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Old 07-09-15, 08:27 AM
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Berkeley-East Bay - riding in the flats?

I'm visiting Berkeley for two weeks, and don't get me wrong, I'm loving riding the Berkeley and Oakland hills, but every ride begins with a 1000' climb. I'd really like to mix in a couple of easy recovery rides on flat ground, but I can't seem to find anything suitable - the bike boulevards are full of stop signs. Are their routes along the bay? Should I jump on Bart and start from someplace else?
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Old 07-09-15, 10:01 AM
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The Bay Trail from Berkeley to Pt. Richmond; Along the water, great views and FLAT (of course with flat comes the "gentle" ocean breezes, but enjoy the ride.)
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You could also head south and do a loop around Alameda/Bay Farm - decent bike lanes and good vistas, plus the ride through Oakland has pretty well travelled bike routes that make it easy to avoid traffic.
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Thanks for the tips. The Bay Trail doesn't look continuous on the maps, but I'm sure I can figure it out.

I got *RAINED* on whilst descending Old Tunnel Rd. this afternoon. That was pretty unexpected.
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You can also take Bart to Orinda/Lafayette and ride all the way to Pleasanton on flat roads or head north from there to ride the rolling hills of Bear Creek/Alhambra. Many options on the other side of the Berkeley/Oakland Hills.
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You can ride from Pinole/Rodeo/Port Costa all the way to Martinez along the RR tracks and Sacramento River and not encounter any motor vehicles.
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