K Street Mall ready for bicyclists

From now on, Doug Koleada will be a law-abiding citizen when he rides his bicycle on the K Street Mall.

The city of Sacramento has installed new signs on K Street that list rules for bike riding. Cycling can now commence legally on the Mall from Seventh to 13th Streets and in the tunnel between Second and Fourth Streets.

Koleada was riding his bike near the Westfield Downtown Plaza Wednesday afternoon. He readily admitted to biking on K Street in the evenings; his nighttime rides will now be perfectly legal.

The Pyramid Alehouse Brewery employee said he knew about the city’s former ban on bicycling on K Street Mall, so he didn’t bike there when police officers were in sight.

Koleada also didn’t bike when children were walking on the Mall. “If some idiot’s speeding on their bike, it could lead to an ugly accident (with a child),” he said.

The new signs were ready for the public Wednesday, according to Linda Tucker, spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Transportation.

Tucker noted that cyclists will still need to walk their bikes through the Westfield Downtown Plaza.

The City Council unanimously voted on Nov. 24 to let bicyclists ride on K Street Mall. Installing the signage was the last step in the city’s process of legalizing bikes on the Mall.

The speed limit for bicyclists on the K Street Mall is 10 miles per hour.

Kathleen Haley is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.

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April 15, 2010 | 12:33 AM

Yay!

April 15, 2010 | 1:03 AM

Hooray!

April 15, 2010 | 7:42 AM

It’s about time!

April 15, 2010 | 9:35 AM

This is great news. Sacramento seems to be slowly waking up to the fact that it’s an ideal bicycling city. Cycling should be encouraged here, not vilified.

April 15, 2010 | 9:46 AM

Best news this year Hope this snowballs to more bike lanes leading to K street business.

April 15, 2010 | 10:29 AM

… wondering whether it’d be fun to try to get a speeding citation: I’m seein’ a bike cop chasing me down (from a hidden speed trap w/ radar?) to ticket me for doin’ 12 mph in a 10 zone… all available revenue streams in full production mode during economic shortfalls, and what-all.

April 15, 2010 | 4:36 PM

I totally agree!!!

April 15, 2010 | 10:47 AM

Best ever!

April 15, 2010 | 11:20 AM

Hopefully this is the first step in opening K Street as a complete street all the way to the river…

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April 15, 2010 | 12:43 PM

excellent, finally a little bit of civilization. I am glad that these types of issues are finally be recognized as a waste of time to worry about. Improves the overall flow of life

April 15, 2010 | 12:45 PM

Thank you, City of Sacramento!

April 15, 2010 | 2:24 PM

great news!!!

April 15, 2010 | 4:38 PM

They need more to see on the K st mall it’s still got a long way to go.

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