Ride into Life!
Alameda County’s temperate climate and growing number of bicycle facilities make biking an ideal way to get around. Consider hopping on your bicycle for trips to the store, to your friend’s house, to transit, work or school. Bicycling is low-cost and non-polluting. More than that, it’s a healthy, fun way to start and end your day. When time is of essence, bicycling to your destination helps you achieve your daily dose of heart-healthy exercise and reduce your stress.
Whether you're a regular bicyclist, just starting to think about biking, a mom who wants to bike with her kids to school, a college student, or a senior, here are some fun and practical resources you can put to use:
- Find a Route
Map a bike route that suits your needs and find other bicycling resources for the region.
- Improve Your Bicycling Skills
Register for a free bicycle safety course. The East Bay Bicycle Coalition’s (EBBC’s) certified trainers offer courses for all ages and abilities all around the county.
- Get useful tips on how to get started if you’re new (or returning) to bike commuting here.
- Bike with Your Child
Alameda CTC administers the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) program to encourage students and their families to bike and walk to school, as well as bicycling skills classes geared towards kids and families:
- Your Personal Ride Assistant
Find a bike buddy to help you find a route and feel more confident on the road. Or, sign up to be a bike buddy.
- Find a Local Cycling Club
- Find contact information for local cycling clubs here.
- Women and girls: Find out about recreational cycling clinics and events at Velo Girls’ website.
- Track Your Miles
Find out how many miles you’re riding, the number of calories you’re burning, and the greenhouse gas emissions you’re sparing by tracking your trips all-year-round on the Team Bike Challenge website. Be sure to log your miles in May, too, when the challenge goes live – the teams with the most miles in the month of May win prizes and bragging rights!
- Learn about Bike Month and Bike to Work Day
Bike Month is May of each year, with the month’s biggest event – Bike to Work Day - on the 2nd Thursday. Plan now to ride on May 8, 2014!
- Get a recap of what happened in 2013 here.
Bicycle Organizations in Alameda County
Find out more about how you can get involved in bicycling policy and advocacy in your community through these local organizations:
- East Bay Bicycle Coalition works for safe, convenient and enjoyable bicycling for all in the East Bay.
- Albany Strollers and Rollers focuses on making it easier and safer to bike, walk, skate, scoot, roll, ride, and just generally get around Albany.
- Bike Walk Alameda supports active and healthy citizens by promoting everyday walking and biking in and around Alameda.
- Pleasanton Bicycle Advocates seeks to improve the safety and efficiency of bicycling as an everyday means of transportation and recreation in and around Pleasanton.
Local Agency Bicycle Resources
Find out what’s happening in your local community and get involved by using these resource lists:
Alameda CTC Plans and Programs
- Ride into Life Ad Campaign: Check out the Alameda CTC and EBBC’s advertising campaign to promote bicycling in Alameda County. Alameda CTC thanks all of the partners in the 2013 effort for their support in sponsoring the Ride into Life Campaign:
- Kaiser Permanente
- East Bay Bicycle Coalition
- Countywide Bicycle Plan (2012): The recently adopted Alameda Countywide Bicycle Plan describes the state of biking in Alameda County and establishes a vision for a more bikable county. It guides countywide funding policy and program decisions by establishing the countywide priorities for bicycle capital projects and programs, and a set of implementation actions.
- Alameda CTC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program: Learn more about our planning efforts, funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, the Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and more.