Island life blends with tree-lined streets and old Victorian homes in the East Bay’s Alameda, where the slower pace befits a late-morning roll on a cruiser bike. Bring your own wheels or rent a cruiser from Alameda Bicycle (starting at $25 a day). For a light-powered pedal, head for Shoreline Park on Bay Farm Island. The paved and wide multi-use trail winds along the gently lapping bay. Background decor includes downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge. It’s just 30 minutes to the Ferry Harbor Terminal, where you can flip it and roll back into town, or explore the residential lagoons. Alameda’s Park Street brims with local coffee shops and quaint restaurants. Ole’s Waffle Shop (1507 Park St.) is old-school, reasonably priced, and a delicious option for refueling after some smooth cruising. What to eat? Waffles, of course—topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Wheel good!
Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St., Alameda; 510-522-0700. Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pick up a complimentary bicycle map of Alameda and Bay Farm Island at Alameda Bicycle; it includes detailed directions to Bay Farm Island and its lagoons. To get to Bay Farm Island from the bike shop, we recommend taking Webb Ave. one block to Everett and going right. Go two blocks to Central Ave., turn left and follow Central all the way to Fernside Blvd. Go right and take Fernside (cross to the left side of the road in front of the middle school) to the Bay Farm Island Bike Bridge, then follow the map.