Guide to Biking in Santa Clara Valley


The weather is warm and the rains have stopped, so now is a great time to explore getting around by bike. May is National Bike Month, which features many days to celebrate biking, like Bike to School Day on May 8 and Bike to Work Day on May 9.

Whether you are an experienced cyclist, just getting started, looking for mountain biking, urban bike trails, or family-friendly biking areas - our Guide to Santa Clara Valley Biking will help you have the best experience on two wheels this spring!

martial cottle-1The Open Space Authority recognizes the value of biking to recreation, healthy living, and sustainable transport. Beyond just providing bike trails and opportunities at our open space preserves, the Authority has committed more than $5M to trail construction, connectivity projects, and supporting bike-friendly areas through the Measure Q Urban Open Space and 20% Funding Programs.

Explore our guide to the best Authority-funded urban bike trails and bike-friendly parks for cyclists of all ages and abilities here!

Getting Started
New to getting around by bike? Here are some tips for riding safely and maintaining your bike and some specific tips for riding to work.

MartialCottle2017-P2251197Choose a Route
There are so many resources for choosing a route, and the information can be overwhelming. If you have a particular destination in mind, the best place to start is Google Maps on your computer or mobile app. Just enter your desired start and end points and click on the bike icon to get your suggested route options.

google maps bikingIf you know you aren’t going to want to bike the entire way to your destination, you may want to reference the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Bikeways Map to see how you can combine your trip with public transit. Did you know: VTA buses and light rail vehicles are equipped with bike racks!

Need help finding a safe route to school? Check out these local programs in San Jose, Santa Clara, and Milpitas, that can get you the info you need to bike to school safely. 

If you want to ride to one of the Bay Area’s many dirt trails, check out San Francisco Bay Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, and the Bay Area Open Space Council’s Transit to Trails map.

Still having trouble finding the best route? Reach out to the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition “Bike Route Scouts” and get virtual help from a volunteer, or check out the all the other resources on their website.

Can you bike at our open space preserves?
Yes! All the trails at our three main open space preserves welcome bike riders. If mountain biking at an open space preserve, always be courteous of other trail users, stay on the trails to not disturb plants and wildlife, and obey marked signs. Check out our website for maps of the preserves and a list of trails categorized as easy, medium, or hard.

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May 01, 2019