antioch bicycle garden hdr

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We’re partnering with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and Street Smarts Diablo to create a unique facility that will help community members of all ages and abilities learn and practice skills, techniques, and rules of the road for safe biking and walking. We’re calling this facility the Bicycle Garden.

How It Works

Our miniature city streetscape design will offer real-life traffic features like signals, road signs, bus stops, bike lanes, train tracks, roundabouts, and more. The Bicycle Garden will provide fun, healthy, outdoor recreation perfect for both to self-guided learning and fun exploration as well as opportunities for programmed activities.

Where and When

The City of Antioch is evaluating a variety of public park locations for this project. The intention is to have the bicycle garden open to the public during regular park hours. Community members are invited to actively participate in the selection process. All public parks and open spaces in Antioch were preliminarily evaluated for suitability as potential locations, using the same criteria factors for each location:

  • Five acres of usable space
  • Existing terrain
  • Parking availability
  • Existing restrooms
  • Existing park amenities
  • Community and school access
  • Additional green space for public use
  • Accessibility via walking, biking, and public transportation


This project was initiated with four key goals in mind, and because we are confident that we will achieve them, we anticipate our Bicycle Garden concept will set the standard for similar facilities around the region.

SAFETY – Bicycle safety education is critical to helping our region achieve its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians. Our car-free facility will provide a safe, simulated environment for people of all ages and abilities, to learn and practice the rules of the road.

COMMUNITY HEALTH – With a beautiful, engaging, outdoor environment, we want to encourage community building, exercise, and outdoor recreation that contributes to the social and emotional well-being of community members while instilling a culture of bicycling in Antioch and the region.

CLIMATE CHANGE – We hope to inspire a new movement of greener travel that encourages replacement of vehicle trips with bicycling or walking. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.

EQUITY – Our facility will be free and open to the public, with safe and equitable access for all community members, including youth and adults of all ages and abilities.

Countless Community Benefits

Eases congestion on city streets
Improves air quality and public health
Reduces vehicle miles traveled
Encourages healthy living across all ages and abilities
Readies future generations for greener travel
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