Want to try shopping by bike in a new neighborhood? Or just want to ride with other bike shoppers? Join one of our three Bike to Shop Day tours in two Silicon Valley cities. Or gather some friends and create your own tour!
The bike tours we’re hosting on Bike to Shop Day highlight some of the most interesting shopping districts Silicon Valley has to offer, from San Jose’s Japantown, Willow Glen and Paseo de San Antonio to Castro Street in Mountain View. Each ride has its own distance, style and set of shopping districts visited, but all are designed to let you ride a little, shop a little, ride a little, and eat a little. And make a few friends along the way.
We’ve chosen our shopping district stops around the businesses that are offering special deals or incentives for Bike to Shop Day, so you can support the shops that appreciate customers that arrive by bike.
San Jose Tour #1: Caltrain Station (10 miles). Meets in front of the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station, rolling out at 10 am and cruising 10 miles. The tour features stops in three shopping districts: shorter shopping stops in Willow Glen and Japantown, plus a longer lunch stop on the Paseo de San Antonio in downtown San Jose. The route is considered moderate to low-stress: it includes off-street bike trails and bike lanes where possible, with some shared lanes on city streets. Returns to Caltrain Station for 2pm train. Tour leader: Janet Lafleur (me!).
San Jose Tour #2, Naglee Park (5 miles). Meets at House of Bagels in Naglee Park, rolling out around 10:30 am and cruising 5 miles. The tour features stops in two districts: a shopping and coffee stop in Japantown, plus a lunch stop on the Paseo de San Antonio in downtown San Jose that meets up with San Jose Tour #1. The route is designed to be low-stress and includes off-street paths, wide bike lanes and quietest streets possible. Tour leader: Candice Stein.
Mountain View Kid-Friendly Tour (3 miles). Meets at the Mountain View Public Library, rolling out just after 10 am and cruising up to 3 miles. At the library, pump up your tires at the new bike repair station and pick up your goody bag, then head over to Diddams for kid-friendly special offers. Then roll downtown to finish with an ice cream stop at Ava’s Market and shopping on Castro Street. Family-oriented route chosen by and tour led by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. Tour leader: Winona Hubbard.
Cowgirl Bike Couriers Tour (50 miles) Starts 9:00am at Downtown San Mateo Business Association and ending at Rock Solid Bicycles in Alum Rock. No drop ride. Please come prepared with tools, tubes, water and snacks. Tour Leader: Cain Ramirez (Cowgirl Bike Courier)
All rides are free and open to all ages. Please RSVP through the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition so we can plan to have enough ride leaders to keep the tour safe and pleasant for everyone.