Welcome to Davis, the Bicycle Capital
About | 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.
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. Knowing your terrain will help you understand the type of bicycle you should choose.
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Five Things Aggie Cyclists Should Know
1. Ride Quality Bicycle (or bring your own)
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 breakdown on you (with basic maintenance). See our guide on choosing the right bicycle, and what to spend. Learn more
2. Register Your Bicycle
All bicycles on the UC Davis campus must have a current California 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
3. Wear a Helmet
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
4. Use a Quality Lock and Decent Lights
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
5. Know Your Rights on the Road
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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