Mountain biking on Spring Ridge. Photo by Todd Scheuer.

Biking

Most of Midpen’s 220 miles of designated trails are unpaved “wildland” trails in steep, rugged terrain. Approximately 65% of these trails are multiuse trails that are open to bicyclists, which is the highest ratio of trails open to bikes among parks and open space in the Bay Area. Many of these trails are also single-track trails, providing bicyclists with a more technical experience.

Please Note: Activities may not be designated on all trails within a preserve — always refer to the map and trail signage for where the activity is permitted. Some trails are subject to seasonal closures, always check trail conditions and refer to signage

    Public Meeting: E-bikes

    Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 5 p.m.

    At this meeting the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) board of directors will review the results of various e-bikes studies and surveys, hear feedback from the Planning and Natural Resources Committee, and receive public input as they consider various e-bike policy options. These options include potential class I and 2 e-bikes access on limited improved trails at Ravenswood and Rancho San Antonio preserves and three different e-bike policy options for unpaved trails. 

    As part of the deliberation, the Midpen board will review the results and findings related to: (1) a one-year pilot program of class 1 and 2 e-bike use on select trails within Ravenwood and Rancho San Antonio preserves; (2) intercept surveys conducted within Santa Clara County Parks lands where e-bikes are allowed as a proxy to Midpen unpaved trails; (3) an e-bike noise study conducted by H.T. Harvey and Associates; (4) a literature review prepared by the Science Advisory Panel; (5) Midpen compliance data; and (6) public input. 

    Access Guidelines

    • Helmets: Bicyclists are required to wear helmets, even when riding uphill, that meet the standards of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Standard for bicycle helmets, or ANSI or Snell-approved bicycle helmets on all Midpen lands. Helmet straps must be securely fastened when riding.
    • Speed limits: Control your speed at all times and obey the 15 mph speed limit (5 mph when passing or on blind turns). Racing and reckless riding are strictly prohibited.
    • Closed areas/off-trail use: Ride on designated trails only (those shown on Midpen maps for bicycle use). Closed area or off-trail use, including straying off the trail for jumps, “wallrides” and “whoop-de-dos” is strictly prohibited.

    Sharing the Trails

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    Share the trail. Bikes yield to equestrians and hikers, hikers yield to equestrians.

    Midpen offers low-intensity recreational use consistent with resource protection and preservation. Many different users are out on the trails exploring open space.

    To help make multiuse trails work, each user should keep in mind the needs of others. Bicyclists should always yield to all other trail users. On wide trails, slow down and pass with care. When encountering equestrians and hikers on narrow trails, make your presence known well in advance, particularly when approaching from behind. Stop and wait for them to pass or signal you through. Yield to other bicyclists traveling uphill.

    Preserves open to mountain biking

    Sixteen open space preserves are open to mountain biking († - all trails; *- designated trails only):

    E-bikes

    • Electric bicycles are not, and have never been, allowed on Midpen trails, except for use by individuals with a mobility disability on trails where bicycles are allowed per our Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices Policy. This is not a change in policy.
    • Given an increase in public inquiries regarding policies on the use of e-bikes, indicating confusion regarding the prohibition of e-bikes, Midpen posted “no e-bike” signs where appropriate to provide clarity at Midpen trailheads.
    • All roads and parking areas that are open to public motor vehicles are open to all classes of electric bicycles.

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