#virtuallyBARTable | May is Bike Month
Photo courtesy of Bike East Bay.
Editor's note: BART is currently running reduced service for essential travel. We are dispatching long trains even though ridership has been significantly reduced. We are doing this to ensure our riders can properly socially distance from one another.
Getting antsy at home during the shelter-in-place? Now's the perfect time to go for a (socially-distanced) bike ride. Join us in May as we celebrate one of the greatest inventions of all time – the bicycle. Whether you want to find the best shop to have your bike worked on, embark on an adventurous ride all the way to the top of Mt. Diablo, or take a casual cruise around your neighborhood, we have you covered.
We currently have five BARTable by bike rides (with more coming soon!) with options in the East Bay and San Francisco.
At 3,849 feet, Mount Diablo is the tallest mountain in the East Bay. The summit is high enough to receive snow in the winter months, and on a very clear day you can see almost 200 miles, including the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
A project conceived in 1986 by State Senator Bill Lockyer, the Bay Trail is a vision for a connected set of pathways and roads ringing the Bay, providing access to shorelines and waterside parks for walkers and cyclists. Over 350 miles have been created so far, and most of it is BARTable by bike. One of the more accessible segments is along the shoreline of Alameda.
After 20 years of work by advocates, in 2019 Caltrans opened a lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge for bikes and pedestrians; more than 1,000 people crossed the span at the huge opening party. Cyclists now have a 24/7 route to get to Marin County from Contra Costa and the rest of the East Bay.
Probably the most important bike route in San Francisco, The Wiggle connects Market Street with the west side of San Francisco via a series of quick turns on residential streets. The Wiggle follows the path of a historic stream bed which mostly avoids San Francisco’s central hills, allowing easy access to the Panhandle, Golden Gate Park, and the western neighborhoods.
One of the most dramatic gorges in the Bay Area, Niles Canyon is a beautiful place to ride. A natural water gap which drains the Livermore Valley, the deep canyon was carved by Alameda Creek as seismic activity uplifted the coast range over millions of years.
During the shelter-in-place, many bike shops are still open for business. We've confirmed the following shops are open. Make sure to call and make an appointment before visiting a shop; most shops have limited hours and busy schedules.
First spawned by UC Berkeley students back in 1971, Missing Link has remained a worker-owned cooperative for more than 40 years. So much more than a retail and repair outlet, this spot is genuinely interested in creating and supporting community, offering loaner tools and classes to keep patrons more than well-equipped.
King Kog specializes in selling track bikes and offering full service repairs, and they also stock vintage road bikes and cycling apparel. If you're working on a classic build, check out this shop for those hard-to-find parts.
A newer full-service shop that started aiding local bicyclists in 2014, Archer Bicycle is a no-frills repair shop whose owner, Greg, has a solid reputation for getting the job done at fair prices with a friendly attitude. While it’s generally a straightforward operation in a more bare open space, Archer also doubles as an art gallery and hosts First Friday exhibits.
When you shop at Box Dog Bikes, you’re supporting a worker-owned coop. It’s also a certified SF Green Business. This friendly Mission spot between Guerrero and Valencia is a hub for much more than retail sales and on-site fixes.
Mike's Bikes was founded in 1964 as one of Marin County's very first Schwinn shops. Today, Mike's Bikes is a growing family of local bike shops, all with a singular purpose - to get as many people on bikes as possible. Mike's has three BARTable locations in San Francisco, Berkeley and Walnut Creek.
May is Virtual Bike Month. Photo courtesy of Bike East Bay.
Local bicycle advocacy group, Bike East Bay has big plans to celebrate Bike Month—virtually—this May. Pledge to celebrate and you’ll hear first about online events, do-it-at-home activities, giveaways, and more. Celebrate Virtual Bike Month and invite a friend!
We're trying to catch you ridin'.
Where will you ride? Show us how you're rollin' @SFBARTable #SFBARTable. Keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see all of the best BARTable (virtual) events, places to ride and have fun (outside) around the Bay.