Plans and Programs
- Countywide Bicycle Plan: The Alameda Countywide Bicycle Plan (adopted in 2012) 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.
- Visit with family and friends while walking
- Enjoy the fresh air and stride during lunch or breaks
- Get exercise with your kids by walking them to and from school - learn more at Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools
- Walk to local errands instead of driving
- Stride to the bus or BART
- Stroll with your dog every day
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Motivate yourself by using a pedometer
Alameda County’s temperate climate and growing number of bicycle facilities make biking an ideal way to get around. 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 the 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 parent who wants to bike with your 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 and register for a free bicycle safety course. Bike East Bay has certified trainers and offers 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.
- 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 toward kids and families:
- Find out if your school is part of the SR2S program and how you can sign up if it isn’t.
- You and your child can learn how to bike safely at a Family Cycling class.
- Find tips in this how-to manual for biking with kids of all ages.
- The BikeMobile is available to provide free bike repairs and safety information at school and community events. See the BikeMobile calendar and sign up here to have it visit your event.
- Find a Local Cycling Club or find a bike buddy to help you find a route and feel more confident on the road.
- Women and girls: Find out about recreational cycling clinics and events at Velo Girls’
- Bay Area Bike Challenge
- Team up and ride with friends and co-workers during Bike Month with the Love to Ride Bay Area Bike Challenge. See how many miles you can log throughout the month and compete with other teams around the Bay
- Learn About Bike Month and Bike to School and Work Day, organized by Bike East Bay.
- Bike Month is May of each year, with the month’s biggest event – Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day - on the 2nd Thursday. For details visit https://youcanbikethere.com/.
Bicycle Organizations in Alameda CountyFind out more about how you can get involved in bicycling and bike policy and advocacy in your community through these local organizations:
- Bike East Bay 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.
- Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) is a volunteer-driven organization whose mission is to improve neighborhood quality of life by making walking and biking in Oakland safe, easy, accessible and fun.
Local Agency Bicycle ResourcesFind out what’s happening in your local community and get involved by using these resource lists:
- Local agency bicycle and pedestrian staff contacts respond to community bicycle and pedestrian issues and concerns, and are involved in planning bicycle and pedestrian projects.
- Local Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees (BPACs) are venues for community members to provide input on bicycle and pedestrian matters in their jurisdiction.
- Local bicycle master plans describe the planned bicycle network for a jurisdiction and steps that will be taken to implement an overall vision for improving bicycling.