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Self-Guided Rides

Author: Bike East Bay

Date: July 23, 2020

Check out Bike East Bay’s Self-Guided Rides: a collection of family-friendly rides with points of interest along the way, perfect for socially distanced adventuring. Learn about the surrounding area, and explore favorite routes on these low-key rides. All of the rides, along with points of interest, are available here via PDF.

Tour de Fremont
Over the past several years, the City of Fremont has been setting the standard for bikeway design and construction in the East Bay, with a whopping five fully protected intersections connecting with protected bikeways, and more on the way. Grab your bike and take a tour of some of the new facilities and bike paths, and get excited for the future of bike lanes in the East Bay.

East Bay Rail History Tour
Follow the old Santa Fe train right of way from Berkeley to Richmond, along off-street bike/walk trails. This flat, family-friendly ride can be done as an out-and-back, or stop at any of the BART stations along the way for a ride home. An “extra credit” section beyond Richmond BART includes a short hill just past the Ferry Point Tunnel in Point Richmond. Scan QR codes along the paths in El Cerrito and Richmond to win prizes via the West County Greenway Challenge.

Bikes, Birds, and Brews
Enjoy a flat, family-friendly ride along Oakland’s Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline. Explore the Bay Trail and learn about the birds that live in this coastal habitat. Continue to Drake’s in San Leandro for post-ride snacks and brews outside. 

Albany Bulb
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, find treasure in the former landfill at Albany Bulb. 

Hayward Japanese Gardens
Enjoy a low stress 5 mile round trip bicycle outing from Castro Valley High School to nearby Hayward Japanese Gardens. This ride takes place completely on low traffic residential roads and includes a pedestrian/bicycle only bridge over I-580 with great views of both BART and the freeway. The ride is completely flat other than the bridge. At the garden, watch the colorful koi fish and turtles bath in the sun. Contemplate life under one of the pagodas and walk among the sculpted pines. This is truly one of our hidden local treasures. Submitted by Bruce Dughi.

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