This year, Santa Cruz was added to the Bike Score list at Redfin as one of the most bikeable US cities, with a Bike Score rating of 83.8. Right now, with an average population of 63,127, the percent of residents who primarily walk or bike to work is at around 16%, which means we're ranked second in California for the number of bike-to-work commuters in our area!
Biking in Santa Cruz has been encouraged over the years with bike infrastructure, most recently including the first green lane treatments in the county, as well as segments of the Soquel Demonstration Forest Flow Trail being completed for those who enjoy biking our many trails, and the completion of the Arana Gulch Trail.
Discover Our Bike Clubs In Santa Cruz
If you're interested in riding around Santa Cruz, bike clubs are available for all ages and skill levels. These include the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club, Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, Cyclists for Cultural Exchange, and the Santa Cruz Bike Party that convenes at the Bike Church on 703 Pacific Ave every 2nd Friday to ride together on city routes, in fun costumes.
The Santa Cruz Bike Party is a fun, family-friendly event and a great opportunity to see the sights of the city. Find out more here. Trips For Kids is also a Santa Cruz bike club dedicated to expanding the horizons of our youth. This non-profit organization takes youth aged 10-18 mountain biking in and around the region.
Cycling Education In Santa Cruz County
"According to a 2015 State of Cycling Report, by Bike Santa Cruz County, there were nine organizations that took on cycling education to their local community so far this year. All together, they were able to reach out to over 5,000 local youth and adults in the county!
About Bike Santa Cruz County
One of the big reasons we're being nationally recognized as a bike-friendly city is the "advocacy, education and community building" that has long been put forth by Bike Santa Cruz County.
Since it's inception in the early 1990s as People Power, this organization has campaigned successfully for bike lanes on Soquel Ave, and the counterflow path on Beach St, as well as the Broadway-Brommer pathway, and the additional bike racks on county buses. As well as other city initiatives, and community events and programs, from group rides to bike education workshops, our community has been well advocated for the bike-friendly environments we see today. Learn more about Bike Santa Cruz County's strategic plan.
Find Out Where To Ride
Whether you want to soak up the sun and sights of the city, sailing along the ocean breeze on the way to work in the mornings, or you want to sweat it out in the rolling green terrain of our mountains, biking in Santa Cruz is a lifestyle just waiting to be further explored, whether you're a beginner or an expert.
From Wilder Ranch's miles of fire roads to the thigh-burning Ring of Fire or the laid back, social Coffee Ride, check out what's available throughout the County and where to ride in Santa Cruz at www.BikeStationAptos.com.
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