Cycling Events - Contra Costa & Surrounding Area | 511 Contra Costa

Cycling Events & Local Resources

Looking to ride your bike but want some new ideas? We’ve got ‘em! Check out our list of cycling events which includes bike classes, social rides, group road rides, gran fondos, charity events and more!  Connect with local bicycle clubs and advocacy groups.

Want to up your game as a cyclist? Take a free class from Bike East Bay! Class topics include: urban cycling, theft prevention, adult learn-to-ride, family cycling, bike camping, and others. All classes are currently being taught online, except for Urban Cycling 101 – Day 2 and Adult Learn-to-Ride classes which feature in-person training.

Know about an event but don’t see it listed? Send the event information – making sure to include the event name, date(s) and a link or URL – to hello@511cc.org.


2021 Bay Area Biking and Cycling Events

Cycle of Hope: Virtual & In-Person

Date: October 1, 2021 - October 24, 2021
Location: Palo Alto or Virtual
Cyclists of all levels and their friends can participate in Habitat for Humanity's Cycle of Hope. The in-person event on October 24 includes a Century, Metric Century, 37-mile Moderate, 10-mile starter, and kids courses. There are also virtual options where you can ride or participate in your preferred way from anywhere from October 1-24. Get 10% off registration by using the code cycleofhope10. Read more

511 Contra Costa – Free Class: Bike Commuting Basics & Street Riding Safety

Date: October 23, 2021 10am-11am
Location: Online
511 Contra Costa is sponsoring this free online class, which will include tips and techniques for using your bicycle confidently for everyday trips, errand-running, and commuting to work or school. The instructor will demonstrate simple bike adjustments for safety and comfort, basic handling skills for confident starting, stopping, turning, and riding, and easy ways to remember where to ride on the street between and through intersections. Presentations are led by a certified League of American Bicyclists instructor. To register, click the button below. Read more

Santa Barbara 100

Date: October 23, 2021
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
The premier cycling event set on California’s Central Coast, is returning to historic Leadbetter Beach for its 10th anniversary ride on October 23, 2021. Four ride options: 100 mile, two 100km courses, and a 34-mile ride. Read more

Fall (Halloween!) Ride: Pleasanton to Livermore Corn Maze

Date: October 30, 2021 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Dublin/Pleasanton BART, Pleasanton
Put on your best Halloween costume and join Bike East Bay for a fun and family-friendly bike ride from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to the G&M Farms Cornfield Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Livermore! This slow-paced and flat ride will take you south from the BART station along the Iron Horse Trail, then on bike lanes along Stoneridge Drive to another off-street path next to Jack London Blvd into Livermore. The group will then head north along a neighborhood trail before turning onto E Airway Blvd to reach the ride's destination. Read more

Family Cycling Rodeo: Oakland

Date: October 30, 2021 2-4pm
Location: 1021 81st Ave, 81st Avenue Branch Library Oakland
The family that rides together thrives together! Join Bike East Bay's certified instructors for a day of fun games, safety drills, and skills building. This workshop is for kids who are able to ride a bike and ready to take to the paths and roadways with their parents (suggested grade range K-6th). The event includes instruction on: fitting a helmet, riding in a straight line and avoiding obstacles, and navigating safely through intersections, all while playing fun games! Read more

Webinar: Biking After Dark

Date: November 3, 2021 7-8pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
During this free class you'll learn how to see and be seen in all conditions, meet and exceed the legal requirements for lights and reflectors, choose the right lights for the type of bicycling you'll be doing, and set up your bike and yourself with highly visible accessories. This free one-hour workshop is taught by an instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists. All participants will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a free set of Planet Bike lights. Read more

Night and All-Weather Biking Webinar

Date: November 3, 2021 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Don’t let inclement weather and early sunsets stop you from hopping in the saddle! This webinar, for intermediate riders who are comfortable riding on city streets, covers the safety info and gear you’ll need to ride in all conditions. It will also cover some DIY, affordable options for gear.Additionally, you’ll learn one of the most fundamental elements of bike maintenance: cleaning and lubing your chain. This is especially important in foul weather, to keep your drive train running smoothly. Read more

Webinar: Urban Cycling 101 – Day 1

Date: November 10, 2021 6-8pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Learn basic rules of the road, how to equip your bicycle, fit your helmet, avoid bike theft, ride after dark, and prevent common crashes. 2-hour, online workshop for adults and teens. This free two-hour workshop is taught by an instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Attending this or any of our other Urban Cycling Day 1 workshops qualifies you to also sign up for one of our free “Day 2” on-the-bike road classes and earn a free set of bike lights! Read more

Webinar: Hazard Reporting Workshop

Date: November 14, 2021 6-7pm
Location:
Is there a pothole or road damage on your preferred bike route? Cities rely on citizen reports to identify road problems. Learn how to mark and report road hazards to get them fixed quickly. Read more

Webinar: Biking in Wet Weather

Date: November 17, 2021 7-8pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
This fun workshop is taught by an instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Riding comfortably in the rain can be easy and fun by planning ahead and using a bit of additional gear. At this free webinar workshop discussions will include: equipment to consider, clothing and accessories options, seeing and being seen, and how to improve bike handling and avoid crashes on wet streets. Read more

Get Involved Locally

Local Advisory Committees

Do you have a biking concern in your community? Several Contra Costa jurisdictions hold regular traffic safety meetings with citizen members, staff from the Transportation Department, and police personnel. Members of the public are welcome to attend public meetings, provide public comment, review agendas and meeting minutes, and apply for open positions.

Commissions and Advisory Committees:

Local Bicycling Clubs and Advocacy Groups

Looking for others who share your passion for biking? Check out these local groups to find opportunities for involvement in your community: