Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates


SABA works to improve the health and quality of life of residents of the greater Sacramento area by promoting bicycling for transportation and promoting more and safer bicycle trips through education, community service and other charitable acts. We envision a region where the streets and roads are public places accessible by all modes of transportation and where residents feel empowered to choose bicycling when it suits their needs.

Address:909 12th Street, Suite 116
Sacramento, CA 95814
County or Parish:Sacramento
Primary NTEE:Community Improvement, Capacity Building 
Sub NTEE:Alliances & Advocacy  
Executive Director:Jim Brown
Contact Email:saba@sacbike.org
Primary Phone:916-444-6600
Website:http://sacbike.org
SABA was founded in 1991 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2002. Currently the organization is staffed by a full-time executive director and five part-time employees responsible for environmental and regulatory review, bike parking, and support services. Our territory comprises the six-county region of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments; increasing our engagement beyond the greater central city of Sacramento was a major priority for 2015. We carry out our mission in three ways:
- We participate as an engaged, effective stakeholder and representative for people traveling by bike in public works projects and private development to ensure that residents can comfortably choose bicycling as a convenient means of travel. This work involves reviewing and commenting on environmental, policy and regulatory documents, testifying before legislative and regulatory bodies as needed, and partnering with public agencies and private interests on projects that improve bicycle access and safety.
- We provide technical assistance to public agencies, neighborhood groups and business organizations. During 2014, we participated in an audit of bicycling facilities along a mile of busy boulevard in South Sacramento. During 2015, we provided similar services to a business association in North Sacramento.
- We encourage bicycling by engaging and inspiring residents directly through social media, website content, social rides and other events, bike parking services at community events, and educational offerings.
Our biggest needs relate to volunteers and finances. We rely on volunteers for our Bike Valet and Sacramento Northern Bikeway stewardship programs. We also benefit from specialized volunteer contributions from skilled professionals including attorneys, land use and transportation planners, and others. We want to build our capacity to recruit, manage and recognize volunteers, as well as develop new volunteer opportunities. Our financial needs relate to our capacity to secure sponsors for our major programs and activities, including Bike Valet, bicyclist education, community bike rides, and business outreach. Sponsors will help us purchase bike parking equipment and bike lights, and cover staff costs for managing educational programs, rides and outreach to local businesses.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Our financial needs relate to our capacity to secure sponsors for our major programs and activities, including Bike Valet, bicyclist education, community bike rides, and business outreach. Sponsors will help us purchase bike parking equipment and bike lights, and cover staff costs for managing educational programs, rides and outreach to local businesses.
  2. Volunteers - We rely on volunteers for our Bike Valet and Sacramento Northern Bikeway stewardship programs. We also benefit from specialized volunteer contributions from skilled professionals including attorneys, land use and transportation planners, and others. We want to build our capacity to recruit, manage and recognize volunteers, as well as develop new volunteer opportunities.
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SABA is the region's only professionally staffed organization devoted to advocating for bicycling as comfortable, convenient transportation. We serve as a resource to allied organizations in other disciplines and to grassroots groups seeking to improve conditions for bicycling in their neighborhoods.

Jim Brown, Executive Director