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San Ramon Biking

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San Ramon Biking

Bikes are easy to use and leave a small carbon footprint as compared to cars. For short distances, bikes are the best mode of transportation. In San Ramon, bicycle riding is a popular recreational activity. With San Ramon near some stunningly beautiful recreational areas in public and state parks, many people go to explore the many trails.

A number of commuters also take their bikes to work, either riding to work or on public transportation. The support for bicycling as a healthy activity and less expensive option to driving has resulted in the many well-maintained paved bike trails and pedal paths in parks and open spaces. These paved paths are easy to ride on and accessible for children.

For an easy outing, Central park in San Ramon is the perfect place to take the children. Easy paved paths and access to water and bathrooms make it a nice, and active, day in the park.

In San Ramon, the city has posted some good practices and recommendations for bicyclers. All juvenile bikers are required by law to wear a helmet. Recent studies show that up to 85% of head injuries can be avoided by wearing a helmet. When riding on the road, bicyclists must go in the direction of traffic.

The eight rules for safe bicycle riding as posted on the city of San Ramon’s website are:

  1. Always wear a helmet when you ride. 
  2. Obey all traffic signals and signs.
  3. Use hand signals when turning or stopping. 
  4. Ride single file in the same direction as traffic. 
  5. Keep to the far right side of the road. 
  6. Wear bright colors so you can be seen. 
  7. Check your brakes and tires each time you ride. 
  8. Avoid riding at night.  If you must ride at night, be equipped with proper lighting (CVC 21201)

 Here are the complete guidelines by the city.

California Bicycle Rules

In California, rules for bicycles are listed in the California Vehicle Code. Local counties, cities and privately-held properties can create additional rules for bike riders who are traveling through their locations.

All types of bicycles, regardless of size, price or wheel counts, must follow the same rules that apply to automobiles unless specific bicycle rules are posted. Bicycle riders are not allowed to drink and drive, ignore stoplights or stop signs or carry passengers or loads that are not approved for the vehicle. Safety helmets are required, child seats are often required and the bicycle must be in proper working order before it is taken for a ride.

Iron Horse Regional Trail

One of the nicest biking trails is the Iron Horse Regional Trail, a 24-mile, paved trail. The Trail is beautiful and runs through shopping centers and local parks. The Iron Horse Trail is built on the former route of the Southern Pacific Railroad and goes through the towns of Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, and Concord. On the trail you’ll be able to stop for food, drink, and other refreshments.

The trail will be 33 miles long when completed and run all the way from Suisun Bay to Livermore.

The Iron Horse Regional Trail also intersects with other trails including the Ygnacio Canal Trail, the Contra Costa Canal Trail, the Las Trampas-to-Mt. Diablo Regional Trail and the Briones-to-Mt. Diablo Trail. 

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness is a vast expanse of natural lands that spreads over 5,342 acres. The sophisticated network of trails takes hikers and horseback riders into its more remote and rugged areas.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness has designated bicycle trails. Bikes can also go on fire or service roads unless otherwise posted. Bicycles are not allowed on Rocky Ridge View Trail. We advise you carry plenty of drinking water with you enough for yourself, your dog(s), and your horse(s). Water supply in the park is inconsistent and there may be no water while you are in the park.

The Del Amigo Drop Trail is an uphill climb for mountain bikers to a ridge and a great workout. On the way back the trail rewards riders with a descent that has been compared to a thrill ride.

Mountain Biking

Mountain bikers will enjoy the Lake Chabot Trail, an 8.6 mile loop trail located near Castro Valley, California. Most visitors come to fish, hike, and ride mountain bikes. The trail is wooded and moderately strenuous and is accessible year-round.