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Hidden Gems of Berkeley: A Magical Mystery Bike Tour of West Berkeley’s Vernacular Treasures and Grassroots’ Greening Efforts

From EBBC:

Join us for the 9th annual tour of Berkeley’s eclectic fabric of gardens, paths, strange and familiar cultural and natural features...This year we’ll explore the many eclectic and inventive hidden gems of West Berkeley – from wetland and creek restoration projects to community gardens and Victorian historic districts.

The tour will be led by John Steere, John Coveney, Marleen Fouche, and guest historians/guides who will lead participants 4 mile ride through the curiously historic and creative features of Berkeley’s bayside district. It will be sure to delight and surprise, and to provide you with ideas for shaping your community… Bring a lunch, water, and your curiosity!

The bike tour begins at a hidden gem: San Pablo Park in the lawn area near at its southwest corner (by Russell and Mabel) and will end at Codornices Creek’s restoration or day-lighting, near 9th Street and Albany Village.

This year’s ride is part of’s Moving Planet worldwide mobile rally to express solutions to the climate crisis—a day to move away from fossil fuels with creative solutions.

For more information, go to; or call 510-849-1969. Enroute you can purchase the Hidden Gems Map ($5), which depicts scores of these “gems,” along with bike routes, community gardens, creeks, parks and the historic transit system.

This tour is sponsored by Berkeley Partners for Parks and is co-sponsored by the Bicycle Friendly Berkeley Coalition (, Livable Berkeley: (,

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