Magazine article Sunset

Bike-BART Adventures

Magazine article Sunset

Bike-BART Adventures

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Why lug your car along on a bike ride? In the Bay Area, you don't need to. You can avoid the automobile with a combination of old-fashioned pedal power and the computer-driven BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system. BART stations bring you within a mile of some of the area's best bike trails, including the ones high-lighted here.

We selected these five routes based on safety, interesting scenery, and a minimum of street riding. Four are easy, mostly flat trips, each primarily on paved pedestrian-bicycle trails. The Tunnel Road route is a challenger, climbing steep hills on ordinary roads, but with a payoff of spectacular views.

Our maps don't show every part of each route. Instead, they lead you from station to trail, and through any hard-to-follow sections. Distances listed are from station to station.

With a bike permit, you can take your bicycle on BART any time except the weekday commute hours of 6:30 to 9 A.M. and 3:30 to 6:30 P.M. BART operates 6 A.M. to midnight Mondays through Saturdays, 9 A.M. to midnight Sundays. On weekends, trains are much less crowded but still run quite frequently: every 20 minutes for most of the day. …

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