Tips for New Riders

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Are you new to bicycling, or are you an experienced rider but new to the East Bay? Even the most confident and skilled bicyclists can face a steep learning curve when riding in a new environment, but we’ve got you covered with a host of different resources to help you enjoy the beautiful East Bay on two wheels in no time!

Getting Started

Check out this great video from Seattle on urban bicycling basics, and then follow the links below for more local information about biking in the East Bay!

If you are not yet a member of Bike East Bay, please consider joining by clicking here. Our members and volunteers get a lot of great perks (shop discounts, newsletters, member parties, etc), but more importantly they make it possible for us to work all over Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (33+ cities!) to create safer and more enjoyable bicycling for everyone!

Bike Buddies

Our Bike Buddy Program helps people in the East Bay take more trips by bike (commuting, socializing, shopping, exercising, etc). We do this by matching people with Bike Buddies, experienced riders who will support you in your efforts. Bicycling is a terrific way to get exercise, save money, build community, improve air quality, and have fun!

A Bike Buddy can support you in two ways: He or she can serve as a mentor by answering questions you have about anything ranging from how to pick a route to what gear to buy to how to take a bike on BARTHe or she can also serve as a riding companion by volunteering to accompany you on your initial rides and help you pick safe routes and ride safely. To sign up for this free program, click on the “Get a Bike Buddy” button above. The link will lead you to a questionnaire through which you will give us some basic information about you and let us know what you would like to get from working with a Bike Buddy, and a release form you will need to read and agree to. We’ll then match you up with an experienced rider!
 
Bike Buddies help new riders in two ways: They can serve as mentors by answering questions new riders have about anything ranging from how to pick a route, to what gear to buy, to how to take a bike on BART. Bike Buddies may also serve as riding companions by volunteering to accompany new riders on their initial rides and help them pick safe routes and ride safely. To become a Bike Buddy, click on the “Be a Bike Buddy” button above. The link will lead you to a questionnaire through which you will give us some basic information about you and let us know what you would like to offer as a Bike Buddy, and a release form you will need to read and agree to. We’ll then email you a list of ‘need to know’ tips for you to review and then match you up with a new rider!
 
If you have any questions about this program please contact us by email here, or by phone at 510-845-7433, ext 2.