Transportation Division
Transportation Division

Bicycle Resources 

Why Ride?

...because it’s fast, fun, and cheap.  Bicycling is healthy for you and the planet.  Berkeley has more than 15 miles of designated bike routes, lanes, and paths plus more than 100 miles of quiet residential streets for peaceful routes to most destinations. Why not get your helmet and go?

Berkeley’s Bicycle Program

The City of Berkeley is working to make cycling as safe and convenient as possible. Plans include an increased number of bikeways, a new network of Bicycle Boulevards (bicycle priority streets), more bicycle parking, a bike bridge over the freeway, and new bike safety and promotion programs. The Bicycle Subcommittee of the Transportation Commission is involved in the planning of these facilities and programs.  Meetings are held every month and are open to the public. Past meeting agendas and minutes are available on the Transportation Commission page of this website. For further information, questions, or comments, email or call the Transportation Division at (510) 981-7010.

Bicycling also helps the City of Berkeley meet its Climate Action Plan goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a healthy and sustainable community. Check out the transportation and land use targets of the Climate Action Plan and our progress towards reaching them.  For more information about other Climate Action Plan goals see: www.cityofberkeley.info/climate

Key Phone Numbers

 

City of Berkeley

Report Road Hazards/ Potholes (510) 981-6620
Bicycle Registration (510) 981-5750
Report Stolen Bikes (510) 981-5900
Bicycle Planning (510) 981-7010
Bicycle Safety and Education (510) 981-5342
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (510) 981-6903

 

UC Berkeley

Report Road Hazards (510) 642-1032
Bicycle Registration (510) 642-2987
Report Stolen Bikes (510) 642-6760

                                   

 

Bicycle Advocacy and Community Resources 

 Bike East Bay  

(510) 845-7433  

 Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay  

(510) 761-6825

 Bay Area Bicycle Coalition; 

(415) 787-2893

California Bicycle Coalition     

(916) 251-9433

  

Local Bike Riding Groups 

 

Bicycle Commute Resources

 

UC Berkeley Bicycle Commuting Resources 

 

511 promotes alternatives to single occupant auto commuting.  They have bicycle resources for the whole Bay Area including a “bike buddy” matching service for new or experienced bicyclists.  Call 511 for more information.

 

Bikes on Transit

 NOTE: Folding bicycles are allowed on ALL transit systems during ALL operating hours.

BART 

It is easier than ever to take your bicycle on BART. During commute hours (7:00-9:00 AM and 4:30 - 6:30 PM weekdays), bikes are not allowed in the first three cars.  All other times bikes are allowed on all trains except the first car or any crowded car.  Bicycles are never allowed on escalators and should never be ridden in the stations.  Bicyclists must be at least 14 years old or else accompanied by an adult.  For more details, pick up a BART Schedule and a “Bikes on BART Guide” at any BART station, or call (510) 464-7133.

 

AC Transit 

AC Transit has bike racks on all buses that run through Berkeley and most buses in its service area.  Racks hold only two bikes and you must wait for the next bus if they are full.

  

 511 also has information about bikes on transit.

 

Avoiding Bicycle Theft

Bicycle theft is a serious problem in Berkeley, but if you follow this advice you’ll stand a much better chance of holding onto your bike:

  • High quality U-locks are among the most theft resistant.  These locks are most secure if you can fill the space within the U.

  • A good lock is worthless if you don’t use it properly.  Always take a few extra seconds after locking-up to make sure you didn’t make a silly error, like not looping through the frame or not closing the lock all-the-way.  These are common mistakes!

  • Always lock your frame to something that cannot be moved or disassembled.

  • Many people have their quick-release wheels and seats stolen.  Wheels are most secure when locked with a U-Lock, but a cable will also help deter theft. 

  • Secure your bike at home.  Many bikes are stolen from houses, garages, & back yards.

  • Old & ugly bikes are less likely to be stolen than flashy expensive bikes. Consider buying a cheap, used bike for shorter trips around town.

  • Register your bike with the police.  This makes it more likely that you will get it back if it is stolen and recovered.  For more information, call (510) 981-5750.

  • Record your bike’s serial number (printed on the bottom of your frame).  In case of theft, the serial number helps police positively identify a bike.

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