike racks at #4, #6, and #7 and teams can earn extra points for each of the extra racks.

Post your photos on social media with the hashtag #SacBikeRackHunt.

Clues: The bike racks created by artist Gina Rossi often relate to the type of business where it is placed.

1.  What type of professional sells homes?

2. This rack is the furthest to the East.

3. This clever rack is a needle and thread.

4. Think drinks.

5. This rack is made of retired railroad parts near a retired railway.

6. These identical racks are at least a block apart.

7. These bike racks line the sidewalk of this block chock full of restaurants.

8. Think Bianchi bicycles, think Italian.

9. This Asian dragon guards a sushi place.

10. I cannot figure out what this hammer has to do with anything except it is cool.

11. Whisk up some ice cream sandwiches.

12. Celebrate the Day of the Dead with some south of the border food.