American River Bike Trail Is One of Nation's Best

The American River Bike Trail is getting national attention. USA Today just ranked it number 11 on their list “Top urban bike paths across the USA." The list includes what USA Today deems the best 19 biking trails in the nation.

The survey took into consideration qualities such as safety. A safe bike path is one that is mostly separate from traffic and is well-surfaced. The rankings also considered how convenient and useful the paths are for commuters as well as, simply put, the beauty of the path’s surroundings. They even considered how much the city itself appreciated the bike trail.  

The American River Bike Trail is a 32-mile route from Folsom to downtown Sacramento. It was chosen because it’s filled with beautiful scenery through parks, wildlife areas and even over a small-scale replica of the Golden Gate Bridge. The trail was also lauded for its high level of safety due to the low number of road crossings. The wide, flat terrain and mile markers make this bike path convenient for biking enthusiasts who bike for pleasure and fitness as well as those who choose biking as a greener, healthier way to commute to and from work.

Women’s Health polled their experts and the magazine touts bike riding for the following many health benefits:

  1. It burns a lot of calories.
  2. It’s relatively easy to fit into your daily life by using it as an alternative means of transport to and from work, the store or most anywhere else you need to go. It takes an average of 20 minutes to bike 5 miles.
  3. It tones your whole body, especially if you pedal standing up for periods of time.
  4. It boosts your energy.
  5. It’s low impact, so it helps to preserve your joints.
  6. The cardio workout promotes heart health and prevents heart disease.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons for you to get out and give the American River Bike Trail a try.

USA Today’s top choices were Midtown Greenway—Minneapolis #1, Boulder Creek Path—Boulder, CO #2 and Burke-Gilman Trail—Seattle #3.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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Image Credit: a nearly perfect day for a ride by Robert Couse-Baker. Used under a creative commons license.