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  • Orange County Bikeways Guide

    Orange County is criss-crossed by about 1,000 miles of bikeways that can take you from Santa Ana to San Juan Capistrano, from Brea to the beach…just about anywhere you want to go.

    This map is a great online tool to view Orange County’s expansive bikeway network. If you’d like a printed copy of the map, please complete the bikeways guide request form.

    Orange County Bikemap

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  • There are four classes of bikeways:

    Class I – off-street paved bike paths 

    Class II – on-street striped and signed bicycle lanes 

    Class III – on-street shared-lane signed bicycle routes 

    Class IV – cycle track, an on-street and separated bike lane 

    Off-street paths are facilities on a separate right-of-way from roadways, and are usually shared by bicyclists and pedestrians. Shared paths are used for multiple purposes by many people with diverse experiences and levels of abilities.

    Bicycle lanes are on-street facilities that use painted stripes and stencils to delineate the right of way assigned to bicyclists and motorists, and to provide for more predictable movements by each.

    Bicycle routes are signed on-street facilities that accommodate vehicles and bicycles in the same travel lane. Bicycles are permitted on most roadways; however, for safety purposes, signed bicycle routes are often found on streets with lower speeds and traffic volumes.

    Bike lockers throughout Orange County provide a safe place to store your bike. Bike lockers are conveniently located at Metrolink stations so bicyclists can protect their rides from weather, vandalism and theft in a fully enclosed unit.

    Bike lockers can be reserved through each of the city agencies listed below. Some bike lockers require deposits and/or memberships. See below for bike locker locations and additional information.

    With over 1,000 miles of bikeways and scenic trails, Orange County is a great place to be a bicyclist – which is why there are so many bike shops! From specialty and niche stores to discount retailers and everything in between, there is a bike shop in Orange County to fit your bicycling needs.

    Find Your Closest Shop

    Finding a bike shop near you is easy! Click here to search.

    Shop Spotlight

    JAX Bicycles started out as a single shop in Long Beach in 1971 and has grown into one of the largest bicycle retailers in southern California. There are five locations throughout Orange County, each staffed by dedicated bicycle professionals. No matter what type of bike you’re in the market for, you’ll find it at JAX. 

    Purchasing a bike is just the beginning of the client experience at JAX.  In 2014, JAX provided monthly Traffic Skills 101 classes to teach clients how to ride correctly on roadways. JAX plans to continue offering the monthly course through 2015. 

    JAX also offers weekly group rides led from multiple locations and occasional bike demonstrations and maintenance clinics.

    Learn more about products, events and JAX locations by visiting the JAX Bicycles website

    Each month in 2016, OCTA will host a webinar provided by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP).  Learn more about bicycling and pedestrian activities, policies and more from experts throughout the country.  After each webinar, the group will engage in dialogue and discuss ideas related to the webinar topic that could have an effect in our local communities.

    Attending the Webinars

    Webinars are FREE to attend; we just ask that you RSVP in advance for space planning.
    Webinar locations will rotate throughout the county.

    To RSVP

    Call or email Nathan Wheadon at 714.560.5936 or nwheadon@octa.net.
    OR

    Visit octa.net/connections and choose the Bike option to stay connected.

    Webinar Schedule

    Please see below for webinar dates and topics.  Each webinar is on Wednesday and begins promptly at noon.  All attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch! 

    Webinars occur monthly on Wednesday and begin at Noon

    Webinar Topic

    Date

    Location

     

    All About Guidance #2 – Using Guidance Effectively

    January 20, 2016

    TBD

     

    Planning for Facility Maintenance and Management Costs

    February 17, 2016

    OC Parks

     

    Understanding the Funding Process

    March 16, 2016

    Tustin

     

    Shared and Separated Off-Street Paths

    April 20, 2016

    Garden Grove

     

    Aspects of Equity

    May 18, 2016

    TBD

     

    Economic Impacts of Street Design Decisions

    June 15, 2016

    TBD

     

    Performance Measures to Evaluate New and Established Practices

    July 20, 2016

    TBD

     

    Street Design and Planning in Suburban Contexts

    August 17, 2016

    TBD

     

    Pedestrians and Cyclists in a Suburban Context

    September 21, 2016

    TBD

     

    Intersections that Work for Pedestrians and Cyclists

    October 19, 2016

    TBD

     

    Transitions Between Bikeways Facilities

    November 16, 2016

    TBD

     

    Tips to Demystify Traffic Analysis

    December 14, 2016

    TBD

     

    Extend Your Bike Trip by Bus

    If you are traveling a long distance, you can ride your bicycle to a bus stop and take a bus to your destination. All OCTA buses are equipped with bicycle racks, located at the front of the vehicle that can carry two bicycles at a time. Note that the driver is not required to help you load or unload your bike.
    OCTA buses can hold most bikes that meet these specifications:

    • Wheel Size: 20-29 inches in diameter
    • Wheelbase: 44 inches maximum axle to axle
    • Tire Width: no more than 2.35 inches

    Go Further with Metrolink and Bike Cars

    Every Metrolink can hold up to 3 bikes, and the special Bike Cars can hold up to 18 bikes. With 12 Metrolink stations located through Orange County, it’s a convenient way to extend your trip or shorten your bicycle commute – all you have to do is grab your bike and go!
    Click your Metrolink line below to see which trains on that line feature Bike Cars. Note that trains highlighted in blue operate on weekends only. For weekend trains, take advantage of the $10 Weekend Day Pass for unlimited travel on either Saturday or Sunday.

    Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Line

    902, 903

    San Bernardino Line

    302, 303, 307, 311, 318, 319, 320, 322, 324, 328, 335, 357, 362, 368, 369

    Riverside Line

    407, 408

    Orange County Line

    605, 682, 683, 684, 602, 607, 685, 640, 687, 641, 604, 642, 643, 644, 645, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 666, 667

    Inland Empire-Orange County Line

    800, 803, 805, 807, 808, 812, 857, 858, 859, 860

    Trains highlighted in bold operate on weekends only. For weekend trains, take advantage of the $10 Weekend Day Pass for unlimited travel on either Saturday or Sunday.

    Bikeways Classifications

    There are four classes of bikeways:

    Class I – off-street paved bike paths 

    Class II – on-street striped and signed bicycle lanes 

    Class III – on-street shared-lane signed bicycle routes 

    Class IV – cycle track, an on-street and separated bike lane 

    Off-street paths are facilities on a separate right-of-way from roadways, and are usually shared by bicyclists and pedestrians. Shared paths are used for multiple purposes by many people with diverse experiences and levels of abilities.

    Bicycle lanes are on-street facilities that use painted stripes and stencils to delineate the right of way assigned to bicyclists and motorists, and to provide for more predictable movements by each.

    Bicycle routes are signed on-street facilities that accommodate vehicles and bicycles in the same travel lane. Bicycles are permitted on most roadways; however, for safety purposes, signed bicycle routes are often found on streets with lower speeds and traffic volumes.

    Bike Lockers

    Bike lockers throughout Orange County provide a safe place to store your bike. Bike lockers are conveniently located at Metrolink stations so bicyclists can protect their rides from weather, vandalism and theft in a fully enclosed unit.

    Bike lockers can be reserved through each of the city agencies listed below. Some bike lockers require deposits and/or memberships. See below for bike locker locations and additional information.

    Bike Shops

    With over 1,000 miles of bikeways and scenic trails, Orange County is a great place to be a bicyclist – which is why there are so many bike shops! From specialty and niche stores to discount retailers and everything in between, there is a bike shop in Orange County to fit your bicycling needs.

    Find Your Closest Shop

    Finding a bike shop near you is easy! Click here to search.

    Shop Spotlight

    JAX Bicycles started out as a single shop in Long Beach in 1971 and has grown into one of the largest bicycle retailers in southern California. There are five locations throughout Orange County, each staffed by dedicated bicycle professionals. No matter what type of bike you’re in the market for, you’ll find it at JAX. 

    Purchasing a bike is just the beginning of the client experience at JAX.  In 2014, JAX provided monthly Traffic Skills 101 classes to teach clients how to ride correctly on roadways. JAX plans to continue offering the monthly course through 2015. 

    JAX also offers weekly group rides led from multiple locations and occasional bike demonstrations and maintenance clinics.

    Learn more about products, events and JAX locations by visiting the JAX Bicycles website

    APBP Webinars

    Each month in 2016, OCTA will host a webinar provided by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP).  Learn more about bicycling and pedestrian activities, policies and more from experts throughout the country.  After each webinar, the group will engage in dialogue and discuss ideas related to the webinar topic that could have an effect in our local communities.

    Attending the Webinars

    Webinars are FREE to attend; we just ask that you RSVP in advance for space planning.
    Webinar locations will rotate throughout the county.

    To RSVP

    Call or email Nathan Wheadon at 714.560.5936 or nwheadon@octa.net.
    OR

    Visit octa.net/connections and choose the Bike option to stay connected.

    Webinar Schedule

    Please see below for webinar dates and topics.  Each webinar is on Wednesday and begins promptly at noon.  All attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch! 

    Webinars occur monthly on Wednesday and begin at Noon

    Webinar Topic

    Date

    Location

     

    All About Guidance #2 – Using Guidance Effectively

    January 20, 2016

    TBD

     

    Planning for Facility Maintenance and Management Costs

    February 17, 2016

    OC Parks

     

    Understanding the Funding Process

    March 16, 2016

    Tustin

     

    Shared and Separated Off-Street Paths

    April 20, 2016

    Garden Grove

     

    Aspects of Equity

    May 18, 2016

    TBD

     

    Economic Impacts of Street Design Decisions

    June 15, 2016

    TBD

     

    Performance Measures to Evaluate New and Established Practices

    July 20, 2016

    TBD

     

    Street Design and Planning in Suburban Contexts

    August 17, 2016

    TBD

     

    Pedestrians and Cyclists in a Suburban Context

    September 21, 2016

    TBD

     

    Intersections that Work for Pedestrians and Cyclists

    October 19, 2016

    TBD

     

    Transitions Between Bikeways Facilities

    November 16, 2016

    TBD

     

    Tips to Demystify Traffic Analysis

    December 14, 2016

    TBD

     
    Bikes on Transit

    Extend Your Bike Trip by Bus

    If you are traveling a long distance, you can ride your bicycle to a bus stop and take a bus to your destination. All OCTA buses are equipped with bicycle racks, located at the front of the vehicle that can carry two bicycles at a time. Note that the driver is not required to help you load or unload your bike.
    OCTA buses can hold most bikes that meet these specifications:

    • Wheel Size: 20-29 inches in diameter
    • Wheelbase: 44 inches maximum axle to axle
    • Tire Width: no more than 2.35 inches

    Go Further with Metrolink and Bike Cars

    Every Metrolink can hold up to 3 bikes, and the special Bike Cars can hold up to 18 bikes. With 12 Metrolink stations located through Orange County, it’s a convenient way to extend your trip or shorten your bicycle commute – all you have to do is grab your bike and go!
    Click your Metrolink line below to see which trains on that line feature Bike Cars. Note that trains highlighted in blue operate on weekends only. For weekend trains, take advantage of the $10 Weekend Day Pass for unlimited travel on either Saturday or Sunday.

    Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Line

    902, 903

    San Bernardino Line

    302, 303, 307, 311, 318, 319, 320, 322, 324, 328, 335, 357, 362, 368, 369

    Riverside Line

    407, 408

    Orange County Line

    605, 682, 683, 684, 602, 607, 685, 640, 687, 641, 604, 642, 643, 644, 645, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 666, 667

    Inland Empire-Orange County Line

    800, 803, 805, 807, 808, 812, 857, 858, 859, 860

    Trains highlighted in bold operate on weekends only. For weekend trains, take advantage of the $10 Weekend Day Pass for unlimited travel on either Saturday or Sunday.

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