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Old 05-18-14, 01:16 AM   #1
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Where to move to? Commuting to Mountain View

Hi - I just moved to San Jose from the Pacific North West. I'm working in Mountain View, and would like to bike to work every day.

My employer has put me in temporary housing in North Park in San Jose. This gives me an 11-12 mile ride to work, which is a fairly comfortable distance. Ideally I'd like to be between 10 and 20 miles from work.

My girlfriend is also moving here and ideally we'd like to be in the same city (though that may not happen) - and she'll be working on Sunnyvale. She doesn't want to drive more than 20-30 minutes to get to work.

I should mention that I'm pretty comfortable riding on roads with cars... most of my time on my bike has been spent in Boston which is not a friendly city towards cyclists so I'm already used to much worse conditions

So - I'm hoping to find an area that is safe, is 10-20 miles *by bike* from Mountain View, 20-30 minutes *drive* from Sunnyvale, and has at least decent proximity to an interesting downtown. Palo Alto seems like a possibility, but it's spendy and a bit too close for my taste. Redwood City also seems possible.

Any other suggestions?

Thank you!
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Any other suggestions?

Thank you!
Welcome. Redwood City's pretty nice. I suggest you also consider Los Gatos.

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10-20 mile bike ride from Mt View gives you a lot of options. 20-30 minute drive to Sunnyvale reduces your search radius to about 5 miles thanks to traffic these days ;-).
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Los Altos is close to Mountain View and also closer to popular recreational bicycle routes into the hills.
Los Gatos is pretty far from Mountain View, especially if you are bicycle commuting every day.
Sunnyvale is close to Mountain View, but Sunnyvale is a lot more boring than Mountain View and is even farther from the hills.
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Redwood City, since you don't have to worry about things like school district etc. San Carlos is nice too, but may be more than you want to cycle one way.

Edited to add: From both Redwood City and San Carlos, you can go up into the hills easily. Go up Edgewood to Canada Road if you want an easy ride, or go up Woodside and King's Mountain Road up to Skyline for a more challenging one.

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The border between Sunnyvale and Mountain View (HWY 85-El Camino) would be ideal. You are close to most bike routes for hills or flats and it's close to both workplaces.
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Personally, I'd see if it's possible to be fairly close to the Mountain View downtown (Castro St.). I live 5 minutes away from the Los Altos downtown, and "sleepy" would be understating it. Redwood City is pretty nice, but if the commute from Sunnyvale involved 101N through the 101/Shoreline/85 intersection in the evening, that would not be much fun.
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