Bicycle Boulevard Network 

Each of the bicycle boulevards is named after the street that it entirely, or in large part, travels along. At times, you’ll find that the bicycle boulevard jogs from one street to another. The boulevards were designed to be continuous routes, traveling the entire length of the city from north to south, or east to west. The boulevards pass by, or very near, many popular destinations including schools, shopping districts, and BART stations.

North – South

East – West

Ninth

Virginia

California/King

Channing

Milvia

Russell

Hillegass/Bowditch

Click on a bicycle boulevard at right to see a description of the route, destinations on or near the boulevard, and which major streets it parallels.

 

NORTH - SOUTH

NINTH

 

The Ninth Street Bicycle Boulevard travels from Albany to Emeryville through West Berkeley. At the north end it begins on Eighth Street at the entrance to UC Village. It continues three blocks to Camelia Street, where it jogs one block east to Ninth Street. The boulevard continues on Ninth to Heinz Avenue, almost at the southern city border. The City is working to create a bicycle path along the old railroad tracks that will connect to a similar path planned for Emeryville. For now, the temporary connection to Emeryville is to go west on Heinz to 7th Street and then south on 7th

Destinations on or near the Ninth Street Bicycle Boulevard:

  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge to Marina and Bay Trail 

  • Amtrak 

  • Aquatic Park

  • Rosa Parks Magnet Elem. School

  • Emeryville

Parallels (Good alternate to):  

  • San Pablo Avenue

  • Sixth Street

CALIFORNIA-KING

 

The California/King Bicycle Boulevard travels from North Berkeley to the southern border with Oakland along both California and King Streets. The boulevard begins, to the north, at California and Hopkins and continues south to Russell Street. Here, it jogs east one and a half blocks to King Street and continues south on King to Adeline Street where it ends in Oakland. There are several possible routes to Downtown Oakland from here.

Destinations on or near California/King Bicycle Boulevard: 

  • Hopkins/Monterey Shopping District

  • Jefferson Elem. School

  • M.L.King Middle School

  • North Berkeley BART

  • Ohlone Park and Trail

  • Longfellow Middle School

  • Malcolm X Elem. School  

  • Ashby BART

  • Oakland

Parallels (Good alternate to): 

  • Sacramento

MILVIA

 

The Milvia Street Bicycle Boulevard travels from North Berkeley to South Berkeley completely along Milvia Street. It begins on the north side at Hopkins Street. The section between Cedar and University is the “Slow Street”, created in 1990, with painted shoulders (these are not bike lanes), bulbouts, speed humps and other treatments. The street dead-ends at Russell, another Bicycle Boulevard.

 

Destinations on or near the Milvia Street Bicycle Boulevard: 

  • North Branch Library

  • North Berkeley Shopping District

  • Berkeley Arts Magnet Elem. School

  • Downtown Berkeley

  • Downtown Berkeley BART

  • UC Berkeley

  • Main Post Office

  • Main Library

  • YMCA                          

  • City Hall (Civic Center)

  • Berkeley High School

  • South Berkeley/Ashby Shopping District  

Parallels (Good alternate to):

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Street

  • Shattuck

HILLEGASS/BOWDITCH

 

The Hillegass/Bowditch Bicycle Boulevard travels between U.C. Berkeley and the Oakland border. On the north end, it begins on Bowditch at Bancroft. Bowditch Street is between the two entrances/exits to campus at Telegraph and at College. The boulevard continues on Bowditch to Dwight where it jogs to Hillegass. There is a contra-flow bicycle lane on Dwight for southbound cyclists to ride “against the flow” for a short distance, before turning left onto Hillegass. (Northbound cyclists can ride with the one-way eastbound traffic for a short distance before turning left onto Bowditch.) Hillegass continues south all the way to the Oakland border at Woolsey. There is a signed bicycle route to Downtown Oakland starting at Woolsey and Colby, just 2 blocks west of Hillegass.

Destinations on or near Hillegass/Bowdtich Bicycle Boulevard:

  • U.C. Berkeley
  • Telegraph Avenue Shopping District
  • Willard Middle School
  • Elmwood Shopping District
  • Claremont Branch Library
  • Oakland
  • Rockridge Shopping District

Parallels (Good Alternate to):

  • College Avenue
  • Telegraph Avenue

 

EAST - WEST

  

VIRGINIA

 

The Virginia Street Bicycle Boulevard extends between the Fourth Street Shopping District and Northside. It travels its entire length on Virginia. The boulevard begins on the east end at Euclid, three blocks north of the entrance to UC Berkeley. At 5th Street, the boulevard ends and bicyclists are directed along 5th Street. This boulevard provides a good connection to the Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge (continue to 5th  to Hearst to 4th to Addison to Aquatic Park).

Destinations on or near Virginia Street Bicycle Boulevard:

  • U.C. Berkeley

  • North Berkeley Shopping District

  • Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary School  

  • M.L. King Middle School

  • North Berkeley BART

  • Fourth Street Shopping District  

  • Amtrak

  • Aquatic Park

  • Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge

Parallels (Good Alternate to):

  • University Avenue

  • Cedar Street

CHANNING

 

The Channing Way Bicycle Boulevard travels almost the entire length of Channing from Piedmont Avenue in the east to 4th Street in the west. The eastern end of the boulevard is located in Southside, just two blocks from the UC Berkeley campus. It continues to 5th Street where the boulevard ends. You can reach the Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge by riding just a few blocks along connecting streets (5th to Addison to Aquatic Park). 

 

Destinations on or near Channing Way Bicycle Boulevard:

  •     U.C. Berkeley
  • Telegraph Avenue Shopping District
  • Berkeley High School
  • Downtown Berkeley BART
  • Downtown Berkeley
  • Main Library
  • Washington Elem. School
  • Rosa Parks Magnet Elem. School
  • Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge

Parallels (Good Alternate to):

  • University Avenue
  • Dwight Way

RUSSELL

 

The Russell Street Bicycle Boulevard covers the entire length of Russell Street, plus a portion of Heinz Avenue. On the eastern end, the boulevard begins at Domingo Avenue in the Claremont Shopping District. It continues all the way to San Pablo, where it jogs north a short distance to Heinz Avenue. Here it continues for just two blocks before ending at the Ninth Street Bicycle Boulevard. Bicyclists traveling east on the boulevard take a different jog across San Pablo. They are directed to turn left onto San Pablo at Heinz Avenue, and then immediately right at Oregon Street. After riding one block, they turn right onto Wallace, and then left to continue on Russell.

Destinations on or near Russell Street Bicycle Boulevard:

  • Claremont Shopping District
  • John Muir Elementary School
  • Willard Middle School
  • LeConte Elementary School
  • South Branch Library
  • Ashby BART
  • San Pablo Park
  • Emeryville

Parallels (Good Alternate to):

  • Ashby Avenue

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