My husband just rode in the Cycle of Hope benefiting Habit for Humanity. Oakland has spent a lot of money putting bike paths everywhere. It is becoming a city where bicycling is fully integrated into daily life. More and more people are biking as a means of transportation and recreation.
You can get a free map from the City of Oakland outlining seven types of bike-ways, each with specific characteristics. For instance, you can locate bike paths that provide a paved right-of-way that is completely separated from the street. They are typically shared with pedestrians and often called mixed-use paths. Don’t like that, then try bike boulevards that are routes on quiet residential streets.
If you want to know all that Oakland has to offer bicyclists go on www.oaklandbikes.info for extensive information. Remember know the rules of the road. Take a bike safety class. Wear a helmet. Be visible at night. Give respect, get respect and have fun!