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The Capitol BikeFest, part of the Sacramento region’s "May Is Bike Month" festivities, took place on the east steps of the California state Capitol at lunchtime today. The event was sponsored by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), its transportation management organization partners, and the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA). SABA volunteers provided free bicycle valet parking for the event.

The event included many participants of Bike To Work Day, along with local bicycle club members who made the event a stop on their group rides.

Sacramento Wheelmen club members and others wait in line to check in their bikes at the SABA bicycle valet parking area

Dean Alleger, CEO/Executive Director of the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association (SVVA), was named 2011 Cyclist of the Year. Dean started the SVVA earlier this year in order to raise awareness and funds to construct an outdoor bicycle racing velodrome in the Sacramento region. Dean stated, "I’m building our velodrome from the inside out, one relationship at a time." The SVVA sponsored the Savage Sprints indoor bicycle roller races earlier this year at Hot Italian, the only restaurant in California awarded with the “Bicycle Friendly Business Award” from the League of American Bicyclists.

Dean Alleger, CEO/Executive Director of the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association
John Boyer of the Edible Pedal bicycle food delivery service was named the 2011 Bicycle Advocate of the Year.

John Boyer Edible Pedal
Lorena Beightler of Sac Cycle Chic advocated for practical cycling with style from her booth decorated with photos from the Vélo & Vintage bicycle fashion show (link to earlier Sac Press photo essay).

Lorena Beightler of Sac Cycle Chic

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