With the Golden 1 Center going up, among other developments in Downtown Sacramento, city officials expect the population to double within the next two decades.
They expect an influx of 37,000 new residents. With that increase, your morning commute could get a whole lot more congested.
So the city has come up with a master plan to help with that. Several streets like G, H, and N would be converted from one way streets to two way streets. Other roads downtown would go from three lanes to two. Officials also say they would add more bike lanes and fix up alleys to make travel for bicyclists more accessible.
Mike Majors owns a electric bike shop downtown and has big hopes for the grid's future.
"My customers are worried about getting hit by a car," Majors said. "It would be nice to see some streets dedicated to bicycles. Maybe some of the railroad ride away turned into a bike lane as well."
Mike also says electric bikes are more common in Europe and Asia, but are jumping in popularity in the United States this year alone.
"You got that speed, you got the wind in your face, you're not breaking a sweat," Majors said. "On a regular bicycle, you're obviously going to get sweaty, so hopefully you'll have a shower at work."
Electric bikes mean less pedaling. They run on charged batteries that can last up to 60 miles per charge and can reach speeds as fast as 20 miles an hour.
"It costs anywhere from eight to twelve cents to charge your bicycle per SMUD's rates, depending on the time of the year, time of the day," Majors says.
No insurance, registration or license is required for electric bicycles in California. But they can be pricier than regular bikes, costing $2,000 and up.