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Pedal Power in Davis

Updated: Mar 29

The bicycle reigns supreme in Davis. Known as the bike capital of the United States, Davis offers an unparalleled experience for cyclists of all levels. With our extensive network of bike lanes, paths, and dedicated bicycle traffic signals, exploring Davis on two wheels is not only encouraged; it's a way of life. Come along for a ride with us as we showcase why Davis is a true cyclist's paradise.

person biking in Davis

The Heart of Bike Culture

Davis's commitment to cycling is evident in its infrastructure, boasting over 100 miles of bike paths and lanes. It was the first city in the United States to implement bike lanes, in 1967, and has since developed a comprehensive network of bike paths, lanes, and bicycle-friendly traffic measures that serve as a model for other cities aiming to become more bike-friendly.

Our bike culture is celebrated annually during the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the Whole Earth Festival, where bicycles become the centerpiece of festivities. Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or someone who hasn't ridden in years, Davis's welcoming atmosphere and well-maintained paths make it easy to fall in love with cycling all over again.

Exploring Downtown Davis

Start your adventure in downtown Davis, where you can pedal through tree-lined streets and explore local shops, cafes, and art galleries. A perfect spot to make your home base during your visit to Davis, downtown boasts several lodging accommodations that cater to cyclists, offering amenities like secure bike storage, bike rental services, and information on local cycling routes.

Our commitment to cycling is reflected in the hospitality sector, making it easy for visitors to explore on two wheels. Downtown is also home to the Davis Farmers Market. Here, cyclists gather to enjoy fresh, local produce, handmade crafts, and live music. Bike racks are plentiful, making it easy to stop and explore on a whim.

The Davis Greenbelt

For an even more serene experience, head to the Davis Greenbelt, a labyrinth of interconnected parks and paths that offer a peaceful escape from town. The greenbelt is perfect for leisurely rides, picnics, and bird-watching. Along the way, you'll find playgrounds, community gardens, and picturesque ponds — all accessible by bike.

Beyond the City Limits

Adventurous cyclists can take their exploration further by venturing beyond Davis's city limits. The nearby Putah Creek Parkway offers a more challenging ride with its natural scenery and wildlife. For those willing to go the distance, the Davis to Winters and Lake Berryessa route provides breathtaking views and a taste of the rural Yolo County landscape.

Cycling Events and Community

Davis' cycling community is active and welcoming, with events ranging from casual group rides to competitive races. The Davis Bike Club, one of the largest and most active cycling clubs in the region, hosts rides for all levels, including the upcoming Davis Double Century ride. These events are a great way to meet fellow cyclists and immerse yourself in the local bike culture.

Exploring Davis on two wheels is an experience that connects you with the community, the environment, and the joy of cycling. Whether you're weaving through downtown, gliding along the greenbelt, or pushing your limits on rural roads, Davis offers a diverse and rewarding adventure for every cyclist. So, pump up your tires, strap on your helmet, and uncover the best of Davis by bike.


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