Bike Ride Roundup

Ever feel trapped in the city, even though we live in one of the most beautiful, bikeable areas in the world? Want to leave civilization behind for a day, but not quite sure how to get there? Then join the Auto-Free Mountain Biking Rides, now co-sponsored one Saturday each month by the SFBC.

While others may still be loading their bikes onto car racks, we know there are other choices: Take BART, trains, or ferries to some of the most exciting riding terrain in the region.

Each ride, ranging from beginner to expert levels, tours a different spot, including: Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo, China Camp, and others. To find out about this month's ride, check out the new website at

Saturday, April 10 | 9:30 am
SFBC office, 1095 Market St. @ 7th St.
Discover the Bay Area's newest wildlife refuge and witness the mating rituals and migration patterns of an amazing variety of bird species traveling along the Pacific flyway. Experts from the Audubon Society lead this easy 10-mile ride, which includes incredible views of the San Francisco Bay and time to explore the rich wildlife found on Alameda island. The ride meets at 9:30 am in front of SFBC and, for East Bay folks, again at 10:15 am at the Oakland Coliseum BART station, north entrance. The ride will last until about 1pm. Bring binoculars, lunch, and water. Co-sponsored by SFBC and Greenbelt Alliance.

Saturday, April 24 | 9 am
Dublin BART station
This month's exciting Auto-Free Mountain Bike ride traverses the Pleasanton Ridge. Meet at Dublin BART station, ride follows new Arroyo de la Laguna bike trail, then climbs Pleasanton Ridge, including some single track trails, rollercoaster rides, and great views. Bring lunch or buy at cafe. Pace of ride is medium to fast and technical difficulty is advanced, with approximately 33 miles.

Friday, April 30 | 5:30 pm
Justin Herman Plaza
It's the last Friday of the month, and you know what that means. If not, April is a great month to find out.