Bicycle Education & Encouragement

See links below to learn about bike safety, bike commuting and route-planning resources, bikeway maps, and bike theft prevention tips. This page is maintained by OakDOT's Safe Streets Division, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

Posted: September 9th, 2018 1:02 PM

Last Updated: February 22nd, 2024 2:25 PM


The City sponsors free bicycle safety, skills, and Earn-a-Bike classes in Oakland.

Past classes:

Related resources:


  • includes resources for bicycling information in the nine-county Bay Area and beyond, sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
  • Alameda County Guaranteed Ride Home Program
  • AC Transit's Bikes on Board page has a video showing how easy it is to use bus front-mounted bike racks and cargo bays

Maps & Route Planning


Prevent/Report Bike Theft

Registering your bicycle will help discourage bike theft and increase the chances your bike will be returned when stolen. Bike Index is the largest free online registry in the world. Go to the Bike East Bay website for comprehensive information on registering your bicycle, and steps you can take to prevent bicycle theft.

Report stolen bicycles to the Oakland Police Department (OPD) online or by phone. Phone reports to OPD's non-emergency number, (510) 777-3333 (TTY 238-3254) and report your bike's serial number, description (make, model, color, other defining characteristics), and describe the place and time the bicycle was stolen. If your bicycle was stolen and recovered by OPD, and if you file a report that includes your serial number, your bicycle will very likely be returned to you.

No bicycle license or registration is required. In December 2016, the City Council passed an Ordinance deleting Oakland Municipal Code requirements for bicycle licensing and registration.