Canada Road/Bicycle Sunday
An easy ride for big hills, good shoulder, moderate traffic.

If you ride this from one end of Canada Road to the other, it runs 7.3 miles (14.6 roundtrip).  No big hills, pretty good road surfaces, just two stop signs!  And if you just ride the section from Edgewood to 92 you're looking at an 8 mile roundtrip.  This ride proves that not everything on this website has to include a monstrous mountain climb!

Bicycle Sunday, by the way, is the closing of Canada Road to cars between the Canada/92 and Filoli Estate, about half a mile north of the Canada/Edgewood intersections.  According to the posted signs, it's closed most Sundays from 9am-3pm.  It is not closed for major Sunday holidays (Easter), nor is it closed during foul weather.  Actually, the sign also says it's not closed in Winter, but the months given on the sign indicate year-round closure.  Something I'll look into.
Canada Road looking south from 92 Bicycle Sunday road sign
Starting out at Canada Road & 92 (Ralston), just west of San Mateo. You could ride here, but there's lots of parking if you need to drive. That's Crystal Springs Reservoir on the right, where most of the Peninsula's drinking water is stored.
Everyone rides Canada Road! Descending to Pulgas Water Temple
Canada Road is enjoyed by all, from the family shown here (youngest looked about 6) to the most serious of racers.  If you have young kids... After you've climbed a very mild hill, you're rewarded with this always-stunning view.  And, of course, you get to coast for awhile!
Pulgas Water Temple Heading towards Edgewood Road
That's the Pulgas Water Temple, the western portal of the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct.  Pretty impressive to look down into. On the right is the Filoli Estate, made famous by the TV show Dynasty, which used the Filoli house for their exterior shots.
Edgewood Road
This is looking back at the intersection of Edgewood Road & Canada, the southern boundary for the Bicycle Sunday road closure. Watch for the stop sign at Jefferson!  The sheriff definitely tickets cyclists who run the sign...and on some days, they get a lot of business.

Canada Road winds underneath the 280 freeway here, with Canada College just off to the left.
Just past the 280 overpass you get a straight shot on a gradual descent into Woodside.

And at the end, or the beginning, depending upon the direction you've ridden, is Robert's of Woodside...probably the most popular departure point for bicycle rides on the peninsula!  Not a bad place for a bite to eat, either.
Ready for the next challenge? Try the Delta Century near Stockton. The 50k (32 mile) route is the logical next step after tackling Canada Road. No hills, quiet roads, and a great club (Stockton Bicycle Club) putting it on. Typically held the last weekend or April or first weekend in May. A great "first event" for those not into climbing our local hills.

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