...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
|Report Stolen Bikes
|Bicycle Safety and Education
|Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
|Report Road Hazards
|Report Stolen Bikes
Bicycle Advocacy and Community Resources
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
It is easier than ever to take your bicycle on BART—no permit is required. Bikes are allowed on all but the lead car. They are allowed on the Fremont/Richmond line at all hours. Some lines have restrictions on weekdays 6:30am - 9:00am and 3:30pm - 6:30pm. 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 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.
NOTE: Folding bicycles are allowed on ALL transit systems during ALL operating hours.
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.