Published on February 24, 2015,
The People descend on Wiscon's State Capitol in defiance of Rebpulican Governor Scott Walker's "Right to Work" legislation intended to weaken unions and exploit working people.

The People descend on Wisconsin’s State Capitol to voice Our Opposition to Republican Governor Scott Walker’s “Right to Work” legislation intended to weaken unions and exploit working people. Vote Scott Walker Out!

Where: San Antonio Caltrain Station, Mountain View
When: Friday, Feb 27 at 8:00 pm rolling at 8:15 pm

Distance: cruiser-friendly 14 miles
Pace: No Rider Left Behind

Stop #0: Trader Joe’s/Safeway for calories
Stop #1: Bol Park Hill, Palo Alto
Stop #2: Stanford University Oval
Stop #3: Palo Alto Rinconada Library

It’s Classic Peninsula Bike Party this FOURTH FRIDAY of February 2015, the 115th Anniversary of the Founding of the British Labour Party on January 27, 1900.

First stop is TRADER JOE’S / SAFEWAY at San Antonio Shopping Center. Don’t bonk! Get those Calories!

Then onto STANFORD UNIVERSITY where we’ll be treated to a Lecture/Dance Party on the history of the LABOUR MOVEMENT in the United Kingdom and the LABOR MOVEMENT United States of America. The British still spell it with a “U” so for them it’s “labour”. Living Wages and a Union for all Workers!


Published on November 9, 2014,
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How many Bike/Ped Bridges over Highways can you cross in one Bike Party?

Where: Mountain View Caltrain Station
When: Friday, Nov 17 8:00 pm

Distance: 22 miles
Pace: No Rider Left Behind

Yes, it’s BACK by popular demand!

The Mountain View to San Jose Classic: High Over Highways!

Starts with an Evening Wine & Cheese Bicnic at Mary Bridge Park in Cupertino! A classic public open space on the approach to the fantastic bike/ped bridge constructed in 2009. Thanks, City of Cupertino!

Mary Bridge over 280 is #3, but we still have SIX more bridges High Over Highways still to cross on our waaaaaaay downhill to San Jose! Easy Miles!

Published on November 8, 2014,
Reverend Billy Happy

Cleanse Yourself of your Fossil Fuel Induced TOXINS! Out Demons of Climate Change! Bike Party!

Where: Mountain View Caltrain Station
When: Friday, Nov 28 at 8 pm BUY NOTHING DAY


Peninsula Bike Party is BACK! on this FOURTH FRIDAY to celebrate the election of new Bike-Friendly Mountain View City Council members who have promised to Raise the city’s Minimum Wage to $15/hr. Hallelujah! Equality!

Come and Join Us on this slow-paced social bike ride (15 miles) with half-hour regroups for socializing. Building Community Through Bicycling! Stop at Red Lights, Ride Safely!

Peninsula Bike Party REVIVAL on BUY NOTHING DAY! Buy nothing all day, then Ride your Bike – and thus be cleansed of all your consumerist and polluting addictions!

Everyone’s Welcome!

Route: To Be Determined
Pace: No Righteous Rider Left Behind

Published on November 7, 2014,
Full Moon Werewolf Ride

No Bike Lights? No Problem!

Where: San Francisco somewhere
When: Friday, Dec 5 after SF Bike Party (11 pm?)
Pace: 15 mph MIN cruising speed on flats

The wolves come out after SAN FRANCISCO BIKE PARTY! Caltrain? Don’t Need It to get back to the South Bay! Also we don’t need Bike Lights the entire ride – there are some sections we’ll all turn off our lights and ride under the light of the Full Moon!

Epic Route – 70 Miles – One Hill – Easy MIles – Sick Spots – FULL MOON – Did we mention BAY TRAIL ROUTE!

Published on November 6, 2014,
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Get MORE Bike Life! 200 Miles of Smiles!

Where: Alviso (Guadalupe Trail & Gold St)
When: Saturday, Jan 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

Style: Bike Party, Vehicular Cycling-Friendly
Pace: Slow Riders Dropped (16 mph cruising)
Rain Cancels.


Easiest Double Century (200-mile bike ride) you’ll find! FREE!

NEW Counter-clockwise Route – Never Attempted Before!

All the way around San Francisco Bay in a Day – by bicycle 100% of the way – no cars no transit – while highlighting the need for all the cities we pass through to Raise the Minimum Wage to $15/hr – NOW!

Under the light of the Full Moon! wow

The standard route is a bit less than 200 miles for most people (185 miles? – depends where you live) so some hard-core folks like to tack on some Extra Miles to get over the cray-zay 200. I’m not really feelin’ that right now but we’ll see. SLEEP VERY EARLY THE NIGHT BEFORE

Here’s a pretty fast-pace but still possible 18-hr schedule:
Alviso: 6 am
Oakland: 10 am
San Francisco: 6 pm
San Jose: midnight

Feel free to join us for any segment of The Ride!

Published on August 5, 2014,

Ride the epic Dumbarton Bridge!

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Where: Lytton Plaza, Palo Alto (University Ave & Emerson St)
When: Friday, August 8 at 6:00 pm

Once in a while East Bay Bike Party visits the “Southeast Bay” and the trip is to and fro is much easier than with the standard Oakland ride locations. This month, EBBP starts at Union City BART and ends near Hayward BART. Their route is secret but route sheets are available at the ride start, 7:30 – 8:00 pm.

No car? No transit? No problem! Because we have LEGS. We’ll ride our bikes to the bike party (15 miles), and afterwards, back from it (more miles). Start and end location for us is Lytton Plaza, downtown Palo Alto.

Published on April 22, 2014,

IMG_0530Where: Mountain View Caltrain Station
When: Friday, April 25 at 8:00 pm

Can’t stop, don’t wanna! High Over Highway 4 was so much fun that we figured why do anything else?

It’s the classic bike-bridge-maximizing bike party ride, featuring the epic Mary Avenue Bridge in Cupertino (bridge #3). It’s all downhill from there to San Jose, crossing (a possible) 6 more bridges over highways!

We’ll return to Mountain View after the ride via bicycle. VTA Light Rail and Bus 22 are also available.

Pace: No Rider Left Behind

Published on March 25, 2014,

005Where: Mountain View Caltrain Station
When: Friday, March 28 at 8:00 pm

Do you know the way to San Jose that maximizes the number of bike bridges over highways? That’s our route!

We’ll return to Mountain View after the ride via bicycle. VTA Light Rail and Bus 22 are also available.

Pace: No Rider Left Behind

Published on February 11, 2014,

Full Moon with WerewolfWhere: Lytton Plaza, Palo Alto (University & Emerson)
When: Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 pm

Pace: No Rider Left Behind
Terrain: flat, some dirt trails
Distance: 19 miles

Ride under the light of the Full Moon on Valentine’s Day Eve! Bring out your inner Werewolf of Love – ride with NO BIKE LIGHTS! (on the Bay Trail) Only the most romantic party stops!

Ride ends at the Palo Alto Caltrain Station.

Published on January 22, 2014,

Hawkins Ride 2013Girls invite boys on this scenic and romantic evening ride to Stanford University. If you don’t have a date we don’t care – join us anyway!

Everyone’s Welcome!

Where: Mountain View Caltrain Station

When: Friday, Jan 24 at 8:00 pm

Food & Beverages: 7-11, Latham St & Escuela Ave
Party Stop #1: Bol Path Park
Party Stop #2: Stanford Museum
Party Stop #3: Jerry Bowden Park

Terrain: Cruiser Friendly
Pace: No Rider Left Behind

Published on January 6, 2014,

Full moon over waterWe’ll hop over to the East Bay for this month’s no-bike-lights Werewolf Ride at Coyote Hills, which offers a cornucopia of dark trails with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. There are two different start/end locations:

1. Palo Alto Lytton Plaza, University & Emerson, 7:30 pm (Rolling 7:45 pm)
2. Union City BART Station, 7:30 pm (Rolling 8:00 pm)

We’ll return to Union City before the last BART north to Oakland (12:04 am), and will return to Palo Alto before the last Caltrain south to San Jose (12:57 am).

Palo Alto Route:
Union City Route:

Pace: No Rider Left Behind
Terrain: rough pavement, dirt trails, hills

Published on December 23, 2013,
Tian Harter Welcomes You to Festivus.

Tian Harter Welcomes You to Festivus.

Every year Bike Party Legend Tian Harter hosts a Festivus – for the Rest of Us! Official Invitation is here on Tian’s website

We’ll celebrate this year’s Festivus PBP-style with a bike party ride to Tian’s apartment in Mountain View!

Start: San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose
End: Tian Harter’s Apartment, 505 Cyprus Point Drive, Mountain View

Details: One grocery store stop, one party stop, then to Tian’s clubhouse.
Distance: 15 miles
Terrian: flat, paved
Pace: No Rider Left Behind

A variety of fun and wholesome Festivus traditions are planned, including: The Festivus Pole, Airing of the Grievances, Feats of Strength, and Festivus Miracles!

This is a Potluck. Please bring food and/or beverages to share. Or don’t, we don’t care!

Last Caltrain to San Jose leaves Mountain View at 1:09 am – we’ll lead a 5-minute ride there for those who want to take this train home.

Published on November 20, 2013,

005How many bike bridges over highways can we cross during one bike party? Find out this Friday with Peninsula Bike Party!

Meet at the Mountain View Caltrain Station at 8:00 pm. In order to cross as many bridges as possible, this ride is ONE-WAY – it will end at San Jose City Hall. A few riders will be heading back to Mountain View afterwards.


Published on October 23, 2013,

Stanford MausoleumVisit the Peninsula’s haunted and hidden places on this spooky bike party ride. First we’ll visit the family graves of Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University, then wander the dark and haunted Atherton forest on our way to St Patrick’s Seminary. Final stop is the Palo Alto Bird’s Nest.

Bring bright lights, lots of very dark streets on this route.

Where: San Antonio Caltrain Station
When: Friday, October 25 at 8:00 pm

Pace: No Rider Left Behind

Regroup #1: Stanford Mausoleum, Stanford University
Regroup #2: St Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park
Regroup #3: Bird’s Nest, Palo Alto

Published on October 15, 2013,

Full_Moon_Werewolf_Ride_Oct_2013_Route_MapThe wolves haven’t been out since July’s Alviso Loop Ride – it’s time to RIDE!

Meet at the Mountain View Caltrain Station at 8:00 pm this Thursday, October 17.

The clockwise loop route includes some great dark paths in Mountain View and Palo Alto, as well as a visits to Stanford and Google. Bike lights go out when we reach the Bay Trail in Palo Alto’s Baylands.

Pace is no rider left behind. All bikes welcome.


Published on July 26, 2013,


San Jose Bike Party returns to Peninsula territory this month with The Jungle Ride on Friday, August 16, with two test rides scheduled in early August. The ride will start in Sunnyvale and roll north through Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Stanford University. San Jose Bike Party last visited Palo Alto and Stanford in May 2011.

Start and End Location: Sports Authority, 125 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
Length: 23 miles

Test Ride #1: Sunday, July 28 at 6:00 pm
Test Ride #2: Saturday, August 3 at 1:00 pm
Test Ride #3: Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 pm
Bike Party! Friday, August 16 at 8:00 pm

Pre-Ride from Palo Alto:
Lytton Plaza, Friday, August 16 at 6:45 pm


Published on July 23, 2013,

Guerillaz in Da Mixx - yellow logoWhere: Plaza del Sol (Sunnyvale Caltrain Station)
When: Friday, July 26 at 6:00 pm

Peninsula Bike Party is helping organize a new monthly South Bay bike ride on Fourth Fridays July through September called Guerrillaz in Da Mixx. We’ll start at Sunnyvale’s Plaza del Sol and head south to San Jose, where the South Bay’s most amazing music bikes with await us with a synced soundtrack for our ride.

Party Stop #1: Central Park, Santa Clara
Party Stop #2: San Pedro Square Market, San Jose.

The third and final party stop location is secret and the route to/from it will not be posted – this is guerrilla-style. Then the dance-off begins and it don’t stop until we drop – so know your own route home if you plan on cutting out early.

Route to Party Stop #2:

Published on June 27, 2013,

Regroup #1We don’t usually ride this far north, but when we do… we hella get lost! This Friday’s Peninsula Bike Party will explore some beautiful bay-front locations in San Mateo, Burlingame, and Foster City. Everyone’s Welcome!

Meet at the San Mateo Caltrain Station this Friday, June 28 at 7:15 pm.


Published on May 22, 2013,

Fourth Friday of Every Month. Everyone’s Welcome.

Where: Mountain View Caltrain Station
When: Friday, May 24 at 7:15 pm

To celebrate National Rave Month, we’re teaming up with San Jose Bike Party to host a hella big Peninsula Bike Party this month featuring mini-raves at every party stop powered by DJ Marky Mark & Orange Julius.

We’ll meet up with the San Jose krewe at Rave Party Stop #1 near Alviso, then head to downtown Santa Clara. From there the route and rave stops are secret – all you have to do is follow the blinkies and remember that We Hella Get Lost!

We will end back at Mountain View Caltrain Station using the trusty Park – Monroe – Evelyn route. Bike Party!

Published on May 20, 2013,

This Wednesday night it’s trails, trails, and more trails. We’ll hit the Sunnyvale and Alviso sections of the Bay Trail under the light of the Full Moon (no bike lights!), heading out on the San Tomas Aquino Trail and returning via the newly-paved Guadalupe River Trail.

Meet at Santa Clara Caltrain Station at 8:10 pm. Route posted soon…

Published on April 3, 2013,

The Earth.

Where: Menlo Park Caltrain Station
When: Friday, April 26 at 7:30 pm

UPDATE: Regroup #1 is a Dance Party at Motostrano/Suburban Bikes, 926 Broadway St, Redwood City. Featuring Boone Tang Clan and DJ Marky Mark. Click here for a PDF promotional flyer.

Celebrate THE EARTH with Peninsula Bike Party! According to this random blog post, there are perhaps 10,000,000,000,000 planets in our galaxy and 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in the entire universe. Scientists have detected 861 of these. We bike on just one: THE EARTH.

"The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around." - Gaylord Nelson

“The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.” – Gaylord Nelson

EARTH DAY (April 22) was proposed and promoted by Gaylord Nelson, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, in 1970. Gaylord witnessed the disastrous 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill that killed thousands of sea birds, dolphins, sea lions, and other marine life and fouled 50 miles of southern California beaches as well as the nearby Channel Islands.

EARTH DAY marked the beginning of the organized modern Environmental Movement, galvanizing millions of Americans outraged by the accelerating rate of oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, toxic dumps, pesticides, loss of wilderness, and rampant freeway construction over the previous decade. The resulting state and federal environmental regulations enacted in the early 1970’s have resulted in cleaner air and water and protected hundreds of endangered species from extinction.

How to Get There:
Northbound Caltrain #191: SJ – MP, 6:50 – 7:24 pm
Southbound Caltrain #288: SF – MP, 6:56 – 7:34 pm

How to Get Home:
Southbound Caltrain: leave RWC at 10:28 pm, PA at 11:36 pm
Northbound Caltrain: leave RWC at 11:09 pm, PA at 11:01 pm, Samtrans buses 390 & 391

Click the image below for a larger version of the map or here for a zoom-able online map.

PBP Apr 26 2013 Map & Turns

Published on April 1, 2013,


This Wednesday night we’ll explore the Palo Alto and Mountain View baylands under the light of the Full Moon. Bike lights go out when we hit the Bay Trail. Meet at California Avenue Caltrain Station, Palo Alto at 8:00 pm. The route is 17 miles, flat except for one 100-ft hill, and ends the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station. Some riders will head back to the Palo Alto start afterwards.

The route include about 5 miles of dirt trail, but it’s hard-packed and relatively smooth. We’ll avoid the bumpiest sections. Road bikes can handle it, wider tires make it more comfortable.


How to Get There:
Northbound Caltrain #193: Leaves San Jose at 7:30 pm
Southbound Caltrain #288: Leaves San Francisco at 6:56 pm

Click the map for a larger image or here for a zoom-able map.

Published on March 18, 2013,

Stanford University Quad at nightExplore Stanford University this Friday night with Peninsula Bike Party! Meet at Lytton Plaza (University Ave & Emerson St) in downtown Palo Alto at 7:30 pm. Click here to see the 12-mile route.

Stanford University was established in 1891 by railroad tycoon and politician Leland Stanford, who also founded Palo Alto in 1894. The school’s sprawling 2.75-square-mile campus has become the #1 most bike-friendly in the United States, according to the League of American Bicyclists, which awarded Stanford “Platinum-Level” bike-friendly status in 2011.

Join us see what makes Stanford University so bike-friendly. Everyone’s Welcome!

Published on February 23, 2013,

Full moon over waterDark streets and paths! No bike lights! It’s the Werewolf Ride!

We’ll explore the Bay Trail between Sunnyvale and Mountain View and the Stevens Creek Trail. Part of the Bay Trail there is hard-packed dirt, but even road bikes can handle it. When we hit the trail the bike lights go out, and we ride by the light of the moon.

Meet at the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station on Sunday, February 24 at 7:15 pm.

From San Jose, take northbound Caltrain #191, which leaves San Jose at 6:50 pm and arrives at Sunnyvale at 7:04 pm.

Published on February 21, 2013,

Viking ShipThis Friday we invoke the fury of the ancient pagan norsemen, the Vikings, and shall descend from the north upon the defenseless peoples of the South Bay, pillaging and plundering our way into bike party legend!

Meet at Tamien Caltrain Station, San Jose (NOT downtown San Jose Caltrain Station) at 7:45 pm on Friday, February 22. Southbound Caltrains arrive at Tamien Station at 7:23 pm (#278) and 7:39 pm (#386). Click here for Caltrain’s weekday schedule.


Published on January 22, 2013,

Werewolf Ride - ImageRide the darkest streets and paths we can find lit up by the Full Moon – PBP presents the Werewolf Ride!

The Guadalupe River Trail is now paved all the way from downtown San Jose to Alviso, and the newly paved section (north of San Jose Airport) is smoooooth! After Alviso, we’ll head even further north and east on the Coyote Creek Trail to Milpitas, before looping back to downtown through the East Side.

Meet at B2 Coffee, San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro Street in San Jose at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, January 23. Rain does NOT cancel. Howwwoooo!

Published on January 8, 2013,

Superheros with BikesWhenever East Bay Bike Party starts south of Oakland we ride from the Peninsula to the start location, crossing the Bay on the Dumbarton Bridge. This Friday, they’re starting at the Bayfair BART Station in San Leandro.

We’re meeting at the Mountain View Caltrain Station at 4:30 pm (rolling at 5 pm sharp) this Friday, January 11. This is the longest pre-ride we’ve done – 27 miles, so we need to keep up a decent pace to get there on time. Expect to cruise at 15 mph most of the time. Our route includes one nasty bike-hostile street: Hesperian Blvd in Hayward, where we’ll have to take the lane with 45 mph car traffic.

We may ride back to the Peninsula or take BART to Union City then ride back (15 miles), depending on how we feel after this epic Superheros vs Supervillans Bike Party Ride!


Published on December 27, 2012,

2013_Route_on_MapRing in the New Year with Peninsula Bike Party this Friday night by tracing a giant “2013” on the streets of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara! Don’t forget your GPS device!

Meet at the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station this Friday, December 28 at 7:15 pm. Our route begins by drawing the “2013” between Evelyn Ave/Monroe St and El Camino Real. It includes three party stops, and a visit to the Apple Campus in Cupertino.


Published on November 21, 2012,

Ellen Fletcher for City CouncilPerhaps the greatest of Great American Heroes, Ellen Fletcher, died on November 7 at age 83. The long-time Palo Alto resident served on the city council from 1978 to 1989, and was a tireless advocate for better conditions for bicycling and a fierce critic of the city’s auto-centric policies. “We’ve always put concentration on moving more cars faster,” she told the Palo Alto Weekly in July 2011, “It’s really the wrong policy.”

We couldn’t agree more. This Peninsula Bike Party, we honor the woman who brought into existence some of the best bicycle infrastructure in the Bay Area, and who inspired countless other bicycle advocates to push for improvements elsewhere. Her relentless lobbying and volunteer work gave birth to the county’s very first Bicycle Boulevard (Bryant Street), a concept that has since spread nationwide.

We’ll tour Palo Alto’s bicycle boulevards and bike bridges that wouldn’t exist without Ellen Fletcher, and visit locations that are next up to be improved for bicycling according to Palo Alto’s brand-new Bicycle + Pedestrian Transportation Plan.

Meet at Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Street, Palo Alto on Friday, November 23 at 7:30 pm. The ride will include a party stop on Caltrain (fare: $2.50), which first allowed bikes on board back in 1992 thanks to Ellen’s advocacy work.

R.I.P. Ellen Fletcher. Read more about Ellen herehere, and over here too.

Published on November 8, 2012,

This month, East Bay Bike Party’s “Old Hollywood” Ride meets at the Fremont BART Station – the nearest location to the Peninsula they’ve ever chosen.

Meet at Palo Alto’s Lytton Plaza at 6 pm for the 16-mile pre-ride there, which includes crossing the Dumbarton Bridge. Bring good lights. Marshlands Road, on the east side of the bridge, is very dark. We’ll also ride back to Palo Alto after East Bay Bike Party, which will end where it starts, Fremont BART Station.

The pre-ride route is 100% paved, almost all of it with bike lanes (except Marshlands Road, which has very little vehicle traffic). Here’s a map, click on it to zoom in.

Published on October 24, 2012,

Peninsula School Haunted HouseOur annual Halloween Ride will visit the Peninsula’s haunted houses as we wind through dark and spooky trails and streets.

Meet up at the Mountain View Caltrain Station at 7:30 pm this Friday, October 26. The route includes Mountain View, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, and Stanford University.

This month’s Full Moon Werewolf Ride will start this Saturday, October 27 at 8:45 pm at the Palo Alto Caltrain Station. We’ll ride over the Dumbarton Bridge to Coyote Hills Regional Park in the East Bay, which has lots of very dark trails. Get ready for some spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay under the full moon!

Published on October 8, 2012,

2012 Biketoberfest Marin PosterBiketoberfest Marin is annual Beer Festival & Bike Expo in the town of Fairfax. It features handcrafted beers, custom bicycles and components, delicious food, live music, rides, and activities for kids – there’s something for everyone!

Enjoy unlimited samples of over 30 beers from the West Coast’s best brewers, served in a commemorative Biketoberfest 8 oz glass (yours to keep). All proceeds benefit the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes, which both promote bicycling in Marin County. Beer-tasting tickets are $25 advance purchase or $30 at the event (

The (free) bike expo features custom handcrafted products from dozens of bicycle and component manufacturers from all over Northern California and beyond, including Steelman, Soulcraft, Calfree, Ellsworth, Splendid, Rivendell, Hunter, Ahrens, Renovo, Paragon, The Hive, Paul Components, and more!

A group bike ride is meeting at San Francisco’s Ferry Building at 9:45 am to ride to Biketoberfest in Fairfax. It’s 22 miles over the Golden Gate Bridge and through scenic Marin County. Route Map:

Maps and turn-by-turn directions will be provided at the ride start. There will be two rides returning from the event. The first will leave around 4 pm to catch the 5 pm ferry from Larkspur to San Francisco. The second will leave shortly after 5 pm and ride the 22-mile route in reverse back to San Francisco.

In Heaven there is no beer, that’s why we drink it here!

Published on September 28, 2012,

Peninsula Bike Party’s first party stop on the Sep 27 Cold War Ride was the Berlin Wall in Mountain View, at the rear corner of the vehicle parking lot at 2685 Marine Way. Two large concrete slabs, weighing 7 tons each, were purchased and installed there by German immigrant and real estate developer Frank Golzen, who died in 2008 at age 92. The pieces were once part of the wall that separated West and East Berlin from 1961 to 1989.

 The second party stop represented the beginning of the Cold War on the Peninsula: Stanford University. Beginning in 1946, Frederick Terman, dean of the engineering school, built Stanford’s electrical engineering department into a powerhouse of research into electronic intelligence and warfare, and helped secure military contracts that funded countless start-up companies that manufactured advanced radar and microwave equipment for both the Air Force and the CIA during the Cold War. This military-industrial complex developed into today’s Silicon Valley through ever-advancing research and development of electronic equipment of all kinds, including modern computers.

The third party stop was quiet Terman Park located behind Terman Middle School, both named for Mr. Terman. Another successful Peninsula Bike Party – a big thanks to Mark for bringing your music trailer – you’re a true bike party hero!

Published on September 25, 2012,

Rocket BikeRemember the Cold War? For 45 years the United States and Soviet Union battled for scientific and technological supremacy. Did you know that the Cold War gave birth to Silicon Valley? Check out Steve Blank’s Secret History of Silicon Valley to learn how.

This bike party tour of the Peninsula’s Cold War History will visit sites of key significance in the development of our own local military-industrial complex, which created the first companies that evolved into today’s Silicon Valley. Start-up capital and ongoing funding for the region’s first high-tech companies was provided by generous military research contracts that developed advanced communications and weapons systems.

Meet at the Mountain View Caltrain Station at 7:30 pm on Thursday, September 27. This 19-mile ride is a loop that includes Shoreline Lake and Stanford University.

Meet at Palo Alto’s Lytton Plaza at 6:45 pm if you’re starting further north and would like to ride with a group to Mountain View.

Party Stop #1: Berlin Wall, 2685 Marine Way, Mountain View
Party Stop #2: Stanford University Engineering Quad
Party Stop #3: Terman Park, Palo Alto

Distance: 19 miles
Draft Route:

Published on September 17, 2012,

Space Shuttle on Boeing 747The Space Shuttle Endeavor is visiting the Peninsula, and we’ve got front-row seats!

On Friday, September 21, sometime between 9:45 and 10:45 am, the Space Shuttle Endeavor is scheduled to perform a low-level flyover above Nasa Ames Research Center (carried by a Boeing 747) on its way to its permanent home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. There, the space shuttle will embark on its new mission of educating and inspiring future generations of explorers.

This free public event celebrating Nasa Ames contributions to the Space Shuttle Program will include a welcome speech by Nasa Ames Research Center Director Simon “Pete” Worden, informational booths, food trucks, and a countdown to the flyover. Firearms, weapons, alcohol, smoking, and animals are prohibited.

Meet at the Mountain View Caltrain Station at 8:45 am. The main entry gate to Nasa Ames is a short 1.5-mile bike ride from there. Entry requires a government-issued picture identification (such as a driver’s license). Vehicle passes were available but are now sold out and are not required for bicycles.

Published on August 26, 2012,

A “blue moon” is the second full moon in any month, which occurs only once in a blue moon! (It occurs every 2.7 years on average, actually.) August 2012 is the last blue moon month until July 2015.

Since blue moons are unusual events, the route for this Werewolf Ride will be unusual too – we’ll skip the Bay Trail and head inland – to southern Los Altos and Mountain View, over a little-known bike bridge that connects Los Altos with Sunnyvale, and a bit on Foothill Expressway to the Mary Avenue Bike Bridge over Highway 280.

Meet at the Mountain View Caltrain Station (Castro St) this Wednesday, August 29 at 8:00 pm. The route is 21 miles long and ends back at the Mountain View Caltrain.

Published on August 24, 2012,

Click here or the image below to download a printable PDF map of tonight’s Peninsula Bike Party Global Warming Ride – it includes turn-by-turn directions at the top.

Image of Global Warming Ride Google Map

Published on August 21, 2012,

Average Global Temperatures ChartAverage global temperatures are now 2° F higher than 100 years ago, and July 2012 was the hottest month ever recorded in the lower 48 United States, a full 3° F hotter than normal.

San Francisco Peninsula Flooded MapScientists have calculated that Global Warming could raise the level of San Francisco Bay by up to 6 feet by the year 2100, which would flood the Peninsula all the way to El Camino Real in most places during a major flood. San Francisco International Airport, Foster City, and Redwood Shores would all be completely underwater, as would downtown Redwood City.

What to do? Counteract Global Warming with your Global Cooling Machine – your bicycle! Riding a bike reduces Global Warming for many reasons, including reduced transportation emissions, fewer production emissions, reduced need for metals, and fewer paved surfaces.

Pride & Joy Pop/Soul BandOn Friday, August 24, Peninsula Bike Party will start at (someday underwater) Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City, where the pop/soul band Pride & Joy will entertain us with live music!

From there, we’ll ride out to the rising waters of San Francisco Bay, and then Head For The Hills! On the way up we’ll visit the Red Morton Community Park Skate Park, and from above Alameda de las Pulgas we’ll gaze out below at our beloved and doomed San Francisco Peninsula.

Meet at 7:45 pm at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City -just one block from the Caltrain Station. We’ll roll out when the band finishes playing at 8:15 pm.

Start & End: Courthouse Square, Redwood City
Party Stop #1: Toys “R” Us Parking Lot (Convention Way)
Party Stop #2: Alameda de las Pulgas & Melendy Drive
Party Stop #3: Red Morton Community Park Skate Park

Distance: 13.5 miles
Route Map:

Published on June 26, 2012,

Tian posted a great photo set from the ride on his website. Those shown below are from the ride start at the Mountain View Caltrain Station. Click the image to see more.

Here are a couple of photos taken during party stops on top of bike bridges along the route:

Permanente Creek Bridge over Highway 101 in Mountain View, construction finished June 2012.

Mary Avenue Bridge over Highway 280 in Cupertino, construction finished April 2009.

There were lots more bridges (and tunnels) along the route we didn’t manage to get photos of. But we did get a video showing how hazardous gates and bollards on paths are to bicyclists. If you’re an engineer designing a bike path, leave those damn things out!

Next project – Peninsula Bike Party rap video! We experimented with some lyrics that depict the daily struggles bicyclists face with our low-density suburban development. We’ll need some more talented rap freestylers to really make this idea really work…

Published on June 20, 2012,

Bike LIft on Permanente Creek BridgeDid you know that Mountain View has opened not one, but two great new bike bridges this month?

Strange but true! The Permanente Creek Bridge over Highway 101 and the Stevens Creek Bridge over Highway 85 are just yearning to be ridden.

Mountain View’s extensive urban bike trails feature almost too many bridges and tunnels to count. How many can you ride in one bike party? This Friday let’s find out!

Mary Avenue Bike Bridge at NightThis is Peninsula Bike Party’s big monthly 4th Friday ride – so invite all your friends – it’s party time.

Meet at the Mountain View Caltrain Station on Friday, June 22 at 7:30 pm – bikes roll at 8:00 pm.

The route is 21 miles long and includes two loops – the first north to Shoreline Park next to San Francisco Bay and the second south to the Mary Avenue Bridge in Cupertino – so you can bail early for a shorter ride if you want. We’re riding three bike trails – all paved – Permanente Creek Trail, the Bay Trail, and Stevens Creek Trail. So don’t forget your bike lights!

Party Stop #1 – Shoreline Lake, Mountain View
Party Stop #2 – Mary Avenue Bike Bridge, Cupertino
Party Stop #3 – Las Palmas Park, Sunnyvale

Route Map:

Be there or be square… Bike Party!

Published on June 17, 2012,

Peninsula Bike Party gets around. We visited Angel Island today and rode the 5-mile Perimeter Road around it – spectacular views everywhere you go! Since private vehicles are not allowed on Angel Island, the road is rather calm and pleasant. The many abandoned military buildings give it a weird “post-apocalyptic” vibe.

Click the image below to see more photos.


Published on June 17, 2012,

Peninsula Bike Party is all about more bike and more party. We led an 18-mile pre-ride to the June 15 San Jose Bike Party Legs Ride. Pre-rides to San Jose Bike Party (3rd Friday of every month) typically depart from Palo Alto’s Lytton Plaza at 5:30 pm. The route begins with the Bryant Street Bicycle Boulevard through Palo Alto, then passes by the Mountain View and Sunnyvale Caltrain stations on Evelyn Avenue, then follows Monroe Street through Santa Clara. It’s chill and safe.

Click here or on the image below for photos from the Legs Ride.
San Jose Bike Party Legs Ride Photos

Published on May 28, 2012,

Peninsula Bike Party continues to grow. 47 riders turned out for a great Bike to the Future ride on Friday, May 25 – for about half, it was their very first PBP. Prple Shooter took an excellent photo set, many of which were incorporated into the ride’s official music video.

Bike to the Future Ride Photo Set

All photos by Prple Shooter.

Published on May 24, 2012,

Some people think that Peninsula Bike Party is just too darn loud!

Check out our new internet commercial for the May 25 Bike to the Future ride.

Peninsula Bike Party - Bike to the Future Trailer

Published on May 24, 2012,

Breaking news from Peninsula Bike Party:

Free Spoke Cards
The first Peninsula Bike Party spoke cards ever printed will be available for FREE at the Friday, May 25 Bike to the Future ride. This is a Limited Edition set – only 36 official spoke cards were printed. Will YOU be one of the lucky few who wins one? To be eligible, all you’ve gotta do is… Bike to the Future!

Great America Pride Night

Great America’s Pride Night

Great America Pride Night
A special event is taking place at Party Stop #1 – it’s Pride Night at the Great America Theme Park, conveniently located on the fabulous San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail. This is the very first day of the season that the theme park is open – roller coaster rides and four stages of live music will entertain guests. Tickets to this special event cost $40 – $50, but Peninsula Bike Party will have the best view of all – that’s right, for FREE. What’s our secret? Just Bike to the Future and find out!

Palo Alto Patch News Coverage
Peninsula Bike Party’s Bike to the Future ride is front-page news in Palo Alto! That’s right, the ride was the featured article on the main page of today’s Palo Alto Patch, a local news site read by thousands of bike-loving Palo Altans every day. A pre-ride will begin at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto at 6:30 pm and head down to the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station using the world-famous Bryant Street Bicycle Boulevard. We’ll pick up even more riders at the Mountain View Caltrain Station at 7:30 pm. Want to know the secret route through the neighborhoods after Bryant Street suddenly ends at Meadow Drive? Bike to the Future and you’ll discover!

Bike to the Future on Palo Alto Patch

Bike to the Future is bigger news than President Obama! Main Page of the May 24 Palo Alto Patch.

Published on May 24, 2012,

Ever wonder what makes Peninsula Bike Party routes so fun? YOU do! The routes for our big monthly rides (every 4th Friday of the month) are perfected with test rides. These are smaller (and usually faster pace) rides where we ride the proposed route to make sure it’s safe and fun for the big group of over 100 riders we expect on the 4th Friday ride.

The May 25 Bike to the Future route was tested yesterday – and set two PBP records: most riders on a test ride (9), and highest female-to-male ratio (6 females, 3 males).

The 19-mile route we came up with features three great party stops (Great America Theme Park, Santa Clara Mission, and Sunnyvale Heritage Park), and includes a convenient bail-out spot for riders who need to catch Caltrain – party stop #2 is just 4 blocks from the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. The last northbound Caltrain passes through Sunnyvale at 10:44 pm – and this futuristic bike party will definitely not be over by then.

Bike to the Future Test Ride - at Great America

On the test ride – at Great America Theme Park.

Published on May 18, 2012,

Bike to the Future with Peninsula Bike Party this Friday, May 25! What does the future hold? Robots? Aliens? You’ll see it all on this futuristic bike party.

Meet at the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station at 7:45 pm. We roll at 8:15 pm.

Bike to the Future

Published on May 8, 2012,

PBP riders Andrew Boone and Wendi Davis took some great photos on the May 6 Werewolf Ride – we had a lot of fun with the “holding the moon” shots!

Click here or on the photos below to see all 20 photos from the ride.
Werewolf Ride May 2012 Photos Album

Published on May 3, 2012,

Peninsula Bike Party has led “Werewolf Rides” the night of every Full Moon since February 2012. The next one starts this Sunday, May 6 at 8:30 pm, at the California Avenue Caltrain Station.

The routes chosen for Werewolf Rides are as dark and remote as possible, and include a lot of bike paths. In the darkest sections we turn off our bike lights and ride under the light of the Full Moon! This way we can actually see much more, because our eyes naturally adjust to the darkness, and the Full Moon is bright, especially when directly overhead, as happens later in the ride.

Werewolf Ride Google Map May 6 2012

View Zoomable Map:

This month’s ride will tour the baylands of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park, circle Facebook’s new Menlo Park Campus, and cross two bike bridges, one old (Oregon Ave in Palo Alto) and one brand spanking new (Ringwood Ave in Menlo Park). This new bike bridge only just opened to the public last Monday!

The darkest part of the ride will be Menlo Park’s Baylands Park, which is criss-crossed with trails and offers excellent views of the San Francisco Bay.


Published on April 30, 2012,
Midnight Ridazz

Ridazz don’t die,
they multiply!

Los Angeles’s Midnight Ridazz was doing bike parties before bike parties even existed! San Jose Bike Party, the first in the Bay Area, was partly inspired by their riding style. When word got out that Midnight Ridazz was visiting the Bay Area the last weekend in April, the mother of all bike parties was born – the Hella Big Bike Party! Organized and promoted jointly by East Bay Bike Party, San Jose Bike Party, San Francisco Bike Party, and Peninsula Bike Party, the Hella Big Bike Party was one for the record books – complete with a smorgasbord of shenanigans not normally witnessed at the Bay Area’s bike parties – fire soccer and tall bike jousting included!

Here’s a Hella Big Music Video commemorating the ride. Enjoy!

Published on April 30, 2012,

Peninsula Bike Party’s Comic Book Ride visited 4 Peninsula downtowns – Mountain View, Los Altos, California Avenue, and Palo Alto – and Stanford University. It was a busy night!

The world’s superest most heroic superheroes were there – Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Tron, Social Worker, and Sprocket Man! Tron and Sprocket Man engaged in an epic intergalactic bike battle on top of the High Street parking garage!

Check out this music video of the ride. And see you at the next PBP!

Published on April 28, 2012,

Last Friday, PBP riders Mike Aberg and Andrew Boone rode in Freak Bike Friday, Peninsula Bike Party’s bi-weekly celebration of freak bikes. Mike rode his time trial bike (with aerodynamic helmet!) and Andrew rode his tall bike.

Time trial bike on Bay Trail Time Trial and Tall Bike on Ringwood Avenue Bike Bridge

Here are a couple of videos of the riders on their freak bikes:

Published on April 26, 2012,

Who’s ready to ride this weekend? It’ll be sunny and warm.
Peninsula Bike Party is leading 4 sweet rides:

Freak Bike Friday – Lytton Plaza, Palo Alto – Friday, April 27 at 11:30 am – 10 miles
This casual lunchtime ride features freak bikes – but everyone’s welcome, of course.

Freak Bike Friday

Comic Book Ride – Mountain View Caltrain – Friday, April 27 at 7:30 pm – 21.5 miles Peninsula Bike Party’s big monthly ride. Dress up as your favorite superhero – or villain!

Comic Book Ride

Ride to Hella Big Bike Party – Lytton Plaza, Palo Alto – Saturday, April 28 at 5:30 pm
All the Bay Area bike parties united to create one HELLA BIG BIKE PARTY, in Oakland. We’ll ride across the Dumbarton Bridge and take BART to get there. 15 miles (one way).

Hella Big Bike Party Pre Ride

Ride to Cupertino Bike Swap – Lytton Plaza, Palo Alto – Sunday, April 29 at 9:00 am
At this bike swap you can buy cheap new and used bike parts or sell parts you don’t need anymore. We’ll take the Gunn Bike Path and Foothill Expressway. 13.5 miles (one way).

Cupertino Bike Swap

Published on April 21, 2012,

Peninsula Bike Party’s next big monthly ride (every 4th Friday) is April 27 and will start and end at the Mountain View Caltrain Station. We’ll meet at 7:30 pm and roll out at 8:00 pm. The route is now available at

This month’s theme is Comic Books. Dress up as your favorite superhero (or villain)!

The route is 21.5 miles and includes 4 downtowns: Mountain View, Los Altos, California Avenue, and Palo Alto! 6 riders joined Test Ride #1 on April 19. Test Ride #2 will start on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm to work out the remaining bugs. Everyone’s Welcome!

Comic Book Superheroes

Published on April 20, 2012,

Hella Big Bike Party

Get ready to make bike party history this Saturday, April 28. The EB+SF+SJ+LA Hella Big Bike Party is being jointly organized and promoted by all three of the Bay Area’s big bike parties (East Bay, San Francisco, and San Jose) and the group that inspired them all – Los Angeles’ Midnight Ridazz.

This could very likely be the Biggest Bike Party Ever! One for the record books – not to miss. The ride will start at the Lake Merritt BART Station in Oakland at 7:30 pm.

Route Map - Palo Alto to Union City BART - 15 miles

Route Map - Palo Alto to Union City BART - 15 miles

Peninsula Bike Party is leading a pre-ride to the Hella Big Bike Party from Palo Alto, following our classic 15-mile route over the Dumbarton Bridge to the Union City BART Station. Then we’ll take BART to Lake Merritt (fare = $3.70). We’ll ride back to Palo Alto after the Hella Big Bike Party as a group using the same route (BART + bike).

What: Pre-Ride to Hella Big Bike Party
Where: Lytton Plaza, Palo Alto
When: April 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm
Distance: 15 miles each way
Cost: $7.40 (BART fare)

Published on April 15, 2012,

The Bay Area Bike Party is another group that organizes bike party rides on the San Francisco Peninsula. Here’s a two-minute video of their 45-mile Over Dumbarton Bridge ride on April 14, 2012. The ride was a clockwise loop around the southern part of the San Francisco Bay using the Dumbarton Bridge to cross from the Peninsula to the East Bay. 23 riders joined this ride.

Published on April 9, 2012,

28 riders joined Peninsula Bike Party on the March 23, 2012 ride. Tian Harter posted a great set of photos on his website. Click the link or either image to see more.

Baseball FieldAt the baseball field at the Belmont Sports Complex just before party stop #1.

PBP Riders.Riding through Foster City after party stop #2.

Video of riders crossing Highway 101 on the Ralston Avenue Bike Bridge in Belmont.