The June 2013 issue of Air Aware features stories on huge local Bike Month numbers. Spare The Air and much more.
Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District

Area cyclists rack up miles during Bike Month

May Is Bike MonthMay is National Bike Month, and local communities participated in regional cycling drives to promote active transportation. Cycling is a clean air alternative to driving; cars and trucks contribute up to 70 percent of our smog-forming pollutants. Events and campaigns in May are focused on getting non-cyclists to try the mode and to get others to use their bike instead of their personal vehicles more frequently.

Yolo County residents took part in the regional May Is Bike Month program and represented the area well. According to the MIBM database Davis ranked No. 2 in the region with more than 57,000 commute miles completed by bicycle. West Sacramento finished No. 7 in commute miles with nearly 15,000. Woodland residents logged 3,000 commute miles.

In the employer challenge, UC Davis faculty and staff logged more than 15,000 commute miles. CalSTRS, based in West Sacramento, finished No. 11 in commute miles among all regional businesses with 7,000.

The younger generation got in on the act, too: seven of the 10 top schools in bike commute miles in the Sacramento region came from Yolo County. North Davis Elementary (4,700 miles) edged West Sacramento’s Stonegate Elementary (4,100 miles) for No. 1 in the region.

Numerous Vacaville, Dixon and Rio Vista businesses took part in the Bay Area’s Bike to Work Day on May 9.

Local air quality remains excellent through April, May

Yolo-Solano boasted healthy air every day of April and May. As the charts below show, April featured 28 days with good air quality and two days with moderate air quality. May had 26 days with good air quality and five days with moderate air quality locally.

There were no days with air quality considered unhealthy for sensitive groups in either month.

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Board to consider Clean Air Funds and more

The Yolo-Solano AQMD Board of Directors next meets at 9 a.m. on June 12. At that meeting, the Board will award $350,000 in Clean Air Funds grants to local air quality projects. The Board will also consider a proposed balanced 2013-14 budget. The agenda will be available on the District’s website on June 7.

The Board is also scheduled to meet on July 10.

Limited mower rebates remain available

A limited number of electric lawn mower rebates remain available.

The Yolo-Solano Mower Exchange offers a $120 rebate for any Yolo or Solano County resident who turns in a working gas-powered mower and buys an eligible electric mower. But you must reserve a voucher before the supply runs out.

To request a voucher and see a list of eligible electric mowers, visit

Spare The Air season is here

During the summer and falls months, ground-level ozone – commonly called smog – can cause health problems for Sacramento-area residents. Certain weather conditions make high levels of ozone more likely. On these days, the regional air districts called a Spare The Air Day and ask local residents to drive less. Cars and trucks are by far the No. 1 contributor to summer smog.

The best way to find out if it is a Spare The Air Day is to sign up for air quality alerts. You can sign up for text or e-mail alerts at You’ll also receive alerts in the event a wildfire or other incident causes air to be unhealthy.

You can check current conditions and forecast at the revamped, as well.
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