Bike Ride Data from Strava

ARE THERE MORE PEOPLE RIDING BICYCLES FOR RECREATION?

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Yes. In the Central Valley, Foothills and Sierras.

The total number of Strava recorded bike rides in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Alpine Counties in 2019 was 95,000. In 2020 there were 51,290 more bike rides showing this subgroup of the cycling community has increased. 

Strava is used by many cyclists to record bike ride routes but, casual cyclists ride the same routes without using a Strava cycling computer. This data is not available.

As a base we are using Strava bike ride data to examine cycling destinations and potential economic benefits of encouraging our region as a cycling destination.

Tourist bike riding data in 2020 shows that the central foothills and eastern Sierras gained more bike rides than the Central Valley: San Joaquin 37.9%, Stanislaus 29%, Calaveras 87.3%, Tuolumne 85%, and Alpine 96.8% 

Below is the Strava bike ride data for each county in the bikevalleytosierra partnership and why cyclists choose to make the Central Valley, Foothills and Sierras cycling destinations.

Strava Metro Bike Trip Data

2019 and 2020

Calaveras County 2019

Rolling California foothills and hill climbs along roads that rarely see cars, past scenic views of oak forests and pastoral meadows. 

Populate bike ride destinations: Valley Springs Tri Dam Loop and hill climbs to Jackson, Amador County, newly paved Jesus Maria and Old Gulch Roads, Calaveritas Road linking San Andreas and Angels Camp, Murphy’s Grade and Camp Connell to Bear Valley/Ebbetts Pass

Total bike trips 

6.1K

Weekend trips 

2.7K

Total people

1.4K

Visitors

1.2K

2020 Bike Trips

8,716

+2,716

87.3% Visitors 

Alpine County 2019

The California Alps surrounding Markleeville host several long-standing road-cycling events like The Death Ride and Alta Alpina. Lots of famous hill climbing to challenge avid cyclists.

Populate bike ride destinations: Diamond Valley Loop, Ebbetts, Carson, Pacific Grade and Monitor Pass

Total bike trips

6.4K

Weekend trips

3.6K

Total people

2.9K

Visitors

2.9K

2020 Bike Trips

9,000

+2,600

96.8% visitors 

San Joaquin County 2019

Year-round Mediterranean climate and flat, endless country roads lined with scenic vineyards, orchards, and tranquil pastures.

Populate bike ride destinations: Woodbridge to Thornton 

Total bike trips

37.3K

Weekend trips

13.8K

Total people

3.2K

Visitors

2.1K

2020 Bike Trips

58,887

+21,548

37.9% visitors 

Stanislaus County 2019

Rural roads of the Sierra Nevada foothills, mountain climbs up Del Puerto Canyon

Populate bike ride destinations:

Total bike trips

38.1K

Weekend trips

13.6K

Total people

2.4K

Visitors

1.1K

‘20 58,140

2020 Bike Trips 

+20,140

29% visitors 

Tuolumne County 2019

Pristine, scenic roads along foothills of Sierra Nevada.

Populate bike ride destinations: Old Preist Grade, Coulterville, Groveland, Cherry Lake, Miller Ranch to Evergreen 

Total bike trips 

8.0K

Weekend trips

3.5K

Total people

1.8K

Visitors

1.6K+5.4%

2020 Bike Trips 

12,308

+4,300

85% visitors 

A Bike Ride linking two small gold rush towns, San Andreas to Angels Camp.

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