|The entire length of the California's coastal area.|
|Bike Route Heads|
|From the California/Oregon border to the U.S./Mexico border.|
|About 1,040 miles.|
|Road and terrain conditions vary greatly throughout the route,|
|from level grades with wide shoulders or dedicated bike paths|
|(appropriate for most cyclists), to steep grades with narrow or|
|no shoulder (appropriate for more experienced cyclists).|
The Pacific Coast Bike Route was formerly known as the Pacific Coast Bicentennial Bike Route commemorating the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The bike route was developed in 1975 by the joint efforts of the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) and the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California.
The northern end of the bike route begins on Highway 101 at the California/Oregon State Line, running basically on Highway 1 along the entire California Coast, with exceptions where it is detoured around the Freeway sections of Highway 1 where bicycles are not allowed (like the section between the Highway 9/River Street junction in the city of Santa Cruz, and Highway 129/Riverside Drive junction in Watsonville). This bike route ends in southern California adjacent to Interstate 5 at the U.S/Mexican Border.