Get Rolling! 3 Spots to Bike this Spring + Summer

Bay Meadows and the surrounding San Mateo area is bike friendly and offers miles upon miles of scenic bike trails from cruiser paths and family-friendly destinations to more extreme mountain terrain. And just in time for the outdoor season, the City of San Mateo just made biking a little easier with five, free-to-use bicycle repair stations at key locations in town – a pilot project as part of the current Bicycle Master Plan update.

Find the stations at San Mateo City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave.; San Mateo Caltrain Station, 385 1st Ave., San Mateo Main Library, 55 W. 3rd Ave.; Paddock Park, 2900 Baze Road; and Ryder Court Park, 1625 J. Hart Clinton Drive. Each station includes tools to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, such as a flat tire or adjusting brakes. Click on each station’s QR Code for full instructions.

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There are so many ways to enjoy San Mateo County on two wheels and experience the beautiful outdoors of the greater Peninsula with breathtaking views, wildlife and the cool ocean breeze. Here are a few of our top picks to help you get rolling!

Japanese Tea Garden, Central Park / 1.9 miles or 9 minutes. Park your bike while you take in the serenity of this local treasure. Designed by the same landscape architect that created the Zen Garden at Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden, Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo has created one of the finest tea gardens in California right in your own backyard. A living highlight of the garden is the kidney shaped pond decorated with colorful Koi.  Koi are seen in many Japanese gardens and are a symbol of love and friendship. During spring and summer months, the Koi are fed at 11 am and 3 pm. Insider Tip: Stand on the bridge for the best view.

Downtown San Mateo / 2.1 miles or 10 minutes. Nearby downtown San Mateo is a walkable urban neighborhood in the heart of the Peninsula, just minutes from Bay Meadows. You can find new culinary adventures around every corner and run all your errands in just a few blocks. With a diverse business mix and a thriving restaurant scene, there’s a lot to discover. Need lunch inspiration? Explore this guide to San Mateo dining and get pedaling to downtown!

Coyote Point Recreation Area, 1701 Coyote Point / 4.1 miles or 21 minutes. Coyote Point provides a wide variety of opportunities: picnicking, swimming, windsurfing, bicycling, jogging, fishing, boating, and sailing. If you’ve got the kids in tow on bike seats they’ll love to explore the giant, castle-and-dragon-themed Magic Mountain Playground and CuriOdyssey where they can get up-close to wild animals and enjoy hands-on science exhibits. Stroll along the beach promenade, visit the Coyote Point Marina and its breakwater, or explore the saltwater marsh. Set up lunch at a picnic table by the bay and see shorebirds, colorful boats, windsurfers, and planes.

Looking for more great places to ride? Bay Meadows has a convenient bike map that you can download here, so you can decide exactly where to ride.

Conveniently located between San Francisco and Palo Alto in San Mateo, Bay Meadows offers new homes for sale and for rent within walking distance of Caltrain. Ease of transportation is only one reason you’ll fall in love with Bay Meadows. Smartly-designed, high-quality new homes sit among 18 acres of open space, which includes parks, a community garden, public art, ball fields, bocce and basketball courts and a new playground. All this just a walk from Whole Foods, ROAM burgers, Blue Bottle Coffee, Fieldwork Brewing Co., LIFT Fitness, Tin Pot Creamery, Hillsdale Shopping Center and more. Learn more about what Midurban life offers by following our Facebook page.