Davis is the bicycle capital of the United States (unless it's Sparta, WI). Here are a few zillion pieces from the news about this.

Note, I stopped editing this page when the Davis Enterprise took their internet archives offline, leaving a bunch of dead links. I plan to scan in the more interesting articles in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to add additional articles. Note that all links *but* the Enterprise and Daily Democrat are still active—there's lots of good stuff to read! (Ted Buehler, 10 Jan 2008)

  • Every single link I clicked on was broken. — KellyM


Davis, California – the American city which fell in love with the bicycle

The Empty Seat YouTube Episode.



Information on cycling accident needs amplification (Letter to editor, Daily Democrat, Nov 13 2007)

Safety along County Road 99 questioned by riders after death (Daily Democrat, Nov 8, 2007)

County hears appeal for rural bike safety (Enterprise, Nov 7, 2007)

Local advocacy group to celebrate Davis Bike Loop: Event to feature bike ride, ice cream (Aggie, Oct 19, 2007)

Davis rated the 5th best city in the world for bicycle tourism by Virgin Vacations (Oct 15, 2007)

Bill will require bicyclists to use lights on sidewalks: Fines range from $50 to $100 (Aggie, Oct 15, 2007)

Bike repairs: We can do it! Female-only workshops at the Bike Church begin Saturday (Aggie, Oct 15, 2007)

Citizen advice needed for city's new bike plan (Bicycle Advisory Commission solicits citizen advice) (Aggie, Oct 3, 2007)

Ride the loop: New Davis bike route guides residents on a 12-mile tour of city (Enterprise, Oct 2, 2007)

Riding with The Mass: A Critical Mass travelogue (Aggie, Oct 1, 2007)

Davis's Bike Lanes turn 40 (It's tough to be first: Bike lanes easy ... unless you're inventing them) (Enterprise, Sept 13, 2007)

Walk/Bike Film Festival showcases alternative transportation films (Aggie, Sept 13, 2007)

Celebrating bikes: Davis marks anniversary of historic lanes with a conference, movies and a talk with founders (Enterprise, Sept 10, 2007)

"Davis Bicycles!" Holds Hearing For Davis Bike Plan Ideas (Aggie, July 26, 2007) (see project at the Write the bike plan page)

Ph.D. candidate discusses work with pedal power in the bicycle capital of the U.S. (Aggie, July 2, 2007)

Davis Critical Mass rides aim to promote bicycle use, awareness: Impromptu rides roll through over 300 cities worldwide (Aggie, June 6, 2007)

Davis, California, Bicycle Capital of the U.S.: Where Does Your Community Stand? (Peoples' Media, May 11, 2007)

UC Davis professor speaks on biking in city of Davis (Aggie, May 9, 2007)

Building a Better Bike Lane: Bike-friendly cities in Europe are launching a new attack on car culture. Can the U.S. catch up? Brief mention of Davis and other US bicycle cities. (Wall Street Journal, May 4 2007)

Local family to bicycle to Washington, D.C (Aggie, April 30, 2007)

Bicycle Futures Story on Ted Buehler's Bicycle History Presentation. (The Flatlander, April 2007)

Bike makers gear down Bike makers encourage non-riders to take up the sport, Sacramento Bee (AP) April 32, 2007

Local man to bike around perimeter of California (Aggie, April 16, 2007)

A Bike Ride Into History (Dateline, March 9, 2007)

Davis commemorates 50 years of bicycling: The Davis Bike Church co-founder seeks to combat declining bike rates (Aggie, Feb 28, 2007)

Better bike to this event: Student presents history of bicycling in Davis, invites public to form advocacy group (Enterprise, Feb 23, 2007)

Bike theft: what to do if it happens to you (California Aggie, Feb 14 2007)


Bicycles and the New UC Davis Cyclist, 2006-2007 (Introdution from UC Davis Bicycle Program, Sept 2006)

Welcome to Davis (The Nation's Bike Capital) (California Aggie, Sept 28, 2006)

Semi-truck strikes bicyclist on campus (California Aggie, Sept 28, 2006)

Davis: Where Platinum Meets the Pavement (Enterprise, Sept 24, 2006)

Davis: The Best Bicycle Town in North America (WorldChanging, July 10, 2006

Davis launches "street smarts" program (California Aggie, May 18, 2006)

Bicycling magazine names Davis best small town for cycling (Davis Enterprise, Jan 29, 2006)

Davis bicyclists roll for rights (First Davis "critical Mass" ride) (Aggie, Jan 30, 2006)


First Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community Recognized (League of American Bicyclists news release)

International bike conference to be hosted at UCD (Aggie, Sept 8, 2005)


Not so bike friendly $650,000 worth of bicycles stolen from UC Davis students every year(SARI (Student Affaris Research and Information) study,July, 2004, 2004)

Life in a bike capital (Aggie, June 9, 2004)

Davis shows appreciation for Ed Martin: Bike ride and dinner pays tribute to injured retiree (Aggie, June 14, 2004)


How our bike lanes were born: A determined group of Davis activists just wouldn’t give up on our quality of life (Dale Lott, Special to the Davis Enterprise, August 2003)

Campus's love of bicycles keeps rolling along; but growing pains challenge traditional mode of travel (Dateline, June 6, 2003)

Response to "Where have all the cyclists gone?" (David Takemoto-Weerts, special to the Davis Enterprise, May 19, 2003)

Where have all the cyclists gone? (Bob Sommer, Special to the Davis Enterprise, May 18, 2003)

Putah Parkway railroad underpass opens (Dateline, March 14, 2003)


UC Davis unveils its first Bike Plan (Dateline, June 28, 2002)

Bicycle-friendly town touted (Davis Enterprise, April 28, 2002)


Patrols, tips, precautions help put brakes on bike thefts (Dateline, June 15, 2001)

Cycling in Bike-Friendly Davis (Paul Dorn, "The Tube" (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition newsletter), May 2001)


Campus gets boost to start bike museum (Dateline, July 14, 2000)

Bike path under Interstate 80 to be finished by fall quarter (Dateline, July 14, 2000)



Evolution of a Cyclist-Friendly Community: The Davis Model (David Takemoto-Weerts, Pro Bike/Pro Walk presentation, Sept 1998)


They brought Holland to Davis Story about Frank and Eve Child, bike lane proponents, in the Woodland Daily Democrat, Sept 30 1976


Assembly approves Davis bike paths State legisation enabled creation of bike lanes on streets, specified legal uses of such lanes. July 25, 1967.

Bike paths in Davis? Davis Enterprise story about the planned bike lanes, about a month before the first bike lanes were created. July 7, 1967.


Third Street Mall progress told Council and The Enterprise were much more excited about the Third Street Mall than bike paths—too bad we didn't get both! Davis Enterprise, Dec 17, 1964

Council to study bike problems Council's response to the petition for bike lanes on major streets, Davis Enterprise, Dec 15, 1964

Bike path petition due Citizens present their petition for bike lanes to city council. Includes text of petition itself, Davis Enterprise, Dec 10, 1964