Mountain Biking at Joaquin Miller Park
These photos were taken Tuesday, March 10th at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland with Sports Basement staffers Evan Ramon on the Ibis Ripmo, Nick Garcia on the Cannondale Jekyll, and Ashton Hocking (me) behind the camera. We all kept our social distance, and touched only our own gear. We recommend you do the same if you choose to ride with friends! These trails are open to all (bikes, runners, and pets) so keep your eyes peeled as you ride. There are also scenic road bike routes that run the perimeter of the park!
While we encourage everyone to get fresh air at these and other very local spots, please make sure you are practicing social distancing per CDC recommendations and follow the guidances of the California Parks Systems. You can always add this to your post-shelter-in-place bucket-list!
I’ve been hiking a lot recently and social-distancing. Most people are being careful, but not everyone. The hiker/biker interaction on the trails in these times is a bit tougher —How can passing bicyclists keep 6 feet away from hikers? So far my experience is that they are not thinking much, if at all, about that. Does it require stopping and making sure hikers can move to the side before passing them? I’m not sure what the best way is, but my experience this past week is that mountain bikers just come whizzing by in iether direction, without really slowing, and usually 6 feet away only where the trail allows it, and even then not always. I have advocated in many instances for allowing bikes to be on single tracks, but at the current time it is doubly hard for people to feel very comfortable int hat situation.On March 24, 2020