I live in Elk Grove, 15 miles or so south of Sacramento, and work in West Sacramento. There are a number of ways to get to work, and most of the choices are bad ones. You have heavy traffic on Hwy 99, you have heavy traffic on I-5, and you have heavy traffic on US 50.
But if you're willing to go a little out of your way, and add about 10 miles to the trip, you can ride up the river road, and have a blissful, car-free driving experience. I've been doing that a lot lately.