Biking - Resources & Trip Planning | 511 Contra Costa

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Biking is inexpensive, reduces traffic congestion, cuts down on emissions, and keeps you active. Plus, we offer a cash incentive for bike commuting and provide free bike racks to businesses.


Map Your Ride

The 511CC Bike Mapper is a valuable bike trip mapping service. The simple interface generates nine route options for you to pick from when you select from three hill tolerances and three levels of bike infrastructure: adherence to mostly bike paths, bike lanes, or the most direct route. The Contra Costa Bike Mapper covers the majority of the 9-county Bay Area.

Contra Costa Bike Maps can help you plan your route.

Park Your Bike

Find secure bike locker parking with our Bike Locker Map

Almost all BART stations have bike racks and most BART stations have secure bike lockers or a Bike Station. In Contra Costa County, the  Pleasant Hill BART Bike Station is directly across from the station’s main entrance and provides 24-hour access to secure indoor bike parking. Retail sales and bike repairs are available in the station weekdays from 7am-11am. Access requires a BikeLink card

Does your office need a bike rack? 511 Contra Costa can provide bike lockers and racks for business sites, retail centers, schools, colleges, and public buildings to support bicycle use.   Encourage your employer to complete the Bike Rack Request Form.

Get Rewarded

Drive Less $25 Incentive is available to qualified commuters who make the switch from diving alone to pedal power.

E-bike Rebate Program

Contra Costa residents who purchase an e-bike, e-bike conversion kit, or electric moped can apply for a rebate through our new program. A limited number of $300 rebates for low-income residents and $150 standard rebates are available to assist in the purchase of these clean-fuel vehicles which are a great alternative to driving.

Summer Bike Challenge

Every summer, 511 Contra Costa provides free, healthy, outdoor fun with the Summer Bike Challenge. Residents from participating cities explore their towns by bike, getting exercise and collecting free stuff in the process. We even provide a bingo-style card with destinations to ride to. If you’re looking family-friendly summer fun, join us for the Summer Bike Challenge.

Bike to Work Day

Every year, on a Thursday in May, over 100,000 cyclists celebrate the Bay Area’s Bike to Work Day. It’s the perfect opportunity to ride a bike to work, with volunteer-run energizer stations set up on major cycling routes to allow riders to grab refreshments and encouragement along the way. As part of the celebration, there are also Bike to Work Day after-parties, competitions, and giveaways. Complete event information, including energizer station locations, is available at BayAreaBikeToWork.com.

“Riding my bike has saved me on gasoline, wear and tear on my car, kept me from getting to work late, allowed me to use that time to de-stress, and has given me the opportunity to take care of myself.” –Alex

Regional Bike Events

Bay Area Bike Events: Looking for a new ride? Our Bike Events page features a calendar of different bike rides and events—everything from weekly road rides and annual charity rides to social rides and bike classes. And if you happen to know of a bike ride or event we don’t have listed, let us know about it! Send the event info to hello@511contracosta.org. has lots of different bike rides and eventsIf you looking for regular bike rides in your area, annual events, Find casual group rides, bicycle club rides, repair lessons, bike parties, bicycle bingo, and more!

Bikesharing

Bikesharing is ideal for short-distance commute trips and errands. While options are limited in Contra Costa County, bikeshare is available in other areas of the Bay.

If you commute by BART to Oakland, Berkeley or San Francisco, grab a bike to finish your trip or take one for a spin at lunch.  Simply download the app for the bikeshare service and pick up a bicycle from a dedicated station or by locating a dockless bike. Take the bike for a spin and return it within the system’s service area.

Bikes on Transit

If biking the distance between home and work seems intimidating, it’s not cheating to add a bus or BART trip to your commute.  Bikes are welcome on BART and on area transit buses. 

County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, WestCAT and AC Transit’s bicycling pages provide instructions for biking and riding. Find tips for taking your bike on other Bay Area transit buses.

While bikes are allowed on BART at all times, there are rules to be aware of:

  • Bikes are never allowed on crowded cars
  • Bikes are not allowed in the first car
  • Bikes are not allowed in the first three cars during commute hours
  • Folded bikes are allowed in all cars at all times
  • Bicyclists must use elevators or stairs, not escalators

To read the full list of rules, visit the Bikes on BART webpage.

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