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Life In the Bike Lane

Cycling Through Placer County
By: Tom Frady
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Placer County has a good, and improving, network of paved bike paths that offer automobile-free bike riding opportunities for families and novice cyclists. 

The county also has routes for the experienced cyclist to get from here to there without having to make difficult traffic-laden turns at major intersections.   Most paths are what are known as Multi-Use Paths (MUPs), open to joggers, walkers, moms with strollers, horses, families (including dogs) and cyclists.

There are some paths offering challenges to the average rider, with tight turns, steep hills and slippery leaf-strewn surfaces after wind and rain.  The speed limit for bicycles on a bike path is 15 mph. 

Tom Frady is a Lincoln resident and avid cyclist and driver.