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Rent a Bike!
There are many reasons for a visit to Stanford and the Bay Area, and whatever your reason, Stanford-related or not, we have a rental bike for you. Rental bikes
Are a fun and convenient way to get around this large campus and to visit the many attractions in the area, essentialy all bike friendly
Let you experience some of the greatest road and mountain bicycling in the US
The Bay Area, including just West and South of campus, has some of the finest road and mountain biking in the United States. On campus, bikes are the most popular mode of transportation because of its large size. If your education, your son's or daughter's education, or any of the many events or special programs and activities here at Stanford bring you here, a rental bike may be the answer for on-campus and local transportation. If business or pleasure brings you or your out-of-town biking friends to the Bay Area, a rental road, mountain or hybrid bike may be a way to add to your fun. Whatever your need or desire our large selection of rental bikes is here to satisfy it.
The Bay Area is bicycle friendly. Therefore your rides on campus and off will include bicycle routes, lanes and paths and peaceful coexistence with the drivers of other vehicles. Between and including San Francisco and San Jose, and also including Stanford, there are nine communities that are a Bicycle Friendly Community (Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, all bordering on or within 8 miles of Stanford, are the other six). Stanford is also a Bicycle Friendly University and is the only university with the highest award, Platinum, in the 2010 initial awards. (UC Davis recently joined Stanford with the second Platinum award.) These are official designations by the League of American Bicyclists and represent the greatest concentration of such communities in the United States.
As mentioned above, the Bay Area, including the area West amd South of campus, has some of the finest road and mountain biking in the United States. So it's a fun place for some great road and trail riding with awesome scenery and any level of riding challenge you want. For example, the Tour of California international professional road race has featured the Bay Area, including Stanford in 2008 and the area West and South of campus each year right from its start in 2006.
The photos below show some of the action that's waiting for you on campus, left, and scenic off campus, the three on the right. For more on the scenic off campus action, click here.