Paved Regional Trails
Find paved trails in the Park District
Mountain Bike Trails
Find mountain bike trails in the Park District
Biking Rules and Guidelines
Read about biking rules and guidelines for safe and responsible riding
No Biking Areas
Find out parks, trails, and locations where biking is prohibited
Bicycle Trails Council East Bay
A cycling group and advocate
East Bay Bicycle Coalition
A cycling group and advocate
East Bay Area Trails Council
A trail protection group and advocate
Volunteer Bicycle Patrol
A volunteer trail safety patrol group for the East Bay Regional Park District
For the biking enthusiast, the East Bay Regional Park District has everything from paved flat paths passing by schools, shopping centers, parks and other recreation areas to challenging remote backcountry trails for more advanced mountain bikers. Many of the East Bay Regional Park District's 1,200 miles of trails are open to bikes. Bikes are allowed on most multi-use (wide) trails and prohibited on most narrow trails.
The Park District maintains good working relationships with the Bicycle Trails Council East Bay (BTCEB), the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, and the East Bay Area Trails Council (EBATC). Our volunteer trail safety patrol has a bicycle division that promotes safe and responsible riding. When planning a bike route, be sure to do a little research. Some parks do not allow bikes or have limited access and some routes can be extremely challenging. Also, not all trails or trailheads have water so come prepared. For guidance, be sure to check out our Paved Trails Section and Mountain Bike Trail Best Picks. Each park brochure has a trail map that shows where biking is permitted.
Biking Programs - 2013
The Outdoor Recreation Department offers programs that help you gain valuable skills so that you can more easily reach and enjoy your Regional Parks by bike.
We offer four progressive bicycling series each year. The 2013 schedule follows below. We encourage new bikers to start with the Bike Safety class, then attend a Beginning Cycling program, followed by a Road Cycling program for more intermediate to advanced bikers. Finally, we cap each month with a longer Destination Bike Adventure that features exciting East Bay destinations.
Provided in partnership with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.
A certified safety instructor will teach you how to fit your bike, take a bike on public transit, ride safely, and more. These are free drop-in programs. Bring a bike, helmet, and a friend!
- June 1 / 10-11am / Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline / San Leandro
- July 6 / 9-12:30 / Coyote Hills Visitor Center / Fremont
- August 3 / 10-11am / Shadow Cliffs Regional Park / Pleasanton
- September 7 / 10-11am / Quarry Lakes Regional Park / Fremont
- October 5 / 10-11am / McLaughlin Eastshore State Park / Berkeley (Gilman St)
These basic five- to seven-mile rides along paved Regional Trails and park trails introduce you to safe riding, signaling, and basic bike care. We do not teach participants how to ride a bike; but rather how to have a more safe, fun, and rewarding experience of their Regional Parks and Trails. Some biking experience is required. Build your skills and confidence! These are free drop-in programs. Bring a bike, helmet, and a friend!
- June 8 / 10-12 / Bay Trail / Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline / San Leandro
- July 13 / 10-12 / Martinez Regional Shoreline / Martinez
- August 10 / 10-12 / Big Break Regional Shoreline / Oakley
- September 14 / 10-12 / Quarry Lakes Regional Park / Fremont
- October 12 / 10-12 / McLaughlin Eastshore State Park / Berkeley (Gilman St.)
These 8-12 mile rides are for intermediate riders with some experience. These rides will help you take your confidence and biking skills to the next level, while enjoying some great scenery! Bring a bike, helmet, and a friend!
- June 8 / 1-3pm / Bay Trail / Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline / San Leandro
- July 13 / 1-3pm / Martinez Regional Shoreline / Martinez
- August 10 / 1-3pm / Big Break Regional Shoreline / Oakley
- September 14 / 1-3pm / Quarry Lakes Regional Park / Fremont
- October 12 / 1-3pm / McLaughlin Eastshore State Park / Berkeley (Gilman St.)
These rides typically run from 10am to 4pm and feature an 8-12 mile ride, a hearty lunch (included in price), and tours of some of the East Bay’s great outdoor destinations and experiences. These programs require pre-registration and a fee. Register for these programs by calling 1 (888) 327-2757, option #2, visiting EBParksOnline.com
] or stopping by the Reservations desk at 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland between 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
- May 18 / Bay Trail to USS Hornet / Tidewater Boating Center, Oakland
- June 15 / Coyote Hills + Ardenwood Farm Tour/ Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont
- July 20 / Biking in the Footsteps of John Muir /Martinez Regional Shoreline, Martinez
- August 17/ Bike and Kayak the Delta /Big Break Regional Shoreline, Oakley
- September 21 / Niles Canyon Railway to Sunol /Alameda Creek Trail, Fremont
- October 19 / Angel Island Ferry and bike tour /Crown Beach Regional Shoreline, Alameda
For more information about our biking programs, please contact Philip Coffin, Recreation Coordinator, at 510.544.2566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.