Here’s a 5 mile bike ride that takes you past several undeveloped city parks (Santa Clara Community Park, River Loop Park, Terra Linda Park), horse pastures, farms and through several local neighborhoods. This ride is to the east of River Road in Santa Clara.
Choose an entry point and then travel the course clockwise. Biking clockwise will give you the most right hand turns, which are much safer than left hand turns. There are five left hand turns on this route. Please stop and make sure the coast is clear when you make a left hand turn.
CAUTION: Cars often cut corners or swing wide on the East Beacon curves.
- ALWAYS wear a helmet
- WEAR bright colors – florescent yellow or florescent orange are best.
- DON’T LOOK DOWN at a cell phone. Homeowners often walk out from their houses between hedges to begin walks. If you’re looking down, you’ll hit them.
Turn by turn directions starting at the corner of Scenic Drive and Spring Creek Drive. (You can join in anywhere along the route and follow the turns.). And here’s a link to the East Santa Clara 5 mile route on Google Maps
- L onto Spring Creek Drive
- R onto Spring Meadows Ave
- R onto East Beacon for 1.5 miles
- R onto River Loop I (go 0.8 miles and look for first left turn after the curve)
- L onto River Loop I (just before Madison MS)
- R onto Grizzly
- R onto Gardenia Way
- R onto Terra Linda
- L onto Tempa St
- R onto Wilkes
- L onto Scenic
- L onto River Loop 2
- R onto Scenic (END)
How long will the East Santa Clara 5 mile loop take to ride?
7.5 MPH – a leisurely pace = 40 minutes
10.0 MPH – a bike rider beginning to get back in shape pace = 30 minutes
12.5 MPH – legs feeling stronger pace = 24 minutes
15.0 MPH – legs ARE stronger pace = 20 minutes
20.0 MPH – bikers in cool colored polyester jerseys riding $2,000 bikes = 15 minutes
You might try these other Santa Clara routes:
East Santa Clara – 2 mile ride – North
East Santa Clara – 2 mile ride – Mid
East Santa Clara – 2 mile ride -South
West Santa Clara – 2 mile ride – North
West Santa Clara – 2 mile ride – Mid
West Santa Clara – 2 mile ride – South
East Santa Clara 5 mile Bike Ride
West Santa Clara 5 mile Bike Ride
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