...because it’s fast, fun, and inexpensive. 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 bicycling as safe and convenient as possible. Efforts include an increased number of bikeways, a 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 roughly held every other 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
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Bicycle Advocacy and Community Resources
Community Bike Shops
|Street Level Cycles
Street Level Cycles, a project of Waterside Workshops, is a full-service bicycle shop that combines a do-it-yourself studio with a youth education program, creating a space where members of the community can learn to fix their bicycles while supporting local vocational training. During our open hours, we also sell bicycles to support our free programs for local youth. We also sell affordable accessories including lights, locks, helmets and racks, as well as provide professional repairs.
Biketopia Community Workshop is a nonprofit bike shop that provides bicycle education, repair services and a community space to connect with other riders.
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.
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. People with a bicycle 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 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. Be sure to read or watch the video on AC transit's bikes on transit webpage to learn how to properly load your bike on the bus racks.
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 lock the frame, not just the wheel.
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 or register online at http://nationalbikeregistry.com/
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.