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
- Park Your Bike
- Secure Your Cycle: Free eLocker Parking
- Get Rewarded
- E-bike Rebate Program
- Summer Bike Challenge
- Bike to Work Day
- Regional Bike Events
- Bikes on Transit
- Additional Resources for Bike Commuting
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.
Secure Your Cycle: Free eLocker Parking
Pledge to make more trips by bike and we’ll send you a $20 BikeLink card to help you park securely. Located throughout the Bay Area, including dozens of locations in Contra Costa, BikeLink’s lockers give you peace of mind when you need to store your bicycle—all at a cost of just pennies an hour.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
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.
Additional Resources for Bike Commuting
- Bicycle safety
- Protecting Your Bike: The Bike East Bay guide
- BikeExchange guide to buying a commuter bike
- Regular maintenance for the bicycle commuter
- Park Tool repair help: In-depth repair info and videos
- Bicycling.com: 14 commuter pros share their secrets
- Bay Area Bike access on transit, bridges and tunnels
- Nominate Your Bike Inspiration for Bike Commuter of the Year - Mar 2, 2020
- 511CC & the Miles App: Get Rewarded for Your Commute - Sep 21, 2019
- Green Commute Contest: Win a $20 BART Ticket - Jul 19, 2019
- Enter the Summer Bike Challenge 2019 Grand Prize Drawing by Sept. 3 - Jun 3, 2019
- Quick Start Guide: Bike To Work Day 2019 - May 1, 2019