May is National Bike Month and there’s no doubt that San Luis Obispo is a paradise for mountain bikers, cyclists and recreational riders! Discover a few of our favorite biking trails from relaxing, recreational rides to rigorous, mountain biking trails. Plus, find out about San Luis Obispo’s National Bike Month events so you can get involved in the action, too.
City to Sea
Looking for a fun way to tour SLO County’s local beaches and terrains? The various City to Sea routes offer endless ways to tour the Central Coast with rides from San Luis Obispo to Pismo Beach, Port San Luis, Laguna Lake, Los Osos and even Morro Bay. One of our favorite stretches is the Bob Jones City-to-Sea Trail, beginning at the Ontario Road Park-and-Ride and winding down along the San Luis Obispo Creek to Avila Beach.
Madonna Inn Bike Path
The Madonna Inn Bike Path is perfect for a morning or mid-afternoon ride around San Luis Obispo. This ¾-mile bike path links Laguna Lake Park to Downtown San Luis Obispo. The Madonna Inn Bike Path offers a spacious, paved trail for bicyclists to safely ride while avoiding the hustle and bustle of Highway 101 and other intersections.
Historical Bike Tour
Interested in a historic sightseeing tour? Take the Historical Bike Tour, featuring eight of San Luis Obispo’s landmarks and points of interests. This 5-mile bike ride will take you through Downtown San Luis Obispo, the Railroad District, Old Town San Luis Obispo and more. With plenty of places to park your bike throughout the city, be sure to make pit stops for fun photo ops or enjoy a bite to eat in Downtown SLO.
Bill Roalman Bike Boulevard
Right in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo, the Bill Roalman Bike Boulevard is the perfect family-friendly ride. The Bill Roalman Bike Boulevard is located on Morro Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo, conveniently linking to the train station. There are bike signs and barriers that reduce the amount of car traffic, providing both a safe and comfortable ride for everyone.
Mountain Biking Trails
Shooters, West Cuesta Ridge
Are you up for an adventure? Shooters is a thrilling mountain biking trail for advanced riders, starting from the Cuesta Grade off of Highway 101. With endless stunning views of San Luis Obispo, this exhilarating dirt trail leads you through the Los Padres National Forest and the Eucs Grove Project, featuring elevated wooden riding surfaces, jumps and berms.
Irish Hills Trails
Ranging from beginner to advanced levels, the Irish Hills Trails offer over 7 miles of mountain biking paths and hikes to choose from. While surrounded by acres of lush, green landscapes, you will be in awe of San Luis Obispo’s beauty. A variety of plants and wildlife live amongst these trails so be on the lookout for interesting foliage and cool critters.
Hazards Peak, Montaña de Oro
Ready to experience the most beautiful, panoramic views of Montaña de Oro? Hazards Peak is a 4.1-mile mountain biking trail with nearly a 1000 feet rise in elevation. After pedaling through the eucalyptus groves and slopes of Hazards Peak, you experience stunning, 360-degree views of the Central Coast and even Morro Rock.
The SLO Bike Happening is a tradition that is near and dear to cyclists in San Luis Obispo. On the first Thursday of each month, visitors and residents of SLO dress up according to a monthly theme and ride through the streets of Downtown San Luis Obispo, showing off their costumes and sweet rides. Join in on the fun this Thursday, May 4th at 9:30 p.m. in the Mission Plaza.
Kidical Mass | May 4
Known as the family-friendly version of Bike Happening, Kidical Massallows kids of all ages to ride in a pack from Mitchell Park to Mission Plaza while dressed up in the month’s theme. Tap into your creative side for May's Kidical Mass, happening this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Mitchell Park. Amidst the fun, children are also taught bike safety and the rules of the road, making it the perfect way to kick off National Bike Month.
Bike-In Movie | May 5
Thanks to Bike SLO County, the annual Bike-In Movie is back! On Friday night at Flander's, come out and watch Tim Burton’s 1985 debut film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Don't forget your lawn chairs and blankets!
Pride Ride | May 12
Meet up at Bike Kitchen on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. for Pride Ride! Get dressed up and ride around San Luis Obispo.
Amgen Tour of California | May 16
If you’re up for a day trip to the races, this is the must see event of the month! The Amgen Tour of Californiais a 700-mile, Tour de France style race traveling from San Diego to Sacramento. This year, Amgen Tour of California will ride through Downtown San Luis Obispo and the race will be televised in Mission Plaza during a street party after the cyclists ride through. Check out these elite athletes and enjoy the Amgen Festival on May 16th.
Flander’s Bicycle Swap Meet | May 27
On May 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., San Luis Obispo will be hosting a bicycle swap meet at Flander’s, located at 1951 Santa Barbara Ave. You will be able to swap bikes and other bicycle parts.
Now, it’s time for you to enjoy San Luis Obispo’s great outdoors during National Bike Month! For an updated list of Bike Month events, check out Rideshare’s Bike Month event calendar. Don’t forget to #ShareSLO and #LetsGetVisible when posting about your biking adventures in San Luis Obispo this May.