Monday Apr 11 2011
Spring means it’s time for a roll or stroll
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
Folsom’s trail system offers plenty of options to cyclists, walkers and rollerbladers
The city of Davis is known as the cycling hub of the Sacramento area, but Folsom is a top cycling community as well. With 35 miles of bike trails, Folsom residents and out-of-towners have plenty to enjoy and experience on the local trails. The city has been awarded the distinction of a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, celebrates with an annual three-day Cyclebration event in September which has become more popular each year and in May the Amgen Tour of California will be coming through the heart of the city. Some of the major trail corridors within the city’s trail system include the Humbug and Willow Creek trails, which total about 16 miles, the Folsom Parkway Trail, the Oak Parkway Trail and the Lake Natoma Trail, which connects with the American River Trail. The bike trails in Folsom are populated by hundreds of riders every day and many people use the trails to walk on and rollerblade on as well. The trails are a big part of the city and one of many reasons why Folsom is revered by the cycling community. Sabrina Martinez, 52, has lived in Folsom for more than 20 years and gets out on the trails to ride at least twice a week. Were she not so busy, she said she would be out more often. “I live in American River Canyon and I’m very close to the trail,” Martinez said. “I love the trails. It makes it nice to get outdoors and go for a ride.” Martinez has been riding bike for years, but just recently joined Cycle Folsom, a biking group founded about seven years ago that has grown to more than 200 members. Cycle Folsom members are broken into three levels of riders who meet once a week for rides, not just on Folsom trails but long-distance rides as well. The groups’ focus is to improve each riders’ fitness level, as well as their cycling skills. Stan Schultz, a key organizer within the group, said Folsom has a lot to offer riders, which is why so many like to ride in and around the city. “Folsom is the perfect hub for starting or finishing a ride,” Schultz said. “Pick what direction you want to go and you have variety. If you want a relatively flat ride, you go west. If you prefer rolling hills, go to the south or southeast. If you like a lot of hills, go east or north. Folsom offers a lot of flexibility.” The city of Folsom has a lot of support in helping to be sure that it’s known as a biking community. The Friends of the Folsom Parkway has played a significant role in developing most of the bike trails in the city. Also, organizations such as the Folsom Area Bicycle Advocates have helped make the city more bike friendly and encouraged more people to ride bikes and be able to do so more safely within the city.