Commuter Connection
Commuter Connection

Commuter Connection

US 50 Placerville Recreational Travel Hot Spot Study 

It’s a bit of an understatement to say there are traffic problems on US 50 through El Dorado County. El Dorado County, the City of Placerville, residents, businesses, and recreational travelers have long faced a seemingly insurmountable challenge of heavy traffic congestion on US 50 from the western edge of Placerville to South Lake Tahoe.  

To improve challenging traffic conditions, Caltrans District 3 is partnering with the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) to take a fresh look at the problems through the Recreation Travel Hot Spot Transportation Management Study.  Visit the project webpage

Sunrise Boulevard Rehabilitation Project

The City of Rancho Cordova is proposing the Sunrise Boulevard Rehabilitation Project in your area. The proposed project includes road paving and traffic signal modifications on Sunrise Boulevard from Folsom Boulevard to White Rock Road, widened sidewalk on the east side of Sunrise Boulevard between Citrus Road and the Folsom South Canal, and striped bicycle lanes on Citrus Road. The proposed project is designed to continue to improve transportation, accessibility and safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians in the area. Click here for a project map.


Free $5 to Ride with a Lyft at SacRT in Rancho Cordova

With the support of a $75,000 grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), the City of Rancho Cordova is partnering with Lyft to launch a pilot program to encourage Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) ridership in the City by helping to reduce transit access barriers.

The new pilot program, called “Free $5 to Ride,” provides SacRT riders with a Lyft coupon code (RCFREE5) worth up to $5. The coupon code can be used toward a Lyft ride that begins or ends at one of the four SacRT light rail stations in Rancho Cordova, up to 60 times per month. The concept is predicated on providing commuters traveling to and from Rancho Cordova via SacRT with alternatives to first mile/last mile connections, reducing the need to drive alone and ultimately increasing transit usage. More info

See Something, Say Something

The City of Rancho Cordova, City of Folsom and Sacramento County have made it easy for cyclists to keep our infrastructure bicycle friendly.

These mobile apps let you report cycling hazards when you see them, whether its trash in the bike lane, a pot hole or a need for better signage. Download these apps and be ready to click and report the next time you see something that needs attention.

City of Rancho Cordova's Fresh Connect
Sacramento County's New Mobile App 
City of Folsom's See, Click, and Fix


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Bike News August 2019

Bike News

Construction to begin on American River Bike Trail along North Lake Natoma

The Bureau of Reclamation and California State Parks will temporarily close a segment of the American River Bike Trail, also known as the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, beginning Monday, August 19, to remove debris and enhance public safety near the Orangevale Bluffs.

The segment of the trail by the northern shore of Lake Natoma and Nimbus Dam will remain closed from August 19, 5 a.m. until trail repairs are complete later this year. Reclamation and State Parks will announce the trail opening once construction has been completed.

A large landslide covered portions of the trail, located between Nimbus Dam and the Negro Bar recreation area of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, during the winter storms of January and February 2017. More info

Folsom Community Service Day, September 21st

The Folsom community is coming together again for the sixth annual Community Service Day, Folsom’s largest day of volunteerism. This powerful day of service mobilizes thousands of volunteers of all ages and interests to complete dozens of service projects throughout Folsom. The city is seeking community-based projects for this year’s Community Service Day event, planned for Saturday, September 21, 2019. The Friends of Folsom Parkways will be stenciling trail safety among others trail safety and maintenance projects. More info and Volunteer sign-up

American River Parkway Trail Closure - Mile Marker 16.5

The winter washout of the American River Parkway Trail at mile marker 16.5 was so severe that the current trail couldn't be rebuilt. Sacramento County Regional Parks and the City of Rancho Cordova partnered to complete plans and specifications for a trail re-route and will begin construction on August 5. Construction crews and heavy equipment will be operating in the area for up to six weeks.  For your safety, both the Multi-Use and Equestrian Trails are still closed between Rossmoor Bar and the Chase Drive Connector Trail. If you have been using an informal detour, we ask that you use the Ambassador Drive detour.

Folsom South Trail Improvements Phase II

Project description - The Folsom South Canal was built in the 1970s as part of the Central Valley Project (CVP). A total of 26.6 miles of the canal were constructed, running roughly north and south from Lake Natoma to approximately 1.3 miles south of Twin Cities Road (SR 104). Paved maintenance roads straddle the canal. Since its construction, the west side maintenance road between Hazel Avenue and Sloughhouse Road, a distance of approximately 14 miles, has also served as a multi-use path. The project will include a pedestrian bridge, asphalt patching and surfacing, pavement markings, and signage. More info.  Before picture


Oak Parkway Trail Undercrossing Nearing Completion (East Natoma, Folsom)

The Oak Parkway Trail Undercrossing is on schedule to open at the end of August. This new addition to Folsom’s recreational trail system tunnels under East Natoma Street near Prison Road to provide a seamless and safe route for pedestrians and cyclists to transition between the Oak Parkway and Johnny Cash Trails. Related roadway work on East Natoma Street will wrap up in early August, lifting vehicle traffic restrictions that were in place during construction. Construction on the Oak Parkway Trail Undercrossing began in October 2018; the project was funded with monies from state and federal grants and the City of Folsom.  More info.

We are excited to report Bike Share is coming soon to Rancho Cordova and Folsom with Gotcha bikes

Gotcha empowers communities to lead happier, more productive lives through alternative forms of transportation specifically designed for each market served. Gotcha currently operates more than 50 shared e-mobility systems in cities and universities across the US. For more information, visit

To initiate a rental, riders need to download the Gotcha app in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and create an account. Riders can locate a bike within the app on the map, unlock, and start cruising.