Ride to the beach and enjoy the brand new segment of the Bay Trail running along the water behind Golden Gate Fields. Instead of a climb through the race track parking lot, you can now pedal up an easy grade with spectacular views of the Bay. Along the way, check out the unique blend of art and nature in the former landfill at Albany Bulb.
Points of Interest
Milvia Street was first identified for potential bike lane greatness in 1971. Milvia St. is an essential connection in the biking network, linking protected bike lanes downtown with bike boulevards from across Berkeley. For a low-stress network, the feeling of a smooth, easy ride should last the whole route. Milvia St. runs along Berkeley High School and parallel to downtown and the UC campus — where pedestrians and people on bikes can and should travel easily. In fact, central Berkeley boasts some of the highest concentrations of bicycling in the nation. Thanks to Bike East Bay members and local champions, after fifty years of planning, pushing, and perspiration, this connector is about to get a whole lot better. Starting construction in 2021, the Milvia Street protected bikeway will close a stressful gap in Downtown Berkeley’s bike network. Learn more about the history and advocacy: BikeEastBay.org/Milvia.
After crossing the University Ave. bike bridge, pick up sandwiches and snacks at Seabreeze — locals recommend the seafood options.
Once an annoying gap in the Bay Trail, Fleming Point has a gorgeous new trail segment to take you around the outside of the Golden Gate Fields parking lot. Now, instead of a climb through the race track parking lot, you can pedal up the easier grade. Enjoy panoramic views of the Bay as you soar up and over Fleming Point.
From the East Bay Regional Parks District: East Bay Regional Parks District has been restoring the habitat and public access to Albany Beach for years. Shoreline work in 2015 including bird roosting islands, tide pools, and an oyster shell reef, boosting the site for fish and shorebirds, and enhancing shoreline protection and resiliency. Catch the swimmers, dog walkers and more as you take in the views of the Bay along the beach.
Once a landfill, the Albany Bulb is a unique site where art and nature blend together. Park your bike and explore the funky found art of the Bulb. For information on the history, art works, and stewardship programs of the Albany Bulb, check out Love the Bulb on Facebook: Facebook.com/LovetheBulb.
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