Northern California - Riding around Mills College
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01-10-10, 08:43 AM
I come as a visitor from the Great Lakes forum--
It looks like there's a good chance I'll be spending a chunk of my summer at Mills College this year. As a MI roadie, I am loathe to surrender any of my good weather riding, so I'm looking for information before I commit to anything.
I am required to live on campus, and wanted to get a feel for the area. It seems like it's not in the best neighborhood. Is that true? Would it be possible to embark on rides from campus? Does anyone have any other general comments about the campus or the part of town that it is in?
01-10-10, 10:45 AM
No comments on location, but it's Oakland so chances are the location is not all that stellar. Although on the bright side looks like the campus is right near Redwood Rd. You can take that up to Skyline and from there there are a variety of routes you can take. I hope you like hills. ;) So yes, you can ride from campus.
01-10-10, 11:01 AM
UD--thanks for the quick reply. (It's nice to see another Slavic-inspired username out there; though yours is much more straightforward than mine.)
Yeah--I'm more than a little bit concerned about the area that the college is in, and not just for riding purposes. We'll be going as a family (wife and son coming along), and I'm worried that they'll be trapped on campus all day long.
Does anybody have experience with the campus/neighborhood in Oakland?
DG Going Uphill
01-10-10, 12:15 PM
I taught there for a semester a few years ago. Being car-free, it was a bit of a chore getting there, but there are buses to Oakland and a shuttle to UC Berkeley's main campus. The neighborhood is fine, though it gets a little dicey on the way to downtown Oakland, but not that bad. It's hilly from points west, such as Oakland center and Berkeley, which was my biggest deterrent to bike commuting -- it took to long from Berkeley. From a recreational cycling point of view, it's actually quite a good location, with beautiful, not that busy roads just up the hill.
Mills is a great school -- you should enjoy your time there.
01-10-10, 08:52 PM
That's good to hear. I am definitely excited at the prospect of working there, as it looks like an incredibly beautiful campus. We'll be living on campus, so I'm not too worried about accommodations--I'm more worried about how suitable/comfortable the neighborhood will be for my family (wife and son), as the teaching job will be very demanding and they will be on their own a lot. Good riding would be the icing on the cake! (I've almost forgot what hills are like since moving to MI--I'd love a refresher course!)
I really appreciate all the information--
That area of Oakland can be very intimidating after dark. Its not uncommon to see the occasional spotlight from a helicopter chasing after a criminal or a motorcycle gang cruising down MacArthur. However, dont let that frighten you, Oakland is a beautiful place, especially Mills College. I had an ex attend that school and it was always a treat to visit.
01-13-10, 11:24 PM
As UD mentioned, Redwood rd is a great, fairly steep access road to the Oakland/Berkeley Hills. You can take Redwood road all the way to Castro Valley or you can take a left on to Skyline road which will take you to Grizzly Peak road. GP basically goes along the ridge line and you get beautiful views of the bay. Have fun.
01-14-10, 12:55 PM
Thanks for all the info. We're now feeling much more comfortable about moving out there. It's a short term position--just this summer, but it sounds like there are plenty of avenues for escape (whether on two wheels or four) when the pressure gets too high.
If anyone has any more insight into the neighborhood around this part of Oakland I'd love to hear it.
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