Where to Practice Bike Riding

Parent Q&A

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Where to ride a bike with a kid who is learning

Jan 2012

My son is just learning to ride his bike and I am wondering if people have a favorite Berkeley place to go riding with their kids when they are just learning. I love to ride my bike too and would like to ride along with him. Is that a good idea? Where should we go? Thanks for any suggestions! anon

for just starting out, the playground at king middle school in berkeley is really large, with lots of space to experiment. once he is more comfortable riding, the trail along the water and frontage roads in berkeley is nice, as is the one near aquatic park. flat.... anon

We live in the Berkeley Hills--not conducive to learning to ride a bike. We took our kids to Cragmont School. Its playground has lots of gentle slopes and there's lots of room to ride around. We also tried LHS with our son 13 years ago--maybe Cragmont's playground wasn't finished then. It also has wide open spaces but is all cement. Cragmont has a lot of bouncy rubberized surfaces. Francesca

check out www.geared4kids.org They have monthly bike rides with music and stops at parks along the way. Lisa

The Bay Trail! No cars; wide, paved, flat path. Bathrooms along the way. Great views! Drive to the Richmond Costco on Central Ave...go PAST Costco's gas entrance, and then take your first right turn. The trail starts right next to that small parking lot. heidilee

Flat places to bike with the kids in Oakland?

Nov 2010

I noticed all the previous reviews are pretty old so I thought I would put it out there in case there happens to be a new place. I'm looking to ride with my 4 year old son who just learned to ride his bike. Thanks. Jessica

The Bay Trail is a fine and flat place to bicycle. It runs all along the east bay -- Alameda sea side is nice, right along the beach. In Berkeley you can visit the marina and look at the boats, or go by the bay's edge, passing the dog walking park. You can catch a piece of it from the highway leading up to the San Mateo bridge -- get off shortly before the toll plaza on the east side, and park at the ranger station. You can bike through very interesting marsh areas with lots of birds. Love bicycling! GW

Easy bike riding locations in Oakland for 4-year-old

Jan 2005

Can anyone recommend easy bike riding locations in Oakland for a 4-year-old-old new rider and his stroller-pushing mommy? jolie

Have you tried Lake Merrit? They have a nicely paved, very wide, flat path along the side of the lake that goes from near the ducks and the playground to the columns. happy riding