In preparation for this new "arena" that seems to be so important to Sacramento's well-being, they've started gutting, building, and paving through my ride to Old Town. Also as part of this big retrofit, Amtrak is doing a remodel.
They've put up signs (thankfully small signs that are easily missed) banning bikes and non-Amtrak personnel. Truthfully, I continue to ride through, yielding to everyone and the Amtrak shuttles (because they moved the tracks so far from the station that many people can't walk the distance).
The downtown streets don't offer much alternative.
It seems to me like there is a lot of construction going on without much thought to bicyclists trying to get through downtown. If there is a brighter picture to be had at the end of this, I'd love to know about it. At the moment, it looks like it'll be a year of extra hassle followed by an increase of traffic. I'm not looking forward to this mess of an arena and the headaches it's going to cause--people driving in to shows and games from the nearby towns, clogging up downtown. Do we really need more people in cars after having a few beers while watching the Kings? There is so much money being spent and all the profits are poised to go into a couple rich guys' pockets. Why can't we focus on "thinking small" and dealing with Sacramento's issues before glossing over everything and spending money we don't have?
Stockton built an arena downtown, too. It made them go bankrupt.
I'm going to add to my original post--AJ is right about needing proper infill and getting some goon infrastructure going in that wasteland area by the train station. I am not aware of the details behind the construction only that my transportation options have become severely limited without driving. The I street option above is too scary for most people, K street is impractical with the light rail tracks and platforms and the mall in the way, and R street is out of the way for people coming from the Midtown area. Whether the arena is the main focus or not, safe routes for biking should have been established before closing one of the major Old Town entrances. That was obviously not on the planners' minds when they started developing this area.
Second, I still don't feel that the arena is going to add anything but more congestion, drivers, and debt. I hope I am wrong.