Tuesday May 11 2010
Find a different way to get around Roseville
By: Gina Garbolino
With summer just around the corner, a little extra planning can go a long way to help you save money and improve regional air quality, while taking advantage of existing city transportation programs and services. Bicycling You can start by bicycling as part of May is Bike Month. Join others by getting out of your car and riding your bike for errands, recreation, fitness, and commuting. May is Bike Month is a coordinated regional effort that brings visibility to bicycling as a healthy, sustainable, and fun form of transportation. Each year May is Bike Month challenges residents in the region, through friendly competition, to log one million miles of bicycling collectively. Last year more than 6,028 participants of all ages logged 1,288,317 miles in the Sacramento region. In 2009, 469 Roseville residents collectively logged more than 102,907 miles! To join the fun, go to www.mayisbikemonth.com and log your miles for a chance to win prizes! Remember, every mile riding your bike and not driving your car counts and helps improve air quality in our region. You can also take advantage of Roseville’s extensive trails and bikeways system. The city’s popular bikeway system offers excellent riding opportunities for you and your family. For more information about cycling in Roseville, go to www.roseville.ca.us/bikeways. Or stop by the Alternative Transportation office at 401 Vernon St. Transit Roseville Transit recently improved bus service in the core area of the community by providing service every 30 minutes on Routes A and B. Route M now serves businesses and residents along Fairway Drive, and has direct service to the Central Park Indoor Pool, Riley Library and Mahany Park. Additionally, commuters have an easy way of getting to downtown Sacramento and the Highway 50 corridor for work. Other regional transit connections can be accessed using Roseville Transit, which has provided affordable and sustainable transportation options for more than 30 years. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to help youths get around Placer County, purchase a Summer Youth Bus Pass for just $10. Passes are valid from June 1-Aug. 31. Passes can be purchased at www.roseville.ca.us/transit. Carpooling For commuters who are looking for carpool options, visit www.sacregioncommuterclub.org to find commute partners in your area. Go to www.roseville.ca.us/transportation for information or visit 401 Vernon St. I want to personally challenge residents to take the initiative in making Roseville sustainable by using these alternative forms of transportation one or two times a week. Gina Garbolino is the mayor of Roseville.