Bicycling in Davis

Platinum Award

Welcome to the “Bike Capital of the U.S.”  Since 1966, Davis has been a leader in developing bicycle facilities, resulting in being recognized as the most bicycle friendly city in the country by the League of American Bicyclists. The Platinum Award was presented to Davis in 2006, the first city in America to receive such an award.  Davis also hosts the US Bicycle Hall of Fame and numerous biking competitions including The Amgen Tour of California, the Davis Double Century and the 4th of July Criterium.

The comprehensive City of Davis Bike Map shows routes covering over 100 miles of bike paths, lanes and trails.  You can print off a hard copy of the Davis Bike Map or pick one up at any bike shop.  Some recommended rides include the Davis Bike Loop and the Bike Tour of Historic Davis.  Other routes can be found on the Davis Bike Club website.

The City of Davis has installed hundreds of bicycle racks for public use downtown.  You may also have noticed that The Varsity Bike Docks™ from Park-A-Bike are appearing around town adding much needed bicycle parking.  The Varsity Bike Docks™ are an organized, secure, alternative to the racks of the past. Watch the Park-A-Bike video to see more features!

Looking for a few supplies or in need of some repairs?  Visit one of our wonderful bicycle shops here in Davis Downtown.

Tons of people ride bikes in this town, but if you do not want to be buying a bike because you are not here for long or some other reason a rental might be the way to go.  Here are a few rental options:

Davis Bike Club

There are numerous bike clubs and services available to meet your every need.  Below are some suggested starting points:

Davis Bike Club:  A nonprofit organization dedicated to cycling and cycling-related activities.  The DBC hosts a variety of rides and events: recreational and family rides, multi-day tours, randonneuring and ultra-distance events, and racing.

Davis Bike Collective:  A volunteer-run nonprofit community bicycle organization. We provide a public D.I.Y. shop, Bike Forth, where folks share tools, skills, and knowledge about bike maintenance and repair.

TAPS (UC Davis):  The Bicycle Program maintains and encourages the popular and beneficial use of the bicycle as an important mode of transportation to, from and on campus by providing the campus community with a safe, secure, and efficient cycling environment in response to customer needs and expectations.

Unlike other larger cities, the entire city of Davis can be easily traversed by bicycle, so most people who might want to use the bus for a portion of their trip can simply cycle the entire distance in Davis. Note that there may be occasions when transporting your bike is necessary and this is accommodated in two ways. All YoloBus buses have bike racks and these routes cover much of Davis. In addition, bikes are allowed to be carried inside Unitrans buses on the last trip of each day and all day on weekends (except Picnic Day).
When heading out for a ride, be sure to stay aware of your surroundings and practice safe bicycling.  Click on the image below to download tips for safe riding.


Click the image to download the stylized bike map.


US Bicycling Hall of Fame

When visiting and bicycling around Davis, be sure to stop at the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.  Located in Central Park in downtown Davis the Hall of Fame is an 8,000 square foot facility honoring over 130 inductees and displays an extensive collection of historic artifacts spanning over 100 years of American cycling history. Its collection includes a vast array of bicycles, photographs, awards, posters, periodicals and racing apparel from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Davis, CA was chosen as the new home for the Hall of Fame and its Museum. Davis is renowned for it’s commitment to cycling and recognized as a “Platinum” Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Visit the US Bicycling Hall of Fame website