Biking in Davis

Biking in Davis: Welcome to the Bicycle Capital!

Davis, both the city and the campus, has earned the name Bicycle Capital of the U.S. because of efforts to provide its thousands of cyclists with a bicycle-friendly environment. Wide streets, well-marked bike lanes, inviting pathways, gentle terrain, mild climate, and an attitude of mutual respect between cyclists and motorists have resulted in a community with the most bikes per capita of any in the nation. In Davis, bicycling is a way of life and if you're new to the area, it's an excellent option for your commute!


Platinum RatingIn 2013, UC Davis earned a platinum rating as a Bicycle Friendly Business--their highest rating! The League of American Bicyclists is a leader in setting and defining standards for bicyclists to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America.
See the report card for Davis

Davis is Flat and Has A Lot of Bicycle Pathways

If you've been to Davis before, you understand why riding a bicycle is the preferred mode of transportation. Compared to a hilly or mountainous region, it takes little exertion to cycle around town. And with roughly 55 miles of pathways dedicated to bicycles and pedestrian traffic, getting where you need to go can be a breeze. 

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5 Things Aggie Cyclists Should Know


Buying a quality bicycle means buying a bicycle that fits your needs, handles well for the terrain on which you'll likely ride, and will not break down on you (with basic maintenance). See our guide on choosing the right bicycle, and what to spend. Learn more

All bicycles on the UC Davis campus must have a verified university-issued bicycle license ($12). We've got information on why it's important (and necessary) to register your bicycle, and where you can purchase a license. Learn more

When you park your bicycle, make sure you are locking it correctly. When you are riding in low light, make sure you can see and be seen. Our guide can help you with the types of locks and lights you should buy, use, and how much you should expect to spend. Learn more

Wearing a helmet every time you ride your bicycle is the best way to significantly mitigate bicycle crash-related injuries. See our information on the type of helmet you should wear, and how to wear it. Learn more

Understanding your rights as a bicyclist includes; understanding traffic laws, signaling your intentions, knowing where to ride, and how to ride confidently. We offer educational programs in all of the above. Learn more 

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